Student Support Staff


Elizabeth Tyning

School Counselor

Ms. Tyning is excited to serve the Rainier Valley community as Rainier Valley Leadership Academy's founding School Counselor. She graduated from The New School in New York City with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Sociology. While completing her undergraduate studies, Ms. Tyning worked as a volunteer and tutor for Achievement First Charter Schools, ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, and The Fortune Society’s alternative to incarceration education programs. Ms. Tyning completed her Masters in Social Work from NYU, and as a part of her graduate studies, trained in community mental health and medical social work. Prior to joining the Green Dot team, she has broadened her clinical experience as a Mental Health Therapist with Seattle Children’s Hospital for the last two years. Ms. Tyning is passionate about empowering individuals, especially children, to recognize their potential and boost their overall well-being, so that they can achieve their personal and academic goals.

As a native to the desert climate, Ms. Tyning enjoys the sun and being outdoors. You can find her most likely hiking with her dog, on her bike, or growing vegetables in her backyard. When indoors, she turns to books, movies, and wood carving! Ms. Tyning looks forward to partnering with the Green Dot community, providing creativity, compassion, and dedication, so that all students and families are heard and supported in their educational journey.


Brittany Long

Special Education Teacher

Ms. Long is honored and excited to join the Rainier Valley Leadership Academy team this year as a Special Education teacher. After earning her B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Indiana Wesleyan University, Ms. Long moved to New York City to work with a non-profit mission organization. She then moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue a Special Education teaching license where she worked as a Special Education teacher at an inner city middle school. After 5 years, Ms. Long and her husband decided to move to Seattle, WA.

Ms. Long is passionate about helping all students reach their highest potential and strongly believes that every student can grow and learn. When she is not teaching, Ms. Long enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring her new city. She also really enjoys traveling and is in a heated battle with her siblings to travel to the most countries. She would love any tips on what country she and her husband should visit next!

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Aimee Kelley

Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator

Aimee has worked in education in the charter sector for eight years in Washington, DC and is thrilled to bring that expertise to the Green Dot team. She spent most of that time working directly with parents and has taught ESL, Civics, and Digital Literacy. She also presented at organizations, schools and conferences on using technology in the classroom, family literacy and engagement, and differentiated instruction. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area TESOL Organization. In her free time, she likes to build websites, write code, and work with youth. She also loves music and studied it at Bethel College. She plays seven instruments and has played in a wide variety of bands and orchestras.

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 659-0956