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Ms. Hattie Midboe
Sixth Grade Teacher

Ms. Hattie Midboe grew up in Lynden, WA, where she was actively involved in her school community, whether on her high school’s volleyball and track teams or as a supporter at other events. After graduating high school, Ms. Midboe pursued her dream of teaching children. She completed her education at Central Washington University, earning degrees in Elementary and Middle Level Math and Science Education, with an additional endorsement in Middle Level Humanities. Ms. Midboe has been a part of the Stella team as the 6th grade teacher since 2015,

Hattie loves to read, hike, play with her cat, cheer on the Seahawks, and spend quality time with her family. In the past, she has coached middle school volleyball, and hopes to again in the future. Hattie loves teaching at Stella Schola Middle School because of its holistic and authentic approach to education and the eagerness her students have for learning every day.

Ms. Carrie Peterson
Seventh Grade Teacher

Ms. Carrie Peterson grew up in Little Falls, MN. She was an enthusiastic member of the tennis, skiing and track teams. Her love of the mountains drew Carrie to Bozeman, Montana where she studied Geography and Environmental Studies at Montana State University. Following her undergraduate degree Ms. Peterson pursued a career in teaching. In May, Carrie completed her Masters in Teaching at Gonzaga University.

Ms. Peterson completed her student teaching in the Spokane Public Schools where she taught math, science, humanities and ELA. Carrie also enjoyed coaching and instructing youth sports and activities in the past. Ms. Peterson spends her summers working for the Hutch School, in Seattle, teaching 4th through 9th grade students. Ms. Peterson has been a part of the Stella team since 2016.

Carrie loves to be outdoors. She is an avid skier and she takes any opportunity to explore the mountains whether it is running, hiking or climbing. Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her new niece back in Minnesota. Carrie's love of travel, geography, history and adventure drove her to Stella Schola. Ms. Peterson is excited and motivated by Stella's rich, immersive and integrated learning environment!

Mrs. Brigitte Tennis
Headmistress & Eighth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Brigitte Tennis is the founder and Headmistress of Stella Schola. A product of the Lake Washington School District, Brigitte attended the University of Washington on an academic scholarship, completing her bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and in Education (K – 12). Her master’s equivalency is in Education, and she has endorsements in all subjects.

Brigitte Tennis has been teaching in the Lake Washington School District for 36 years, several of which were in the full time gifted program. Mrs. Tennis has served as a FOSS science trainer in the district, as an official mentor for new teachers, and has been acknowledged as a distinguished educator in Who’s Who For American Teachers in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2004, Mrs. Tennis was selected as a DisneyHand American Teacher 2004 Honoree, and in 2006 she accomplished her National Board (NBCT) certification as a nationally recognized professional teacher of excellence in English. Mrs. Tennis contributed a chapter to a collaborative book Today I Made a Difference, and was recently featured in the best-selling book American Teacher, Heroes in the Classroom.
In 2015, Mrs. Tennis inducted into the National Teacher's Hall of Fame, where she got the opportunity to meet with President Obama and Arnie Duncan from the Department of Education. Mrs. Tennis actively seeks legislators to co-teach with her in the classroom, thereby creating an opportunity of lawmakers to get a real picture of public education. Additionally, Mrs. Tennis has worked with the Department of Neurosensory Engineering at the University of Washington for the past four years, creating lessons for students and teaching a summer workshop for educators in the area of neuroscience. Mrs. Tennis takes her high school students to Italy as the culminating experience after four years of Latin on a yearly basis.

Mrs. Tennis is married and has two boys, ages 27 and 28. She enjoys snow skiing, hiking, horseback riding, reading, music, dancing, and spending time at the beach, as well as volunteering in the greater Seattle area. Her personal motto is “CARPE DIEM” because she says that we should live life to its fullest because we get out of life what we put into it! Don't waste any precious minutes!

Mrs. Susan Jensen
Secretary

Susan JensenMrs. Susan Jensen grew up in the Bellevue area, attending Interlake High School and the University of Washington. She studied Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. She loved her time at UW. Her Husband, sister and brother in law are all Huskies! Go Dawgs!

Susan and her husband Todd, are parents of Katherine, Elizabeth, Emily and Andrew. Three of her children were educated at Stella Schola. Having experienced it through the eyes of a parent, she has a unique platform to speak to the incredible program it is. She is so impressed with the student it produces, even with children of different learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, interests and abilities. They all gain the love of learning, ability to effectively time manage, and a thankfulness to be a part of such a close-knit community. After experiencing the rigor, high expectations, numerous group projects and monthly writing assignments, they are well prepared for High School! And the best part is they have fun throughout!

Susan is thankful to be able to contribute to the Stella Learning Community in her role as school secretary. This position is a perfect convergence of her love for kids and HR background. When she is not at Stella, you can most often find her on a basketball court or soccer field cheering!

Nancy YimMrs. Nancy Yim
Instructional Assistant