Impact | Salish Sea Elementary

I | SSE is the second school in the Impact network and is situated in the heart of South Seattle in vibrant Othello Square. The school features a brand-new building with bright classrooms, a diverse and dedicated faculty, and engaging outdoor play areas.

  • Grades served: Kindergarten - 4th Grades (eventually K-5)
  • First Day of School: August 24 (1st-4th), August 28th (K)
  • Mascot: Orca
  • Phone number: 206.712.7640 x2
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  • Address: 3900 Holly Park Drive S, Seattle WA 98118

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Meet the Leadership Team


Caitlin Dietz-Cunanan

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.
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Lindsey Townsend

Assistant Principal
Lindsey Townsend brings a wealth of IPS leadership experience, including from her most recent role as the AP of Impact |Puget Sound Elementary. We are thrilled to have Lindsey at I|SSE! [Full bio coming soon!]
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Elizabeth Rodriguez

Assistant Principal
Elizabeth Rodriguez previously served as an exceptional coach to Impact Public Schools' Teaching Fellows. We are thrilled to have Elizabeth join the I|SSE team as AP! [Full bio coming soon!]
Tyler Berkich

Tyler Berkich

Director of School Operations
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.