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Benten Arriola

Arriola, Benten

Office Assistant

bdarriola@seattleschools.org

I started at Coe as a classroom tutor and later became program director with the Boys and Girls Club.  I ran the Children of the Arts program which evolved into an art program for our school. I oversaw the yearbook for eight years and am 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 supervisor.  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, a daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, my mother, and Chuck who round out my family. In my spare time I like walking, horseback riding, yard sales, gardening, 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.    

Lindsey Backstrom

Backstrom, Lindsey

Principal

lmbackstrom@seattleschools.org

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 .

Julie Bedell

Bedell, Julie

2nd Grade Teacher

jlbedell@seattleschools.org

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.

John Brannan

Brannan, John

5th Grade Teacher

jdbrannan@seattleschools.org

I have been teaching at Coe Elementary School since 2001.  Although I currently teach 5th grade, I have also taught 3rd and 4th grade here at Coe. Prior to teaching, I worked in the technology industry and taught English in Hokkaido, Japan. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, skiing, and cooking.

Canning, Kerry

Occupational Therapist

kecanning@seattleschools.org

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.

Krista Carreiro

Carreiro, Krista

Performing Arts Teacher

klcarreiro@seattleschools.org

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  Coe Cougars and watching them grow from wide-eyed kindergartners into hard-working, talented students. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Ernestina Casas

Casas, Ernestina

Bilingual Instructional Assistant

eccasas@seattleschools.org

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

Jacob Chavez

Chavez, Jacob

Visual Arts Teacher

jgchavez@seattleschools.org

I am truly excited to start another year working with the amazing students, staff, and families here at Coe. I have been teaching visual arts at Coe since the 2018 school year. I have a BFA in Art Education and Painting from Colorado State University as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. I am originally from Fort Collins, Colorado but I have taught in many places. Since I moved to the Seattle area I have really enjoyed exploring all the fun stuff and amazing food that this city has to offer! In my downtime I also enjoy traveling, hiking, and playing with my dog, Paisley.  

Mayra Delanda

Delanda, Mayra

2nd Grade Teacher

mgdelanda@seattleschools.org

Hello! My name is Mayra DeLanda. I live in Magnolia with my husband, two daughters, our two dogs, and four chickens. I received my Masters in Teaching from University of Washington. I have experience teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. I have taught in dual language immersion school programs and still enjoy inserting some Spanish language learning into my classroom routines.  I love teaching second grade, it is such a sweet age! When I was eight years old, I remember one of my teachers being so important to me. I've continued to think about her over the years and am still so glad she was my teacher. I have 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 is incredibly rewarding. I feel so grateful to be part of the  Coe community. I know this is going to be another great year!

Katherine Diefendorf

Diefendorf, Katherine

1st Grade Teacher

kediefendorf@seattleschools.org

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!

Shauna Diller

Diller, Shauna

1st Grade Teacher

sjdiller@seattleschools.org

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!

Marjorie Dowd

Dowd, Marjorie

Librarian

madowd@seattleschools.org

I am delighted to be the Kearns Librarian at Frantz H. Coe Elementary School, where I have been a member of the community since 2002.  Matching Coe students with books that they love and collaborating with classroom teachers are just a couple of the great things about my job.  I have an MA 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 around Queen Anne, swimming, and reading.  My daughter, Katherine, is a Coe alumna.

Cynthia Ege

Ege, Cynthia

Special Education Teacher

caege@seattleschools.org

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!

Sarah Epperson

Epperson, Sarah

Special Education Teacher

saepperson@seattleschools.org

Hello! My name is Sarah Epperson, and I am one of the resource room teachers at Coe. I have been teaching at Coe since 2017. I received my bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University and 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.

Nestor Espinosa

Espinosa, Nestor

Custodial Engineer

neespinosa@seattleschools.org
Bente Fernandi

Fernandi, Bente

5th Grade Teacher

bofernandi@seattleschools.org

During my career, I have enjoyed being a special education teacher, a reading specialist, and teaching kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 5th grades. I am an avid reader and passionate about literacy, creating community, and social justice. I am delighted to back in 5th grade! I also work with newer teachers as a mentor of Culturally Responsive Teaching. I was born in Norway, attended public schools in Virginia, University of Richmond as an undergraduate, and UW for graduate school. I am National Board certified in literacy. I love school! My husband and I have a son and a daughter who are both graduates of SPS and UW. We love dancing, log walks, and eating pastries on the weekends.

Amy Fleisher

Fleisher, Amy

Reading Specialist

aefleisher@seattleschools.org

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!

Andrew Fraser

Fraser, Andrew

4th Grade Teacher

adfraser@seattleschools.org

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 Shoreline with my wife Carrie and our pets. We enjoy biking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest and going to Mariners games. 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.  

Margaret Gardner

Gardner, Margaret

Kindergarten Teacher

migardner@seattleschools.org

My name is Meg Gardner and I am thrilled to be a kindergarten teacher at Coe! I’ve been a Coe Cougar since 2016 and prior to that taught in the Kent School District. I attended Gonzaga University for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, receiving a BA in Theatre and Dance followed by a Masters in Education. I love cheering on my Zags’ basketball team each year! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, hanging with my cool cat Pete, and being with family and friends. I am proud to be an educator and feel very lucky to be a part of this fantastic Coe community!