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


Melinda Shaw  Read Bio>
PSCS Founder, Administrative Director

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


Nic Warmenhoven  Read Bio>
Teaching Staff

B.A. Political Science, Reed College


Liana Green  Read Bio>
Teaching Staff

B.A. Music, Western Washington University & Fairhaven College

M.M. Trumpet Performance & Orchestral Studies, New England Conservatory of Music

Scobie Puchtler

Scobie Puchtler  Read Bio>
Teaching Staff

B.A. Art and Design, Yale College


Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas  Read Bio>
Director of Advancement

B.A. English, University of New Hampshire


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


Chrissy Wakeling  Read Bio>
Teaching Staff

B.S. Sociology and Anthropology/Women's Studies and Geology, Principia College


Samuel Mitchell  Read Bio>
School Secretary

B.A. Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington