Guided by highly experienced and innovative staff, DCS meets district curriculum requirements with programs that build on individual strengths and abilities.
Dear Sandburg and Discovery Communities,
I appreciate every day the opportunity to work as the principal of Sandburg and Discovery communities. I look forward to getting to know and work with all of you. Sandburg and Discovery are places of strong teaching and learning, wonderful culture, and supportive community and I am very humbled and honored 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 worked for the Snohomish School District as a Teacher on
Special Assignment, leading literacy work and Title 1 programs for
disadvantaged students K-6. I then completed an M.Ed. in Educational
Leadership at the University of Washington Bothell, and I began 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. 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 love 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! I loved being part of a community of supportive parents who value their children’s education and seek opportunities to become involved.
Originally from Wisconsin, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the UW of EauClaire. I worked many summers as a camp counselor and these experiences led me to an Easter Seals Camp in California. I settled in San Francisco where I taught for 10 years and earned my Master of Arts degree. I relocated to Kirkland in 1995 to be closer to my sister and to raise my girls in a suburban community. Working as a substitute teacher in all grade levels of Lake Washington and Northshore School districts was the perfect opportunity to experience the incredible dedication educators have in this area. This was also the delightful opportunity to raise my daughters and be involved with their elementary education.
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. My daughters both attended Western Washington University and are pursuing careers in math and science. 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.
Michelle Villasenor - Olders (4th & 5th grade) Teacher
I am excited to join the community of Discovery Community School. My life experiences have shaped my mindset about education. I am the oldest of six siblings, which taught me at a young age to be empathetic and caring. My dedication to my students has been shaped from my younger days, where love and caring for children meant accepting the different qualities and personalities of each child. I grew up in two border towns, one in Southern California and in Baja California.
Furthermore, I attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. After graduation, I went to work in Puebla, Mexico were I worked as an English coordinator for a private bilingual catholic institution. I returned to Mexicali, Mexico to work at Cetys Universidad as an English Instructor and also worked at several private bilingual elementary schools. From my experience as an educator in Mexico, I learned how to create lessons based on the needs and schema of my students instead of a content-based lessons. Teaching through relevancy made subjects more fun to teach and my students were able to understand the content without much difficulty. Afterwards I taught in southern California where technology shaped my experience in student centered and project based learning. Additionally, I graduated from University of San Diego with a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. In these settings, I was exposed and implemented project-based learning, differentiation, ed-tech, and 21st century skills in daily lessons. Out of school I enjoy reading comics, going on walks with my dog and travelling with my husband.
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.
Library, PE and Music
Camilla Schulte - Library
I was born and raised in Kirkland, WA. and attended school in the LWSD. After high school, I went to Central Washington University and earned a BS in Physical Education and School Health. After completing my degree at CWU, I continued my education through Emporia State University earning a MS in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. I took my first teaching job a Carl Sandburg in the fall of 2003.
I have a wife named Stefanie and we have 3 children. The oldest attends Finn Hill Middle School and I have twins who attend Thoreau Elementary. During my time off, I love to camp with family and friends. If I’m not at school or with my family, you will find my exploring Washington rivers in search of Salmon and Steelhead.
I look forward to another great year and it’s a privilege to call Sandburg/DCS my home away from home!!
Mr. Melerski hails from Erie, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Mercyhurst University in 2010 (with a degree in Music Education) he took a job with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). He moved to Montgomery, Alabama where he taught at Maxwell Air Force Base.
In the summer of 2015 Mr. Melerski moved to Seattle. In 2016 he took a job with the Lake Washington School District as the music teacher at A. G. Bell Elementary.
Outside of school Mr. Melerski likes to cook, entertain, explore Seattle and other parts of the PNW, find new restaurants, and travel.
You'll probably hear him say "y'all", call a shopping cart a "buggy", and see him sporting University of Alabama gear.