Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas–Director of Community Engagement

“When I get a little money, I buy books.”

Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas (she/her) holds 18+ years experience in education administration and facilitation at independent schools, including 7 years at the Waring School in Massachusetts and 11 years at Puget Sound Community School (PSCS). She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and experienced in/trained in Restorative Practices, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), neuro-divergent teaching/administrative strategies, racial equity and gender equity facilitation, organizational leadership training, peacemaking circles, caucusing, and Somatic practices.

Sieglinde (she/her) was born and raised in Seattle-proper, attending T.O.P.S. elementary, Hamilton and Pacific Crest Middle Schools, and is a proud graduated of Franklin High School class of 1999 (the best year of the last century). She attended Cornish College Theater Arts Program and the graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.

During her last semester of college, Sieglinde studied at Cambridge University in England and then joined the staff at Waring School, an independent, liberal arts middle and high school in Massachusetts. She taught Theater and Writing to 8th graders and worked in the Advancement office, fundraising and admissions marketing, for almost a decade. In 2012, Sieglinde came on board at PSCS as Director of Advancement.

Sieglinde’s current title is Director of Community Engagement (DOC), which includes the planning and oversight of PSCS fundraising, marketing, communications, and admissions, and honors her passion for teaching, connection, and relationship.

“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. 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 honesty at the top of my TO DO NOW list.”

Sieglinde lives in Rainier Beach with Ollie and her husband, Drew. She volunteers with Liana and Val at The Rhapsody Project, and loves baking, writing, dominoes, and yoga. She is currently learning to play guitar. Slowly.