The St. Thomas More staff consists of administrative personnel, faculty and support staff. Staff members are dedicated to providing the student body with an environment conducive to both spiritual and academic learning. Current staff members are as follows:
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Father Okumu was born in Kenya, the 3rd child of 10. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1986. Father has a Licentiate Degree from Berkeley. He was an Associate Priest at Holy Rosary in Edmonds, a Priest Administrator at St. Therese in Seattle and a Pastor at St. Bridget in Seattle before coming to St. Thomas More as Pastor.
Teresa Fewel became the Principal for St. Thomas More School in 2005. Terri grew up in Mountlake Terrace, attended St. Pius X Catholic School and Bishop Blanchet High School. She earned both her B.A. in Education and Master’s from Western Washington University. Her Master’s in Education focused on curriculum and reading instruction. Terri began teaching in Centralia, Washington where she taught elementary reading and math for three years. Upon marrying Frank, Terri moved to Bothell. She was a Special Education teacher and teacher in the Lake Washington School District for 9 years before becoming an elementary principal in the district. Terri was a principal for 15 years and a Coordinator of Special Services working with the English Language Learners program, the District pre-school program and all the Junior Highs for 5 years before becoming Principal of STM. Terri had a wonderful experience as a Special Olympics volunteer Board of Director for twenty years and served 9 years on the Snohomish County Children’s Commission and three years at St. Therese. Terri is a School Board member at Archbishop Murphy High School. Along with her husband, Frank and son, Sean, Terri enjoys traveling and spending time with their family members in the area.
Patti grew up in the small town of Castle Rock, Washington with one younger sister. She has a B.A. from Western Washington University, a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University, an English Endorsement for grades 4-12, and an administrative credential from Western Washington University. She is the first college graduate in her family.
Patti began teaching in 1988. She taught 4th grade for one year in Longview, WA. Here at St. Thomas More she taught 6th grade for nine years, 7th grade for seven years, and became the Vice Principal in 2005. As the Vice Principal she works on Curriculum for all students, building schedules, the Speech Tournament, Summer Academy, and much more. She currently also teaches 7th grade Math and 8th grade Honors Literature.
Her sons Josh and Travis attended St. Thomas More School, Bishop Blanchet High School and St. Martins University where Josh is now a freshman. Travis has graduated from college and lives on Beacon Hill in Seattle. Patti enjoys knitting, paper crafts, reading, and gardening. She has two cats names Trouble and Satin. Her grandmother, Esther, is one of her favorite people. She is working towards becoming an Associate of the Holy Names Sisters.
Barb Hennessey is the Office Manager at STM and works in the front office. She joined the staff in 2006. She helps Mrs. Fewel, teachers, parents and students. Mrs. Hennessey is married and has two children. Her daughter Carly and her son Sean are both alumni of STM! She enjoys yard work, reading, walking, and baking. Sometime she shares her baking talents with the teachers!
Sharon Wieber is the Office Assistant. She is a member of St. Thomas More Parish. She was the first Director of Extended Care program. She joined her husband John as and STMS employee. John was the Maintenance Supervisor for the church and school. They both switched jobs. Sharon now enjoys helping parents and students in the front office. John is now employed by the City of Lynnwood. Their children Matt, Michael, Heidi, and Maggie all attended STM!!! Their grandchild Steven is now in Kindergarten.
Mr. Callahan does the IT work at STM. He keeps our computers updated and running!
Nick’s experience with computers began when 2K was plenty of memory and persistent storage involved a cassette tape. While he narrowly missed the era of punch cards, he does speak fluent COBOL and other dead computer languages.
Nick is a Lynnwood native, a graduate of the University of Washington, the parent of an STM student, and enjoys movies about gladiators.
Originally from Mexico and moved to WA 12 years ago which I now call home. My background is in business and marketing and have worked for the past 10 years in different programs at the Renton School District, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Encompass and the Eastside Domestic Violence program. In Mexico, I worked as a Marketing and Communications Manager for 15 years in Microsoft and HP. I’m married to Jorge, mom of Ximena and Emilio and live in Sammamish. I love to exercise; yoga and skiing is my passion and enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. I also actively volunteer in different programs at the local food bank, libraries and schools.I am excited to be part of St. Thomas More school and continue my professional and personal growth.
Andrea was born and raised in Washington State. Her educational background includes an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Dixie State College, a BA in History (minor in psychology) from Western Washington University, MA in Archives and Records Management from Western Washington University, and a MA in teaching from Fordham University. Inspired by President Obama’s inaugural speech that it was up to us to make the world a better place, she joined AmeriCorps and taught high school Special ed math. Upon completion of her AmeriCorps contract she was accepted into the Teach for America program. The program brought her to East New York where she taught at Achievement First Charter School-Apollo Elementary school. Andrea is now still happily teaching at STMS.
Dave Fairbank is our school custodian. He has worked at STM since 2004. His children Laurel and Heather graduated from STM. His grandchildren currently attend STM. Ted is in first grade, and David is in pre-school.
Dave owns and operates The Fairbank Hands-On Farm. A field trip to the farm has been an annual tradition for our first grade students for a long time. Our second grade students work with Dave to feed pigs and hatch chickens. He brings them back later to visit.
Dave was a founding member of STM back in 1963 and, in fact, Dave built the first Altar when the parish was first formed and Sunday Masses were celebrated at the old Lynnwood Junior High.
Every once in a while, Dave treats the staff to some of his wonderful cooking!