B.A. English, University of New Hampshire
Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas (Sieg) was born and raised in Seattle-proper, living out most of her angsty teen years in the Central District. Sieglinde went to T.O.P.S. elementary, Pacific Crest Middle School, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1999. She auditioned and spent a year in the Cornish College Theater Arts Program, before realizing she needed a break from school. After two years waiting tables, Sieglinde packed up a friend’s Dodge Neon and moved cross-country to attend the University of New Hampshire. “Not only is the East Coast radically different from the Northwest, but UNH is in Durham, which is the size of my pinky toe. It was a huge life change.”
In 2005, during her last semester of college, Sieglinde studied at Cambridge University in England, focusing on Shakespeare performance and analysis. She then joined the staff at Waring School, an independent, liberal arts middle and high school in Beverly, MA. At the time, Sieg taught Theater, Improv, and Writing to 8th graders while also working in the Advancement Office. She settled for a time in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and co-founded a music agency, managing and promoting musicians and bands. After ten years in New England, Sieg started a conversation with PSCS co-founder Andy Smallman in 2012, and was offered the position of Director of Advancement, which she happily accepted and held through 2020.
During the height of the Covid pandemic, Sieglinde left PSCS to be home and available full-time with her son Oliver. At the beginning of 2021 she was asked by the staff and parents to return to PSCS for an interim year, as a member of a fully collaborative Administrative Team—alongside Tim Ichien, PSCS Director of Program, and Samuel Mitchell, PSCS Director of School Operations & Registrar. Sieglinde’s primary function is Director of Community Engagement (DOC), which include the planning and oversight of PSCS fundraising, marketing, communications, and admissions, but will honor her passion for connection and relationship (both internal and external).
“I am excited and humbled to have been asked to take part in a schoolwide shift toward non-hierarchical leadership, starting with building a consensus-driven Administrative Team in. This is a really big deal for me, personally, and will allow me to more fully support our students and staff, while also continuing to keep compassion, equity, and transparency at the top of my TO DO NOW list.”
Sieglinde lives in Rainier Beach with Ollie and her husband Drew, whom she’s known since high school (go Quakers!). She volunteers with The Rhapsody Project, loves baking, writing, playing dominoes, yoga, and is currently learning to play guitar.