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Susan Chua

Chua, Susan

Teacher-Elementary Academic Interventionist (Literacy)

Personal Message

I have been teaching since 2012, and joined the Northgate team in in the Fall of 2017. Northgate is a wonderful school! We are small but mighty, with a highly skilled, dedicated staff of educators, curious and creative students, and supportive, courageous families. Together, we strive to live this idea:

"You have to love people for who they are . . . then they will be all they can be." Julia Alvarez, How Tia Lola Came to Visit (Stay).

I love connecting students with books and supporting them as they learn to read. If you want to know more about how we teach literacy at Northgate, you have questions about your child's reading, you need help getting more books and literacy resources at home, or you just want to talk about books, please contact me - I'd love to talk with you.

Salifou Dao

Dao, Salifou

Custodial Engineer J
Lael Erickson

Erickson, Lael

Teacher/Bilingual BE


I teach K, 1 and 2 in the Primary Bilingual Orientation Center. This is a self contained classroom for students who are new to the United States and speak little or no English. I support them in learning English at an accelerated pace as well as helping them to acculturate to the United States. I love the diverse students and staff at Northgate as well as the willingness of everyone (students included!) to help each other. I have taught in the Primary BOC for 6 years. Before that I taught kindergarten in Highline School District for 7 years. I started my teaching career as a full time substitute. I subbed in schools all over the Seattle School District for 4 years.

Deirdre Fauntleroy

Fauntleroy, Deirdre




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My name is Dedy Fauntleroy, I am the proud principal of Northgate Elementary.  This is my second year at Northgate and my 6th year as a principal in Seattle Public Schools.  What I love most about Northgate is that it is a vibrant example of a neighborhood school.  We are here to serve the children in our neighborhood and to be a vital part of our community.  When you enter our doors you can instantly feel the welcoming, warmth and love.  We strive to create a sense of belonging to every child, every family and every community member that crosses our threshold.  It is our goal to instill a sense of connectedness, courage and compassion in every one of our learners.

Fitzpatrick, Marissa

School Nurse

Haugen, Monica

Recreation Program Coordinator


I am in my second year of running the Reads and Counts after school intervention program at Northgate Elementary.

Mary Heric

Heric, Mary

Instructional Asst - 203/7
William Hershman

Hershman, William



Hi! I teach 4th-grade at Northgate Elementary. I've been teaching 4th (and one year, both 4th and 5th grades), since 2013. There are so many things I love about Northgate that I can't possibly write them all here. Here are some of them: We have an amazingly diverse group of students, families, and staff. I also love being part of a classroom and school community which focuses on teamwork to make sure everyone is learning and is being respected. When I am not teaching (or preparing to teach), I love spending time at home, I love my dog, I enjoy going to the gym and I've even tried playing some volleyball recently.

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Hurley, Shelly

STAR Mentor
Joanne King

King, Joanne

Elementary School Assistant-203/8

Kopiloff, Any



Originally from a small country in south of South America by the Atlantic Ocean, Uruguay. Born and raised from a Brazilian mother and a Uruguayan father. Grew up as an only child in a bilingual family. Attended an only girls’ school from Pre-K to 12th grade. Favorite Book: Little Prince. Favorite Author: Paulo Coelho from Brazil. Favorite things do: travel and get to know people and cultures. Favorite Places in the world: Paris and Montevideo. Favorite Food: French Onion Soup and Uruguayan Empanadas. Dreams: to live in Paris, and to spend a summer in Uruguay doing my favorite activity as a child, enjoying the sun, the ocean and walking on the warm sand. Graduated from college in 2008 with Regular Education and Special Education Degrees. Favorite Activities at school: Reading and Gardening.

Limon, Sara

Sarah Lounsbury

Lounsbury, Sarah

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7


Currently working as an IA in the primary SEL program at Northgate Elementary. I have previous experience working in a Distinct Classroom, in an Access Program, and in Resource. I strongly believe in inclusion and peer models. I also love dogs, bicycling,and haikus.

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