I am passionate about the power of art to help people know themselves, their peers and their world more deeply. In art class, I strive to create a supportive and positive environment where students can experience the joys and challenges of artmaking and creative self-expression. I have been teaching art since 2014 and I previously taught art at OLG from 2016-2019. I am thrilled to be returning to OLG this year! I am working on a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy at Antioch University Seattle. When I am not teaching art or studying, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hanging with my dog Saoirse, and caring for my two aquariums and my hoard of houseplants!
My name is Vivette and I really love making connections with students. I´ve been teaching for more than 12 years in Mexico and now God and life have brought me here to live this beautiful experience in such a wonderful place. In all these years I have found that when I have fun, and my students have fun, everyone forgets that we are actually working on something, and learning happens much more easily and naturally. That’s why I’m really excited to teach my beautiful native language… Spanish.
So let’s speak Español!
O.L.G. BAND PROGRAM
Exploration is the beginning of education! The study of instrumental music opens to an adventure of wonder, knowledge, appreciation and discovery!
Beginning and intermediate/advanced band is offered on a regular weekly basis during the school day. Kennedy Catholic High School provides the instruction under faculty member, Frances McKamey. Since 1984, hundreds of students have actively taken part in this program! The highlight of the academic year is the annual Band Festival. All the band members of the nine schools join forces with the Kennedy Band for a fun-filled evening of music at the high school in May. The Honor Band and a summer band camp are also additional opportunities for our young musicians! Eighth grade graduates entering Kennedy Catholic High School will find a smooth transition into the award winning high school band
Fall 2020 update: watch this video:
to hear more from Mrs. Milanese about how Middle School Choir will look as we start this school year!
Music Specialist Pre-K – 5
I love sharing music with people of all ages and I am happily humbled to be here at Guadalupe! Teaching is a true joy for me.
I bring a wide range of musical experience to the classroom. Some of my current and former musical endeavors are and have been:
Music Specialist at OLG School since 2010
Music Director of OLG Parish since 2003
Music Teacher and accompanist at Kennedy Catholic High School
Music Director and accompanist for several theatre companies around Seattle such as Burien Little Theatre, STAGEright Theatre, and Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Member of music groups such as The Starry Crowns, The Superchargers, and The Dickens Carolers.
Mrs. Sommerville has been working in education for over 20 years. She has a Master’s in Educational Technology, endorsements in Library, K-8 Elementary Education, Math, Reading and Technology. Her most recent work experience was at Fairwood Elementary School (Kent SD) as the Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist for a building wide one-student, one-computer (1:1) pilot program.
Math Specialist: K-5
I am so happy to be back at OLG this year! This is my 35th year of teaching, and I continue to learn, grow, and be inspired by my students, colleagues, and parents! I feel very blessed to be apart of this community!
I am eager to meet new students and families and reconnect with everyone live this year! Each student brings a gift, perspective, idea, or learning style that enhances how we learn together in math. I will continue to work with the students and teachers to provide support and differentiated instruction in math in grades K-5.
My schedule is set to work with students in small groups to support their growth. These groups will be flexible and changing throughout the year. As I work with my students, I strive to inspire them to be confident learners with a growth mindset. Math is everywhere, and we will explore it together with joy and perseverance!
Outside of school, I love to spend time with my family near and far, travel, garden, enjoy summer concert outdoors, walk Alki and Lincoln Park, go to the theater, and enjoy the Mariners!
Math Specialist: 6-7-8
Don’t be afraid to be wrong, be brave enough to try. I encourage my students to engage and participate, ask questions, take risks, and be bold. It is my belief that learning happens best when mistakes are made. Making Math an approachable subject, building confidence, strengthening perseverance, and preparing all students for higher education is the ultimate goal.
I am a graduate of Central Washington University with a BA in education and a minor in mathematics. I’ve taught at OLG since 2011, both as a 3rd grade teacher and middle school math specialist.
When I’m not teaching, you can likely find me with my golden retriever, Wilson, cheering on the Seahawks, hiking the beautiful PNW trails, vacationing in Hawai’i, babysitting my nieces and nephews, traveling our world, eating big meals with my ohana, or relaxing in Ronald, WA at the family cabin.
If you have a chance come check out the “Seahawks” Math Lab; it is right across from the office.
Health and Fitness have always been a passion of mine. I graduated from Gonzaga University, with a BS in Exercise Science. During my studies at Gonzaga, I spent time working in Physical Therapy and Pediatric Therapy Clinics. After college I moved to Seattle to pursue working at The Washington Athletic Club as a Personal Trainer (working with populations ranging from 12-90 yr olds) and eventually Manager of the Women’s and Coed Conditioning Floors. When our boys were born, I stepped away from the club scene and moved into the private Personal Training world. With my passion to return to working with children, I began working at OLG in various roles these past five years.
My time at OLG allowed my passion to become clearer: teaching children in Health/Fitness. I am beyond excited to merge my expertise and launch full speed into OLG PE.
A native of Northern California, I grew up camping and hiking in the Sierra Nevadas and tide pooling along the coast. Upon completing a double major in Creative Writing and Psychology at Dominican University of CA, I fled north to serve two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Oregon, where I absolutely fell in love with the pacific northwest! I gained a Masters of Science in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University, which led to unique and life-changing experiences in outdoor education and recreation programs in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.
I am so excited to take my experiences working with youth these last two decades to serve as the OLG School Counselor. I am working on a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Prescott College and getting to know the greater Seattle area. On the weekends, you may find me on the trails with my dog Scout or working in the garden.