Meet the Student Success Team

Our ASB Student Success Team brings expertise from a variety of backgrounds, education, training, and work experiences to ensure that we offer a well-rounded and qualified team of professionals.

The Assumption-St. Bridget Student Success Team is comprised of members of the school administration team, specialists, and teachers, and meets on to discuss student academic, social, emotional and physical needs. Strong communication and partnership with parents, students and faculty, enables the SST to direct their work to meet the needs of ASB’s diverse learners. We also oversee student Service Plans (Seattle Public School services), Student Support Plans (ASB documentation of accommodations and interventions), and student IEPs (for those who are dually enrolled in ASB and Seattle Public Schools). See below to meet ASB’s Student Success Team!

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Kathleen Conklin – Principal

As the Principal of Assumption-St. Bridget School, Kathleen brings vast knowledge of effective teaching practices for all learners. Kathleen earned a BA in English and Elementary Teaching Certification, endorsement in Reading from Gonzaga University, professional certification in Focus on Literacy, and MA in Curriculum and Reading Instruction, all of which she used to successfully teach first grade for 12 years. Most recently, Kathleen also received her Educational Administration certificate. Kathleen is certified as a Slingerland Director, and presents nationally to support other educators’ knowledge and skills in working with diversified learners. Kathleen is the Vice-President for the Washington State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Slingerland Institute’s Faculty Senate. Kathleen’s work with diversified learners and educational administration lead to her role as Director of Student Success at Assumption-St. Bridget School. In this role, she provided services to parents, staff, and worked directly with students to lead ASB’s new R.A.D. Program (Reinventing Achievement and Development) for middle school students. As the Assumption-St. Bridget School Principal, Kathleen continues to bring her long-standing expertise in instruction for diversified learners to our Student Success Team and the entire ASB Community.


Steve Dougherty – Vice Principal of Academics and Math Coach

Steve began his career at Assumption St. Bridget School (ASB) in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Seattle University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University. Steve has taught K-8 PE and Technology, middle school Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts and Literature. The unique opportunity of working in a variety of roles has allowed him to get to know students at every point of their education and understand their development as human beings. Beginning in 2016, Steve became the K-8 Math Coach at ASB, along with continuing to teach middle school Math and joining the Student Support Team.  In 2017, he became Vice-Principal of Academics, in addition to his continuing position as the Assumption-St. Bridget K-8 Math Coach.


Elee McCarthy – Director of Student Success

Elee has BA in Communication as well as her Masters in Teaching with endorsements in Special Education and ELA. Elee’s passion for working with students with unique learning needs stems from her personal background with such individuals. She has supported students of all abilities providing differentiated group instruction, individualized interventions, and push-in support in the classroom. In addition to teaching RAD (Reinventing Achievement and Development), Elee oversees the support of all students with support plans and various learning needs. She enjoys bringing her expertise to ASB and fostering a community of dedicated students with a commitment to strengthening their growth-mindset, skills, and knowledge.  



Christy Dahl – School Counselor

Christy completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Political Science degree from Gonzaga University, and her Masters of Education in Counseling degree, with an emphasis in School Counseling, from Seattle University. Christy began at ASB in 2019 and has been in education for seven years. She has previously worked as the registrar in two private schools in the Seattle area before getting her Master’s in Counseling. She is certified as a School Counselor in Washington state. Her professional experience and  training in counseling prepares her to work individually, in group settings and in collaboration with parents and teachers to support students emotionally, socially and academically. Christy’s primary goal is to promote positive mental health and well-being for all students at ASB.


Christina Dougherty – K-5 Learning Specialist

The 2018-2019 school year is Christina Dougherty’s 11th year at ASB, and 13th year as an educator.  She has taught 2nd and 3rd grade, and this is her third year as the K-5 Learning Specialist.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and K-8 Teaching Certificate from Western Washington University, and her Professional Certification from Seattle University.  Christina has been trained in all three years of the Slingerland Approach, and completed her Reading Endorsement and MA E.d. from Antioch University.  She organizes and runs small pull-out groups of students who need extra support with reading skills, as well as provides push-in support to classrooms to facilitate teacher differentiation of instruction to better meet the needs of all our diverse learners at ASB.