Wedgewood Preschool Staff
Ms. Jessica graduated from Trinity Lutheran College, majoring in Multicultural Studies and received her TESOL certificate from Seattle University. She continues to develop a lifelong passion for creating environments where children of all cultures and backgrounds can be in community. Ms. Jessica has been teaching the Teddy Bear class at Concordia since 2006. The joy and excitement that comes from both early learners and their parents alike is a highlight for Ms Jessica as the three-year-old class teacher. She hopes that her students will get their first taste of school in her class only to begin a lifelong enjoyment of learning.
Laura Hensley graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2007. She’s been teaching in elementary and early childhood classrooms ever since. She finished a Master’s Degree in Education in the Spring of 2015. This will be her third year teaching at Concordia. She is originally from the southeastern region of the US, and still considers “The South” her home! She and her husband, Drew, moved to Seattle in 2012. Together they love to explore the city, especially coffee shops and restaurants. They also have one dog, named Boo, who is seven years old.
Pam joined the Concordia staff in August 2010 as Preschool Director and Giraffe class preschool teacher. After serving as Director and teacher at Concordia’s Lake City Campus Preschool for 13 years, she accepted a position of Office Management in a Paramedical firm, but Pam’s love of children and passion for ministry lead her back to preschool life after two years. She also held management positions in the computer industry and accounting firms before raising her family. She recently obtained an associates degree in Child Development.
Pam has a long history with Concordia, as both her sons attended here preschool through 8th grade. She was a member of the Concordia School Board, PTL president and enjoyed working through many auctions and other Concordia functions. Her boys were very blessed by their years here, and she believes Concordia played a pivotal role in the preparation for their future academically, socially and spiritually.
Pam and her husband enjoy family life and feel very blessed with the vocations God has given them. She enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends.
After growing up in St. Louis, MO, Christy attended Concordia University Wisconsin for a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration. She has seven years of teaching experience in East St. Louis, MO, Illinois and Seattle, WA. Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and German Shepherd, hiking, journaling, biking, traveling, and cooking. She loves challenging kids to reach their individual potential and more importantly helping them grow as a child of God.
Karin Irigon grew up in Shoreline, WA and graduated from the University of Washington. Her dream of teaching came true after receiving her Master’s Degree in Teaching. Karin began serving at Concordia in September of 2006. She is married to Paix and they have a daughter, Lucia. In the summer and weekends Karin and her family (they also have two family dogs, Venti and Duckett) spend time at their beach cabin in Birch Bay or watching the Seahawks (home games at the stadium and away games in their 12th man cave). Mrs. Irigon’s favorite pastime is reading and playing with Lucia.
The 2015-16 school year was Katie’s Kohring’s first year of teaching, but not her first year at Concordia. Katie graduated from Concordia Lutheran in 2007, and assisted with the school’s summer camp programs throughout high school. She then went down to Portland, OR for 4 years to attend Concordia University, graduating in 2015 with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in professional church work. Soon after she was called to be the new Black Team teacher. She is thrilled to be back at Concordia to share Christ’s love with her students. In her spare time, Katie enjoys being active with her family (mom, dad, two older brothers), taking her dog on adventures, and practicing the guitar and ukulele.
Vanessa Lane loves teaching middle school students, especially because of their humor and unique perspectives. Her favorite subjects to teach are language arts, algebra, and history. She is rarely seen without her coffee mug, and she’s always reading a good book. Vanessa is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and also enjoys watching basketball and soccer with her husband, Marcus. Vanessa and Marcus enjoy hiking together and spending time with their toddler daughter.
Jodie loves teaching middle school students and has been doing so for over 10 years. She enjoys kids at many ages and has had the opportunity to help kids grow and develop at a variety of ages and in many contexts, from 3-year-old gymnastics classes to high school youth group. Her day-in and day-out enjoyment comes from teaching history to middle school students. She found this niche when she was finishing her B.A. in history/English at the University of Washington and was convinced of it while completing her Masters in Teaching (also at UW). Prior to coming to Concordia in 2008, she taught in public middle schools in the Edmonds and Spokane school districts. In 2014, she completed her Washington State Principal Certification and is blessed to be able to teach and serve as our K-8 principal. Her husband, John, and her have 2 kids who attend Concordia, Hannah and Evan are both in the Black Team.
Kendrick Holley is a former college athlete who played for Northwest University in Kirkland. During his tenure there, he helped his basketball team make a run at the Final Four for NAIA College Athletics. He also received a B.A. in Physical Education as well as a minor in Recreational Sports and Development. After receiving his degree he had the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Northwest University for four years while teaching at Concordia Lutheran School as a Physical Education teacher. Mr. Holley has worked with children of all ages. Having taught at different levels, he relates to children very well and understands that every child is unique in his or her own way. He believes that his job is to teach children the importance of staying physically fit as well as teaching the students basics skills such as, throwing, running, catching, and being a team player. He sees the main goal for the children is to feel loved, respected and know he or she is capable of doing anything they put their mind to.
Merrie Siegel began her career as a flutist and music professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, La Escuela Superior de Música y Danza (Monterrey, México) and the Conservatorio de las Rosas (Morelia, México). She holds a doctoral degree from Rice University where she specialized in Music of the Americas, as well as Spanish interpretation and simultaneous translation. Merrie is a sought-after teacher and clinician, and has served on the faculties of the University of Puget Sound, University of Washington WWAMI Medical Program, University of Idaho, Houston Community College, and Rice University. Merrie loves teaching Spanish, music and the appreciation of Mexican culture to students of all ages.
Janelle Beal teaches music for our students at both the Wedgwood and Lake City campuses. She also teaches religion to our Cardinal Team students at the Wedgwood campus. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and German from the University of Washington. She completed her Master of Church Music at Concordia University, Chicago, and recently completed her theological training through the Concordia University Education network. She began serving as a called teacher in the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Beal’s primary instruments are voice and flute. She also plays piano, handbells, handchimes, and organ. In addition to sharing her passion for music with our students, she works as the Director of Music at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Lake City. When she is not in the classroom or at church, she enjoys cooking, crafting, reading, and playing with the UW Husky Marching Band Alumni Association.