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Gayle Adler

Adler, Gayle

1st Grade Teacher

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Gayle teaches first grade at Lawton Elementary in Magnolia. A longtime Ballard resident, Gayle grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but came west for an ocean view. She holds a BFA from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs), an MFA from the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers) and after a long career in retail design, she earned her teaching certification through UW-Bothell. She has endorsements in elementary education and middle school math. Gayle is a big college sports fan. Her interests include gardening, backpacking, travel and art.

Somi Ahlbeck

Ahlbeck, Somi



Somi began being a school nurse since 2015 and is at Magnolia Elementary, Lawton Elementary and the Seattle Preschool Program. The kids call her 'Nurse Somi.' Prior to school nursing, Nurse Somi was a charge nurse at Fairfax Behavioral Health on the adolescent unit and just LOVE working with kiddos in every age group. No matter the demographic, her passion is to encourage and educate individuals about their health so that they feel empowered to achieve anything that they set their mind to. Nurse Somi believes that students must be healthy not only physically but mentally, emotionally, and socially to learn well. Nurse Somi loves school nursing because she gets to be a part of a holistic approach to well-being and build relationships with students, their families, and the community. Find Nurse Somi with the dog/cat (whatever pet) at social events.

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Baker, Alex

Ashley Bakker

Bakker, Ashley

2nd Grade Teacher


Ms. Bakker has been teaching 2nd grade at Lawton since 2014. She received her M.A. in Education from Antioch University Seattle and her B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington. She taught third grade in the Kent School District for two years before coming to Lawton. Ms. Bakker loves playing board games, spending time with her dog Ginger, and eating good food with good friends.

Erica Barry

Barry, Erica


Viewlands hours: Mondays, Thursdays, alternate Wednesdays

Hannah Bowley

Bowley, Hannah

Speech-Language Pathologist


Hannah has been a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in the school setting since 2017. Prior to working in the school setting, Hannah worked as a medical SLP in a pediatric hospital in Portland, Oregon, starting in 2015. In the hospital setting, Hannah provided treatment to kids birth to 18 with pediatric dysphagia, expressive/receptive language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, articulation/phonological disorders, and more. Hannah completed her masters degree at Washington State University. She has always had a passion for helping children communicate so they can successfully navigate their world. When Hannah is not working, you can find her hiking, teaching ski lessons, paddle boarding, playing volleyball, or rock climbing.

Lena Cail

Cail, Lena

Kindergarten Teacher

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Lena has been in education for the majority of her career, with positions ranging from preschool teacher’s assistant to dorm parent and teaching English as a Second Language at a boarding school in Massachusetts. Lena has been teaching at Lawton since 2015 and is currently the reading specialist. Before coming to Lawton, Lena was an instructional assistant in the Shoreline and Bellevue school districts, as well as a certificated substitute. Lena grew up in the Seattle area, received a B.A. in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University, and an M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston. Lena enjoys reading, cooking, and walking with her husband Nick, daughter Lyla, and their dog Mazie. She loves being part of the wonderful Lawton community!

Heather Cartner

Cartner, Heather

Special Education Assistant

Cerise, Kristina

Administrative Secretary

Personal Message Kristina has been working in the Lawton front office since 2018. She genuinely enjoys making spreadsheets, cringes when she catches a typo after pressing send, and can still occasionally earn her way to the serving position in four-square. Kristina joyfully accepts coffee and book recommendations whenever they are offered. When not in the office, she keeps herself busy hiking, traveling, and teaching communication and productivity workshops.

Richard Conner

Conner, Richard

1st Grade Teacher

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Rich has been teaching at Lawton since 1994. He is a graduate of the University of Washington in Business Administration and Education. He has two children that have both graduated from Lawton. He enjoys playing sports with friends, playing guitar in a band and going to Husky basketball games.

Elaine Cooper

Cooper, Elaine

Music Teacher

Biography Elaine has been teaching music since 1989. She started music programs in three schools in West Seattle including a choral program @ W. Seattle High School. Her school choirs have performed in Japan and at many local and NW venues including on Broadway with the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Paramount. She has been at Lawton for 8 years and loves the positive atmosphere and supportive parents. She is very active in leadership with Elementary Music Specialists in the District. She has helped edit assessment curriculum for the Carnegie Hall Link Up program and has certifications in Kodaly and World Music Drumming. Elaine is married to her wonderfully supportive husband, Raymond, has two grown sons and four grandchildren. She lives in West Seattle where she loves to walk, spend time with grandkids and travel.

Barbara Dannenbring

Dannenbring, Barbara

Teacher/Bilingual BS


Teacher/Bilingual BS

Allison Deno

Deno, Allison



Dr. Deno joined the Lawton community in 2018. Her professional career has been spent in support of students across all levels from Pre Kindergarten through high school. At Lawton she loves being part of a community who supports all aspects of a child's development in order to create a solid foundation for all their remaining school years. When she is not at Lawton you will find her reading books and spending time with her family.

Kelsey Fatland

Fatland, Kelsey

3rd Grade Teacher


Kelsey has been teaching at Lawton since 2013. Before teaching at Lawton, she taught at Catharine Blaine K-8, the Chinese American International School in San Francisco, the St. Vrain Valley Public School district in Longmont, CO, and at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, CO. Kelsey is a National Board Certified Teacher, has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family biking, skiing, paddle boarding and hiking.

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Laura Flores Montero

Flores Montero, Laura

Instructional Assistant
Audra Gallegos

Gallegos, Audra


Biography Audra has worked in education for fifteen years as a teacher and librarian. She has degrees in English and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, and completed the School Library endorsement program at the UW. In her spare time, Audra loves to read (of course), cook, snowboard, and take trips with her family in their camper van.

Annette Godon

Godon, Annette

Office Assistant

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Annette Godon joined Lawton Elementary in 2011. Prior to coming to Lawton, she worked at the district office as well as almost every school within the district as a clerical substitute. Annette has two children who have graduated college.  Both attended SPS from Kindergarten through High School.

Ms. Godon has a degree in Marketing and worked within the industry before her kids were born. She is currently very happy with her second career supporting students, family and staff within the educational environment. You might see Ms. Godon and her husband walking through the neighborhood. Make sure to wave!

Renee Hafzalla

Hafzalla, Renee

4th Grade Teacher

Biography Renee joined Lawton in the 2014-15 school year in her first year of teaching and is thrilled to be able to start her career here. Prior to coming to Lawton, Renee interned at Arbor Heights Elementary in West Seattle, and completed her Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington. She received her B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington as well, where she studied abroad three times in Egypt, Morocco, and China. As a native born and raised in Seattle, she loves it here…rain and all! Renee enjoys trying out new recipes and restaurants, as well as traveling anywhere that will lend itself to a view of the water.