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Arriola, Benten

Elementary School Assistant-203/8

I started at Coe as a classroom tutor and later I became Program Director with the Boys and Girls Club.  I ran the Children of the Arts program which evolved into a permanent art program for our school. I am in charge of the Yearbook and a Secretary in the Main Office. This means I am an unofficial nurse, counselor, psychiatrist, communications specialist, plant caretaker, environmentalist, the “answer” lady, and at times, playground monitor.  I also manage attendance and support our principal and staff. I love my job and the children and families of our community here at Coe.  One of my biggest thrills is to cross paths with a former student or parent and hear about how their experience at Coe influenced their lives in a good way.  

I have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, three grandchildren and my mother who round out my family. In my spare time I like walking, yard-saling, reading, making jewelry, creating art, and teaching children a love for arts and crafts.  I especially value and look forward to spending time breaking bread with family and friends. Life is good.


Backstrom, Lindsey


This year marks my ninth year as a Coe Cougar and my first year as principal. Throughout my time at Coe, I have been a primary grades teacher and assistant principal.  I began my own educational journey attending schools both domestically and abroad as a child. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language and masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Florida State University. During my career, I have been an ELL teacher, classroom teacher, administrator, and university program director.  It is my hope that Coe students, staff, and parents will feel safe and welcome at school and connected to learning and one another. It is my  privilege to serve as your proud principal .

Bedell, Julie

2nd Grade Teacher

I love Coe!  I've either had my own children at Coe, or been teaching at Coe since 1996! Teaching 2nd grade is rewarding in so many ways. Second graders can learn so much! Reading, writing, spelling, math, science, and social studies are our academic focuses.  I love watching my students' reading levels grow and their mathematical thinking expand.  I enjoy watching my students learn about different cultures and countries through our study of the continents of the world. Teaching dyslexic and dysgraphic students is one of my passions. When I'm not teaching I am tutoring, cooking, gardening, studying on so many topics, and enjoying my family, including my dog, Loki.

Brannan, John


Mr. Brannan has been teaching at Coe Elementary School since 2001.  Although he currently teaches 5th grade, he has also taught 3rd and 4th grade here at Coe.  Prior to teaching, Mr. Brannan worked in the technology industry as well as taught English in Hokkaido, Japan.  In his free time, Mr. Brannan enjoys reading, traveling, skiing, and cooking.

Canning, Kerry

Occupational Therapist

Hi! I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2010. I am excited to be a part of Seattle Public Schools and I enjoy working with various age groups.

Carreiro, Krista

Teacher-Elementary Specialist

As Coe's Performing Arts specialist, I teach music, dance, and drama. It has been my pleasure to work in this capacity since 2008. I enjoy working with ALL of the Coe Cougars and watching them grow from wide eyed kindergartners into hard-working, talented students. Outside of the regular school day I direct an afterschool program which includes two choirs and a musical theatre club. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Casas, Ernestina

Bilingual Instr Asst -203/7

I am a Mexico City native and I have been working for the Seattle School District since 2000.    

Chavez, Jacob

Visual Arts Teacher

I am truly excited to be working with the amazing students, staff, and families here at Coe. This is my second year teaching visual arts at Coe and my seventh year teaching elementary art over all.  I have a BFA in Art Education as well as Painting and I am currently working on my MEd in Educational Leadership. I am originally from Fort Collins, CO. I just moved to the Seattle area and I really enjoy exploring all the fun stuff and amazing food that this city has to offer! In my down time I also enjoy traveling, hiking and playing with my dog, Paisley.  

Delanda, Mayra


Hello! My name is Mayra DeLanda and this is my 4th year at Coe. I live in Magnolia with my husband, two daughters, our dog and four chickens. I received my Master's in teaching from University of Washington and have experience teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. I love teaching second grade, it is such a sweet age! When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember one of my teachers making such a huge impact on me. I've continued to think about her over the years and am still so glad she was my teacher. I knew that someday I wanted to have the same impact on others. I've always enjoyed working with kids because of their  positive, enthusiastic, and fun personalities. Their optimism is contagious and watching them engage and learn about the world around them is incredibly rewarding. I feel so grateful for the  Coe community. It has been amazing to get to share in so much learning with the incredible support from the many families I've had a chance to get to know over the years. I know this is going to be another great year! - Mayra DeLanda    

Diefendorf, Katherine


My name is Kaytie Diefendorf and I am proud to be a first grade teacher at Coe Elementary! My goal is to create a classroom community where children feel respected, valued and challenged to do their best. I promote a safe and loving classroom environment where each child will learn and grow academically, emotionally and socially. As a teacher it is my responsibility to meet the needs of my students and facilitate meaningful learning opportunities that are individualized for each learner.

There are very few jobs where one can experience openness, curiosity and joy on a daily basis. I feel so lucky to share in my students’ enthusiasm and passion for learning. My greatest hope is that their early learning experiences are positive and empowering. I am looking forward to a fantastic year!

Diller, Shauna


My name is Shauna Diller and I teach 1st grade  at Coe.  I'm lucky enough to live and work in Queen Anne along with my husband and three children, Jack, Anderson, and Emmy. I strive to provide a safe and engaging learning environment for all students. Children in 1st grade are filled with wonder and excitement, and it’s truly a privilege to guide them through such a magical age. I grew up in New Hampshire and received my undergraduate degree from Boston University. I majored in child development and received my K-8 Elementary and Special Education teaching credentials. I began my teaching career in Southern California in 1997. I moved to the Seattle area in 2003 after receiving my M.Ed. in Educational Administration from CSULB. I work hard to stay apprised of current research, and I strive to align my practice with the latest in brain science. There is so much joy in watching a child become a reader!

Dowd, Marjorie


I am delighted to be the Kearns Librarian at Frantz H. Coe Elementary School, where I  have been a member of the community as a volunteer, tutor, and instructional assistant for thirteen years.  Collaborating with classroom teachers on library lessons and talking to students about books are just a couple of the great things about my job.  I have a Masters in Teaching with a library endorsement from Seattle Pacific University, an MBA from Boston University, and a BA in Literature and Classics from Wheaton College.  Outside school I enjoy walking with my husband and our dog around Queen Anne, and looking for the next great book for the Kearns Library.  (Look for me at the Queen Anne Library!)  My daughter, Katherine, is a Coe alumna and a freshman at Wellesley College.

Ege, Cynthia

Teacher-Special Education-XG

My name is Cindy Ege and I am a resource room teacher here at Coe. I have been so fortunate to spend my teaching career teaching students in the resource room. I believe that children need a safe and accepting environment in order to reach their full potential, both academically and socially. I am a life-long resident of Seattle and attended Seattle Public Schools. I received a BA in Special Education with elementary and special education endorsements from Seattle Pacific University and completed my graduate degree in elementary reading. I live with my husband, two kids and our two dogs. I enjoy going to Seahawks games, the theatre, traveling, baking and reading. Coe is an amazing place to work!

Epperson, Sarah

Special Education Teacher

Hello! My name is Sarah Epperson, and I am one of the resource room teachers here at Coe. I received my bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University. I have my master’s in Special Education from Seattle Pacific University. Previously, I taught in the Northshore School District and at a British International School in Thailand. I enjoy traveling, running, hiking, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.

Espinosa, Nestor

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Fernandi, Bente


During my career, I have enjoyed teaching Resource Room, kindergarten, 1st, 4th and 5th grades. I am an avid reader and passionate about literacy, creating community, and social justice. I am delighted to be supporting students in their literacy goals! Feel free to stop by the Reading Nook at the west end of the 3rd Floor for a visit! I was born in Norway, attended public schools in Virginia, University of Richmond as an undergraduate, and UW for graduate school twice. I am National Board certified in literacy. (I love school!) My husband and I have a son and a daughter who are both in college. We love dancing, long walks, and eating pastries on the weekends.

Fleisher, Amy

Reading Specialist

It is a privilege and a delight to serve as Coe's K-2 reading specialist. Working in partnership with classroom teachers, I provide support and science-based literacy instruction to developing readers in the primary grades. I am a proud graduate of Seattle Public Schools, and I attended Boston College and Seattle University, where I earned a master's in teaching. Before beginning at Coe in 2016, I was a longtime Coe parent of two Coe Cougars. I live just down the street from school with my husband Brian, our kids Jack and Peter, and our dog, Scout. Working with young readers is a true joy!

Fraser, Andrew


I started teaching at Coe in 2013. I have taught grades one through five but enjoy working with fourth graders most of all. In 2002, I moved to Seattle to pursue my teaching career. I grew up in New Hampshire and try to go back every year to visit my family. Presently, I live in Fremont with my partner Carrie and our pets. We love hiking in the Pacific Northwest with our dogs, going to Mariners games, and exploring our beautiful city. I have had the opportunity to teach at many schools and have come to the conclusion that Coe is the best place to teach and learn.

Gardner, Margaret

Kindergarten Teacher