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.
Kashia Smith was born and raised in Lacey, WA. Her expertise lies in before- and after-school program development, and student support services through non-profit organizations. She holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership and policy studies from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree from Washington State University, where she majored in Social Sciences with an emphasis on sociology, comparative ethnic studies, and secondary communications. In her free time, she enjoys photography, music, dancing, crafting, and spending time with loved ones. Kashia values her role within the Impact community and appreciates being a part of a school that believes in the power of increasing scholar achievements and their well-being.