Adam was born and raised in Olympia, WA. He attended the University of Washington where he received a double major in Communications & Political Science. He spent three years in Chicago where he got his master's degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Adam teaches our upper level students at Morningside Academy, including content classes in history and civics. Adam has presented the ABAI conference seven times.He cherishes his time with his beautiful wife April, and his sons AJ and Avery. Adam is an avid sports fan (Go Huskies! Seahawks! Mariners! Sounders! Storm! Avalanche! and Cubs!) and spent several seasons coaching Babe Ruth Baseball. Currently, he is coaching both his sons' baseball teams. Adam also enjoys traveling (he's been to over 20 different countries, and 30 U.S. States), reading (especially political, historical fiction and nonfiction, and fantasy/science fiction), playing sports and games with his sons, swing dancing, Star Wars collecting, and fly-fishing any chance he gets.
Geoffrey Martin, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, participated in Morningside Academy's Summer School Institute (SSI) in 2000 while in Graduate School in Auburn, Alabama. He attended SSI the following year, assisting with testing and progress monitoring of summer school students. Returning in Summer 2004, he served as a classroom teacher of younger learners in Morningside's Summer School Program. In January 2005, Geoff moved to Seattle to join the faculty at Morningside Academy, teaching full-time in the Foundations Program with a focus on beginning and corrective reading, math, and writing instruction. After teaching in the classroom his first several years, he moved into the role of Lead Substitute Teacher of Morningside Academy, working with the range of curricula and students within both the Foundations and Middle School Programs at Morningside. In addition to his teaching roles, Geoff also assists with the design and production of instructional and supplementary practice materials.
Geoff earned his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and his M.S. degree from Auburn University. Originally from Northern Virginia, Geoff relocated to South Florida after middle school. He enjoys writing simple computer programs to automate common tasks, renovation projects with friends, reading, and seeing all Seattle has to offer.
Hannah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, and minors in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Analysis. As a recent transplant, Hannah is continuing to explore everything that Seattle has to offer. When she isn’t teaching, Hannah is searching for the best vegan restaurants, taking her dog hiking, looking for new houseplants, or cozying up with a good book.
Born and raised in Arizona, Jessica moved to Seattle in 2015 after completing her BA in Nonprofit Management at Arizona State University. Jessica is looking forward to her third year as a teacher at Morningside Academy! When she isn’t teaching, Jessica enjoys reading, painting, playing soccer, traveling, and listening to live music - especially hip hop and jazz.
Kelsey joined the Morningside facuty in 2018. She is an avid runner, rock climber, and backpacker. She hails from San Diego, graduated from Smith College, taught High Needs Special Education in New Orleans before moving to Seattle. Her move has brought her closer to her favorite outdoor activities. When Kelsey isn’t daydreaming about climbing Mt. Rainier she can be found teaching kids rock climbing classes, painting or doing yoga!
Kelsia moved to Seattle in August of 2018, after growing up and spending most of her life in Northeastern Alabama. She studied at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in psychology and criminal justice with a concentration in forensic investigation and a minor in sociology. In this time, she discovered an alumnus of Morningside’s Summer School Institute, Courtney Peppers, who taught reading to elementary-age students using a fluency-based model. Kelsia received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Jacksonville state, where she worked in remedial math classes, helping prepare college students for college-level math. Kelsia is a vegetarian and enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. She is a member of the local King County NAACP chapter, and enjoys volunteering as a committee member for the Standard Celeration Society. Kelsia has thoroughly enjoyed living in the city and spends her free time listening to music, reading, watching Netflix, and enjoying the beautiful scenery Seattle has to offer.
Marianne Delgado returned to the Northwest after living a number of years in the New York City metropolitan area, where she studied at Barnard College and received her master's degree in General Education from Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey. She is the mother of three. In her free time, she enjoys the indie-rock music scene, modern art, gourmet cooking, cake decorating, and costume design.
She joined the faculty of Morningside Academy in 2002. Her profession specialties are creative writing, service learning, curriculum design, and developing and implementing Morningside’s Project Based Learning program. Marianne also designed a process-based science curriculum for 6th - 9th graders, including chapter labs, full lab reports and an annual science fair. She designed a best-practices vocabulary program, using context clues, connotation and usage, word forms, and meaningful sentences.
Marianne designed and implemented the answering format posters for group reading tied to Robert Dixon’s Reading Success, used in Morningside classrooms and partnership schools. She wrote the REWARDS Writing Fluency Program and co-wrote the Morningside Word Problem Program. She enjoys sharing Morningside’s methods with other educators, and is an experienced presenter at our annual ABAI convention.
Morningside Academy's art teacher Paul Conrad has provided a rich array of art skills and experiences to Morningside students for over ten years. Paul received his B.F.A from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Trained in the fine arts and theater arts with teaching and craft skills, Paul provides students the opportunity to learn hands-on, promoting independence alongside a rich imagination-based arts program. Class themes include basics in drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture, drafting, art tools, product and toy design. Paul gives students the chance to be creative and achieve completion of an idea - always a surprise with unexpected fun! What can be more fun than starting the day listening to music and sitting with a friend creating art?
Restita DeJesus is the Instructor of Wushu-Fitness Class. "Sifu Rusty" as she is known at Morningside, has 40 years of experience in martial disciplines that include Karate, Kung Fu, Kajukenbo, Eskrima, Aikido, Kyudo, Iaido, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Wushu.
Restita is a member of several national martial arts organizations, and was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame and USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame . In her spare time she enjoys meditation, motorcycling, target slingshot shooting, target blowgunning, bullwhip trick cracking, and paracord crafting. She is a Reiki master practitioner and ordained interfaith minister. Restita's goal is to share the fun and benefits of fitness with a martial arts theme with kids of all ages. Through Wushu, she hopes that kids can enhance their sense of confidence and empowerment, and mental sharpness and physical fitness.
Shiloh grew up in the Seattle area and is a Morningside veteran. She has worked with both special education and general education populations since 2006. She presents her research at conferences, including the annual Association for Behavior Analysis conference, with executive functioning and gamification being her major academic interest areas. She has degrees in both Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on Precision Teaching and Instructional Design. Her master’s thesis was on developing systems of assessment to measure progress toward writing benchmarks. In her free time she volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium as an exhibit interpreter, plays Dungeons and Dragons, and collects tarantulas. She lives in the Ballard neighborhood with her husband, and her dog, Yoshi.
Nicole grew up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, before attending Eastern Washington University. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education with an additional endorsement in Secondary English Education. Nicole knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was very young, and she often practiced by teaching lessons to her parents and younger sister. When she first came to Morningside in 2012, she was instantly impressed by the specific way of teaching and the fun, supportive learning environment. In addition to enjoying her time teaching at Morningside, Nicole has presented at the Applied Behavior Analysis conferences she has attended. She enjoys taking the Morningside Model and using it in different ways to inspire her students. When she isn’t teaching, Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, and running. She completed her first marathon, the 2015 Seattle Rock n’ Roll marathon, and looks forward to completing more.
Bailee is a long-time Seattle resident, having moved here during high school. She double-majored in Communication and Political Science at the University of Washington, with a minor in Education, Learning, and Society. She has always been professionally focused on education and the role community plays in that domain, working as the Education Director at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, a paraprofessional in an elementary school, and a behavior technician working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She received her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, and has a keen interest in its mainstream applications. She is currently assisting on a research project evaluating the effects of behavior analysis within romantic partnerships. Bailee is thrilled to have the opportunity to take a behavioral approach to education in her first year at Morningside Academy in 2019. When not thinking about teaching, Bailee enjoys attending Sounders FC games with her husband and son, doing yoga, running, and eating. Mostly eating.
Assessment & Instruction Specialist
Austin is new to the Morningside team in Fall 2019, but was lucky enough to be a part of the Morningside Summer Institute back in the Summer of 2016.
He received his B.A. in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2014 where he focused on Behavior Analysis. After spending a year off in Breckenridge, Colorado, as a ski instructor, he returned to Western Michigan to continue studying Behavior Analysis and earned his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management in 2019, receiving mentorship from both Dr. Doug Johnson and Dr. Jessica Frieder.
Austin has spent several years providing various performance improvement solutions to a variety of organizations and initiatives. These solutions include creating and improving training and instructional systems, process improvement and systems analysis, creating feedback systems, identifying performance barriers, etc. In short, Austin has a passion for helping organizations reach their goals by creating an environment where employees can reach their potential and enjoy themselves on the way. Austin is also the current VP of Operations for the Standard Celeration Society.
In his free time, Austin enjoys skiing, hiking, movies, trying new things, and listening to music. Austin is especially excited to see more of what Seattle, and the PNW has to offer.