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Sterrett, Allison

Special Education Teacher

ajsterrett@seattleschools.org

Personal Message

What brought you to Nova?
I came to Nova after teaching in a much more traditional high school in Brooklyn, NY. I hoped to find a community of people who wanted to think deeply about teaching and learning, and who wanted to dedicate themselves to the project of education. I'm happy to say I've found that here at Nova.

How would you describe your teaching style?
I am always trying to adapt to meet the needs of the students in front of me. I want to help my students use their talents and the things they are passionate about to better understand and contribute to the world around them.

Why do you teach? and/or What do you hope to influence?
I teach because it's the most rewarding job in the world - students are endlessly creative and funny, and constantly challenge me to see things in a new way. I'm lucky to do this job, and I'm especially lucky to work in a school that challenges teachers to learn as much as students.

What's your favorite thing about Nova?
Nova is the most humane community I've ever been a part of. Students and staff alike are truly seen and valued as individuals. The coordinating system allows students and staff to build strong, trusting relationships that are really important for growth, and students are empowered to build a high school experience that works for them. Sorry, was that more than one favorite thing?

Vecchio, Michelle

IEP Teacher, Humanities & 504 Building Coordinator

mvbrewer@seattleschools.org

Personal Message

Everyone at Nova knows me as Meesh. They/them pronouns.

What brought you to Nova?
When I first moved to Seattle, I was on a team that opened a high school, and I frequently visited other schools to see what worked and didn't, in the hopes of building a strong, new school of our own. I kept being drawn back to Nova, with its competencies, student spirit and sense of belonging, and the uniqueness of staff and curriculum. After the high school where I worked was opened and in good hands, and I realized it would be impossible to replicate Nova or even a close approximation, I knew Nova was where I truly wanted to be.

How would you describe your teaching style?
No matter the content I am teaching, my classrooms are communities of learners. 

Why do you teach? and/or What do you hope to influence?
I hope to connect what is happening now to what has come before, and to get students thinking critically about the impact they have on the present and the future. I know that every student can feel a part of the world around them and become energized through inquiry 

What's your favorite thing about Nova?
Nova has a coordinator system that connects a small group of students to a staff member. That staff member serves as a support and advocate, but really it is a bridge that builds students towards independence in a way I've never seen before in other schools. I like having those personal connections with students while watching them grow into young adults. 

Education and Certification:  
Saint John's University, NY - History, BA
Long Island University, NY - Adolescent Special Education, MSEd
Teachers College, Columbia University, NY - Reading, MA
HQT Special Education 7-12, English Language Arts, Social Studies

Watters, Susan

Fiscal Specialist MS-203

skwatters@seattleschools.org

Winet, Eyva

Principal

edwinet@seattleschools.org

Biography

Eyva joined the Nova Project in 2001 and Maurice(Mo) joined Eyva in 2015. Eyva taught Chemistry, Physics and Gender studies for 15 years and has been the Assistant Principal for 4 years. Maurice works as a compassionate and beloved therapy dog at Nova.

Wright, Christina

Teacher-High School

chwright@seattleschools.org

Wynn, Lydia

She/Her - Math Teacher - Coordinator - Guild Sponsor

lmwynn@seattleschools.org

Biography

I love exploring new ways to think about math, especially when the journey begins with a student question.

,Personal Message

 When I first discovered Nova High School, I was drawn to it immediately. Walking into the building, I instantly felt a sense of coming home. I saw a school where students are safe being their true selves, and exploring topics at much deeper levels. 

 

I am a teacher because I adore the subject of mathematics and the beauty through which the subject describes patterns of the universe. I hope to help students release the fear that is so often connected with learning experience. I also hope that through a shared passion and excitement, I can encourage students to explore thinking from a mathematical lens. 

 

I've also been very excited working with the Competency Development at Nova. I am so glad to work with a staff who so clearly wants the best for students and is able to effectively work with one another to continue enhancing their teaching practice. 

 Education: 

Seattle Pacific University - BA in Mathematics  and BA in Secondary Education

Antioch New England - MEd in Problem Based Learning