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

Brown hair woman with glasses in the middle with 2 taller teen boys on either side.

I am a mom to two boys in high school who are involved in and love band! We love playing instruments together, playing board games, camping, watching movies and spending time with family. In fall and spring we are on the soccer field!
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, Chopped Leaf, Cactus
Color: red, pink
Snack: Nuts, cheese, popcorn
Hobbies: shopping, hiking
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: all!!!
Scent: Lavender, lilac, anything floral
Drink: Coffee, kombucha
Do you collect anything?: no
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Gluten free
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.:

Karen Konrad Kindergarten 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
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: Arden, who is in 9th grade and Ray who is in 8th grade in Tacoma. We love playing board games, having parties and going on adventures—especially with our silly miniature schnauzer, Max and our even sillier Great Pyrenees/Lab/Border Collie puppy, Grits. We also have two lazy kitties: Toast and Waffles. I love all animals, except 8-legged ones. My journey started at Green Gables as the art docent for Arden’s Kindergarten Class in 2012. I then started subbing and eventually accepted a job as a 3/4 Multi-Age Teacher in 2014. 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—in 2018. 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, Social justice and Inspirational, but I’m part of 4 book groups, so I read all kinds of things), drawing/coloring (pencil on paper and colored pencil on coloring books), walking/hiking (with my dogs and family), watching shows and movies (mostly fantasy and sci-fi, but also Drag Race), tattoos, 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
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 2nd 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: October 17th
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

Hello! This is my 6th year teaching. I enjoy spending time with my two children – my daughter, Audrey, 21 and son, Quinn, 18, and my boyfriend of 10 years, Kevin, a fellow 3rd grade teacher in the neighboring Highline district. I am creative any chance I get and love spending time outdoors.
Birthday: September 25th
Starbucks Order: white chocolate peppermint mocha
Fast Food Order: Burgers
Candy: Caramel M&Ms
Place to shop: Amazon
Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Restaurants: Any
Color: Red, teal, and black
Snack: Newman’s Own peach salsa and pita chips
Hobbies: Gardening, painting, diamond painting, hiking, reading, crafts
Holiday: Christmas
Flower/Plant: Any! Yes!
Scent: Peppermint
Drink: Crystal light peach iced tea
Do you collect anything?: Nesting dolls, snowmen, owls
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: None
Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Pens
Anything else you want to share?: I ❤️ my job!
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: Art supplies
Mariya Klimok 4th grade teacher

Hello! This is my 4th year teaching at Green Gables. Outside of teaching/work, I love to sing, play piano and enjoy spending a day shopping…self-care/love find good deals on trendy outfits:). I love to cook delicious dinners and absolutely love spending time with family.
Birthday: April 9th
Starbucks Order: Latte with 1 extra shot coffee (I keep it simple)
Fast Food Order: Chick-Fila is the best 🙂 My typical order is a Chicken Sandwich with no pickles and a Large Fries.
Candy: Any chocolate- I am not picky
Place to shop: Costco (for groceries) and Homegood (for house things)
Sports Team: Seahawks?
Restaurants: Trapper Sushi, Black Angus, Anything will work as long as the food is good
Color: Sky Blue
Snack: Chips
Hobbies: Singing, playing the piano, cooking delicious dinner-when I have time.
Holiday: Christmas is probably my favorite because you get to decorate and cut down a Christmas tree.
Flower/Plant: hydrangea and Peony
Scent: Not Sure-Something that reminds me of nature/trees
Drink: I run on Coffee and Water 🙂
Do you collect anything?:
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: No
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?:
Amazon Wishlist:
I’m looking for __________ for my classroom.: more interesting/new books (Battle of the Book-would be nice).
Michelle O'Sullivan 4th Grade teacher

I enjoy baking & decorating (fancy) iced cookies, gardening, reading, and walking outdoors.
Birthday: June 27th

Starbucks Order: Iced vanilla latte or Chai tea latte (hot)

Fast Food Order: Chicken anything from Chiptle or Qdoba

Candy: Dark chocolate

Place to shop: Target, of course!

Sports Team: Is reading a sport?

Restaurants: The Mill or BJs

Color: Teal/turquoise

Snack: Pringles

Hobbies: Read, garden, bake, walk outdoors

Holiday: Christmas

Flower/Plant: Peony or Hydrangea

Scent: Spicy, cinnamon, winter scents–spruce, cedar (for candles or soaps)

Drink: Diet Pepsi

Do you collect anything?: memories

Allergies/Dietary restrictions: No perfume

Thank you but I don’t need anymore: No mugs or knick-knacks

Anything else you want to share?: I appreciate Bath & Body seasonal foam soaps for the classroom (no sweet scents, please!)

Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3L821MN3EHEE6?ref_=wl_share

I’m looking for __________ for my classroom: A new electric pencil sharpener

Kim Silvernale 4/5 teacher

Intermediate multiage is my favorite assignment because I love the longevity of the relationships and the dynamics between the elders and youngers…but that time I taught kindergarten over zoom was also pretty cool. I love 4th grade content rotation years because I get to take the kids to Mount St. Helens. I value character growth just as much as academic development, and I try to provide as much experiential learning as possible.

Starbucks Order: I have been trying to quit coffee everyday for over a decade

Fast Food Order: jack in the box tacos always hit the spot

Candy: Werther’s (I know. I’m old. I have a crystal candy dish and everything.))

Place to shop: goodwill

Sports Team: patty mahomes

Restaurants: thai and sushi

Color: anything granny chic

Snack: salami

Hobbies: mostly laundry and dishes. I clean the bathtub fairly regularly. Occasionally, I wash walls.

Holiday: halloween

Flower/Plant: avocado trees

Scent: nag champa

Drink: water

Do you collect anything?: overdue library books

Allergies/Dietary restrictions: nope

Thank you but I don’t need anymore: children. 5 is plenty.

Anything else you want to share?:

Amazon Wishlist: I don’t have my act together enough to do this

I’m looking for __________ for my classroom: painting supplies and yarn. Oh, and dining room furniture. The best conversations always happen at the dinner table. I have enough chairs, though some have been more loved than others. I hope to someday be completely rid of the school tables that just scream “institution,” and have a classroom atmosphere that hugs the soul. I would add wall paper to my list, but I could see that getting me in trouble.

Kirsten Fletcher 3-5 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
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
Kim Schoeler K-3 Literacy Development Teacher (LDT)


Starbucks Order: Grande Peppermint Mocha, Strawberry Açaí Refresher

Fast Food Order: Chicken

Candy: Dark chocolate Milky Way, Peppermint Patties, Dark chocolate with caramel

Place to shop: Target, Fred Meyer

Sports Team: Cougars, Seahawks

Restaurants: Olive Garden, Panera

Color: Greens and blues

Snack: Gardetto’s, Chex Mix, Crumbl Cookies

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, embroidery

Holiday: Christmas

Flower/Plant: Any

Scent: Vanilla

Drink: Diet Coke, Fresca, Lemon flavored Vitamin Water zero

Do you collect anything?: Snowmen, Funky ornaments

Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Tree nut allergy (peanuts are okay)

Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Mugs

Anything else you want to share?:

Amazon Wishlist: NA – I support all K-3 classrooms, along with students in 4th and 5th grade struggling readers

I’m looking for __________ for my classroom: IRLA books for ALL classrooms!

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!!!
Jenn Marquez Instructional Coach

I have been at Green Gables since the 2019-2020 school year. I love all the students, staff, and families here. I am passionate about getting high interest books into the hands of our scholars. Mrs. Palin and I have been working hard to reorganize the books to make them more accessible to students. I have children, a girl who is in Kindergarten and and a 2 year old boy. We love to go to the zoo and aquarium and explore. Please let us know if there is a certain book you wish the library had. We are always updating our wish list.
Birthday: February 27th

Starbucks Order: Nonfat caramel macchiato or caramel brulee latte

Fast Food Order: Carne Asada Burrito, Egg McMuffin, or Taco Time Soft Pinto Bean Burrito and tots

Candy: Chocolate with Carmel or Peanut Butter (Heath, Milk Duds, etc) or Skittles

Place to shop: Target, Michaels, Barnes and Noble

Sports Team: Seahawks/ Huskies

Restaurants: Trappers, Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings

Color: Purple, Teal, Black

Snack: Pretzels, Pirates Booty, Apples, Takis,

Hobbies: Exploring with my kids, scrapbooking, using my cricut

Holiday: Halloween

Flower/Plant: Orchid/ Lily

Scent: Eucalyptus Mint (No floral or cologne smells – migraines)

Drink: strawberry or raspberry lemonade, nonfat caramel macchiato

Do you collect anything?: Anything FRIENDS (TV show), Cute tumblers with straws (especially metal ones like SM brand ones), cute notepads, I also love STARS

Allergies/Dietary restrictions: Strong floral/ cologne smells (migraines)

Thank you but I don’t need anymore: Coffee Mugs

Anything else you want to share?: We are always looking to add newly released high interest books to the library. If you would like to donate a book in your name, checkout our amazon wish list. We appreciate you!

Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1TS2M91E5DUOL?ref_=wl_share

I’m looking for __________ for my classroom: Empty Large Cereal Boxes, Book displays, newly released high interest books for scholars

Kayla Prewitt School Counselor

Hello lovely PTA! I am the school counselor at Green Gables. I was born and raised in beautiful Washington state. I have been working with young people for the entirety of my professional career (three years as a counselor at a youth center focusing on providing affordable childcare to low-income families, three years working as a case manager for Communities In Schools of Puyallup at Karshner Elementary, two years as an intern for Boston Public Schools, and now my position at Green Gables!) I love to read, write, and let nature do its work on me. In the future, I’m excited to travel more
Birthday: January 11th

Starbucks Order: Flat White with two pumps of caramel

Fast Food Order: Chick Fil A nuggets with honey mustard and waffle fries!

Candy: Peanut M&Ms & Nerds Gummy Clusters

Place to shop: Any book store or target!

Sports Team: 🙂 I just hope everybody playing has a good time

Restaurants: Wooden City, Matador, Indo Cafe Eatery

Color: Yellow

Snack: Pirate’s Booty

Hobbies: I love to read, write, go on long nature walks, and use my record player!

Holiday: Christmas

Flower/Plant: I love love love all flowers and plants

Scent: Vanilla, fresh laundry, any opal house candle

Drink: Coffee 🙂 Or la croix

Do you collect anything?: I have an absurd number of books

Allergies/Dietary restrictions: n/a

Thank you but I don’t need anymore: lotions

Anything else you want to share?: We are so thankful for you!!!

Amazon Wishlist

I’m looking for __________ for my classroom: always accepting sensory toys / fidgets and picture books 🙂

Kylee Cole SLP

Hi there! This is my 8th year as an SLP. I’ve been working for FWPS since 2018 and joined this lovely GGB team in 2022. I want every student to have a voice and feel pride in sharing their ideas and stories. I grew up in MA and moved to WA in 2015. I live with my husband, Chris, and our two cats and dog.
Birthday: July 10th

Starbucks Order: Coconut milk latte with honey

Fast Food Order: Veggie sandwiches/wraps

Candy: Dark chocolate

Place to shop: Anywhere I can shop from my couch lol

Sports Team: Red Sox and Rainiers

Restaurants: I am the least bit picky

Color: Greens and oranges

Snack: Popcorn!!

Hobbies: Horseback riding, gardening, backpacking, reading, cooking

Holiday: Thank you pandemic for teaching me the value of time with friends and family

Flower/Plant: All of em

Scent: Balsam Fir, anything woodsy or floral

Drink: Coffee and water

Do you collect anything?: No but I do have a large amount of cat mugs

Allergies/Dietary restrictions: n/a

Thank you but I don’t need anymore:

Anything else you want to share?:

Amazon Wishlist

I’m looking for __________ for my classroom: Wiggle stool, art supplies, wordless picture books, fidgets

Mindy Kim Attendance/Data Secretary

I was a parent at GG before I started working here. I LOVE dogs and BTS!
Birthday: September 29th
Starbucks Order: Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Fast Food Order: El Riconsito Tacos and Fries
Candy: Sour candies/gummies
Place to shop: Target, Homegoods
Sports Team: All Seattle teams
Color: Purple
Snack: chips and dip
Hobbies: fostering puppies, taking pictures and traveling
Holiday: Christmas and Halloween
Scent: Grapefruit/Citrus
Do you collect anything?: snow globes and Starbucks city mugs
Allergies/Dietary restrictions: none
Thank you but I don’t need anymore:
Anything else you want to share?: I love decorating with gel clings.
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:
Color: Red/ Navy Blue
Snack: Cheese and Apples
Holiday: Christmas
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.: