Patti Hearn is Seattle School for Boys Interim Head of School. She was the founder of Lake Washington Girls Middle School and served as Head of School there for over twenty years.

Patti is a passionate leader, educator and connector. She graduated from Rutgers University and received her MA-Ed from Antioch University in Seattle. She is Dare to Lead trained and was a finalist for the Fearless Woman Award. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Bush School and shares her love of the theater with the community.

Our faculty

Jerome Hunter

Jerome Hunter

Co-Founder. Chief Academic Officer, Humanities teacher

Patti Hearn

Patti Hearn

Interim Head of School

LaQuanta Jackson

LaQuanta Jackson

Staff: Registrar and Administrative Assistant

Buck McKenna

Buck McKenna

Director of Admissions, STEAM teacher

Mary Louise

Mary Louise

Director of Student Life, STEAM Teacher

Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson

Humanities teacher

Welcome Mr. Reyes!

The SSB team will have a new member: Mr. Fernando Reyes lived in Mexico until he was five, and then moved to Texas with his family. He was in band from sixth grade through 12th grade. After high school, he went to Texas A&M University for a bachelor of science degree in psychology, and then he returned to school to get his teaching license.

He has been teaching science and coaching cross country and tennis for three years, and he is looking forward to leaving Texas for Seattle. He says his hobbies are video games, running, hiking, and learning music. 

Jerome Hunter

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 trustees

Drew Markham

Seattle School for Boys Co-founder and Board Chair, 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 teens. 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 boys in our community, bringing together a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, would have the opportunity to be supported, guided, and celebrated, and would in turn learn to support, respect, and have compassion for others.

Joan beauregard

Joan brings a wealth of experience to SSB, having spent 44 years working in independent, public and parochial schools on both coasts of the U.S.  She started her career teaching English, which eventually led to 26 years as the Head of five schools including 13 years as the Head of a Pk-6 day school and completing her career as the Head of Hamlin Robinson School (WA), a school with a mission to serve students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.  While at Hamlin Robinson School Joan established the award winning HRS Learning Center and the Teacher Training Program, completed the school’s first capital campaign, moved the school to a newly built campus, increased enrollment by 180%, strengthened the finances and established several endowments. Upon her retirement the school established an endowment in her name, the Joan Beauregard Endowment for Discovery and Enrichment, and named the playfields in her honor.

Joan has been active in the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, NWAIS, serving on the Board of Governors for over 15 years, the Accreditation Committee for 17 years, and held many leadership positions such as Standards and Practices Chair, Treasurer and President of the association. She was also president of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, an executive committee member of Country Day School Headmaster’s Association and a member of Head Mistresses of the East. She has served on the boards of many independent schools and other organizations. Joan is a founding faculty member of Pathways to Leadership, a two-year program for aspiring woman leaders and has co-facilitated or presented at many regional governance workshops.

peter berner-hays

Peter has been a Kindergarten teacher, School Counselor and Head of School in a number of independent schools in the Seattle area.  He has served on several school boards and on the Board of Governors of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, NWAIS.  Throughout his career he has facilitated workshops for new and young teachers supporting their early development with a clear focus on reflection, professional growth, and collegial connection.

A hallmark of Peter’s work in schools is his unwavering appreciation for children and a strong understanding of child and adolescent development.

Andrea gates sanford

Andrea is a graphic designer by trade, starting her career in Austin, Texas, then moving to Washington DC in 1994 to start her own business, She Can Do It, LLC. She was full-time production manager for the launch of Discovery Channel Online before moving to Seattle in 1996 and has provided ringside online streaming video service and podcast support for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the past 15 years. She is now the full-time lead graphic designer for HR Creative Group.

She served on the board of directors for the Snow Leopard Trust for over 12 years, as well as the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, Indonesian Veterianary Training Program and the Center for Women and Democracy. She received her MBA in sustainable business from BGI in 2011. Her passion for equal rights and social justice led her to be involved with Seattle School for Boys from the very beginning. 

Andrea trains and competes in agility and obedience cyno-events with her talented Doberman pinschers. She is an avid reader and enjoys the never-ending but rewarding struggle of learning both the cello and fly fishing, albeit not at the same time.

tricia timmons

Tricia is mother to two boys, and a sales leader at a top ten Fortune 500 technology company. She is the author of Ten Simple Tools for No Regrets Parenting and has a passion for sharing insights and knowledge in various forms including her blog No Regrets Parenting, and leading parenting workshops.

Tricia currently serves as the head of the Families of SSB Council (FoSC) and is passionate about helping grow and sustain Seattle School for Boys. Her youngest son, Gabriel, is a current student in the 7th grade.

dawn zedonis

Dawn graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA and received her Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University. Professionally, she has worked with women experiencing homelessness in Seattle, as a lead clinician on a behavioral health team in Boston, and as the Managing Editor of Seattle’s Child magazine.

Dawn is mom to identical twin boys, an avid reader, an occasional writer, and an aficionado of colorful language. Honored to be part of SSB’s founding family cohort, Dawn is passionate about fostering a community where boys are empowered to grow into their full social and emotional selves.