Kindergarten - Denise Farthing

B.A. in Psychology and Speech Communications from University of Washington, K-8 endorsed in Speech and Psychology

Began teaching in 1992.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2002.

What I love about teaching at Holy Family School

Every day is a new day of learning and growing. It is so fun to watch the children develop in their learning and social skills from September until the end of the year. It is always fast paced and exciting in kindergarten! I love teaching at Holy Family because we have a wonderful parent and teacher community. We all work together for the benefit of the children.

Why I became a teacher:

I love teaching because I’ve always appreciated learning new things and I love the creativity involved in teaching kindergarteners reading, writing, math and religion. They are so fun to work with each day. I find that with each theme I always learn something new too, whether it be about frogs or teaching them stories about a saint. I enjoy meeting all of the new families each year and helping them get accustomed to school life. Teaching is always exciting and never the same year to year!

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Love God with all your heart, with all your mind and all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Kindergarten - Shannon Benson

B.A. English Literature – University of Washington

Teaching Certificate/Education – Western Washington University

M.A.Ed. – Seattle University
Teaching at Holy Family since 2019.

Why I became a teacher:

I became a teacher because I enjoy watching children grow as they become independent, confident, and engaged learners who thrive socially and academically. It is an honor to be an integral part of a child’s educational journey and to work in a caring, communicative, and collaborative manner with students and families. It is such a blessing to be able to experience those moments when strengths are discovered, interests are expressed, and talents are shared.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.

Other Kindergartens Teaching Specialists

  • ART: Mrs. Trish White
  • READING SPECIALIST: Mrs. Fran Leitch
  • MATH SPECIALIST: Mrs. Maria Radtke
  • LIBRARIAN: Mrs. Megan D'Ambrosio
  • MUSIC: Mrs. Stacey Porter
  • PE: Ms. Whitney McKelvey