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.
Mr. Earl is humbled and excited to be the founding 6th grade math teacher at Green Dot Seattle! He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a minor in Business Administration. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University and is set to complete the degree in May 2017. Prior to joining the Green Dot Seattle team, he got his start in education as a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member in Dallas, Texas where he taught 8th grade math at KIPP: TRUTH Academy for two years. In August 2012, he moved to New York City to accept the 8th grade math position at Democracy Prep Charter Middle School in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan and has taught there for the last five years.
When not thinking about math, Mr. Earl is an avid soccer fan and massive supporter of Newcastle United in England! He played four years of college soccer at Eastern Illinois University and is thrilled at the prospect of being able to experience watching the Seattle Sounders with their incredible fans!
Social Studies Teacher
Ms. Rosario is thrilled to start her public school teaching career as Green Dot Seattle Middle School's founding 6th grade Social Studies teacher. She is a 2017 Teach For America Corps Member who graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015 where she received a B.A. in History modified with African & African American Studies. Ms. Rosario recently moved to Seattle after working for a year as a 10th grade History teacher at Liceo Científico, a public school in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic. She most recently taught a Human Rights Through Research course at a summer program for the TEAK Fellowship, a program in NYC that helps low-income families get access and preparation for high school and college (of which she was once a student). Ms. Rosario currently works as an AmeriCorps Academic Success Coach at Seattle Education Access where she provides one-on-one tutoring and leads College Readiness workshops.
Ms. Rosario is very passionate about history and spends her free time reading books that deepen her historical knowledge and nourish her commitment to helping build a more just society—starting in her classroom! She also enjoys music and dancing and is constantly working toward being a more disciplined writer.
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.