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Accettullo, Claire

Teacher - 1st grade


My name is Claire Accettullo (Ms. A) and this will be my second year at Wedgwood Elementary. I previously taught at Olympic Hills Elementary, and have enjoyed teaching K and 1st in the school district I attended as a student myself. I was inspired to teach while working as an intern at Woodland Park Zoo. I received my BS in Environmental Science, and worked as a research assistant (fire ecology) with the UW and Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab (USFS). These experiences reinforced my philosophy that all students are natural scientists, and their "wonderings" about the world should be nurtured and encouraged. I completed my Master in Teacher from Seattle University in 2017. In my free time I enjoy reading, walking around Fremont, and bird watching.

Alvarez, Steven

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7


Resource room I.A. at Wedgwood Elementary. Our team helps service K-5 students with IEP's.

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Our resource room team looks forward helping your family and student. 

Antush, Heidi

Special Education Asst/ISE


Resource room IA. Our team helps service K-5 students with IEP's

Barquero, Sarah



I've been the nurse at Wedgwood for 5 years and with SPS for 8 years. Before that I was a burn nurse at Harborview.

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I have a nursing degree from the University of Washington and a Master's degree from WGU. I also majored in French at St. Lawrence University in upstate NY.

As well as being the nurse at Wedgwood, I am the nurse diabetes expert for Seattle Public Schools and work to mentor nurses and be a resource for families.

I have 3 young children and we like to hike, bike, bake, and watch movies together.

I LOVE working with children every day. I love their natural curiosity. Learning about their interests, worries, and accomplishments is incredible. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing community!

Brickett, Leslie

Third Grade Teacher

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I have been a third grade teacher at Wedgwood for many years, but I have also taught first and second grade. I love third graders.  They bring energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm to the classroom. I have the privilege of working with a great third grade team and we work together closely to build a great program for all of our students.

I graduated from college with a degree in English.  After I had children of my own, I realized how much I enjoyed being with children, and I went back to get my teaching certification.  I have two sons, both grown now, who were students at Wedgwood School when I started teaching there. I feel so fortunate to have landed in my neighborhood school.  I love to see students out and about in the community.

Outside of school, I live with my husband and three cats.  I love to read and am always happy to hear recommendations for good books.  I am a novice knitter and enjoy puttering around with sewing projects as well.  I like to cook, bake, and try out new recipes.  We also like to travel.

Burge, Martha

Elementary School Assistant-203/8

Clark, Kelly

Teacher-4th Grade Teacher

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I am not a native of Washington.  I am from the Chicago area in Illinois.  I did spend all my summers on Bainbridge Island visiting my grandparents.  That is what brought me to Seattle.  I've been teaching at Wedgwood for over 20 years.  I began my teaching career with SPS at Rainier View.  I have been fortunate to teach 4th graders or 4th and 5th split classroom for my entire career.  I am passionate about teaching and LOVE teaching 4th graders!

Crawford, Gabriel

4th Grade Teacher


Gabriel Crawford is excited to be starting her third year at Wedgwood teaching 4th grade. Prior to teaching at Wedgwood Gabriel taught in Special Education. She received her undergraduate from Evergreen State College and masters from Antioch University. Gabriel grew up in Seattle and loves the mountains and forests of the Pacific Northwest. She loves teaching and considers it her dream job.

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I am excited to start the year with you!


4th Grade Schoology:


D’Aberle, Stacey

License Assistant I

Daniels, Mark

Secretary II-260

Delissio, Jeffrey



I attended Drew University in NJ and then moved to Seattle. After working in a day care for a year I knew that I wanted to work and teach children. So, I went to Western Washington University to obtain my certificate and have been teaching in Seattle for 19 years. Many of my years were spent as an Instructional Specialist helping students with reading and mathematics. Last year, I moved to first-grade and I love it!

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I love teaching and working with Elementary students.  I wake up every day excited and enthused to go to work.  Honestly, there is nothing else that I would rather do.

I also enjoy playing the drums, swimming, and spending time with my family.

Dermody, Melissa

K-5 Distinct Program Lead


Morning person that loves all seasons, helping others, making lists and being with my students.

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Melissa began her teaching career in her home state of Illinois as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in 2001.  A year later she moved to Everett to be closer to family.  She pioneered the Pre-Kindergarten program at Holy Rosary in Edmonds in 2005.  In 2014, Melissa started working in SPS developmental preschool as an Instructional Assistant.  After a few short years, she realized how much she missed working directly with parents and that special education was her next calling.  After completing her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and getting a certificate in Special Education Melissa was welcomed to the Wedgwood family in 2016 as the lead teacher of the Distinct Program within their Special Education services.  Because Melissa believes that all students deserve their educational needs to be met, she does not see her program as special education but refers to it as the Multi-Disability/Multi-Grade classroom or Room 19.  

Melissa enjoys helping the students be successful at accessing and learning curriculum and life skills by individualizing/differentiating instruction, arranging the classroom as needed, giving loads of wait time, stepping into stressful moments and bringing student voice into the classroom and lessons.  She also loves to add music, dance and laughter to each day.

Outside of teaching Melissa can be found serving in her church, going to the zoo, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, eating all sorts of food, watching TV and being with friends and family.  

Dugdale, Alexander

Instrumental Music Teacher

Biography Hilarious, Talented, Always hungry. I love music and I love teaching. I have a bunch of friends (see picture)I look forward everyday to sharing my knowledge and love of music with younger generations and have dedicated my life to the education and performance of music. WOOOOOHOOOO!!!!

Eckert, Kristen

Assistant Principal

Friedman, Sam

5th Grade Teacher


Teacher Sam enjoys hiking, reading, games (both video and board), participating in social justice movements, and cooking. Their 5th grade class is filled with music, tough questions, bright colors, comic books, and laughter. Sam grew up in Clearview, WA and now lives in Seattle. They started teaching in SPS during the 2016/17 school year and at Wedgwood during the 2017/18 school year. They studied community education models at Hampshire College, graduating in 2010 and received their Masters in Teaching from Antioch College in 2016.

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I am overjoyed to work in such a wonderful educational community here at Wedgwood. I hope I can send my 5th graders off to middle school with a love of learning and critical thinking skills. Let's have some educational fun!

Pronouns: They/Them
By stating my pronouns clearly, I hope to create space for others to share theirs, creating a more inclusive environment and culture for my learning community. 


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Goforth, Christie

Teacher- 2nd Grade



Philosophy: I am passionate about empowering children through culturally responsive educational opportunities, social emotional learning, personal connections, and challenging growth mindset. I am committed to advocacy and social justice work. I believe that children who are encouraged to discover and learn about issues that matter to them build the capacity for empathy, leadership, and self-awareness.

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Background Information:

I have worked with children and families in various capacities for over 22 years and have taught at Wedgwood since 2012. Before joining the Wedgwood community, I worked in early childhood education through high school and college. Fun facts: I’ve also been a barista and a hotel concierge.

I feel so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of so many family’s lives over the years. Kids are complex, joyful, hilarious, interesting, kind, and sometimes frustrating humans. I love being around them and gain so much hope and strength from building connections with them.

Some of my favorite activities include spending time with friends and family, reading, making music playlists, going to Mariner's games, engaging in activism, spending time with my 2- year old niece, Mavis, floating on lakes, creating soup recipes, and sleeping.

Gotchef, Deborah

Kindergarten Teacher


Enthusiastic Kindergarten teacher.

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I have loved teaching Kindergarten for 10 years at Wedgwood Elementary School.

When not hanging out with small people, I love to run, garden, play with my dog, cook with my daughter, and hang out at my coffee shop.