Operations Team


Stefania Appia, Parent & Community Engagement Coordinator

First-Year Knight

Ms. Appia grew up locally and graduated from Federal Way High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington with a double major in Social Science and Communications and attended graduate courses at UW’s College of Education. After working with Tacoma Goodwill Industries as a job developer, she transitioned to teaching in Seattle through an opportunity with Teach For America. She is excited to now be in a role which combines her passion of engaging with families and the community, along with still being able to support students directly.  Ms. Appia enjoys spending free time at home with her family, playing Xbox, and taking pictures of delicious food!


Cole Edgely, Director of School Operations

Cole Edgley is joining the Green Dot Public Schools Washington team as the first ever Director of School Operations at Destiny Charter Middle School. Cole’s primary focus is centered on improving operational systems and processes so that educators can spend 100% of their time preparing students for College, Leadership, and Life.

Before joining GDPSW and DCMS, Cole spent over four years as an active duty U.S. Army Officer, achieving the rank of Captain prior to completing his service commitment. He spent the majority of his military career overseeing operations, planning leadership development, and managing projects/programs. Cole earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Western Oregon University. In his personal time, Cole enjoys reading, lifting weights, and playing the guitar (or trying to play the guitar).

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Destiny Middle School

1301 E 34th St
Tacoma, WA 98404

Phone: (253) 722-5883
Fax: (253) 382-2402