Meet Our Teachers

Tracy Banaszynski
Classes taught include: Preschool Art, Budding Artist Workshop, Art Exploration
I am a painter, writer, and maker of things. My formal artistic training began at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. After completing four years of study in two different full-time programs, I continued my study of drawing and painting at Janus Collaborative School of Art in New York City. My training taught me that drawing representationally is about seeing clearly and that there is a method and process that can be transmitted from artist to student. I believe that anyone can learn the foundational skills of drawing and painting and that doing so unlocks new and wonderful possibilities for self-expression. I am a mother. I love to be with my son in the forest or near the sea. I grew up in the Midwest, and I am so glad now to call the Pacific Northwest home.

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Rick Buyce
Classes taught include: Sports Unlimited, Volleyball, Pickleball, Ultimate Frisbee

Rick Buyce has been coaching youth sports for over a decade. Rick has many years experience coaching his daughter’s soccer and volleyball teams through Boys and Girls club, Sno-King and CYO. He has worked for the city of Seattle teaching youth sports and fitness classes for 5+ years. Rick likes being able to participate in the classes he teaches and finds that demonstrating movements and strategies works well and is fun. Rick is a nationally certified personal fitness trainer through The American Council on Exercise and has worked in adult/senior fitness education for the last 2 decades.. Rick enjoys spending time with his family, teaching fitness, playing pickle ball, and video gaming.

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Nathan Drackett
Classes taught include: Circus Arts, Theatre, Parkour, Improv

Nathan Drackett is a freelance actor, teacher, acrobat and musician in Seattle represented by Big Fish NW for on-camera work. Graduating with a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University in Chicago in 2006, he has been teaching Theatre and Circus Arts for the past 14 years. Nathan has taught for SANCA, Studio East, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and The Actors Gymnasium, among others. He also has performed with Kitsap Forest Theatre, The Lyric Opera Chicago, Filament Theatre, Piven Theatre, Redmoon, 500 Clown, The Actors Gymnasium, and Signal Theatre. He also performs and teaches as a freelance acrobat, clown, and musician in and around Seattle. His passions include teaching people of all ages, races, and ethnicities how to do dangerous things safely, and to push the boundaries of what we think circus, theatre, and storytelling can be.

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Ameen Dhillon
Classes taught include: Art Exploration, Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Art Books, Mixed Media Sketchbooks

Ameen Dhillon graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. in 1989. Her paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Canada, India and China. She returned to Emily Carr as an artist in residence as well as a lithography instructor. After 20 creative years she is excited to share her passion for art with children.

“A favorite quote of mine by Paul Klee states: art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. One of my goals is to encourage kids to slow down and carefully observe their surroundings, to look deeply and really understand what makes this world so beautiful and interesting. I encourage my students to use their imaginations as well as the subjects in front of them. To notice all the different shades of green in the garden and blue in the sky. To discover the elements of line and shape through the use of a wide variety of professional materials.”

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Becky Johnston
Classes taught include: Words without Borders: Contemporary World Literature

Becky Johnston is a teacher and homeschool parent working to build collaborative communities of inquiry and meaningful learning opportunities for all ages. In 2013, she created Curiosity Guild, a mixed-age, project-based, STEAM collective that has met biweekly for the last five years. From 2014-17, she coordinated Family Word Party, a monthly literary salon. Along with her teen daughter, she is a citizen scientist at the MAST Aquarium, tracking nudibranch populations in Puget Sound. Becky holds a political science degree from the University of Southern Maine, and has served as director of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State, legislative assistant at the National Congress of American Indians, and as Congressional staff. You will often find her walking at Discovery Park, exploring tidepools, reading, visiting art museums, and cooking.

Little Hands Creations
Classes taught include: Machine Sewing

Founded by Chelsea Cook, Little Hands Creations is a team of teachers offering Sewing and Arts & Crafts classes at elementary schools and community centers throughout Seattle. Classes are built to stimulate and teach both advanced and beginner students! Sewing classes are structured in a way that students can pick their own projects and advance at their own speed, whereas the Arts & Crafts classes advance together, working on the same project. Chelsea is a Seattle-based freelance costume designer, shop manager, and small business owner. She has been sewing for over 20 years, starting out as a self-taught child, and now has her degree in Costume Design and Garment Construction from Cornish College of the Arts. Chelsea has been working in educational theater and with children for many years and loves to encourage their passion of sewing, and all things crafty and creative!

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Molly Moench
Classes taught include: Math Games, Cooking Up Math, Junior Great Books, Indigenous Folktales and Animal Science, Materials Science Lab, Hands on Science: Chemistry

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Marcia Miller
Classes taught include: Hands on Math, Hands On Math Investigations

Marcia Miller is a longtime homeschooling mom, unschooling advocate, and math enthusiast. She has a background as an elementary and middle school teacher, enjoyed a couple years working at an outdoor preschool, and has a masters degree in reading and language arts. Marcia loves playing with mathematical ideas, games, numbers, and patterns. You can read more about her family’s homeschooling adventures on her website: http://marcialmiller.com/about/

Karen Radcliff
Karen Radcliff

Classes taught include: Fiber Play:Exploring Fiber Art

Karen Radcliff is a homeschool parent and fiber artist.  She earned an MA in Anthropology from UC San Diego in 2001 and loves aiming the anthropological lens at food, textiles, the built environment, and other aspects of material culture.  That being said, more than anything she would rather be making textiles with her own hands:  knitting, spinning, weaving, and hand sewing.  Karen is particularly interested in the social history of ancient and medieval textiles, the uses and meanings of fabric in a world before industrialized, fast-produced fiber goods.  When not eyeing string, she can be found gardening, watching black-and-white movies, looking at maps, reading, and drinking a lot of tea.

Seattle GO Center
Classes taught include: GO

The Seattle Go Center teaches and promotes the Asian game of Go. This 4000 year old strategy board game continues to fascinate players from around the world. The Seattle Go Center was established in 1995, with its own building in the University District of Seattle, thanks to the generosity of a Japanese professional Go player, Iwamoto Kaoru. It is now self-supporting. The Go Center is recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity, with the formal name of Nihon Ki-in Go Institute of the West. It is organized as nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Washington. Seattle GO teachers are well qualified for the levels they teach, and they are committed to finding effective ways to improve your game.

Gwynn Raimondi
Classes taught include: Calm Down, Nervous System!

Gwynn Raimondi is a homeschool mom and a licensed marriage and family therapist associate (LMFTA). Her main areas of focus are chronic stress, trauma, grief, embodiment, & their intersections. Over the last almost decade she has developed a somatic based approach that helps her students and clients learn to self-regulate their nervous systems as well as how to be present and focused. She offers online and in-person classes and has worked with people as young as four and as old as 75.

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Miranda Swan Veenhuysen
Classes taught include: Creative Dance, Hawaiian Hula, Anatomy & Physiology through the Arts, Musical Theater Dance

Miranda Swan Veenhuysen is a dance artist who loves to perform, teach and choreograph. She has studied a variety of disciplines and likes to combine forms in her work. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, she holds a dual degree in Dance and Drama. In Seattle, she has performed with Walrus Dance Company, Ha’lau Hula O Maile, and in the Isis Women Arts Festival. Her favorite choreographer is Pina Bausch. She works as a nanny and enjoys snowboarding and surfing with her partner Jason and cuddling with her cat Jasmina. A lifelong mover, her teaching dream is to nurture a love of dance in all her students.

Tasha Walston
Classes taught include: Youth Activism, Literary Adaptation 101, Zine Making

Tasha Walston is a professor of English and Humanities at Cascadia College. She has taught courses in academic writing and research; gender studies; cultural studies; film; digital humanities; global and comparative literature; and Spanish language. Recently, Tasha’s exploration of the digital humanities includes a deep dive into the heart of narrative adaptation via comics, video games, music, Dungeons & Dragons, and virtual reality. Tasha earned her first MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Illinois State University in 1998 and her second MA in Comparative Literature in 2006 from Penn State, where she is also ABD on a PhD in same. In her free time, she enjoys activism, playing tabletop RPGs, and writing.