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Alumni News, Spring 2016

Welcome to the first edition of the new online Seasons alumni newsletter. We hope you find this a more convenient format, as it allows us to bring you more timely news, more often.

It's been awhile since you've heard from us. The big news is that WMS now has a Secondary program including separate Middle and High school programs. The High School will graduate its first full senior class next spring, in 2017. It's an exciting time to be here.

The links above will take you to the main WMS website, or for weekly news updates, the Grapevine newsletter. If you'd like to keep up with the Secondary program, you can read the Secrets of Secondary blog.

Alumni mini-golf tees off on May 20

Join us on Friday, May 20, for mini-golf and pizza with fellow alumni, family and friends. We will meet at Discovery Trails putting course at 6:30 p.m. Adults are $9 and children 12 and under are $6. Following golf, join us at Flying Saucer Pizza for some pies and soft drinks compliments of WMS. Feel free to bring a friend, family member or children. Hope to see you there!

Discovery Trails: 10402 Willows Rd NE Redmond, WA 98052. Flying Saucer Pizza: 14712 NE 91st St Ste 400 Redmond, WA 98052

Meet or re-meet Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn McElrath

Meet Woodinville Montessori School's Alumni Coordinator, Kaitlyn McElrath. You may already know Kaitlyn, who was in the first group of students to move to the North Creek campus. Kaitlyn took drama classes with Kim Dorman, igniting a passion for the theater arts.

Kaitlyn earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. She has served apprenticeships and/or internships at theaters in London and on the East Coast, as well as at Seattle Children's Theatre. Most recently she was a Discoveries Day Camp instructor at Woodland Park Zoo in partnership with SCT. Through theater, the camp teaches children ages 5-7 about wildlife. Kaitlyn plans to pursue a master's degree to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher.

In addition to her Alumni role, Kaitlyn teaches drama in our Secondary (Woodinville Montessori High School and Middle School) program. Please share your news and photos with her at Kaitlyn McElrath.

Thank you, Nicole!

And thank you to Nicole Wastell who volunteered her time last fall to gather news about alums and to update contact information. Nicole submitted this photo of herself and Lauren Porter in December. She will graduate from high school this spring, and is deciding between two colleges. Nicole also traveled to Macchu Picchu with her Girl Scout troop in 2015. You can read all about it in this Woodinville Weekly story.

Alumni notes

Many WMS alumni are right now in the midst of making their college decisions, and we look forward to providing you with updates.

Kai Ageyman is a project specialist at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in Houston, Texas.

AnnElise Anderson became the Rec tennis organizer for Eastern Wash. & Northern Idaho, and Tennis on Campus Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest at United States Tennis Association (USTA) in August 2014.

Following graduation, Casey Archibald (Barrow) worked as a special sections writer for the Post Register in Idaho Falls and then became the marketing manager at Prepared Pantry in Rigby, Idaho. Since September 2014 she has been the graphic designer for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks in Pierre, SD. In February of this year, she and her husband welcomed a baby boy.

Nanelle Barash graduated from Swarthmore in 2008 with a BA in Biology and English Literature, then went on to UC Davis. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. in microbiology in 2015.

Dana Breseman graduated with a bachelor's degree from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, in December. She is now working at a hostel in Mexico.

Kelsey Breseman, a graduate of Olin College, left WMS after sixth grade in 2006. Earlier this year she told us that she lives in Berkeley, Calif., working at 3D Robotics, building “one of the most advanced consumer drones in the world. I also am on the Steering Committee for the Tessel Project, an open source project which I was part of founding, which makes tools to help software developers build internet-connected smart devices.”

Kelsey also recently finished a stint volunteering in a refugee camp in Greece. You can follow her on her blog, Meaning Lite on tumblr.

Ryan Breseman started working as a software engineer at Hitachi Data Systems in October 2015.

Jerrod Burright is working on his Associates Degree at Cascadia Community College.

Raquel Davalos graduates from Seattle University this year with a business/marketing degree. She earned her residential real estate license and has been working with her mother for the past couple of years.

Arielle Dorman is an associate V.P. for Kidder Matthews Real Estate. A commercial broker, she lives in Seattle.

Mitchell Dorman graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2014, and is completing his associate's degree at Cascadia College and working. He plans to transfer to Seattle University in the fall.

Rachael Dorman is a stage manager for various Seattle theaters. She has worked with the 5th Avenue, Childrens Theatre, Seattle Rep and Intiman. She lives in Seattle.

Naomi Finnecy graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2015, attends Bellevue College and hopes to study Business Administration.

Kaitlyn's twin sister, Kylie McElrath, graduated in December and is now working for Missoula Children's Theatre, which sends a pair of TADs (Teacher, Actor, Directors) to schools to put up a show in a week. Though she was assigned to Montana, MCT travels all over the US, Canada and even abroad.

Haley Gabrielle is a classics major and a religious studies minor at Kenyon College. She is graduating this spring (one year early), and will be at a Master of Theological Studies program at Yale Divinity School in the fall.

Kelly Nichols-Hoppe graduated from Bennington College in 2014 with a BA in theater production and management. While she was in school she had a couple of different jobs in the theater/film industry, such as associate casting director at Cindi Rush Casting and executive assistant to the CEO/office manager for BLF Entertainment. Following graduation, she became a brand ambassador for Handy HQ, located in the greater New York City area. She worked there until February of this year and filled a variety of positions during that time. The last of those was New York operations manager. In March she started a new position at Postmates as the community manager. Currently, she lives in Brooklyn.

Nikhil Pailoor took early admission to the University of Washington, and will graduate this spring with a degree in electrical engineering. He will then attend Georgia Tech to complete a doctorate in that field.

Shankara Pailoor graduated in 2014 with a degree in computer science from the University of Chicago. He will likely attend Colombia University in the fall to complete a master's degree in computer science.

Charlotte Reinnoldt graduated from NIST international school, and is a freshman majoring in International Relations on a premedical track at Claremont McKenna College.

Chelsea Reinnoldt graduated from Concordian International School, and is studying painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Andy Seckinger is finishing his freshman year at Western Washington University where he is enjoying running track and field and cross country.

Anne Seckinger graduated from Emory University in December 2015 and will soon begin a fulltime job in San Francisco with Deloitte Consulting. She has spent the past few months traveling through southeast Asia and will soon visit Cuba.

Kamna Shastri will graduate from Whitman College on May 22 with a BA in sociology and environmental studies.

John Williams has worked for Google Maps for the past two years. He is teaching himself Mandarin and website development online.

Russell Williams graduated at the end of August from Western (WWU) with a double major in Business Sustainability and Marketing.

Ellie Wimmer is in her first year of college at Cascadia College in Bothell, tentatively planning to pursue a nursing degree.

Lucas Wimmer is graduating with a degree in international economics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in May and will be working in NYC for The Blackstone Group.


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