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Amar, Lillian


April Zhang

Kindergarten Teacher

I am new to South Shore this year (2022-2023) and excited to be teaching Kindergarten! I have lived in Seattle for 5 years, but grew up in upstate New York. I love making art, sewing, and taking long distance train rides.

Asfaw, Nazret

Student & Family Advocate, Homeless Program/McKinney Vento Program Building contact
Katherine Bedford

Bedford, Katherine

3rd Grade Teacher
Justin Booker

Booker, Justin

Assistant Principal Middle School


I graduated the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science, and Law Society and Justice.
I received my Masters in Public Administration from Cal State University East Bay.

Campbell, Matthew

Occupational Therapist

Carrasco, Rachel

Counselor - Elementary

The Elementary School Counselor at South Shore works to nurture students in pre-school through 5th grade, and provide for them the necessary academic and life skills that will prepare them for successful citizenship at school and beyond. Counseling support is an essential part of education for students at all grade levels.

The counseling department addresses academic, social/emotional, and career exploration with all students. School counselors provide support as they collaborate with educators, families, and the community, to maximize every student’s potential. The counselor is committed to promoting a safe, welcoming environment where academics and healthy relationships are nurtured to promote lifelong learning and global citizenship.

Basic Services:

  1. Classroom Guidance Lessons: at every grade level focusing on skill development, communication, problem solving, friendship, college and career exploration, emotion management and more.
  2. Small Group Counseling: to expand, enrich, and reinforce specific skills in areas such as social skills, emotion management, navigating grief and loss, and school success.
  3. Individual Counseling: to address specific needs of individuals who may need additional support. This support is provided on a limited basis.

Additional Services:

  • Academic Problem Solving
  • Social Problem Solving with Peers
  • Connecting Families to Community and Mental Health Resources
  • Collaborating with Teachers
  • Collaborating with Families
  • Assisting with School Transitions
  • School-wide Social Emotional Learning


We utilize resources and curriculum from a variety of sources including:

How to Access Services:

Anyone can access or request services for a student if concerns arise. Those who typically refer students to the counselor are:

  • Families
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Specialists
  • Students (self-refer)

How? Simply call or email with your concern.

Why might families contact the counselor?

There are many common challenges that students experience as they make their way through elementary school. Our counseling program aims to assist with these issues and to alleviate the struggle that kids undergo. The following are some reasons families might contact the counselor:

  • Difficulty making friends
  • New to South Shore
  • Academic concerns
  • Family changes (moving, death, divorce, etc.)
  • Home stress
  • Bullying
  • Resources or referrals to community agencies
  • To discuss special needs for your child
  • If you are homeless
  • Crisis
  • Behavior concerns

Emergency Contacts:

If you are in need of help and it is after school hours, please use the following resources:

Crisis Line: 206-461-3222

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: dial 988

Other Types of Assistance Such as Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Healthcare:

Dial: 211 or

Chavez, Jazmin

Site Coordinator-Communities In Schools Seattle

CISS works to help students achieve success in school and in life. My role is to coordinate supports and services to help meet student’s academic and non-academic needs. 

Wendy Cunningham-Winslow

Cunningham-Winslow, Wendy

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7
Eric Cunningham

Cunningham, Eric

Social Studies Teacher
Bridget December

December, Bridget

Claire DiJulio

DiJulio, Claire


Dona, Aaron

Elementary Technology Specialist & Computer Science Teacher
Maria Dupaya

Dupaya, Maria

PK Teacher

Eastman, Victoria

Community Partner, Clinical Intervention Specialist

Mental Health Support

Englert, Kristian


Fanale, Ashley

English Language Arts Teacher
Leslie Hazlewood-Spurr

Hazlewood-Spurr, Leslie

Teacher-Middle School

I graduated from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT with a BA in American Literature. I received my MA in Education from the University of Washington. I have taught both special and general education. I have taught pretty much every grade except high school.