Spring Concert & New Hires - May 4, 2018

Dear McDonald International Students and Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring weather. It was great seeing so many parents at last week’s PTA parent coffee and PTA meeting.

Ms. Pollema has asked me to share the following,
Please join us to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of SUMMER by attending the McDonald International Spring concert. The concert begins at 6:30PM, which means students should arrive 15-20 minutes before that to find their classes and get seated. The whole school will begin a song at 6:30 and then we will perform according to grade level beginning with kindergarten and progressing through the ages. The concert should last about 45 minutes in total. Students can wear anything that they are allowed to wear to school (excluding costumes and pajamas).

If you are able to volunteer your time (setting up the risers at 5:00 PM, tearing down the risers after the concert, or helping with crowd control during the concert) please email me, Anna Pollema, at akpollema@seattleschools.org

As many of you have already heard, several staff members will be leaving at the end of the school year. We will say goodbye to: Ms. Nancy (office assistant), Ms. Simon (Interventionist), Maestra Mayte (Kindergarten Spanish), Ms. Grue (Kindergarten Humanities), Maestra Maria (2nd Grade Spanish), Mrs. Oerkvitz (2nd Grade Humanities), Maestra Morris (3rd grade Spanish), and Hidee Sensei (5th Grade Japanese). We are sad to see each of these incredible staff members leave.

As a result of the above staff departures, we have spent the past month doing lots of interviewing and I am really excited about our new hires. To learn more about three of our new staff members, check out their bios below.


Angela Klassen (3rd Grade Spanish Immersion)
My name is Angela Klaassen and I am thrilled to be the 3rd grade Spanish Immersion teacher next year! I have had many experiences teaching diverse groups of students and traveling the world, and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with my new students and the community. Although I was born in Seattle, I grew up in Olympia and attended college at the University of Portland. After teaching English in Honduras for a couple years, I moved back to Seattle and continued my work in education. As you get to know me, you’ll find that I love to draw and create art, I like to go running and play board games, I enjoy collecting plants, and I have a passion for education and social justice!

Me llamo Ángela Klaassen y ¡estoy emocionada para enseñar inmersión en español a tercer grado el próximo año! Cuento con muchas experiencias enseñando grupos diversos de estudiantes y viajando por el mundo, y me quedo en la espera de compartir lo que he aprendido con mis nuevos alumnos y la comunidad. Aunque nací en Seattle, crecí en Olympia y asistí a la Universidad de Portland. Después de enseñar inglés en Honduras por un par de años, regresé a Seattle y me dediqué a la enseñanza. Mientras me vayan conociendo, se darán cuenta de que me encanta dibujar y crear arte, me gusta correr y jugar juegos de mesa, colecciono muchas plantas y ¡tengo una pasión por la educación y justicia social!

Jackie Martinez (1st/2nd English)
Hola and Konnichiwa!  I am delighted to join McDonald’s staff and community!  So much of McDonald’s philosophy on global awareness and social, cultural competence encompasses my own!

Growing up, I lived overseas and attended many schools.  I appreciate the cultural heritage of my Korean and Mexican ancestry and that of my husband who is East Indian. My husband, son and I love to travel both domestically and internationally!

A husky at heart; I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from University of Washington, my Post-Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education from Western Washington University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. 

I am looking forward to teaching 1st and 2nd Grade Humanities!  I bring to you 11 years of training and experience teaching Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.  Additionally, I was a 1st-5th reading specialist.  Working in Southeast Seattle taught me to be more socially and culturally responsive and I honed my skills to communicate with and instruct a diverse group of students, many who were English Language Learners.

I’m thrilled to embark on this new learning adventure!
Jacqueline “Jackie” Martinez

JuanJo Pedro (2nd Grade Spanish Immersion)
I am from Barcelona, Spain. I was brought up in a bilingual home as both Spanish and Catalan coexist together in my home region. Since childhood I have had a passion for learning languages and early on I took English and German lessons.

I obtained my BA in Tourism Economics at Polytechnic University of Valencia and my Teaching Degree at the University of Barcelona. I enjoy teaching Spanish in a real-use context and recently completed various Content and Language Integrated Learning courses.

Since 2007 I have been teaching in a professional capacity in the Spanish public school system to Catalan and Spanish speaking students of different ages. 

In 2016 I moved to the United States with my partner and worked full-time as a Spanish Immersion Teacher in the Bainbridge Island School District. 

On a personal level, I am passionate about music and enjoy writing and performing in my free time. Traveling around the world and meeting people from other cultures is another favorite of mine. 

I am thrilled to transition next school year to McDonald International School and am looking forward to meeting my new second graders, their families and all school staff members.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday May 12, 2018 at International Night.

Michelle Goldberg

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