A faculty committed to the middle school years. 

The Billings faculty challenge students to be critical thinkers and powerful self-advocates. When students graduate from Billings, they know how to work effectively with a broad range of teaching styles and carry the self-confidence to pursue mentor relationships throughout their lives. The Billings faculty have been recognized locally and nationally with awards, grants, and fellowships for their excellence in teaching adolescents.

 
 
Catherine Adams    Assistant Head of School   Catherine Adams holds a Masters in Education (Alternative Education) and a Masters in Teaching from Antioch University. Books that have influenced her teaching include  Pedagogy of the Oppressed  by Paolo Friere and  Experience and Education  by John Dewey. Outside of work she loves gardening, hiking, skiing, rocks and fossils, cooking spicy things, road trips, and her family!

Catherine Adams
Assistant Head of School

Catherine Adams holds a Masters in Education (Alternative Education) and a Masters in Teaching from Antioch University. Books that have influenced her teaching include Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Friere and Experience and Education by John Dewey. Outside of work she loves gardening, hiking, skiing, rocks and fossils, cooking spicy things, road trips, and her family!

Jessie Adkins    Director of Academic Technology, Design Lab (all grades), 7th Grade Advisor   Jessie Adkins holds a Masters of Education from University of Washington. She loves the flexibility, culture, and experiential education program at Billings. Books that have influenced her teaching include  Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom  by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, sports, and reading.

Jessie Adkins
Director of Academic Technology, Design Lab (all grades), 7th Grade Advisor

Jessie Adkins holds a Masters of Education from University of Washington. She loves the flexibility, culture, and experiential education program at Billings. Books that have influenced her teaching include Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, sports, and reading.

Amy Bowton-Meade    7th and 8th Grade Humanities, 8th Grade Advisor   Amy joins Billings with a BA in English and teaching certificate from University of Washington. She loves the fun and vibrant nature of Billings, the dedication of the staff to the kids and to the school's values, and the wonderful intelligent students she gets to teach. Outside of Billings she loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, and family dog. You might catch Amy reading, cooking, laughing, walking, playing, or listening to some Stevie Wonder. Her teaching has been influenced by the book  Tuesdays with Morrie  by Mitch Albom.

Amy Bowton-Meade
7th and 8th Grade Humanities, 8th Grade Advisor

Amy joins Billings with a BA in English and teaching certificate from University of Washington. She loves the fun and vibrant nature of Billings, the dedication of the staff to the kids and to the school's values, and the wonderful intelligent students she gets to teach. Outside of Billings she loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, and family dog. You might catch Amy reading, cooking, laughing, walking, playing, or listening to some Stevie Wonder. Her teaching has been influenced by the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Rob Bradford    Dean of Student Life and Diversity    Rob Bradford joined Billings this year with 11 years of teaching experience in high school and middle school, training as a Link Leader with the Boomerang Project, 14 years of coaching experience and a BA from Hope College. He has been inspired by reading  All American Boys  by Jason Reynolds. When he's not at Billings he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, acting and performing, and spending time with his family.

Rob Bradford
Dean of Student Life and Diversity


Rob Bradford joined Billings this year with 11 years of teaching experience in high school and middle school, training as a Link Leader with the Boomerang Project, 14 years of coaching experience and a BA from Hope College. He has been inspired by reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. When he's not at Billings he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, acting and performing, and spending time with his family.

Laura Brakus    Accountant   Laura is coming on board this year as our new Business Officer. She has a BS in Business Administration Specializing in Management and Organization from Central Washington University. She has been inspired by the Brene Brown Book,  Braving the Wilderness.  When she’s not making sure things run smoothly at Billings she enjoys traveling, baking, decorating cakes, reading, and watching investigative documentaries! She’s excited by “Billings’ unique approach to education outside the classroom”.

Laura Brakus
Accountant

Laura is coming on board this year as our new Business Officer. She has a BS in Business Administration Specializing in Management and Organization from Central Washington University. She has been inspired by the Brene Brown Book, Braving the Wilderness. When she’s not making sure things run smoothly at Billings she enjoys traveling, baking, decorating cakes, reading, and watching investigative documentaries! She’s excited by “Billings’ unique approach to education outside the classroom”.

Sabrina Brazier    Vocal Music (all grades), Vocal Music Director & Creative Director for the Spring Musical, Visual Arts, Arts Festival Coordinator, 6th Grade Advisor   Sabrina Brazier is an experienced singer and educator who draws on elements of many cultures to create a rich learning environment for her students. Her teaching has been influenced by  The Warmth of Other Suns  by   Isabel Wilkerson. Sabrina loves teaching middle schoolers, stating that "It's so wonderful helping them grow from older children to almost young adults." Outside of teaching and singing, Sabrina loves playing with herbs and medicinal wild crafted plants and is a trained aromatherapist.

Sabrina Brazier
Vocal Music (all grades), Vocal Music Director & Creative Director for the Spring Musical, Visual Arts, Arts Festival Coordinator, 6th Grade Advisor

Sabrina Brazier is an experienced singer and educator who draws on elements of many cultures to create a rich learning environment for her students. Her teaching has been influenced by The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Sabrina loves teaching middle schoolers, stating that "It's so wonderful helping them grow from older children to almost young adults." Outside of teaching and singing, Sabrina loves playing with herbs and medicinal wild crafted plants and is a trained aromatherapist.

Anthony Brown    Athletic Director, Physical Education, 6th Grade Advisor   Anthony Brown holds a BA from Central Washington University. He has been inspired by reading Magic Johnson's biography, because "He was just a great guy helping the community and giving his knowledge of becoming successful. Plus he is my favorite athlete." Anthony loves teaching at Billings because of the challenge and opportunity to help kids improve and get better at whatever it is they want to learn. Outside of Billings Anthony continues to coach and work with kids through sports to help further their life ambitions.

Anthony Brown
Athletic Director, Physical Education, 6th Grade Advisor

Anthony Brown holds a BA from Central Washington University. He has been inspired by reading Magic Johnson's biography, because "He was just a great guy helping the community and giving his knowledge of becoming successful. Plus he is my favorite athlete." Anthony loves teaching at Billings because of the challenge and opportunity to help kids improve and get better at whatever it is they want to learn. Outside of Billings Anthony continues to coach and work with kids through sports to help further their life ambitions.

Riley Burns    Assistant Director of Admissions, E-News   Riley Burns has a BA from Bennington College and 5 years of experience in Admissions work. She is passionate about helping families find best-fit schools so that students can experience the joy of becoming a life-long learner. She loves the Billings commitment to social justice and hands-on learning. Riley studied music composition in college and continues to pursue her love of music outside of work by playing in a number of Seattle area bands and teaching private lessons.

Riley Burns
Assistant Director of Admissions, E-News

Riley Burns has a BA from Bennington College and 5 years of experience in Admissions work. She is passionate about helping families find best-fit schools so that students can experience the joy of becoming a life-long learner. She loves the Billings commitment to social justice and hands-on learning. Riley studied music composition in college and continues to pursue her love of music outside of work by playing in a number of Seattle area bands and teaching private lessons.

Lindsey Cassidy    7th Grade Washington State History, 7th Grade Advisor   Lindsey Cassidy joins us in her 12th year of teaching with an M.Ed. of Curriculum & Instruction from University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is excited to join the Billings community this year! When she's not teaching you might find Lindsey backpacking, backcountry skiing, cooking, reading, or spending quality time with her family.  The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child  by Donalyn Miller has inspired her teaching.

Lindsey Cassidy
7th Grade Washington State History, 7th Grade Advisor

Lindsey Cassidy joins us in her 12th year of teaching with an M.Ed. of Curriculum & Instruction from University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is excited to join the Billings community this year! When she's not teaching you might find Lindsey backpacking, backcountry skiing, cooking, reading, or spending quality time with her family. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller has inspired her teaching.

Linda Cooper    6th Grade Humanities, 8th Grade Project, Curriculum Committee Chair, 6th Grade Advisor, Poetry Club   Linda Cooper holds a Masters of Education and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her teaching has been influenced by  In the Middle  by Nancy Atwell. When asked what she loves about Billings Linda cites creative freedom and a great community as well as the social justice and expeditionary curriculum. When she's not teaching Linda enjoys hiking, backpacking, bicycling, creative writing, listening to live music, and karaoke.

Linda Cooper
6th Grade Humanities, 8th Grade Project, Curriculum Committee Chair, 6th Grade Advisor, Poetry Club

Linda Cooper holds a Masters of Education and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her teaching has been influenced by In the Middle by Nancy Atwell. When asked what she loves about Billings Linda cites creative freedom and a great community as well as the social justice and expeditionary curriculum. When she's not teaching Linda enjoys hiking, backpacking, bicycling, creative writing, listening to live music, and karaoke.

Ginger Goble-Van Diest    Director of Admissions & Advancement, Parent Association Liaison, Alumni Outreach   Ginger Goble-Van Diest has her Master's degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Although she has been influenced by many books, the first one to really inspire her was  My Side of the Mountain,  by Jean Craighead-George. She loves the Billings mission, specifically the emphasis on social justice and learning in the outdoors through the Expeditionary Program. Like any true Washington native, Ginger enjoys cooking, fly-fishing, backpacking and reading .

Ginger Goble-Van Diest
Director of Admissions & Advancement, Parent Association Liaison, Alumni Outreach

Ginger Goble-Van Diest has her Master's degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Although she has been influenced by many books, the first one to really inspire her was My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead-George. She loves the Billings mission, specifically the emphasis on social justice and learning in the outdoors through the Expeditionary Program. Like any true Washington native, Ginger enjoys cooking, fly-fishing, backpacking and reading .

Abby Gomez    Spanish (all grades), 8th Grade Advisor   Abby Gomez holds a Masters in Teaching from University of Washington. A book that has influenced her teaching style is  This is Not a Test  by Jose Vilson. Abby loves teaching at Billings because, "it pushes me to be better" and she values the deep relationships that are forged within the Billings community. Outside of the classroom, Abby enjoys weightlifting, musical theater, spending time with friends and family, exploring the city, and just watching ducks by the lake.

Abby Gomez
Spanish (all grades), 8th Grade Advisor

Abby Gomez holds a Masters in Teaching from University of Washington. A book that has influenced her teaching style is This is Not a Test by Jose Vilson. Abby loves teaching at Billings because, "it pushes me to be better" and she values the deep relationships that are forged within the Billings community. Outside of the classroom, Abby enjoys weightlifting, musical theater, spending time with friends and family, exploring the city, and just watching ducks by the lake.

Jennifer Grisham    Director of Student Services

Jennifer Grisham
Director of Student Services

Rob Heavner    Expeditionary Education Co-Coordinator, 6th Grade Humanities, 6th Grade Advisor   Rob Heavner studied at Kenyon College. When asked what he loves about Billings he says, "I get to work with inspiring educators and students both inside and in the outdoors!". Rob's teaching has been influenced by  My Story As Told By Water  by David James Duncan. When he's not teaching, Rob enjoys reading, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, and his newfound passion - fly fishing!

Rob Heavner
Expeditionary Education Co-Coordinator, 6th Grade Humanities, 6th Grade Advisor

Rob Heavner studied at Kenyon College. When asked what he loves about Billings he says, "I get to work with inspiring educators and students both inside and in the outdoors!". Rob's teaching has been influenced by My Story As Told By Water by David James Duncan. When he's not teaching, Rob enjoys reading, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, and his newfound passion - fly fishing!

Jeff Hogan    Drama (all grades), Musical Director   Jeff Hogan has a BFA in Acting from University of Colorado Boulder. When asked why he works at Billings, Jeff says, "I love teaching at Billings because of the kids. I deeply appreciate the middle school mind and all of the changes and challenges that these years bring. I teach at BMS and always have, because it's the kind of school I wish I'd gone to when I was this age. We see the kids and they see us in a way that is unique amongst all of the schools I have taught at." Outside of Billings Jeff is passionate about being a father, environmental issues, social justice, hiking, photography, and killer whales.

Jeff Hogan
Drama (all grades), Musical Director

Jeff Hogan has a BFA in Acting from University of Colorado Boulder. When asked why he works at Billings, Jeff says, "I love teaching at Billings because of the kids. I deeply appreciate the middle school mind and all of the changes and challenges that these years bring. I teach at BMS and always have, because it's the kind of school I wish I'd gone to when I was this age. We see the kids and they see us in a way that is unique amongst all of the schools I have taught at." Outside of Billings Jeff is passionate about being a father, environmental issues, social justice, hiking, photography, and killer whales.

Maya Jacobs    Expeditionary Education Co-Coordinator, 7th Grade Health, 7th Grade Science, 7th Grade Advisor   Maya Jacobs has a BA in Urban Planning and a Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from UW.  The Whistling Season  by Ivan Doig has influenced her teaching. When asked what she loves about Billings, Maya says, "I love the freedom I have at Billings to teach what I am passionate about, and the depth of connection that comes from interacting with students in the outdoors." When she's not teaching, Maya enjoys adventuring in beautiful wilderness places, playing Ultimate Frisbee, cycling, reading, cooking, and gardening.

Maya Jacobs
Expeditionary Education Co-Coordinator, 7th Grade Health, 7th Grade Science, 7th Grade Advisor

Maya Jacobs has a BA in Urban Planning and a Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from UW. The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig has influenced her teaching. When asked what she loves about Billings, Maya says, "I love the freedom I have at Billings to teach what I am passionate about, and the depth of connection that comes from interacting with students in the outdoors." When she's not teaching, Maya enjoys adventuring in beautiful wilderness places, playing Ultimate Frisbee, cycling, reading, cooking, and gardening.

 
Vic Larson    Guidance Counselor   Vic Larson, MSW, holds an MA in Social Work from University of Washington. He has over 40 years of experience working with families, children, and adolescents and has extensive experience working in school-specific setting. Vic's life passion is learning how we develop as human beings into thoughtful, compassionate, thinking individuals.

Vic Larson
Guidance Counselor

Vic Larson, MSW, holds an MA in Social Work from University of Washington. He has over 40 years of experience working with families, children, and adolescents and has extensive experience working in school-specific setting. Vic's life passion is learning how we develop as human beings into thoughtful, compassionate, thinking individuals.

Maddie Lewis    7th & 8th Grade Math , Visual Arts (all grades), 7th Grade Advisor   Maddie Lewis joins us this year with a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. When asked why she’s excited to teach at Billings, Maddie said, “It is a unique opportunity to try project-based, outdoor learning. I am also excited to be a part of a community of creative and accepting people, where my identity is an asset.” In her spare time Maddie enjoys painting, drawing, printmaking, singing, video games, animation, music, theater, reading, traveling, and spending time with family. Some books that have inspired her approach include a wealth of fantasy novels, Sadowski’s  Safe is Not Enough  (about LGBT+ students), Delpit’s  Multiplication Is For White People ,  Love & Logic for Teaching  by Fay & Fay, and various articles by Rick Wormeli.

Maddie Lewis
7th & 8th Grade Math , Visual Arts (all grades), 7th Grade Advisor

Maddie Lewis joins us this year with a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. When asked why she’s excited to teach at Billings, Maddie said, “It is a unique opportunity to try project-based, outdoor learning. I am also excited to be a part of a community of creative and accepting people, where my identity is an asset.” In her spare time Maddie enjoys painting, drawing, printmaking, singing, video games, animation, music, theater, reading, traveling, and spending time with family. Some books that have inspired her approach include a wealth of fantasy novels, Sadowski’s Safe is Not Enough (about LGBT+ students), Delpit’s Multiplication Is For White People, Love & Logic for Teaching by Fay & Fay, and various articles by Rick Wormeli.

Becky List    Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, 6th Grade Math, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Lead Advisor   Becky List has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Oregon State. She loves that at Billings she can bring her classroom outdoors and bring the outdoors into her classroom!  Harriet the Spy  by Louise Fitzhugh has influenced her teaching style. Outside of teaching, Becky enjoys kayaking, camping, swimming, reading, cooking, soaking up sunshine, and visiting new places.

Becky List
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, 6th Grade Math, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Lead Advisor

Becky List has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Oregon State. She loves that at Billings she can bring her classroom outdoors and bring the outdoors into her classroom! Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh has influenced her teaching style. Outside of teaching, Becky enjoys kayaking, camping, swimming, reading, cooking, soaking up sunshine, and visiting new places.

Julie Martinez    Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 8th Grade Advisor   Julie Martinez has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an Americorps VISTA alumni, and is very passionate about social justice, especially the issue of poverty in America. She loves the creative curriculum and innovative teaching methods at Billings. In her free time, she loves making jewelry and painting.

Julie Martinez
Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 8th Grade Advisor

Julie Martinez has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an Americorps VISTA alumni, and is very passionate about social justice, especially the issue of poverty in America. She loves the creative curriculum and innovative teaching methods at Billings. In her free time, she loves making jewelry and painting.

Chris Matthews    8th Grade Science, Math (all grades), 8th Grade Lead Advisor   Christ Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from Western Washington University. A book that has influenced his teaching is  The Phantom Tollbooth  by Norton Juster. Chris loves working with students and exploring the outdoor world. When he's not teaching he enjoys rock climbing, biking, family, dice games, card games, skiing, and learning new things!

Chris Matthews
8th Grade Science, Math (all grades), 8th Grade Lead Advisor

Christ Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from Western Washington University. A book that has influenced his teaching is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Chris loves working with students and exploring the outdoor world. When he's not teaching he enjoys rock climbing, biking, family, dice games, card games, skiing, and learning new things!

Greg Smith    6th Grade Study Skills, Learning Center Director   Greg Smith holds a BA in History from Middlebury College. With over three decades as an educator, Greg has extensive experience working with all types of students. In addition to his work at Billings, Greg owns Northwest Educational Services. He has been influenced by  The Brothers K  by David James Duncan. Outside of work Greg loves skiing with his kids!

Greg Smith
6th Grade Study Skills, Learning Center Director

Greg Smith holds a BA in History from Middlebury College. With over three decades as an educator, Greg has extensive experience working with all types of students. In addition to his work at Billings, Greg owns Northwest Educational Services. He has been influenced by The Brothers K by David James Duncan. Outside of work Greg loves skiing with his kids!

Sarah Swearinger    Math (all grades), Math Department Chair, 8th Grade Advisor   Sarah Swearinger has a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington and has completed a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Program in Secondary Math from Western Governors University. Her teaching as been influenced by  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly  by Jean-Dominique Bauby. When asked why she loves teaching at Billings, Sarah says, "Middle schoolers are amazing and I'm so fortunate to spend time with them both in the classroom and outdoors. I'm continually inspired by Billings students!" Outside of work she enjoys arts & crafts, ballet, and travel.

Sarah Swearinger
Math (all grades), Math Department Chair, 8th Grade Advisor

Sarah Swearinger has a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington and has completed a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Program in Secondary Math from Western Governors University. Her teaching as been influenced by The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. When asked why she loves teaching at Billings, Sarah says, "Middle schoolers are amazing and I'm so fortunate to spend time with them both in the classroom and outdoors. I'm continually inspired by Billings students!" Outside of work she enjoys arts & crafts, ballet, and travel.

Heidi-Marie Wiggins    7th & 8th Grade Humanities, 7th Grade Lead Advisor   Heidi-Marie Wiggins has a Masters in Teaching, from Seattle Pacific University. When asked why she loves teaching at Billings, Heidi-Marie says she enjoys, "...the freedom and ability to be a goof, intellectual, dirtbag, explorer, artist, performer, and athlete alongside my students, sometimes all in the same day." She has found teaching inspiration in  To Know As We Are Known  by Parker Palmer. Outside of work she enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, reading, karaoke, dancing, and traveling the world to play and coach Ultimate Frisbee.

Heidi-Marie Wiggins
7th & 8th Grade Humanities, 7th Grade Lead Advisor

Heidi-Marie Wiggins has a Masters in Teaching, from Seattle Pacific University. When asked why she loves teaching at Billings, Heidi-Marie says she enjoys, "...the freedom and ability to be a goof, intellectual, dirtbag, explorer, artist, performer, and athlete alongside my students, sometimes all in the same day." She has found teaching inspiration in To Know As We Are Known by Parker Palmer. Outside of work she enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, reading, karaoke, dancing, and traveling the world to play and coach Ultimate Frisbee.

Anne-Evan K. Williams    , Phd    Head of School   Anne-Evan K. Williams (Franklin '18) holds a PhD in Education from Ohio State University and has over 20 years of experience in education. When asked why she loves her job, Anne-Evan says, "I love middle schoolers. I love their wonder and curiosity, their honesty, their creativity, and even their drama. No one has more fun at work than I do!" Outside of work she is an avid reader, a cook, and a traveler.

Anne-Evan K. Williams, Phd
Head of School

Anne-Evan K. Williams (Franklin '18) holds a PhD in Education from Ohio State University and has over 20 years of experience in education. When asked why she loves her job, Anne-Evan says, "I love middle schoolers. I love their wonder and curiosity, their honesty, their creativity, and even their drama. No one has more fun at work than I do!" Outside of work she is an avid reader, a cook, and a traveler.