Staff Directory

Office Staff

Blake Baird - Head Learner & Principal


Prior to becoming Head Learner at Leaders in Learning High School, Blake spent several years teaching science at the Bellevue Big Picture School and studying suspended animation at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Blake lives on a 17 acre property in the woods and spends most of his free time exploring his environment, cooking with loved ones, or taking on yet another esoteric hobby.

Linda Hampton - Office Manager


Crista Langston - Nurse


Crista is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, and a graduate of UW. Most of her career was in the private sector working in women's health, but always enjoyed working with her teen patients the most. Crista has 3 teens of her own, her oldest in college, with 2 more currently at Monroe High School. She enjoys volunteering yearly on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, where she gets a chance to serve others and work on her Spanish.

Kelly Ward - Paraeducator, Attendance & Lunch


Becky Baker - Special Education

Becky splits her time between Leaders in Learning High School and Maltby Elementary serving students in special education and general education in both whole classroom and small group settings. She graduated from UW with a degree in Natural Sciences and WWU with a degree in School Administration. In her storied career in education she has been a teacher, trainer, administrator and publisher. Becky enjoys reading, writing, thinking, cats, dogs, beach time, dance and baking delicious cookies.

JeNell Buchanan - Counselor

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Tonya Colvin - Math


Marta Fivehouse-Niemann - Art


Marta grew up in Colorado. She went to the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her BA in art education. She taught elementary art in Colorado for 15 years before coming to Leaders. Last year was her first year at Leaders. Marta and her husband live in Everett with their 2 cats. They love to travel and bike ride.

Tim Langley - English


Jesse Lee - Social Studies

Rachel McKay - Science

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Rachel grew up in Northern California and moved to Seattle to attend University of Washington, where she received her degree in Oceanography. After college, Rachel spent time working and exploring in Alaska, Oregon and California before coming back to Washington. After working for several years supporting oceanography research, she attended Seattle Pacific University to get her Masters in Teaching. She is excited for her first year teaching at Leaders in Learning. She lives in Everett with her husband and dog and enjoys baking, gardening, yoga and running.

Kim Ohlson - Paraeducator

A graduate of Monroe High, Kim has been married to her high school sweetheart, Ron, for 28 years and lives on 10 acres in Sultan with their 3 sons, a Goldendoodle named Yukon, a Boston Terrier named Mittsy, 5 chickens, and a large garden of corn. Kim enjoys all outdoor activities and has worked as a para educator in both Sultan and Monroe School Districts for 13 years. mainly in the area of special education.

Mary Jo Vonasek - Special Education

Support Staff

Erin Wood - Behavioral Health Specialist

Lori Wolff - Clinical Child & Family Therapist*