Puget Sound Community School

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Our Staff

PSCS staff members are people who demonstrate outstanding character and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Because of the unique structure of the school—emphasizing passion, authentic learning, and a steadfast promise to maintain a supportive environment—we have been able to select the best applicants for each of our staff positions from an extraordinarily rich talent pool.

In terms of our teaching staff, we do not limit them to teaching only one narrow field of study. PSCS does not have designated English teachers or math teachers, for example, because we want teachers to bring their whole selves to work each day.


Andy Smallman  Read Bio>
PSCS Founder, School Director

B.A. Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College

M.A. Human Development, Pacific Oaks College


Steve Morton  Read Bio>
Vice-President, Board of Trustees

Melinda Shaw

Melinda Shaw  Read Bio>
PSCS Founder, Administrative Director

B.A. Foreign Language and Literature, Washington State University

Deb Schaack

Deb Schaack  Read Bio>
Treasurer, Board of Trustees


Jenn Johnson  Read Bio>
Secretary, Board of Trustees


Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas  Read Bio>
Director of Advancement

B.A. English, University of New Hampshire

Steve Griggs

Steve Griggs  Read Bio>
Board of Trustees


Kristin Daniel  Read Bio>
Board of Trustees


Crysta Swarts  Read Bio>
Teaching Staff

B.A. English & Secondary Education, James Madison University; M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Washington; Certificate of Ed. in Environment & Community, IslandWood


Daisy Gilman  Read Bio>
Board of Trustees