FACULTY & STAFF
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dr. Hemsley began her educational career at the age of six when she recruited neighborhood children to her basement “school” and taught them how to read and write. Later she taught Science, French and Economics at a preparatory school in East Los Angeles valley. Graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in French and Education, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in education and obtained her teaching credentials for k-8, special education and community college teaching. She returned to the university to complete her Ph.D. in special education and research and evaluation. From there, Dr. Hemsley was asked to joined the faculty at the research faculty at the University of California, Riverside School of Education where she taught, trained, conducted research and published for 9 years. As a senior researcher at the California Educational Research Cooperative (CERC), she created, designed & implemented meaningful and relevant educational research. In this capacity, she collaborated with superintendents from 30 member school districts, helping them identify and understand their most pressing issues and then strategized how to best research, evaluate and/or address these issues. As a coach for New American High Schools she was given the opportunity to assess, evaluate & document the extent to which high schools evidenced specified elements of reform. She learned first hand the intricacies, challenges, successes and nuances in the daily operations of some of the most alternative educational settings. One of the over twenty charter schools Dr. Hemsley evaluated and coached deservedly received the New American High School designation under her watch. She also guided and evaluated several High Schools through their accreditation processes, leading still another school through to a Blue Ribbon Designation. In response to what she saw as a need for teachers to utilize more critical thinking skills and engage in research-based practice, Dr. Hemsley designed and implemented the Institute of Reflective Practice through the University of California where she taught administrators a more critical and thoughtful approach to practice throughout Southern California. In addition, as part of her varied evaluation activities at the University, Dr. Hemsley has successfully written and been awarded over one million dollars in grants.
CRAIG FRICK, M.S.Ed.
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
HISTORY, CIVICS, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Craig Frick was born in Port Angeles, and raised in Sequim. He graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and minors in History and Sociology. Craig also has a degree in Culinary Arts and Food Production Management. He’s lived and worked on a half million acre sheep station in the Australian Outback and travelled throughout Australia and New Zealand. He’s worked as a chef in the top restaurants in Seattle, Perth, Australia and Frankfurt, Germany. While in Europe, he developed a new career in sales and finance, working in various fields including commodities, timber, housing and transportation. He’s travelled to 39 countries; living and working in Australia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania, Spain and Norway, where he lived for 18 years. He has an intimate knowledge of world geography and different cultures that together with his education helped Craig to create a global understanding of human society past and present, as well as providing unique insights into our own society here in the U.S., and the many cultures and ethnicities which comprise a post-modern United States. He is fluent in Norwegian.
After having lived 21 years abroad, he returned to the States in 2011 and completed a Masters of Science in Education, Secondary Social Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He has content knowledge in all areas of the social studies endorsement including economics, government, civics, political science, world and U.S. history and sociology, with a focus on society and social anthropology, as well as social systems.
Craig is passionate about history, the value of understanding the past to better comprehend the present and future, and the development of society and it’s governance. He’s committed to helping prepare students to succeed and become productive citizens through dedicated and engaged instruction.
Craig’s interests include hiking and mountaineering, skiing, coaching football, fishing and hunting. He has spent considerable time in the Olympic Mountains over the years, where he has hiked over 4000 miles. He’s also hiked the Kjølen Mountains in Norway and Fiordland National Park in New Zealand among others. He looks forward to sharing his appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds us with his students.
CAROLINE ARNELL, M.F.A., M.A.
HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH
The daughter of English composer, Richard A.S. Arnell and fashion illustrator Charlotte Arnell, Arnell started life with a love of literature, music, dancing, and art. She began her professional career directly out of high school in Los Angeles as a Production Assistant in the entertainment industry. She then moved to the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado, and subsequently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Seattle, Washington) as an Editor of scientific journal articles. Her last ‘job’ was as Communications Director for the National Coastal Resources Institute in Oregon. When offered an advancement providing dental insurance, a staff, a corner office with windows, Arnell turned it down and instead turned her sights toward university degrees so that she could, in her words, “teach someone something someday.” As a ‘mature’ student, Arnell earned her B.Sc. in Liberal Arts from Portland State University with honors, her Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College, and her Master of Arts in Psychology Integrative Studies from Antioch University. She laterly attained a TESOL certification from Seattle University and a Zumba Instructor certificate. Throughout, Arnell has had a private practice offering writing workshops, mentoring, and life coaching/counseling (she is a qualified Professional Life Coach). Arnell has published numerous articles and essays as well as three books (a novel, a memoir, and a collection of short stories). Three of her plays have been produced; one won a prize. She is currently working on a second novel and a book which is a compilation of her photography, paintings, and words. In her teaching life, Arnell has taught Humanities Courses, specializing in English, at Edmonds Community College, Peninsula College, and the Northwest College of Art & Design, all in Washington State. After a year’s hiatus in England, living near family, Arnell spent two years as, first, an AmeriCorps Literacy Tutor, working with K-5th grade students, and then as a PARA Substitute with the Port Townsend Public Schools. She joined the staff of Jefferson Community School in the Fall of 2015 as the High School English teacher. Arnell’s teaching philosophy is that people who teach are the conduit between students and the vast landscape of creative critical thought. People who teach are frequently on the receiving end of the transaction, e.g., I am the teacher, you the student, you are the teacher, I the student. She believes that people still want to connect through the written word. This, at the end of the day, is why she teaches.
BOB BERRETH, M.S.Ed.
Bob started his university education in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. In spite of the heavy math requirements for any degree in Engineering, and to the chagrin of the University administration, he petitioned and was granted approval to pursue two degrees in two separate colleges concurrently. Thus he was awarded a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mathematics from the College of Arts & Sciences.
An engineering career followed with professional registration in five states. Collaborating and teaching has always been a goal and recently Bob received his MS in Education as well as a teaching certificate with endorsement in secondary mathematics.
Engineering has provided an excuse and an opportunity to use mathematics daily on projects throughout the world. While he personally enjoys theoretical mathematics for its own sake, he knows that many students learn more easily with real world applications. Engineering easily provides those examples and answers the ubiquitous question, “When will I ever use this?”
He has coached soccer for both boys and girls through high school. He has been Math Coach for middle school teams entered in the Washington State Math Championship and has been a MATHCOUNTS coach. He enjoys both the challenge and rewards of teaching and guiding students at these grade levels, and JCS provides the perfect opportunity with small class sizes and a rigorous curriculum.
DEE HAMMONS, M.S.Ed.
MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS/SOCIAL STUDIES
LEARNING LIAISON, INSTRUCTIONAL COACH
Dee Hammons joined JCS in 2012 as the Middle School Language Arts teacher and study skills advisor. She grew up in the Bothell-Woodinville valley when it was primarily farmland and spent many childhood summers beach-combing near the Coupeville ferry landing with her grandmother and fishing with her father at Bush Point and the Makah Reservation. Her B.A. from the University of Washington emphasized world literature, philosophy, and literary criticism, and she holds a Masters Degree in Education in English and pluralistic studies, also from UW. Dee has been certified to teach 4–12 English/Language Arts in Washington and California. She has been a middle school humanities teacher for over thirty years and has worked for Seattle Country Day School, Berkeley Montessori School, several Bay Area charter schools, and a tutoring company as their learning support and writing teacher. Dee enjoys the unique combination of academic excellence and creativity at JCS. She is honored to also be the all school learning liaison and works individually with each student and facilitates connections between teachers, students, and families. This year she will begin a role as instructional coach. Besides teaching, she loves dance, world arts and mythology, yoga, reading, film, and spending time outdoors with her corgi, Morgi. Summer breaks Dee pursues education courses in cutting edge theory and practice as well as pursing environmental and animal rights activism.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH
DAVID MILLER, M.Ed.
SCIENCE, HIGH SCHOOL MATH
David Miller is happily returning to JCS! David has a Master’s Degree in Education and nearly forty years of teaching experience. He taught science and math at JCS from 2005 to 2012 and is returning to us from West Sound Academy. David has ample experience teaching all of the sciences. If he had to pick, though, marine biology is his favorite. David loves doing hands-on science with students. (Take a look at his students last year learning about projectile motion on our website. They built and used siege engines – trebuchets, ballistas, onagers, etc.).
David’s students often design, and always complete, their own experiments, from getting out the glassware and chemicals, to hypothesizing the heights of explosions, and, of course, cleaning up afterwards. He naturally connects science, in-class and field experiments, with math, sometimes using advanced equations from Algebra to pre-calculus. David also teaches a variety of technology subjects like robotics, animation, and video game design.
In Biology/Marine Biology David does extensive field work with his students. In his previous tenure at JCS he often had his students out in canoes on the water or under the piers looking for and studying the various marine life. David will again be setting up an eighty gallon salt water tank that the students will stock with marine life for further enhancing their studies. His steeping in marine biology will naturally permeate all of his classes.
As an experienced outdoor educator, having led over 75 overnight camping trips and expeditions, he loves the outdoors and having fun!
David is an experienced math teacher and has had three years of training and teaching experience with Exeter Math. He loves Exeter Math because it naturally connects mathematics with real world applications. David has seen first-hand how the Exeter curriculum teaches students to think mathematically and gives them excellent problem solving experience.
David’s hobbies include tennis, ultimate frisbee, photography, assemblage art, banjo, and bird watching. He is very excited about returning to Jefferson Community School!
OWEN ROWE, M.A.
Owen Rowe has been a technical writer, literary translator, software engineer, and voice actor. He led typeface development projects for Apple, Microsoft, and other companies during the early days of the desktop publishing boom, then turned his attention to letters when they are combined and arranged into words, sentences, paragraphs, and books. He earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature with a Certificate in Literary Translation at Indiana University, and now translates literary prose from Italian and Portuguese into English. He taught Italian for several years at Indiana, where he also studied cognitive science, created a course on the history and cognition of puzzles, and competed in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Show Owen any kind of puzzle or game involving language or letters and he’s sure to be a fan—and a fierce competitor.
Locally, Owen has been involved with the Port Townsend Film Festival, KPTZ, Centrum, and PT Shorts; he sits on the Port Townsend Arts Commission and tries to commit art regularly. He is also the Program Liaison for the Friends of the Port Townsend Library and Vice President of the board of the Port Townsend Food Co-op. Now grounded at JCS, Owen is looking forward to bringing JCS and the community together to the benefit of both.
Marc Weinblatt is Founder & Co-Director of the Mandala Center for Change based in Port Townsend, WA. He has been a professional educator, theatre director, activist, and workshop facilitator since 1980 having extensive experience with both youth and adults. Formerly Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Public Theatre, Marc is an internationally recognized leader in the use of Augusto Boal’s renowned Theater of the Oppressed (TO) to stimulate community dialogue and social change.
Marc has worked with diverse communities ranging from police to homeless youth, grassroots organizers and laborers to University deans. Internationally, He has worked with activists in Norway, Holland, and Canada, youth workers in Guatemala, refugees in Azerbaijan, ex-combatants in Northern Ireland, construction workers in South Africa, slum families in India, community workers in the Republic of Congo, and victims of war, among others, in Afghanistan. Marc was named “Cultural Envoy” by the U.S. State Department for his work in the Congo in spring 2010. He regularly facilitates diversity / anti-racism workshops in a wide variety of contexts across the U.S. with a commitment to bringing a deep sense of spirit and humanity into social justice work.
Locally, Marc directs Port Townsend’s multi-generational (currently ages 16-75) Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, which uses TO and Playback Theatre to generate community dialogue on burning social issues. Marc has directed several plays for Key City Public Theatre including the acclaimed 2010 production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Chetzamoka Park as well as 5 years of student theatre productions through the K-12th grade PTSD OCEAN program – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Conference of the Birds”, “The Odyssey”, “Arthur’s Stone, Merlin’s Fire”, and “Romeo and Juliet”.
Marc is also a youth soccer coach and dedicated father of 3 beautiful boys, Shae (16), Darius (2), and Orion who is an 8th grader at JCS as well as a lucky husband to his wife, Zhaleh.