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West Seattle Montessori & West Seattle Academy Introduce 3 New Faculty Members

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Friend of the Blog and Advertiser West Seattle Montessori School and West Seattle Academy have a lot of new things happening as the 2011-2012 school year gets underway.

Let’s let the schools’ Tara Requa take it from here:

“The teachers are back in session at West Seattle Montessori School and West Seattle Academy and we have a lot of exciting and new things going on here.

In this spirit of our mission at West Seattle Montessori School and West Seattle Academy, which is to foster independence and a love of learning, we have added some new outstanding staff members to our team.

Because the school is growing quickly, we’ve been able to add an additional First – Third Grade classroom, and Matt Whittemore will be the new Lower Elementary Teacher.

Matt has been teaching in the Seattle Public Schools for the past seven years and is eager to begin working in a multi-age classroom using the Montessori method.

He especially looks forward to working with the students as individuals. This year, students can look forward to learning a little bit about cooking, guitar playing, and establishing a peaceful community in this classroom.

Another wonderful addition to our teaching team is Jennifer Clarke.

Jennifer has ten years teaching experience under her belt, and was the WSMS and WSA Spanish Specialist last school year. This year, Jennifer will be the lead teacher of the Fourth – Fifth Grade classroom, and looks forward to seeing kids really get into the spirit of learning.

Students in her class can look forward to lots of field trips, hands-on science lessons with our new Foss Kits, and a new math program that will really help fine-tune the math skills. There will also be a bi-lingual component to the classroom as Jennifer will continue to reinforce the students’ Spanish skills.

The third addition to our teaching staff is Jay Irish, known to everyone at WSMS and WSA as Senor Jay.

Jay taught Spanish and PE to the middle school students during the 20010-2011 school year, but has now accepted a position as the Spanish Specialist for the entire school.

He will also be contributing as a teaching assistant in the Fourth – Fifth classroom. Fluent in Spanish, Jay has lived abroad and has the ability to communicate bilingually.

He worked as a Spanish customer service representative for Jet Blue Airways from 2009-2010, and more recently, Jay has been a Spanish tutor for working professionals, as well as for university and high school students.

Jay brings a fun and lighthearted approach to his classroom, and the students have much to look forward to in their Spanish lessons with Senor Jay this year.

Be sure and let your friends with school-age kids know about West Seattle Montessori and West Seattle Academy, and to feel free to ask about enrollment.”

West Seattle Montessori & West Seattle Academy
11215 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA  98146

Phone: 206-935-0427


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