Instructional Team

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Ashley Carey

Art Teacher

Ms. Carey is originally from Washington State, and attended multiple colleges on softball scholarships. She graduated from Evergreen State College with her bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in social justice. Ms. Carey joined our team as a dedicated long-term sub in Destiny's second year, and joined staff as the Art teacher in our third year. She is ecstatic to continue teaching art to our wonderful students this year! Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her friends, playing sports, and listening to music.

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Becca Foster

Social Studies

Mrs. Foster was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona going on to receive her BA in Global Studies from Arizona State University. She moved to Washington after graduating with her M.A. in Public Anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Foster spent time working as an Education and Training Coordinator in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at American University. In addition to helping run a youth leadership organization (The Harry Potter Alliance), she spends her free time with her Husband and three pets (Rosie, Winnie, and Boo), reading books, riding horses, and discussing the world we live in. Mrs. Foster is incredibly excited to be teaching 6th grade Ancient Civilizations and 6th/7th grade Critical Film Review.

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Kelly Gibson

English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Gibson grew up in Naperville, Illinois and graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where she played club water polo and studied American Studies and Business. After graduating, she taught for two years in Clarksdale, Mississippi through Teach For America and then taught for three years in Chicago. Last year, she moved across the country to Tacoma and began teaching at Destiny. She loves living in Washington and is excited for her second year at Destiny as a 7th Grade ELA teacher. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Gibson loves spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, and exploring Tacoma and the rest of the PNW!

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Ms. Gilderhouse

English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Gilderhus, or Ms. G, is originally from White Salmon, Washington and holds a B.A in History from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Secondary Education in English from the University of Phoenix. She has recently moved to Tacoma, with stops in Boston, Las Vegas, and Pendleton, Oregon, along the way. Outside of school, she likes to attend live concerts, watch plays and musicals, take in the most recent movies and read (Ms. G is a pretty big Harry Potter Fan). She is excited to jump into the journeys and stories of 6th grade English Language Arts.

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Alexis Hauber

Science Teacher

Ms. Hauber grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Iowa, earning degrees in biology and psychology. After graduation, Ms. Hauber spent eight years teaching middle and high school science in Los Angeles, where she also earned a master's degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University. Before making her way to Washington, Ms. Hauber spent two years working in math, science, and music curriculum and assessment design at the district level in Colorado. Outside of teaching, she enjoys music (both listening to and performing it) and a number of outdoor and indoor fitness activities.

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Joffrey Hooks

Math Teacher

Mr. Hooks is a husband and parent, an educator, an entrepreneur, and a published poet.  A Chicago native, he possesses a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Elizabeth City State University and a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Chicago State University. He will be teaching 7th grade Math this year at Destiny Middle School.

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Holly Knowles

Math Teacher

Ms. Knowles is originally from Issaquah, Washington and attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate studies, where she studied speech and hearing sciences and disability studies. After graduating, she moved to Rhode Island where she taught middle school math and obtained her Master's in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. Ms. Knowles is so excited to be returning to her home state, and looks forward to attending lots of Husky games and spending time with her German Shepard, Aga.

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Lenara Litmanovich

Computer Science Teacher

Ms. Lit is thrilled to be starting her second year at Destiny as an Earth Science and Critical Reading teacher! She was raised in Seattle, Washington, but has also lived in Russia, Ireland, England, and Los Angeles, where she graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Business. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, playing tennis, painting, hiking, and eating lots. But most of all, Ms. Lit loves spending time with her family, friends, and students!

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Stephanie McNesby

History Teacher

Ms. McNesby was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Go Eagles! She attended Holy Family University on a lacrosse scholarship. Upon graduation, she accepted a job with the English Lacrosse Association in Manchester, England as an Local Development Officer. During her year abroad she played lacrosse, traveled, and wrote articles for various lacrosse websites. After working one year abroad, she knew it was time to go back to school to become a teacher. For the next two years, she completed her Master’s degree in Education and graduated from Holy Family University in 2016. She was accepted into Teach For America’s Jacksonville Corps and taught Intensive Reading at Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership before transferring to the Washington Corps. Outside of teaching Ms. McNesby likes spending time exploring with her partner and dog, playing and watching sports, and traveling.

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Sarah Rappaport

Math Teacher

Ms. Rappaport, originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts, recently graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelors/Masters in Materials Science and Engineering and a Bachelor's of Music in French Horn Performance. She is very excited to join the Green Dot team as a math teacher, and to continue her westward journey across the US. In her spare time, Ms. Rappaport loves to read, write, knit, and hike.

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Sunny Sinco

Social Studies Teacher

After graduating from UCLA (go Bruins!), Ms. Sinco joined Teach for America and returned home to Washington to teach 7th grade Language Arts/Social Studies and 8th grade Language Arts in the Renton School District. In her four years there, she had many opportunities to grow in her practice and to contribute to the school community as a participant on district curriculum committees, head of the Family Engagement Committee, mentor to new teachers at her school, and assistant track coach. Sunny enjoys cooking (pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are her specialty, and a student favorite every year), reading, playing board games, and adventuring with her husband.

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Kara Hayes

Special Education Teacher

Ms. Hayes came to Tacoma Washington via the U.S. Army. She is from Louisiana and decided to stay in Washington when she finished her tour. Kara worked with high school seniors as an Army Recruiter. Kara is passionate about education and is pursuing her Masters degree in Special Education.

She is a Founding Destiny Parent and is a Special Education Teacher. Kara is still rejoicing from the first promotion ceremony for Destiny. Her daughter, a founding student, was promoted and entering ninth grade. Ms. Hayes is dedicated to maintaining access to great education for all students.

Kara care for students does not stop at Destiny, she is an active volunteer with Pierce County Juvenile Court. Ms. Hayes enjoys walking the course at Chambers, cooking and debating politics with her high school daughter.

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Lee Barker

Instructional Aide

Mr. Barker is a native of Tacoma, Washington, proud father, and a graduate of The Evergreen State College. Lee's life is devoted to empowering students by ensuring justice, freedom and equality are realities for them, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised.

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Jamilla Grace

Instructional Aide

Ms. Grace is a person whose day-to-day goals, are helping students achieve completion of daily tasks that are presented to them by their teachers, and to better the overall development of Destiny Students. One of her strengths is her ability to adapt to individual student personalities.

You may recognize Ms. Grace out in the community through her work with Metro Parks as Program Coordinator for their Middle School Late Night, Summer Meals, along with our own MPct After School Program. Her personal mission is to empower, inspire growth, and personal development. She accomplishes this by showing genuine interest and concern. Ms. Grace’s goal is to help others be better than we were the day before.

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Keith Lacey

Instructional Aide

Mr. Lacey grew up in Memphis, TN. He graduated at the University of Memphis with a Bachelors in psychology and have been a Mental Health Counselor working with adolescent youth and adult populations at Memphis area behavior and psychiatric hospitals. He loves the Puget Sound area and over the years has made several trips to the region. He finally decided to follow his heart and take the plunge and move to the Tacoma area where he now resides. Mr. Lacey thanks his big brother, Mr. Harper, who has been very positive and encouraging in his decision to move to the region.

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Nachelle McLaws

Instructional Aide

Mrs. McLaws has lived in Tacoma for three years now and enjoys all the outdoor activities that the city has to offer. She originally started at Destiny in their first year in their After School Program. This year will be her third year in the role of an Instructional Aide here at Destiny. She is committed to students' success, and is currently attending WGU online to become a teacher.

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