March 7, 2018 Update:
Due to Mr. Healy's extended absence, we have shifted some teaching assignments for the remainder of the current school year. Details and staff email addresses can be found here:
Co-founder of Environmental and Adventure School
EAS Lead Teacher
Mr. Healy is a life-long Northwesterner who grew up backpacking and exploring the North Cascades, Olympics, and Washington Coast. Those formative experiences gave him a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature that continue to amaze him to this day.
After graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in Biological Oceanography and Zoology he realized a passion for teaching while in graduate school. This led him to combine his love of nature with a career in science education. Next came a teaching degree from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Science Education and Curriculum from the UW. He taught high school and middle school science in the Renton School District, where he met his wife, fellow science teacher, and love of his life. Later moving to Lake Washington, he’s proud to have helped start and grow the vibrant learning community that is EAS, with its strong parent involvement and students who learn to make a difference in their community!
Mr. Healy is a die-hard Husky fan and a basketball nut, having played in college and coached high school and middle school teams for many years. He is currently the Finn Hill head basketball coach.
Outside of school, Mr. Healy enjoys the outdoors with his family and continuing the 26-year remodel of his house in the woods.
JOHN G. HAMILTON
Co-founder of Environmental and Adventure School
Teaches: 6th grade Spanish, PE, Art
Other duties include: Greenhouse CSP, Leadership Advisor, Camp Director for EAS Excursions
Mr. Hamilton hails from the great northwest and has been living in the Puget Sound region where he feels life is near perfect. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelors in Education and has taught for over 30 years in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Mr. Hamilton is one of the surviving founders of E.A.S. and is proud to have begun a school that has thrived over the past 19 years. He additionally holds a masters certification and endorsements in math, science, language arts, special education and social studies.
Mr. Hamilton enjoys many outdoor activities including backpacking, canoeing, skiing and biking. He has been bike commuting to EAS for the past 4 years and calls it his morning coffee. He likes riddles and puzzles of all shapes and sizes, but most of all loves to be with his family where adventure is paramount.
MARIE JO ANDRADA
Teaches: Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies
Ms. Andrada is a coffee-drinking, plaid-wearing, tree-hugging Seattle native. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, and Environmental Interpretation and a minor in Geography. Prior to teaching, she spent several summers working at summer camps in and around Puget Sound and Northern California. She also worked as a naturalist at outdoor schools on the California coast and in the Sierra Nevada foothills. When classroom teaching made its beck and call, she made her way to Portland, Oregon to earn her masters in teaching degree from Lewis & Clark College. This is Ms. Andrada’s third year teaching at EAS and seventh year in LWSD. She has also taught 7th grade science and Quest at Redmond Middle School.
Ms. Andrada LOVES music. The guitar is her main instrument, but she’s known to pick up a ukulele, mandolin, or upright bass from time to time. She also enjoys playing music with her husband, going to concerts, kayaking or canoeing, playing cornhole, and going on road trips.
Teaches: Language Arts, Social Studies, & Math
Mrs. Susie Hennessey grew up in Seattle and graduated with a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University. She went on to earn a Masters in teaching from Western Washington University, as well as additional certifications in Social Studies and Math from City University. She is in her eighth year of teaching, third year with EAS. The challenging academics combined with opportunities to apply learning on excursions are just two of the many things Mrs. Hennessey enjoys about teaching at EAS.
Mrs. Hennessey loves to be outdoors. She is an avid reader of young adult literature and loves to chat about all books! Some of her other favorite hobbies include: playing soccer, puzzling, Settlers of Catan, asking questions, and spending quality time with her family.
Teaches: STEM, Algebra, and Geometry
Hello, my name is Marcus Rose and I am a middle school STEM teacher. With 20 years of teaching experience, I bring many tools to the classroom -- love for the outdoors, how things work and most importantly a strong passion to share this with middle school learners. In addition to teaching STEM classes at the Environmental and Adventure School, I love to build things. Recently, we have been building canoes at school for use at camp and summer trips, but I also love to tinker with bicycles.
I learned to love the outdoors as part of my Biology major at Principia College where many studying abroad opportunities were part of the college culture. I continued learning about plant systems at the University of Missouri for my Master of Science in Alternative Agriculture. After a very short employment at Monsanto, I was able to grow into becoming a seasonal outdoor educator around the United States. During one particular season working for Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, I was encouraged by other instructors to continue my education and become a classroom teacher. I completed a Masters in Teaching at the University of Arkansas and then moved back to Washington. I sought an opportunity to bring expedition style learning to the public schools and I was very grateful to find a new school with the whole staff sharing these environmental and adventure goals.
When I am not working with middle school students, I love to pick a banjo, strum the guitar, work with my cattle dog and have adventures with my family.
Teaches: Spanish 1 (8th grade)
Hola! I grew up in California & Hawaii and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Industrial Engineering back in the 80s…fast forward through a career in Silicon Valley, travel and work in Latin America, living in Amsterdam, moving to the Northwest, staying home with kids to getting a teaching credential from Western Washington University for a new career start. After a start in Elementary teaching I was fortunate to “fall into” teaching Spanish at EAS in 2006 while my 2 kids were here. I come by my Spanish honestly, having a large Hispanic family. I grew up hearing Spanish and eating wonderful Mexican food but I learned my Spanish in the classroom just like my students. I believe that language learning broadens students minds and makes them stronger learners and maybe even better human beings. It has enriched mine! I am passionate about kids, teaching and EAS and love teaching Spanish language & culture as well as instilling curiosity, strong values, high standards in EAS students in and beyond the classroom.
I cherish my family and friends and love adventure! I enjoy reading, hiking, running, skiing, sports spectating, listening to music and trying new things. I love travel and experiencing new places and cultures. It is a great big small world and I am lucky to be in it and at EAS!
Teaches: 7th grade Spanish
I learned to speak Spanish during my first trip to Mexico, in the last quarter of my senior year of high school. It was originally going to be a three-month trip, but I ended up staying for nine months. I traveled all over the country and into Central America and learned the language. This was the beginning of my journey with the Spanish language and the cultures of Latin America and Spain. Later, I returned to Mexico to live in Guadalajara and Mexico City for two years, where I taught English at an English Language school.
When I moved back to Seattle, I attended the University of Washington, where I received my B.A. in Spanish and my M.A. in Spanish literature. I then taught at the community college level for six years, as well as at several adult language schools.
I love to travel, and my first choice has always been to visit Spanish-speaking countries. In addition to living in Mexico, I have visited there more than ten times, as well as Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica and Spain.
I returned to school in 2007 to obtain my M.A. in Education and my teacher’s certification in Spanish. I taught at the high school level for nine years; six years in the Philadelphia public schools and three years in the Seattle area. For the past year, I have been teaching at the middle school level, which I enjoy immensely. I am committed to helping students achieve their academic goals in a challenging, yet supportive and safe environment. I am happy to be teaching at EAS!
Colleen McLaughlin grew up in Seattle and graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington. While still in college, Colleen began working in the banking industry, then shifted into a sales support role with a large electronics firm before landing a 10+ year career position in commercial finance. In 2005, Colleen joined the EAS staff as a part-time Program Coordinator, primarily recruiting volunteers and coordinating transportation for school excursions and community stewardship projects. Over the next few years she took on more of the office management responsibilities and eventually assumed the fulltime Office Manager position in September 2013. Colleen is passionate about all things EAS, not the least of which is the opportunity to work with students and their families in the formative years of middle school.
Some of Colleen’s favorite things include her son (an EAS alum and also a UW graduate – Go Dawgs!), UW Huskies football, summer beach vacations, music, good books, live theater, feline animals, and human friends. She’s also crazy about her family and the fantastic EAS staff.
Laura Bartoletti grew up in Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Kalamazoo College. One of the best things about college was studying abroad in Spain. After college, Laura lived in San Francisco, CA and later, Portland, OR. Laura spent her professional career working in sales and human resources for a large staffing firm. In 2001 she landed in Kirkland, WA. In 2013 Laura joined EAS part-time as a Program Coordinator, recruiting volunteers and coordinating transportation for school excursions.
Her hobbies include reading, baking, movies and good tv, walking with friends, spending time with family, and annual family hiking, biking, and ski trips.
Wednesday Electives Coordinator
Amy Lofquist grew up in Olympia and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in psychology. She went on to earn a Masters degree in child development at Colorado State University. Amy worked as a research analyst and program evaluator for adolescent youth at risk programs for several years before staying home to raise 3 busy kids. After volunteering for many years at EAS, she took over as the Wednesday elective coordinator in 2015. There are many things she loves about EAS but the students, families and great teachers are at the top of her list.
Amy enjoys reading, baking, watching a good movie, sports and fitness, her cats and crazy dog, a warm sunny day or a good snow, and spending time with family and friends.
(All staff bios posted October 2017)
Office & Program Administration
Marie Jo Andrada
Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies
Spanish 1 (8th grade Spanish)
Art, PE, 6th grade Spanish
Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies
STEM, Algebra, and Geometry
7th grade Spanish
ABOUT OUR PRINCIPAL
"I believe that all students can learn and all students will learn given the proper school environment."
Background & Administrative Experience:
- 20+ years as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary level in grades 6 through 12
- Current Principal of Finn Hill Middle School (since 1999) and Environmental & Adventure School (since 2011)