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.

Student Success Team

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

Last year, Kathleen brought her vast knowledge of effective teaching practices and administration to her role as Director of Student Success. 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. Kathleen earned a BA in English and Elementary Teaching Certification and endorsement in Reading from Gonzaga University. She also earned a MA in Curriculum & Reading Instruction, and recently 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. She holds a professional certification in Focus on Literacy and has taught first grade for the past 12 years. 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 will continue to bring this expertise to our Student Success Team and the entire ASB Community in her new role this year as Interim Principal of ASB.

  

Steve Dougherty – Vice Principal of Academics

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.

 

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 is looking forward to bringing her expertise to ASB and fostering a community of dedicated students with a commitment to strengthening their growth-mindsets.  

 

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Jennifer Riggle – School Psychologist and Counselor

Jennifer has a BA in Psychology, with a child/youth care emphasis,  along with a MS in Counseling Psychology, and an EdS in School Psychology. She is certified and licensed as both a School Counselor and School Psychologist in Washington state. She has worked as a full-time school counselor for 8 years in both public and private schools. Her training in both Counseling Psychology and School Psychology prepares her to work with a wide range of student concerns – from the typical, developmental concerns that happen for all students, to more substantial concerns that require additional planning and collaboration. Graduate work intensely focused on supporting students with disabilities (in assessment and intervention services) and supporting adults who work closely with those students. Her assessment focus is not only on diagnosis of disabilities, but also on understanding specific cognitive student strengths and deficits to help parents and teachers move forward with effective interventions.

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Christina Dougherty – K-5 Learning Specialist

The 2017-2018 school year is Christina Dougherty’s 10th year at ASB, and 12th year as an educator.  She has taught 2nd and 3rd grade, and this is her second 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 will organize and run small pull-out groups of students who need extra support with reading skills, as well as push-in to classrooms to help teachers differentiate their instruction to better meet the needs of the diverse learners at ASB.

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Heather Fairbank – Specialist Teacher

Heather earned a Masters in Teaching with endorsements in Spanish for K-12 and in multiple subjects for K-8 from Seattle University.  She is a Seattle native and has had the chance to teach all subjects to students from 5th-12th grade in private, public, and alternative school settings.  She began teaching Spanish at ASB in the Fall of 2013 and joined the Student Support Team in the Fall of 2014.  The unique opportunity to teach students at ASB for 4 years in a row offers Heather the chance to see students as they grow and develop into young adults.