FACULTY

CREATING DAILY OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO THRIVE, ACHIEVE, ANd BE.

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, Washington State History, 8th Grade Project, 7th Grade Advisor 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, Washington State History, 8th Grade Project, 7th Grade Advisor

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 Academic Technology Coordinator, Design Lab (all grades), 7th Grade Lead 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
Academic Technology Coordinator, Design Lab (all grades), 7th Grade Lead 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.

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.

 

 

 
Sabrina Brazier Vocal Music (all grades), Vocal Music Director & Creative Director for the Spring Musical, Arts Festival Coordinator 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, Arts Festival Coordinator

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 Admissions & Advancement Associate, Blogging Club Riley Burns has a BA from Bennington College and 4 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
Admissions & Advancement Associate, Blogging Club

Riley Burns has a BA from Bennington College and 4 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. 

 
Linda Cooper 6th & 7th Grade Language Arts, 6th Grad Writing Lab, 6th Grade Lead 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 & 7th Grade Language Arts, 6th Grad Writing Lab, 6th Grade Lead 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. 

Shannon Foran Administrative Assistant & Receptionist Shannon Foran has an MA in Education from Seattle Pacific University. Shannon has always loved working with kids and recently became interested in the administrative side of schools. She is new to Billings this year and loves the positive environment as well as having fun with her colleagues and the kids, saying, "they make me laugh every day!" A former NCAA athlete, Shannon loves sports.  She continues to play sports and coach and currently teaches Zumba classes.  She loves helping others reduce stress and achieve their fitness goals through dance and athletics.  She also enjoys hiking, running, traveling, going to art galleries and watching football with her husband.

Shannon Foran
Administrative Assistant & Receptionist

Shannon Foran has an MA in Education from Seattle Pacific University. Shannon has always loved working with kids and recently became interested in the administrative side of schools. She is new to Billings this year and loves the positive environment as well as having fun with her colleagues and the kids, saying, "they make me laugh every day!" A former NCAA athlete, Shannon loves sports.  She continues to play sports and coach and currently teaches Zumba classes.  She loves helping others reduce stress and achieve their fitness goals through dance and athletics.  She also enjoys hiking, running, traveling, going to art galleries and watching football with her husband.

Steven Foster Math (all grades), Greenlake Outdoors, Physical Education, 7th Grade Advisor Steven Foster has a Master in Teaching (Secondary Mathematics) from the University of Washington. His teaching has been influenced by Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Joe Boaler. New to our teaching faculty, Steven notes that he is "excited to help cultivate students' appreciation of mathematics, athletics, and the outdoors!" He also enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors with his family, playing pinball, rock climbing, playing guitar and watching the Huskies play football!

Steven Foster
Math (all grades), Greenlake Outdoors, Physical Education, 7th Grade Advisor

Steven Foster has a Master in Teaching (Secondary Mathematics) from the University of Washington. His teaching has been influenced by Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Joe Boaler. New to our teaching faculty, Steven notes that he is "excited to help cultivate students' appreciation of mathematics, athletics, and the outdoors!" He also enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors with his family, playing pinball, rock climbing, playing guitar and watching the Huskies play football!

 
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 7th & 8th Grade Spanish, Physical Education, 7th 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. A new member of our teaching team Abby says that she loves "Billings' willingness to challenge the status quo." 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
7th & 8th Grade Spanish, Physical Education, 7th 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. A new member of our teaching team Abby says that she loves "Billings' willingness to challenge the status quo." 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. 

Alex Gravley Visual Arts, Greenlake Outdoors, 8th Grade Advisor Alex Gravley studied Art History & Critical Theory at Kalamazoo College. Her teaching has been influenced by Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, edited by Steven D. Lavine and Ivan Karp. She loves the Billings commitment to teaching for a more socially just world. In her free time, Alex enjoys backpacking, picking berries, and looking at buildings and people's old stuff!

Alex Gravley
Visual Arts, Greenlake Outdoors, 8th Grade Advisor

Alex Gravley studied Art History & Critical Theory at Kalamazoo College. Her teaching has been influenced by Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, edited by Steven D. Lavine and Ivan Karp. She loves the Billings commitment to teaching for a more socially just world. In her free time, Alex enjoys backpacking, picking berries, and looking at buildings and people's old stuff!

 
Jennifer Grisham Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Registrar

Jennifer Grisham
Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Registrar

Brian Hanners IT and Facilities Director  

Brian Hanners
IT and Facilities Director

 

Rob Heavner Expeditionary Education Coordinator, 6th Grade Spanish, Geography, 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 The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. When he's not teaching, Rob enjoys reading, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, and his newfound passion - white water rafting!

Rob Heavner
Expeditionary Education Coordinator, 6th Grade Spanish, Geography, 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 The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. When he's not teaching, Rob enjoys reading, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, and his newfound passion - white water rafting!

 
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. 

McCall Hollie 8th Grade Global Studies, 8th Grade Project, 7th Grade Washington State History, Physical Education, 8th Grade Advisor McCall holds her Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Education from Duke University. Her teaching has been inspired by Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks. When she's not teaching at Billings, McCall can be found running marathons with her chubby hound dog, Ollie. 

McCall Hollie
8th Grade Global Studies, 8th Grade Project, 7th Grade Washington State History, Physical Education, 8th Grade Advisor

McCall holds her Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Education from Duke University. Her teaching has been inspired by Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks. When she's not teaching at Billings, McCall can be found running marathons with her chubby hound dog, Ollie. 

Maya Jacobs Expeditionary Education 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 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.

 
Kristin Knopf Business Officer, Financial Aid Officer Kristin Knopf holds an MBA and MPAcc from University of Washington and has 22 years of experience in independent education business. Kristin loves Billings because, "middle school is a critical time in one's life and Billings does it wonderfully." Outside of work Kristin is passionate about bicycling  and bicycle touring. She has a camping bucket list and plans to stay in every single state park in Washington where camping is allowed! 

Kristin Knopf
Business Officer, Financial Aid Officer

Kristin Knopf holds an MBA and MPAcc from University of Washington and has 22 years of experience in independent education business. Kristin loves Billings because, "middle school is a critical time in one's life and Billings does it wonderfully." Outside of work Kristin is passionate about bicycling  and bicycle touring. She has a camping bucket list and plans to stay in every single state park in Washington where camping is allowed! 

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.

Becky List 6th Grade Math, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Advisor, After School Clubs Coordinator 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
6th Grade Math, 6th Grade Science, 6th Grade Advisor, After School Clubs Coordinator

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.

 
Chris Matthews 8th Grade Science, 7th & 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade 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, 7th & 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade 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, 7th & 8th Grade Math, Learning Center Director Greg Smith holds a BA in History from Middlebury College. With nearly 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, 7th & 8th Grade Math, Learning Center Director

Greg Smith holds a BA in History from Middlebury College. With nearly 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 6th & 8th Grade Math,  Department Chair, Curriculum Committee Chair, 8th Grade Advisor Sarah Swearinger has a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington and is currently working on 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
6th & 8th Grade Math,  Department Chair, Curriculum Committee Chair, 8th Grade Advisor

Sarah Swearinger has a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington and is currently working on 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. 

 
Melanie White 7th & 8th Grade Drama Melanie White holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Practices in Shakespearean Theatre from University of Essex, England. In addition to teaching at Billings, Melanie teaches 3rd-5th grade Shakespeare at University Cooperative School and is the education program director at SANCA and the substitute stage manager at Teatro ZinZanni. Melanie loves the project-based, interest-driven learning at Billings. She has been inspired by The Chairs Are Where the People Go by Mischa Glouberman. Outside of work she enjoys reading, circus, travel, theater, and writing.

Melanie White
7th & 8th Grade Drama

Melanie White holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Practices in Shakespearean Theatre from University of Essex, England. In addition to teaching at Billings, Melanie teaches 3rd-5th grade Shakespeare at University Cooperative School and is the education program director at SANCA and the substitute stage manager at Teatro ZinZanni. Melanie loves the project-based, interest-driven learning at Billings. She has been inspired by The Chairs Are Where the People Go by Mischa Glouberman. Outside of work she enjoys reading, circus, travel, theater, and writing.

Heidi-Marie Wiggins 8th Grade Language Arts, 7th Grade U.S. Studies, 8th Grade Lead Advisor, Ultimatee Frisbee Coach 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
8th Grade Language Arts, 7th Grade U.S. Studies, 8th Grade Lead Advisor, Ultimatee Frisbee Coach

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 holds a PhD in Education from Ohio State University and has 19 years of experience in education. She has been influenced by To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 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 their drama. This is my circus, and these absolutely are my monkeys!" 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 holds a PhD in Education from Ohio State University and has 19 years of experience in education. She has been influenced by To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 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 their drama. This is my circus, and these absolutely are my monkeys!" Outside of work she is an avid reader, a cook, and a traveler.