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Nicole Garrie

Garrie, Nicole

Jay Gillespie

Gillespie, Jay

Band Director

Biography I am originally from Eagle River, Alaska, where I started asking to play the saxophone at the age of 3. After years of begging I got my first saxophone in 5th grade and immediately began studying privately. I was in band and choir all through high school, participating yearly in solo and ensemble and All-State band. My senior year of high school I received a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, a performing arts boarding school in Traverse City, Michigan. I graduated with honors from Interlochen with a fine arts award in saxophone performance and was accepted to the University of Michigan for the following year to study classical saxophone performance. I spent 5 years at the University of Michigan studying classical saxophone with Donald Sinta and jazz with the late Donald Walden before joining the Navy Band in 2005. During my time in the Navy Band I was in a variety of ensembles from jazz combos, jazz bands, wind ensembles, marching bands, rock bands, New Orleans style brass bands and ceremonial bands where I performed for combined audiences of over 1.5 million people. Stationed at Navy Band New Orleans and Navy Band Northwest, I had the opportunity to lead the jazz protocol combo and the New Orleans style brass band as well as being featured as an arranger, soloist, and vocalist on many occasions. Upon my exit from the Navy Band I decided to follow my love of teaching and return to school to pursue my music education degree at the University of Washington. I completed my degree this past June and am currently residing in Kitsap County with my wife and two sons while playing regularly in the area. Personal Message I first want to relay to all the students and families how excited I am to be working with Ballard this year. I know that between COVID and the abrupt changes to the band program faculty things have been anything but normal this year, but I really hope I can help get things back on track and get the kids having fun playing music again. My door (or phone rather) is always open and I welcome any input that can improve the students musical experience this year. I look forward to meeting you all personally working with the exceptionally talented kids at Ballard!

Graves, Chloe

Special Ed Assistant/IA
Dale Griffith

Griffith, Dale

Graduation Success Coordinator
Scott Gross

Gross, Scott

History Teacher
Noam Gundle

Gundle, Noam

Science Teacher, Maritime Academy
Jeffrey Hanson

Hanson, Jeffrey

Special Education Assistant
Matthew Harkleroad

Harkleroad, Matthew

Drawing & Painting Teacher

Holmgren, Trevor

Social Studies Teacher

Huguenin, Katie

Counseling Center Tasks/Projects

Humphries, Ross

Graduation Success Coordinator

Hunt, Abby

Mary Jereczek

Jereczek, Mary

CTE Teacher and Business Department Head

Johnson, Jacques

Security Specialist
Kristina Katrel

Katrel, Kristina

Language Arts Teacher

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Thomas Kramer

Kramer, Thomas

Head Counselor (Students Hao-Mci)
Adelle Lahud-Zahner

Lahud-Zahner, Adelle

Special Ed Assistant/IA
Marcia Lalonde

Lalonde, Marcia

CTE Teacher, Family & Consumer Science Department Head
Shawn Lee

Lee, Shawn

Social Studies Teacher