Ms. Sullivan is excited to join the Destiny team as the principal! She brings 18 years experience with her, all of which were served in public schools in Alaska, Arizona, and Washington. For the past 12 years, she has been acting in an administrative capacity, either as an assistant principal or principal, in schools ranging from 350 students to 1300 students. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alaska, and has most recently been working on her Ed.D. through Liberty University. Ms. Sullivan was the first in her family to graduate with a 4-year college degree, and understands the power of a good education. In her spare time, Ms. Sullivan enjoys quilting, running, hiking, and doing home improvement projects.
Ms. Kleitsch is a proud Washingtonian with family roots in Seattle and the Yakima Valley. She grew up in Kent and attended the University of Washington. The cornerstone of her time in college was helping to establish the UW Dream Project. This experience led her to pursue a career in education, starting with teaching high school math in post-Katrina New Orleans. She has run operations for a summer school program, led a regional teacher content team, served on a regional Diversity, Community, and Achievement board, and coached cohorts of new teachers. She moved back to Washington in 2011 and worked for Teach For America and for the Washington State Charter Schools Association before joining the Green Dot Public Schools in Destiny’s founding year.
Ms. Abeles is excited to join the Destiny Middle School team. She grew up in the California Bay Area and went to U.C. Berkeley where she studied English. Ms. Abeles worked at Leadership Public Schools Hayward for eight years, teaching 10th and 11th grade English and supporting teachers as an Academic Dean. She moved to Washington State to enjoy the mountains and pursue a Master's of Education Policy degree from the University of Washington.
Dean of Students
Ms. Vickaryous is one of Destiny’s founding teachers. Originally from a small town in southwest Washington, she attended Concordia University in Portland before moving to Oklahoma City to teach 6th grade English language arts and social studies. In Destiny’s first two years, Ms. V taught sixth and seventh grade English language arts and literacy enrichment, served as the intervention department chair, instructional coach, EL coordinator, and co-founder of the Destiny Girls Running Club. Kayla is honored to work alongside the amazing students and families that make up this vibrant community of Tacoma, and looks forward to her new role as Dean of Students. Outside of school, she has a love for athletics, Tacoma, and brunch.
Director of School Operations
Mrs. Combs was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in nearby Sumner. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Central Washington University focusing on community health and nutrition initiatives. For the last seven years, she worked as a program director at a local non-profit serving youth and families. She is looking forward to meeting and serving Destiny families through the front office operations. Outside of school, Mrs. Combs and her husband enjoy hosting barbecues and spending time on Hood Canal.