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Payton Neal

Neal, Payton

4th Grade Teacher

(She/Her) I am so excited to be teaching fourth grade at Madrona! I have a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. This is my second year in SPS and my first year at Madrona. While I love teaching very much, I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, going outside, and playing board games.

Lisa Oehl

Oehl, Lisa


(She/Her/Hers) These past two years have been narrowly focused on the pandemic, so I am excited to look beyond Covid and see all of the other ways I can help promote a healthy school community. In my free time I like to garden, go camping, cross country ski and enjoy time with my husband and two girls ages 13 and 10.

Patrick, Kendra

School Social Worker

(She/Her/Hers) I have worked at Madrona for five years, I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. I love the vibrant community at Madrona Elementary, and I am proud to get to be a member of the Madrona team.

Kate Poux

Poux, Kate

Math Interventionist

(She/Her/Hers) I have been teaching in Seattle Public schools for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, and reading and math interventionist. I am new to Madrona in 2022 and I am excited about working with this energetic and welcoming Panther community!

Anya Rudnick

Rudnick, Anya

Art Teacher

(She/Her/Hers) I have taught K-5 visual art, drama, and creative movement in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. My greatest joy is helping students discover their unique talents and ways to express themselves. My focus is on dismantling barriers to art, so that all students see themselves as artists. I have a B.A. in Art History and a M.Ed. in Arts Integration. When I am not teaching I love gardening, making art, cooking, backpacking, and traveling with my husband, teenage daughter, and our dog. My favorite thing about teaching at Madrona is the wonderful diverse community of staff, families, and students!

Jerica Saucedo

Saucedo, Jerica

5th Grade Teacher

Soffer, Eve

Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Although in my capacity I don’t work directly with students at Madrona, I am grateful to have an office here and appreciate being part of the wonderful Madrona community.

Taylor, Andrea

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7
Madison Taylor

Taylor, Madison

2nd Grade Teacher
Patricia Taylor-Perryman

Taylor-Perryman, Patricia

3rd Grade Teacher

(She/Her/Hers) I’m proud to teach 3rd grade at Madrona! I have a B.A. in Art Education and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education. I teach here because I love the brilliance and creativity of our amazing students. I’m passionate about making learning a joyful and meaningful experience for all.

Tuffa, Yezihalem

Custodial Assistant

Van Irvin, Kirklund


(He/Him/His) I have worked with kids through AmeriCorps, as well as eight years at the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County WA. I'm originally from Michigan, and grew up in Detroit and Ann Arbor. I moved to Washington after retiring from the Navy, and I have a  B.A. in History and Political Science, as well as a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Washington. I'm a self-proclaimed information junkie, and I believe that information should be accessible to all, so that people can make intelligent decisions involving  their lives. To make it happen, I  partner with my fellow educators at the school, as well as people in the community and parents, because I believe in the saying that it takes a village to raise a child, and I believe in being a part of the village!

ShaiRee Walker

Walker, ShaiRee

Office Assistant/ Family Support Building Point of Contact/ Volunteer Liaison, Homeless Program/McKinney Vento Program Building contact

(She/Her/Hers) I am the Madrona Elementary Office Assistant and Building Coordinator which consists of Family Support, Community Outreach, and the Volunteer Program Liaison. I am currently studying for my Associate Degree in Sociology at South Seattle College. What I love most about my job is working alongside the families and making sure I am supportive in any way possible.

Werth, Michael

Physical Education (PE) Teacher

(He/Him/His) Coach Werth has been teaching for seven years and this is his second at Madrona. He enjoys practicing martial arts, lifting weights, long runs, and playing with his dog. His mission is to support children in maintaining a love of movement and living a life full of vitality.