Student Success Team
Our staff possess research-based knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to successfully provide our students with a developmentally appropriate, rigorous, meaningful, and faith-based educational experience. Our Student Success Team is uniquely poised to provide specific expertise on individualizing the educational experience for all students who require enrichment or support to maximally benefit from their educational experience. The SST is comprised of the Principal, Vice Principal of Academics and Math Coach, Vice Principal of Operations, Director of Student Success, Learning Specialist, and School Counselor.
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).
Meet The Student Success Team
Kathleen Conklin – Principal
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 1st grade for 12 years. Most recently, Kathleen also received her Educational Administration certificate. She is certified as a Slingerland Director, and presents nationally to support other educators’ knowledge and skills in working with diversified learners. Kathleen is the past Vice-President for the Washington State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the past 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 ASB. In this role, she provided services to parents, staff, and worked directly with students to lead ASB’s new R.A.D. Program for middle school students. As the Principal, she continues to bring her long-standing expertise in instruction for diversified learners to our SST and the entire ASB Community.
Steve Dougherty – Vice Principal of Academics and Math Coach
Steve began his career at ASB in 1994. He holds a BA from Seattle University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University. Steve has taught PE, Technology, 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, 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 K-8 Math Coach.
Dylan Pouley – Vice Principal of Operations
Dylan began his career at ASB in 2000. He earned his BA in History from the University of Washington, his M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University, and also participated in the Office of Catholic Schools Leadership Academy in 2016, which prepares new and future school administrators. Dylan brings extensive knowledge stemming from 17 years experience working with Athletics, Student Life, and Extended Care, and school administration at ASB. As Vice Principal of Operations, he partners with the Business Office and Facilities Department to manage the school facilities, safety and emergency programs.
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. Her 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 our RAD program, Elee oversees the support of all students with support plans and learning needs. She is committed to strengthening each students' growth-mindset, skills, and knowledge.
Christy Dahl – School Counselor
Christy Dahl completed her BA in Psychology and Political Science from Gonzaga University and her Masters of Education in Counseling from Seattle University. Christy began at ASB in 2019 and has been in education since 2013. She is certified as a School Counselor in Washington state. Mrs. Dahl's training in counseling and professional experience prepares her to work individually, in group settings and in collaboration with parents and teachers to support students emotionally, socially and academically. Her primary goal is to promote positive mental health and well-being for all students.
Christina Dougherty – K-5 Learning Specialist
Christina began her career at ASB in 2008. She completed her BA in English and K-8 Teaching Certificate from Western Washington University, her Professional Certification from Seattle University, and taught 2nd and 3rd grade. Christina has been trained in all three years of the Slingerland Approach, and completed her Reading Endorsement and MA Ed. 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.