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Orca ~ Attendance
Khadijo Abdirahman

Abdirahman, Khadijo

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7
Kristine Adams

Adams, Kristine

Teacher-Special Education-XG
Tracy Appleyard

Appleyard, Tracy


This is my 7th year as a Teacher Librarian. I strive to provide all of your technology, information and reading needs! My hope is that when you walk into the library at Orca K-8, you feel represented on the shelves and that you feel safe and welcome in the space. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and animals. I'm happiest with a good book, eating delicious food and spending time in nature.

Tami Beach

Beach, Tami

Principal (on leave)

I am delighted to work at such a high functioning school with skilled teachers and supportive families. I believe in the strength of education and the positive impact a rigorous, thoughtful education can have in students' lives. At John Hay, we are committed to creating a creative, innovative school where students learn skills they need for the 21st Century! I live in the Dash Point/Browns Point area of Tacoma with my family. We have a wonderful, large family of 11. Our oldest are 24 (twins), and our youngest is in Third Grade. I am looking forward to this new year!  

Alem Beyene
Krista Brown

Brown, Krista



Hello- I am a graduate from Western Washington University with a degree in human services and I have a masters degree from Mercy College in The Bronx. I began my teaching career in The Bronx where I taught for 5 years. I have been teaching in Seattle since moving back in 2008.

Karen Deeter

Deeter, Karen

Courtney French
Sara Goff

Goff, Sara

7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts

Hello Orca! I'm so excited to work together. I am passionate about teaching English Language Arts--reading and writing are my hobbies, and I'm so lucky to be able to pursue them at work. Outside of school I love to bake, spend time outdoors, and play with my two rescue dogs, Sloopy and T-Rex.

Emily Goldstein

Goldstein, Emily

Physical Therapist
Kati Gratz

Gratz, Kati

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7
Laura Grow

Grow, Laura

This is my fifteenth-year teaching in Seattle Public Schools! My fourth year teaching Physical Education to all grade levels at Orca K-8.   In addition to teaching, I love to read, spend time with my family, and be active outdoors.  I have a strong focus on equity and healthy communities. Remember to be active at least 60 minutes a day & wear your helmet!

Aimee Hall

Hall, Aimee

Teacher-Middle School
Carmaletha Harris
Emily Hellenkamp

Hellenkamp, Emily

Speech/Language Pathologist