32607 47th Avenue S.W. Federal Way WA 98023

Meet the Staff

We are still working to add all of the Green Gables staff to our list. If the person you are looking for isn’t on here give them a friendly reminder to fill out the Staff Favorites survey the PTA sent out!

Jennifer Clausen Kindergarten Teacher

I am a soccer mom! Weekends are soccer and relaxing with my two middle school boys.. We are musical and love playing our instruments together, playing board games and watching movies.
Birthday: January 11th
Starbucks Order: Americano with half &half and sugar free vanilla
Fast Food Order:
Candy: dark chocolate
Place to shop: Amazon, Target, Trader Joes
Sports Team:
Restaurants: Red Robin
Color: red, pink
Snack: Nuts, cheese
Hobbies: shopping
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: all!!!
Scent: lavendar
Drink: COFFEE!
Do you collect anything?: no
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Gluten , sugar
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Kelsey Winkler Kindergarten Teacher

I’m an artist, singer, reader, and traveler. I enjoy oil painting, knitting, and making jewelry. My favorite sport is shopping!
Birthday: May 12th
Starbucks Order: Flat White ( love the holiday spice during the holidays).
Fast Food Order:
Candy: Dark Chocolate!
Place to shop: Target, Amazon, Trader Joes
Sports Team: WSU Cougars, Seahawks
Restaurants: The Rock, Rhein Haus, Indo Asian Bistro
Color: Different shades of blue
Snack: Chex Mix
Hobbies: Knitting, reading, painting, sleeping.
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Any but lilies, I’m allergic (I’m not good at keeping plants alive).
Scent: No thank you, I’m allergic to most
Drink: Ginger ale
Do you collect anything?:
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Smelly lotions and perfumes, lilies, spinich, cilantro (I just really don’t like it).
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Mugs!
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Maria Rainbow Rubatino 1st Grade Teacher

I love Jesus, art, Girl Scouts, nature, mountains, beaches, unicorns, rainbows, glitter and travel. I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was 6 years old. I attended Multnomah Bible College and Concordia University in Portland earning Bachelors degrees in Bible & Theology and Elementary Education. While in college (2004) I married my Bible Camp sweetheart, Jeff. We have two amazingly talented, fun and brilliant children: Lavinia, who is in 7th grade and Ray who is in 6th grade at Meeker Middle School in NE Tacoma. We love playing board games, having parties and going on adventures—especially with our silly miniature schnauzer, Max. Last Summer we also adopted two kittens, Toast and Waffles. I became a Vegan a few years ago, but I’m not very picky about dairy…especially if it’s inside of chocolate:) My journey started at Green Gables as the art docent for Lavinia’s Kindergarten Class. I then started subbing and eventually accepted a job as a 3/4 Multi-Age Teacher in 2012. I taught 3rd grade the next year and looped up to teach that same class 4th grade the next year. Finally, I got to move down to teach what I’m best at—first grade—last year. I love working at Green Gables and hope to teach here for another 30 years.
Birthday: June 27th
Starbucks Order: Soy Latte (Pumpkin Spice in the fall!)
Fast Food Order: Any Tofu Wrap from Chopped Leaf!
Candy: Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Place to shop: Lush
Sports Team: Nope:-/
Restaurants: Chopped Leaf in Federal Way, Brewer’s Row and Viva in Tacoma
Color: Kelly Green
Snack: Veggies and Hummus
Hobbies: Girl Scouts (camping, crafting, serving), Church (Urban Grace in Tacoma), travel (mostly to Portland to see friends lately, but farther when the kids are old enough), READING (mostly Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Spiritual and Inspirational), drawing/coloring (pencil on paper and colored pencil on coloring books), walking (with my pets and family), watching shows and movies (mostly fantasy and sci-fi), tattoos (my guy is in Everett), and parties! I’d say I like gardening, but I don’t—I just like plants😂
Holiday: Easter!!!
Flower/Plant: All of them!!!
Scent: Sweet (fruity or sugary smells)
Drink: Yes, please!!
Do you collect anything?: Unicorns, rainbows, books😬, Fantasy/Sci-fi genre (nerd culture) art…and anything pretty or glittery or inspirational
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Vegetarian that leans vegan
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Coffee mugs, lotion/soap or stuffed animals
Anything else you want to share?: I’m so happy to work for an amazing school with such an AMAZING PTA!!! I served on the PTA board from 2012-2016 and just cannot thank them enough for everything they do for us!!! If any parents are willing to come help in my classroom I welcome it!!! Anyone can come help kids sit and get their work done or read with them so I can work with individuals or small groups w/o having to worry about my wigglers. If working with kids isn’t your favorite I’d love help to prep materials or make copies, cut and prep and help clean-up—I have a very lively group this year!!!
Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/FZRIEYJMW011?ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_mw_6MfPuJbH7hLyz
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: A heavy-duty pencil sharpener
Brianna Beach 1st Grade Teacher

I’m a former Californian, a foodie, and a singer.
Birthday: May 4th
Starbucks Order: Iced chai tea latte
Fast Food Order:
Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Place to shop: LUSH
Sports Team:
Restaurants:
Color: Violet
Snack: Popcorn
Hobbies:
Holiday:
Flower/Plant: Roses
Scent: Baked goods
Drink:
Do you collect anything?:
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Gluten free (celiac disease) – no wheat or wheat by-products
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Coffee mugs (I only drink cold drinks anyway!)
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: fun kids’ board games
Karen Konrad 2nd Grade Teacher

Passionate about supporting every student academically and socio/emotionally in a way that empowers her/him and nurtures each child’s unique gifts.
Dedicated to environmental stewardship locally and globally, reverence for all life, involved with several art forms, dance, music, theater, visual arts and writing. (published several poems and 1 book.)
Birthday: November 20th
Starbucks Order: Grande vanilla latte’, no foam
Fast Food Order: none
Candy: none
Place to shop: local businesses, street fairs
Sports Team: none
Restaurants: Royal Thai Bistro, Cafe Flora, Curry Corner
Color: green
Snack: veggies, popcorn, rice cakes nuts fruit
Hobbies: gardening, hiking singing, dancing, theater, the visual arts wriiting,
Holiday: Winter Solstice
Flower/Plant: Wild flowers that attract bees humingbirds, butterflies, deer …
Scent: lavendar, lilac
Drink: water, lattes as a treat
Do you collect anything?: not really
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Vegetarian
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Stuff
Anything else you want to share?: GGB has the best PTA ever
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: hokki stools, yoga balls in a frame for sitting
Stephen Griffith 2nd Grade Teacher

I love hiking and Seattle sports (mostly soccer, hockey, and baseball)
Birthday: July 14th
Starbucks Order: Venti Vanilla Latte (Iced or Hot is good)
Fast Food Order: Big Mac or Whopper (no pickles)
Candy: Chocolate or candy bars
Place to shop: Old Navy or Costco
Sports Team: Seattle Sports or Pittsburgh Penguins
Restaurants: Chipotle, Red Robin
Color: Red
Snack: Gluten Free pretzels (no allergy, though)
Hobbies: Hiking, Soccer, Exploring
Holiday: Christmas or Thanksgiving
Flower/Plant: Cactus
Scent: Vanilla or Lavender
Drink: Root Beer or Lemon/Citrus Teas
Do you collect anything?: Shot Glasses and Mugs
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: None!
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Soap
Anything else you want to share?: I am getting married in the summer. I am just excited about that.
Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1GX0PCUPOOE38?ref_=wl_share
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Rochelle Irons 3rd Grade Teacher

I love being a teacher and teaching children to love reading and to appreciate good books! I am the proud mom of four children (two in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary). I love to read, watch movies, go to the beach, watch my kids play sports and spend time with my French Bulldogs! My favorite thing to do is drink a cup of tea and snuggle with my dog while reading a good book!
Birthday: 10/17/2019
Starbucks Order: iced vanilla bean coconut milk latte or Toffee Nut mocha
Fast Food Order: Chick Fil A Nuggets or Starbucks drinks
Candy: Twix , almond butter cups from Trader Joes
Place to shop: Target, Amazon, Trader Joes
Sports Team: Seattle Sounders and UW Huskies!
Restaurants: Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, any teriyaki place!
Color: Aqua
Snack: Pita Chips, Pringles, anything coconut
Hobbies: Reading, crafting, painting furniture, playing with my
French Bulldogs, watching my kids at their soccer games and ballet performances.
Holiday: Besides summer (I love the ocean and the sunshine)- Christmas!
Flower/Plant: Hydrangea, roses, sunflowers, daisy
Scent: Lavender and orange
Drink: Ice tea, San Pellegrino Blood Orange
Do you collect anything?: Books and Flair pens!
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: No peanut butter please
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: mugs
Anything else you want to share?: Green Gables parents are the best!
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: scratch and sniff stickers (always), command hooks, stikki clips, page protectors!
Kerry Ozolitis 3rd grade teacher

4th year teaching, two children-my daughter, Audrey, is 18 and my son, Quinn, is 16. My boyfriend, Kevin, teaches in the Highline district as a 3rd grade teacher. I love to travel. I am creating something all the time. I’m originally from Wisconsin. My favorite season is fall.
Birthday: September 25th
Starbucks Order: Chai – hot or iced
Fast Food Order: Burgers
Candy: Peanut m&ms
Place to shop: Amazon
Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Restaurants: Any
Color: Red
Snack: Fruit
Hobbies: Painting, diamond painting, other crafts, baking
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Any! I love flowers!
Scent: Peppermint
Drink: Hot chocolate
Do you collect anything?: Nesting dolls, owls, teacher funny t-shirts, bookmarks, BOOKS!
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: None
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Pens/pencils, coffee mugs
Anything else you want to share?: I love my job.
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Art supplies
Emily Ball 4th Grade teacher

I am in my first year of teaching, just got engaged to the love of my life, grew up in Utah, love to travel and bake.
Birthday: August 18th
Starbucks Order: I prefer Red Bull Italian sodas.
Fast Food Order: Hamburger or chicken nuggets
Candy: Any milk chocolate
Place to shop: Target
Sports Team: Utah Utes
Restaurants: Frugal’s, Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse
Color: Red and purple
Snack: Popcorn, potato chips
Hobbies: Baking, traveling, hiking, camping.
Holiday: Halloween
Flower/Plant: Fire and ice rose or Gerber Daisy’s
Scent: Anything fruity
Drink: Dr pepper
Do you collect anything?: Postcards
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: None
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: School supplies.. 😉
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Books. I would like to build my own library
Sheryl Tingley 4/5 teacher

I have two daughters and 3 granddaughters, 2 dogs and a wonderful husband. I like to be outside camping hiking, fishing somewhere in the woods. I like to make useful things out of junk I pick up at thrift stores.
Birthday: November 15th
Starbucks Order: caramel cold foam cold brew
Fast Food Order: not for me….
Candy: truffles
Place to shop: Gap
Sports Team: Seahawks
Restaurants: Red Robin
Color: Green
Snack: raw almonds
Hobbies: DIY projects using thrift store junk
Holiday: 1) Christmas 2) 4th of July
Flower/Plant: Dahlias
Scent: Delicious
Drink: vodka tonic
Do you collect anything?: scarves…I love them
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: gluten
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: candy
Anything else you want to share?: I love my job
Amazon Wishlist: http://a.co/eiLbQKy
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Markers for my flip chart…..Mr Sketch
Tiffani Bennett Functional Core Teacher

Birthday: January 9th
Starbucks Order: White Chocolate
Fast Food Order:
Candy: Reese sticks
Place to shop: Target, Ulta, and Amazon
Sports Team:
Restaurants:
Color: Purple
Snack:
Hobbies:
Holiday:
Flower/Plant: Lilies
Scent: Lavender
Drink: Coke
Do you collect anything?:
Allergies/Dietary restrictions:
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Lap pads or weighted blankets
Kirsten Brewer FCP 2-5 Teacher

I love to hike! I am also an animal lover, I have two cats and two ferrets.
Birthday: September 29th
Starbucks Order: Mocha
Fast Food Order: Chick fil a #1
Candy: Snickers or dark chocolate
Place to shop: Target
Sports Team: Seahawks
Restaurants:
Color: Pink
Snack: Cookies
Hobbies: Hiking
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Orchid
Scent: Vanilla
Drink: Coffee
Do you collect anything?: Plants
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: None
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Mugs, pencils
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/35KT28SW7YPM?ref_=wl_share
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Sensory tools, weighted blankets, snacks, cooking materials
Patty Navarre Reading Interventionist

I’ve been teaching for 18 years and been at Green Gables for 12 years. I LOVE my job! I am a mom and a grandma.
Birthday: June 18th
Starbucks Order: Venti Pike with lots of cream
Fast Food Order: Pepperoni & pineapple pizza
Candy: Dark chocolate or any kind of chocolate
Place to shop: online
Sports Team:
Restaurants: Ivars, Papa Murphy’s
Color: Purple
Snack: cashews
Hobbies: gardening, painting
Holiday: Christmas! I paint villages
Flower/Plant: blueberries, raspberries, poppies
Scent: rosemary or thyme
Drink: Diet Coke
Do you collect anything?: Rhinos! They’re the symbol of determination. And pig figurines . . . they’re cute!
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: -0-
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Translucent colored reading strips (Dollar Store). They help struggling readers track words/sentences on the page. THANK YOU!!!
Tom Wallat PE/Health and Fitness

Avid sports fan and love to participate in as many different activities possible.
Birthday: December 10th
Starbucks Order: I have never had a cup of coffee in my entire life.
Fast Food Order: Chicken sandwich and fries
Candy: Kit-kat
Place to shop: Amazon
Sports Team: Minnesota Vikings and Twins
Restaurants: BJ’s and Senor Taco
Color: Green
Snack: vegetables
Hobbies: Golf, cycling, gardening, traveling to my sons sporting events
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Lilac
Scent: My pillow
Drink: Smoothie
Do you collect anything?:
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Lactose intolerant
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: We can always use single jump ropes for kids to take home.
Amani Para-educator

Birthday: 5/9/1998
Starbucks Order: Strawberry Acai Refresher no ice, no water
Fast Food Order: McDonald’s 10 piece nugget
Candy: Skittles
Place to shop: Hobby Lobby, Ross, Target
Sports Team: Seahawks
Restaurants: Red Robin & BJs
Color: Red
Snack: White cheddar popcorn
Hobbies:
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Lotus, lavender, peony
Scent: Peach
Drink: Apple juice
Do you collect anything?: Socks, fridge magnets
Allergies/Dietary restrictions:
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Lotion
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Mindy Kim Data Secretary

I have an 8th grader at FWPA and 4th grader at Green Gables
Birthday: 9/29/1976
Starbucks Order: iced caramel cloud macchiato
Fast Food Order: McDonald’s fries
Candy:
Place to shop: Amazon
Sports Team: Seahawks, Sounds, Reign FC, Mariners
Restaurants:
Color: Red and purple
Snack: fruits and chips
Hobbies:
Holiday: Christmas and Halloween
Flower/Plant: I like flowers and plants
Scent: Love citrus scents – grapefruit
Drink:
Do you collect anything?: Starbucks mugs
Allergies/Dietary restrictions:
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?: My dog wears doggles and hangs out the window.
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Shelby Acuna Data Secretary

Birthday: December 12th
Starbucks Order: Strawberry Smoothie – No coffee
Fast Food Order:
Candy: Peanut M&M’s
Place to shop:
Sports Team:
Restaurants:
Color: Red/ Navy Blue
Snack: Cheese and Apples
Hobbies:
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant:
Scent:
Drink:
Do you collect anything?:
Allergies/Dietary restrictions:
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Timessa Lindley Family Liaison

It’s true, I come from the exciting and exotic country of Canada. I love dogs, and hope to have one (or ten) of my own someday; my husband and I dream of owning a foster farm for dogs. My favorite thing to do on weekends is go to the movies. I love the rain, but summer is my favorite season!
Birthday: December 11th
Starbucks Order: Grande Toffee Nut Americano with cream
Fast Food Order: Chick-Fil-A classic sandwich and waffle fries
Candy: Choc-o-holic
Place to shop: Home Goods or Goodwill!
Sports Team: No thanks
Restaurants: Chick-Fil-A, Greek food, MOD pizza
Color: Gold
Snack: Choc-o-holic
Hobbies: Hand lettering, Drawing, Writing letters (snail mail style)
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Cacti
Scent: Fresh ground coffee
Drink: Water
Do you collect anything?: Rocks & Geodes
Allergies/Dietary restrictions:
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Stuffed animals
Anything else you want to share?: I love getting to know people and their stories, please stop by and tell me about you!
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:
Margaret Aparis School Nurse

I’m a busy momma of 5, I’m still in school, I work at Green Gables 1.5 days and Decatur High school 3.5 days. I have a set of twins in the 3rd grade at Green Gables. I love spending time with my family. I love dogs. I love to laugh and have fun adventures.
Birthday: November 16th
Starbucks Order: Decaf pumpkin spice latte made with coconut milk
Fast Food Order: Wendy’s 4 for 4, with chicken bacon, sweet and sour, and honest tea
Candy: Sea salted caramel Dark chocolate
Place to shop: Whole Foods Market
Sports Team: Seahawks, Sounders
Restaurants: Old Spaghetti factory
Color: pink
Snack: chips
Hobbies: Health and fitness, learning new things,
Holiday: Christmas!
Flower/Plant: Sunflowers, Hibiscus, plumeria, orchids,
Scent: Donna Karen Cashmere
Drink: Lemon ginger kombucha
Do you collect anything?: Lady bugs, coins, pandas, Barbie’s little sister Kelly dolls, beach finds, casino $1 chips
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Shellfish, mostly GF, dairy free, no tree nuts (cept coconut)
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Lotion
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: