Science and Phonics - Ms. Charles began teaching in 2001, when a teacher shortage prompted the urban center of Newark, NJ, to recruit persons of color with undergraduate degrees in math and science. Though a New Jersey native, Ms. Charles has spent most of the past decade as a Georgia resident before relocating to WA with her family last summer. She has extensive elementary and middle school classroom experience; with a focus on Middle Science, Middle School Social Studies, and Gifted Education since 2016. She holds a B.S. in Food Science from Rutgers University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership, Management & Policy from Seton Hall University. Ms. Charles joins us from Tacoma Public Schools, where she has served as an Instructional Coach, supporting the instructional growth of teachers in grades K-3.
Caitlin-Dietz Cunanan is a WA state native who graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. Caitlin is a University of Washington Alumni and avid Husky football fan. Following graduation from UW, she attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education and an English Language Learner (ELL) Dual Endorsement. Mrs. Dietz-Cunanan moved back to Seattle in 2016 and taught at Northgate Elementary School and Assumption St. Bridget (ASB) before joining the IPS team in 2019. Mrs. Dietz-Cunanan is a current Marshall Street Leadership Fellow and will be attending Gonzaga University for the Principal Certification Program. She has loved founding I|SSE as a Grade Level Team Lead and looks forward to continuing to lead the I|SSE community in this role.
Tyler Berkich has lived in over 12 different states, but was born right outside Seattle. After first discovering his passion for solving problems and puzzles in a Legend of Zelda video game, he transitioned into the workforce after graduating Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelors' of Science in Psychology at Arizona State University into an entry level Operations role. He put his skillset and understanding of people to work at a boutique ad agency in New York City.
During this time and throughout college, Tyler had been volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing at-risk youth within the foster care system and was looking for a way to merge his two passions within a career - working with kids, and problem solving. Tyler then turned down a promotion and instead left to begin his work in education at a charter school in Bed Stuy Brooklyn. His drive for operational excellence, respect for the instructional process and dedication to educational equity saw him become the non-instructional leader in his school building in just a year and a half.
After four years at his Middle School (go Mustangs!), he decided to return back to his first home here in Seattle to be close to his family and be a part of the inspiring Impact organization. Tyler cannot wait to dedicate his experience, time and energy to serving the Salish Sea community by creating the ideal framework to foster scholar growth and expression.