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Allison Shannon

Shannon, Allison

4th Grade Teacher

In the 20 plus years I have been a teacher in Seattle, I have taught many grade levels at a couple different schools. I have been at Hay since 2004 and I am teaching one of my favorite grades, fourth grade. I have a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a BA in Sociology-anthropology. I hold high expectations for all of my students and love to sing with my class as often as possible. GO JAGS!!!

Shin, Young Mee

Focus Teacher
Nicole Silver standing in front of a fence.

Silver, Nicole


I am so glad to have the opportunity to lead such a wonderful School! The 2022-23 School year is my third year leading John Hay Elementary School and my 6th year in school leadership. Before that, I taught in the Seattle Schools for 20 years. I love being in classrooms, problem solving, and supporting our amazing teachers, students and families. I have 2 daughters, one who attends Roosevelt high school and one recently graduated from college. When I'm not working, I love to read, travel and hike.  I believe that all students can be successful with a supportive environment, positive relationships and strong instruction.

Amanda Simington

Simington, Amanda

School Social Worker

I grew up in South Seattle, completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Eastern Washington University and pursued my Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Washington.  I worked for the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) as a Child Protective Services Investigator, Family Assessment Response Specialist and Family Voluntary Services Specialist.  During my time with DCYF, I referred children and families to in-home mental health services, conducted home visits and partnered with community members to ensure families' unmet needs were addressed.  I also worked for the Developmental Disabilities Administration as a Case Resource Manager for children with disabilities ages 3-21.  As a Case Resource Manager, I worked with families and providers to prevent disruptions in services and collaborated with families and community partners to advocate for the needs of my clients. I love engaging with children and their families and look forward to working with you all to help remove systemic and social justice barriers for students and their families.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son, listening to music and baking.

Ben Steitzer

Steitzer, Benjamin

Instructional Assistant - Special Education

Sylvers, Kareya

Instructional Assistant - Special Education

Thuuy Luu

Custodian (night)

Jenna Warburton

Warburton, Jenna

Art Teacher Specialist
Mr Wenzel standing in classroom

Wenzel, Charles

4th Grade Teacher

My name is Charles Wenzel and I am thrilled to be a fourth-grade teacher again this year! This will be my fourth-year teaching at John Hay Elementary. I am originally from Portland, but have lived in Washington for the last seven years since attending college at Gonzaga University. Outside of school, I love to spend time outdoors enjoying the amazing waterways, mountains, and forests that we are so lucky to have here in the Pacific Northwest. In my free time I enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, snowboarding, kiteboarding, and taking my golden retriever Oakley to the beach. I also love to cheer on my favorite sports teams. Go Seahawks and Gonzaga Bulldogs! "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

Williams, Anthony

Teacher-Special Education-XT

Biography Go Mariners!!!

Lisa Williamson

Williamson, Lisa

3rd Grade Teacher
Silvia Zarate Vidal

Zarate Vidal, Silvia

Lunchroom Manager