Guided by highly experienced and innovative staff, DCS meets district curriculum requirements with programs that build on individual strengths and abilities.
I am excited join the Sandburg and Discovery Communities as the principal of these wonderful schools. I look forward to getting to know and work with all of you soon. The reputation of both Sandburg and Discovery as places of strong teaching and learning, wonderful culture, and supportive community precedes the schools, and I am very humbled and honored to have been chosen to be a part of the family.
I believe strongly in creating a community of learning opportunities for all students and partnering together with families to make sure that all students receive a great education and are respected as part of our community.
By way of introduction, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Utah and Nevada, earning my BA degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. It was in Nevada that I began teaching. After moving to Colorado, I got an MA in English Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then taught high school English and Algebra before finding my true home teaching Elementary students. When my husband was transferred to Washington three and a half years ago, I said goodbye to my Colorado family and moved to Snohomish, where I have been working for the Snohomish School District as a Teacher on Special Assignment, leading literacy work and Title 1 programs for disadvantaged students K-6. I recently completed an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at the University of Washington Bothell, and I am very excited to begin the next step in my career as an Elementary Principal.
On a personal note, I am married to a wonderful husband and together we have a son, Jackson, who has recently finished Kindergarten. We enjoy camping, traveling, and working on DIY projects around the house together. I am an avid reader, love crafting, and regularly get walked by my energetic dog, Aspen.
I could not be more delighted to be joining the Sandburg and Discovery families and to begin working with our incredible students, staff, families, and community! I invite you to stop in and introduce yourself, just to say hi and get to know each other, or to talk about anything important on your mind.
Diane Jewell - Youngers (Kindergarten & 1st grade) and Head Teacher
Discovery Community School holds a very special place in my heart. My daughters, Kelsey and MacKenzie, both graduated from this fantastic school as my husband and I participated as parent volunteers. We loved being part of a community of supportive parents who value their children’s education and seek opportunities to become involved. I am originally from Wisconsin and earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the UW of Eau Claire. I worked many summers as a camp counselor. This experience led me to an Easter Seals Camp in California where I met my husband, Jim. We settled in San Francisco where I taught for 10 years and earned my Master of Arts degree. We relocated to Kirkland in 1995 to be closer to my sister and to raise our girls in a suburban community. In 2006 I completed my Professional Certification for the state of Washington and was offered a teaching position at DCS. I was thrilled to accept and become a member of this dedicated & energetic staff! We love our life here in the Pacific Northwest with our two daughters. MacKenzie, age 15, is a sophomore at Juanita High School. Kelsey, age 18, now attends Western Washington University and is considering a teaching career. We feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful location to hike, ski, and celebrate the solstice.
Erin Subcleff - Middles (2nd & 3rd grade) Teacher
"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." Scott Hayden
My name is Erin Subcleff and I love spending my days bringing the love of learning to elementary students. My favorite things are developing in children a love of books, a passion for discovery, the rewards of creativity, and the thrill of challenging themselves.
After attending Juanita High School, I graduated from the University of Washington. I have always been a strong advocate for the arts and while teaching, I earned my Master's Degree in Creative Arts from Lesley College. Integrating the arts (poetry, dance, music, visual arts, and drama) into the curriculum allows me to create enriching and challenging lessons.
I have been teaching in the Lake Washington School District since 1991 – teaching grades 1-6. I started my career at John Muir Elementary where I taught from 1991-2000. After my first son was born, I began job sharing with Sheri Morissey and started teaching here at Sandburg in 2001. When my daughter started Kindergarten in 2013, I resumed full time teaching.
My family and I live in Woodinville. I have three children who go to school in the Northshore School District.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, playing board games with my family, and creating art.
Cheryl Glassey - Olders (4th & 5th grade) Teacher
I am incredibly happy to be back in the Lake Washington School District after 4 years on the East Coast, especially since I am a product of this district. I attended Audubon Elementary, Redmond Junior High, and Redmond High School. After getting my BA in Elementary Education from Central Washington University, I completed my student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom at Horace Mann Elementary, followed by three years of teaching 4th grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary. In 2008, my husband had the opportunity to accept his dream job working for Baseball America in Durham, North Carolina, so I finished up my school year, packed up everything we owned, and moved to the East Coast for 4 years. While in North Carolina, I had the opportunity to work as a science specialist that traveled to different classrooms across the state, teaching science standards in fun, hands-on experiences. I also taught one year in a 4th grade classroom, as well as one year in a 5th grade classroom. During my final year in North Carolina, I had a chance to work with the Common Core Curriculum, and I am looking forward to continuing that work with this wonderful group of 4th and 5thgraders. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our family and friends going out to restaurants or playing board games. My dream is to one day have a baked goods food truck, so I bake quite a bit. I especially love taking my crazy dog Elliot to Jaspers Dog Park, or just out for a nice walk. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the DCS family, and I look forward to being a part of this wonderful community!
Janet Zins - Secretary & Instructional Assistant
I am a native of the Kirkland area and attended schools in the Lake Washington School District. I currently live in Kirkland with my husband, Dwight. I have one son, Drew, who has graduated from the University of Idaho and is an Assistant Golf Professional and working in Marysville. We have one golden retriever, Sadie, who enjoys her walks. I enjoy vacationing at the Oregon Coast with my family, and love to pass the time with my hobbies of gardening and reading. I have worked in the Lake Washington School District for seventeen years, and enjoy very much working with all of the students and parents of Discovery Community School.
Pam Larson - Music Teacher