Sieglinde Levery-Nicholas–Director of Community Engagement

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

Sieglinde (she/her) 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 ’99 (the best year of the last century). She auditioned and spent a year in the Cornish College Theater Arts Program, before realizing she needed a break from theater people. After two years waiting tables, Sieglinde packed up 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 Massachusetts. 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 while still teaching, but slowly transitioning to Advancement full time. After ten years in New England, Sieg started a conversation with PSCS co-founders Andy Smallman and Melinda Shaw in mid-2012, and, later that same year was offered the position of Director of Advancement.

During the height of the Covid pandemic, Sieglinde left PSCS to be home and available full-time with her todller, 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 and Sam and in partnership with the teachers. Sieglinde’s primary function is Director of Community Engagement (DOC), which includes the planning and oversight of PSCS fundraising, marketing, communications, and admissions, and will honor 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 at The Rhapsody Project, and loves baking, writing, playing dominoes, and yoga. She is currently learning to play guitar. Slowly.

B.A. English, University of New Hampshire