Mr. Chen is a proud resident of the Rainier Valley and thrilled to be the Founding Principal of a Green Dot Middle School in Southeast Seattle. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Economics and earned a Master of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Chen earned his principal's credential from the University of Washington's Danforth Educational Leadership Program. He taught middle school math in South Central Los Angeles, earning National Board Certification in 2008. Mr. Chen returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 to teach in the Renton School District. Most recently, he was an Assistant Principal at Aki Kurose Middle School and served the last two years as proud principal of Graham Hill Elementary in Southeast Seattle.
When he's not exploring Seattle one meal at a time with his wife and daughter Elle, he cheers on the local teams while awaiting the return of his beloved Supersonics. Mr. Chen looks forward to partnering with diverse students, staff and families to ensure an excellent education for all students in southeast Seattle.
Ms. McCormick is honored to join Green Dot Public Schools as the Founding Assistant Principal in Seattle. A Northwest native, she received her B.A. from Willamette University and her Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She earned her Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York. Before joining Green Dot, Ms. McCormick taught middle school science for several years in Brooklyn, NY with Uncommon Schools and in Seattle. She has also worked in school administration in various capacities and conducted education policy research with the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Most recently, Ms. McCormick served as the founding Dean of Academics at Excel Public Charter School in Kent, WA.
When not being inspired by middle schoolers and the amazing educators with whom she gets to work, Ms. McCormick can be found adventuring in the mountains, exploring beautiful places, playing with her puppy, and cheering on the Seattle Sounders.
LeJayah is a political science graduate at the University of Washington. She is new to the Student Recuitment team and is excited to go out into the community to get students and their families involved in the Green Dot community. She aspires to become a lawyer, and when not studying for the LSATs, she is usually putting together a book of poetry.
Kris has worked in several different capacities in education ranging from Program Director to Student & Family Advocate. Directly before joining the staff of East African Community Services Kris worked with special education students at Denny International Middle School. Kristopher has a passion and desire to see youth reach their highest level of emotional and academic growth and also spends time working at Ryther Child Center with youth who are survivors of traumatic experiences in life.