Middle School Teachers

Inspiring a Love of Learning

Middle School Teaching Staff:  Larry Berg, Dixie Budke, Jeanna Carter, Richard Carter, Anne Marie Fischer,  Lisa Geddes, John Platter, Anthony Rovente, Elizabeth Simpson, Amy Studzienko, Richard Tetu, Jaimie Terada, Toni Willis

All of our teachers have a gift for igniting enthusiasm, awakening wonder and motivating lifelong learning in middle schoolers. As a teaching team, they empower students to do their best by creating invigorating learning opportunities inside and outside the traditional classroom.

Unwavering Dedication to Kids

The staff's “unwavering dedication to kids” makes this program exceptional.  All teachers try to bring innovation and compassion to the classroom–creating a caring environment where students can mature and blossom.

Captivating Curriculum

Lopez Island school promotes a hands-on teaching style which kindles enthusiasm and helps lessons 'stick.'  Kids in the Farm-to-School garden class head outdoors twice a week every spring to grow food for the school cafeteria.  All middle schoolers participate in special trips where there are the possiblities for overnight sailing adventures, kayak trips, camp-outs and other activities structured to build students’ self-confidence, social skills and leadership abilities.

Joe Behnke
Science
Grades 6-12
Kathy Booth
Special Services
Grades PK-12
Dixie Budke
Food Service and Production
Grades 6-12
Richard Carter
Literacy
Grades 6-12
Nina Gartland
Special Services
Grades K-12
Lisa Geddes
Spanish, ELL
Grades K-12
Kathryn Kester
Mathematics
Grades 9-12
John Platter
Music/Math
Grades K-12
Elizabeth Simpson
Farm
Grades 6-12
Amy Studzienko
English/Garden/Journalism
Grades 6-12
Toni Willis
STEM
Grades 6-12