Meet Our New Faculty and Staff!

We are just now finishing up our first month of the 2019-2020 school year and we have some new faces around campus. Please give a warm welcome to all our amazing new staff and faculty members!

Kristen Bren

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? I am thankful for the community at King’s; between the staff, parents, and students, there is a like-minded focus since we have a common ground in Jesus. This shared mission is a daily encouragement to me. Not to mention, my students are incredible! I love getting to learn and spend time with them every day.

What are some of your hobbies? My husband and I love hiking and are very excited for new adventures in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  When we are not hiking on the weekends, you may find us reading at a coffee shop or playing board games with family and friends.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? My hope for each student this year is to develop increased confidence in both their spiritual and academic lives.  Spiritually, I want them to understand who God is and His love for them.  I also pray that the fruits of the spirit become evident in their lives.  Academically, my goal is for them to be genuinely engaged in their learning and have a growth mindset when they face challenges.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My mom has always been an inspiration to me.  She is a hard-working, influential woman of God with a genuine spirit and generous heart.  She prioritizes our family and taught me how to treat others with love and respect.  I strive to demonstrate these same values in my own family.

David Gerig

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? The welcoming staff and engaged students!

What are some of your hobbies? Pickleball, attending Sporting events, being with Family.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? To love exercise and develop a passion for lifelong learning through sport. Help each student find a physical activity that they LOVE!

Who is your biggest inspiration? Mr. Sumlin, my elementary PE teacher! I wanted to be just like him from an early age – energetic, positive, and uplifting students every day!

Heather Needham

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? My favorite thing so far about working at King’s has been being greeted all over campus by happy and smiling students, and to have the opportunity to welcome the new kindergarteners during our kindergarten slow start week.

What are some of your hobbies? I love to travel with my family, go to the beach, take walks at sunset, and share meals with friends.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? My goal for the kindergarten, 1st and 2nd-grade students that I will be working with this year is that they would all feel included and valued when they are at school and that they will grow in their compassion and empathy for others.

Who is your biggest inspiration? I look to Jesus as my inspiration and guide and pray that I can shine His light on the Kings’ campus.

Danielle Schaff

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? The community of people, from administrators, teachers, and parents, who have surrounded me with so much love and support. I know that I can turn to a multitude of people here at King’s when I have a problem I need help solving or if I just want to share a success that I had in the classroom. It is such a great feeling to know that so many people want to see you succeed.

What are some of your hobbies? I love being a part of the Women’s Ministry at much church. I love to watch football, go to the movies, and take my dog, Dude, on walks!

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? My goal for my students this year at King’s is to have their hearts grow for Christ and for learning. I want to see them grow academically, relationally, and spiritually this year, which might look different for each student in my classroom!

Who is your biggest inspiration? Many women in my life provide me with so much inspiration. The women at my church inspire me with their generous hearts. They have set the best example of what it means to give without limitations. My mother inspires me to be the best educator I can be every day and to always seek truth and knowledge.

Ana Schlecht

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? My favorite thing about working at King’s so far has been getting to know the students in my class. They never cease to amaze me with their abilities, interests, and humor. I have also enjoyed the camaraderie amongst the staff. It is a fantastic family!

What are some of your hobbies? Most of my free time is spent hanging out with my family of 8. We love to have dance parties, play video games, make movies together, and go on adventures. Personally, I love creating new things, whether crafting or cooking and experiencing and learning about new cultures.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? My goal for my students this year at King’s is for them to increase in their love for Jesus and for learning. I would also love to see them increase in their fluency of both English and Spanish.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration is my own parents. They loved me and my siblings sacrificially every day and worked hard to pursue the life to which God called them. In the classroom, I am inspired by many of my own teachers who made learning fun and exciting.

Diana Fairchild

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? I am really enjoying getting to know the students. The girls in my cabin at senior retreat were amazing, and I also enjoyed playing board games with students at Kaleidoscope.  Meeting with seniors to talk about their plans for college has also been a joy.

What are some of your hobbies? Reading, spending time with family and exploring new places.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? My goal is to make sure that students have the information they need for college and to help my students to keep a healthy perspective during the college admissions process.

Who is your biggest inspiration? I’d say that everyone I meet inspires me in different ways.

Alex Kuyper

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? My favorite part has been the community. Since day one, I have felt welcomed here. There is a definite sense that everyone is being intentional about getting to know the new faces.

What are some of your hobbies? My biggest hobby is fly fishing. It also doubles as a job during the summers as I am a guide on a few local rivers. There aren’t many things I enjoy more than being on the water. I also play lacrosse for a local men’s club team and coach at Roosevelt High School.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? Straight A’s and state championships. But more seriously, as a counselor, I want all students to know they are valued and cared for. I want them to learn something about themselves and about others that changes the way they interact with those around them.

Who is your biggest inspiration? I am inspired by so many people, but at this moment, I would have to say, my dad. He has been an incredible example of what it means to be humble and serve those around him. He is constantly trying to learn something new and challenging himself.

Stephanie Morrison

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? The people are so amazing and kind — from the faculty and administration to the students and parents, I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone I have met so far! This has been the most clear in the support for the robotics team within the King’s community, the support and excitement around CyberKnights at King’s is unmatched by any school or team I have worked with in the past.

What are some of your hobbies? Robotics has been my main hobby for the last 14 years, and that takes up nearly all of my time. When I’m not doing robotics I enjoy playing video games with friends, grilling, crocheting, and taking my dog to dog parks.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? For students in my classes, my goal for them is to end the class with a new perspective or appreciation for computer science no matter how much interest or experience they had at the beginning of the year. For CyberKnights students, my goal is that they gain an appreciation for the importance of defining success separately from the final result of the competition and that every role and task they have is critical to our success no matter how big or small it may seem to them at the time.

Who is your biggest inspiration? This is a tough one, but Adrienne Emerson is a friend of mine who runs a robotics program in Greenville, Texas. She has been an incredible inspiration for me as I transitioned from a robotics mentor to coach, and now from my career in engineering to a career in teaching. The way that she has grown and developed robotics within her school and district in Greenville is truly incredible, and something that I hope I can take inspiration from here at King’s and in the Seattle area.

Lisa Norton

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? I have really enjoyed how welcoming and friendly everyone is here at King’s. I also really like the Arbor’s grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.

What are some of your hobbies? I crochet, hike, play computer games and run around the house with my 2-year-old.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? To know that God loves them, and there is nothing they can do to change God’s love for them. To elevate their opinion of mathematics. No one should leave my class hating math. Not everyone needs to love math, but they won’t hate it when I get done working with them.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Dr. Byrd (English Professor) once told me “Given enough time and motivation, anyone can learn calculus. Some people require more time, and others require more motivation. But anyone can learn anything.” At the time, she was a grandma and she was taking one of the first online Calculus classes. I want to always think the best of my students and their potential. I never want to stop learning new things.

Paul Rudatsikira

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? The students! The students are so positive and bring the positivity every single day into the classroom. It’s a pleasure to teach them and to see them become excited about what they are learning.

What are some of your hobbies? Writing films, interactive illustrations, and the development of a relational AI.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? Growth in their academic subjects and most importantly growth in the subjects of faith, hope, and love.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Jesus Christ.

Kerry Shelford

What is your favorite thing so far about working at King’s? My favorite part about working at King’s is the community, both staff, and students.

What are some of your hobbies? I love doing anything artsy, painting mostly.  My kids all have murals in their rooms.

What is your goal for your students this year at King’s? My goal for my students is to be engaged in their learning, and in their learning community.  I want to see them all grow as people within the context of my class and outside of my class as well.

Who is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration is probably my Dad.  He is one of the Godliest and kindest people I know.  He shows love and compassion to all those he encounters and I strive to do the same.