Our head of school
Nick Creach joins Seattle School for Boys as founding Head of School. Most recently, he served as Head of Middle School, teacher, and coach at Seattle Academy; prior to that, Nick was Student Life Coordinator, Grade-level Dean, teacher and Middle School Athletic Director at University Prep in Seattle, as well as teacher, coach and dorm parent at Cardigan Mountain School, a boarding and day school in New Hampshire for boys in grades 6 through 9.
Nick has had extensive experience working in an all-boys setting, witnessing the deep impact of an all-boys middle school education. Over the past 17 years, he has dedicated his career to the holistic education of middle schoolers and worked under the mantra that “kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
Nick believes that kids thrive in a community that both supports and challenges them, and that a community in which kids are encouraged to align their actions to meet their values is where true growth can occur. He believes that there is a great need for an educational space in Seattle in which middle school boys can experience life through their own eyes while having the confidence and compassion to lead and care for their community. He is incredibly excited to be working with the dedicated faculty and staff at Seattle School for Boys to grow this community.
As a father to a six-year-old boy, Nick’s professional and personal interests are closely intertwined. He most enjoys spending time with his son and wife exploring new restaurants and playgrounds in Seattle, and is just beginning to share his favorite hobby, golf, with his son.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jerome has always been a keen learner and a proponent for experiential education. As a co-founder and the head of academics at Seattle School for Boys, he believes that boys can advance beyond the confines of traditional male socialization and toward a holistic version of themselves when provided the appropriate tools.
His drive stems from being the oldest of three children in a single-parent household. Jerome watched his mom execute financial calisthenics while she expressed love and compassion in ways that allowed him to understand the value of hard work and contribution.
Keeping these values in mind, Jerome earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University.
Currently, Jerome is a humanities teacher who is dedicated to elevating and maintaining equity in education. He believes that EQ is as important as IQ and has committed his practice to ensure that boys play an active role in their social, emotional, and cognitive development.
He balances his time outside of the classroom by designing neural education instructional models and experiential learning projects that align with ethnic studies and multicultural education. Jerome is a contributing member of the iNCtl (Institute for Connecting Neuroscience with Teaching and Learning) and he is also in his fourth year as an MBK (My Brother’s Keeper) Alliance mentor. Jerome continues to find many opportunities to learn and expand himself through art, basketball, book clubs, travel, and writing.
Our board of directors
Professionally, Drew is a corporate lawyer, with expertise in governance, and a CPA. After 14 years practicing at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and then four years as an in-house attorney at RealNetworks, she started her own practice, Avisé, SPC, where she provides legal consulting services to publicly traded technology companies. Prior to law school, Drew spent six years working as a certified public accountant, first as an auditor with Ernst & Young and then as a consultant for Levi Strauss & Co.
Drew has served on the boards of directors, including the finance committees and executive committees, of several nonprofit organizations, including Seattle Girls’ School, The RealNetworks Foundation, Child Care Resources, Climate Solutions, and Women’s Funding Alliance. She has done corporate pro bono work for many nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years.
Personally, Drew is mom to two middle school students. Watching her older child thrive at an all-girls middle school, where she was supported and encouraged through the tricky middle school years, Drew was dismayed to find that a similar educational experience was not available for her son. She worked to form Seattle School for Boys so that the boys in our community would have the opportunity to be supported, guided, and celebrated, and would in turn learn to support, respect, and honor others, regardless of gender.