February held several important milestones for The Downtown School. We hired our first four teachers: English teacher Brian Crawford, math and computational thinking teacher Ananya Rabeya, science teacher Kelsey Van Dalfsen, and Spanish teacher Lupe Fisch. I am thrilled to welcome them to the team: They are inspirational teachers that I know our students will connect with. You can find bios and other fun information about each of the teachers on the Our Team page.
Then toward the end of the month, construction on our building finished! Our contractors from Kirtley Cole and architects from PUBLIC47 did an amazing job; each space in the building feels warm and inviting, blending historic and modern touches. And out of almost every window, there are views of the Space Needle, Key Arena, or the arches of the Pacific Science Center.
Most importantly, we accepted members of our founding classes of 2021 and 2022. These students are curious, talented, and fun. So many amazing students applied to the school, and our admissions committee reviewed each applicant’s files closely and had a series of thoughtful conversations about assembling the two grades. Letters were sent to families on Feb. 22, and we were thrilled to see so many people at the accepted students event on Feb. 27. Students and their families had a ton of questions for our new teachers, and the energy in the room was palpable, as students met their teachers and potential classmates.
More milestones are coming up in March: hiring a history teacher, a student support faculty member, and an administrative support staff member; installing furniture and starting to settle in to the building; and speaking about our work at the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools. Also, we want you to know that we are still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. We will consider applications on a rolling basis in the spring and summer dependent on space within a class.
Stay tuned for blogs from our teachers!