Kathryn Palmquist-Keck was hired as principal in April 1997 after 17 combined years of teaching and leading St. Anne’s in Tacoma and St. Alphonsus in Seattle. Kathryn Palmquist-Keck earned her BA in early childhood and elementary teaching degree from Central Washington University. She earned her master’s in education and principal certificate at Pacific Lutheran University. She has been a part of the Seattle Archdiocese since September of 1981 where she started her career as the third grade teacher at St. Anne’s in Tacoma. Kathryn Palmquist-Keck is a member of St. Mark Parish and along with her husband is raising three children. All three children attended St. Mark Parish School and continued their education at Archbishop Murphy High School. She has always loved the ministry of education and enjoys being able to work with students, parents, and faculty.
Second Grade Social Studies and Science
Fourth Grade Math
Kristine Recabarren was born and raised in the Shoreline area. She is a St. Mark alumni, who attended St. Mark from kindergarten through the eighth grade and has been a lifelong parishioner of St. Mark Parish. She has two boys, Dante’ and Devon, who attend St. Mark Parish School as well. Kristine was hired in August of 2011 as the administrative assistant. She attended the University of Washington and has a Bachelor degree in Social Welfare. Prior to her work at St. Mark Parish School, she worked as a preschool and kindergarten assistant at Lake Forest Park Montessori, and was a therapist at Seattle Mental Health and Seattle Children’s Home specializing in child and family therapy. Kristine loves working with children, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Eamaer McGuigan has taught preschool for 17 years and has been the lead preschool teacher at Saint Mark Parish School for six years. Eamaer emigrated from Ireland to Seattle fifteen years ago. She is married with two children. Ella is in 11th grade and Ruairi is in 6th grade at Saint Mark. In her free time she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with my family. Eamaer also loves to travel.
Julie Pinard was born and raised in Shoreline, Washington. She graduated in the top five percent of her class from Shoreline High School in 1974. Julie attended the University of Washington and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. It was in the school of business that she met her husband, Mark, and they were married in 1980. After staying home for many years to raise their two children, Christopher and Timothy, Julie decided to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher, and go back to the UW to get her teaching certificate. She added an endorsement in Early Childhood Education and then enjoyed subbing for a few years in the Shoreline and Edmonds School districts, and the Archdiocese of Seattle, especially at St. Luke where her children attended school. In 1997, Julie was hired as kindergarten teacher at St. Mark Parish School, and has loved being a part of the St. Mark community ever since. She was twice nominated for the KTCS Golden Apple Award. She has had the privilege of teaching her nephew, Cody, who is now a senior at Archbishop Murphy High School, and this year, teaching her granddaughter, Abby. Julie has always enjoyed music, having taken piano lessons for many years, singing in both high school and college choirs, and singing for many years in the contemporary choir at St. Luke’s. She also competed in gymnastics at both Shoreline High School and the University of Washington. And most of all, she enjoys being with her family which also includes daughter-in-law Candice and second granddaughter Lily.
Ms. Allain was born and raised in Seattle. She attended St. Luke School for Kindergarten through eighth grade. She graduated from Shorewood High School and then attended Central Washington University for 2 years before transferring and finishing her B.A. in Psychology at Seattle University. After graduating Ms. Allain worked at Washington Mutual as a loan consultant assistant and then worked for several years as a counselor at Ryther Child Center. It was during her time working as a counselor that she decided to return to school to follow her passion and obtain her teaching credentials. Ms. Allain attended City University of Seattle where she received her Master in Teaching of Elementary Education. After graduating she worked at a number of schools as an instructional assistant before coming to St. Mark Parish School.
Carrie Wolf was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri- Columbia as a Business major before changing her major to Elementary Education her senior year, much to her parents happiness. She received her Elementary Education degree at the University of Missouri- St. Louis in May of 2014. She moved to Seattle in August of 2014 and began teaching at St. Mark the following month. Her first year with St. Mark she taught third grade and this year she is teaching a second and third grade split class.
This is Maria Lersch’s 20th year teaching fifth grade at St. Mark School. Maria was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She attended Catholic grade school and high school and was educated by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sisters of St. Joseph, and Sisters of Mercy. After graduating from high school she attended the University Dayton, a Catholic Marianist school in Ohio, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. The following year she began her teaching career at St. Denis School in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Once again she worked with the Sisters of Mercy in a large Catholic school and taught sixth grade. She also became the Volleyball coach for the Junior High girls’ team. At this time she was married to her husband Bill. A few years later they moved to the Seattle area for a job opportunity for her husband. They became members of St. Mark Parish and have three daughters who attended St. Mark School and Bishop Blanchet High School. Maria and her husband became active in the parish and school and have always felt St. Mark was like their second family. After her youngest daughter reached school age, Maria began working at St. Mark School in a variety of positions. Finally, she returned to the classroom fulltime just when her youngest daughter was entering fifth grade. She enjoys working with students this age because they are full of energy, love learning, and have great imaginations. During the summer Maria and her family always return to the East coast to spend time with extended family especially on the Jersey shore. The past few years she and her husband have taken many road trips to learn more about the history and geography of our country. These trips are now part of her Social Studies curriculum and help the students realize what a great country we live in. Recently Maria has become a grandmother and is enjoying every minute she spends with this beautiful little girl. Maria’s Catholic faith has always been a priority in her life and teaching at St. Mark has allowed her to pass the teachings of our faith to each of her students.
Pauline Storino was born and raised in Seattle. She attended St. Bernadette School in Burien for eight years and is still a member of that parish. She attended John F. Kennedy Catholic High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with an endorsement in reading from Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg. While attending CWU, Ms. Storino volunteered in numerous classrooms from preschool through second grade gaining experience in primary education. After college graduation, Ms. Storino substituted in both the Highline and Seattle School Districts for one year, while applying for teaching jobs all across Washington state. During that time, she completed a year of graduate school at Seattle Pacific University. In the fall of 1984, a Catholic school opening at St. Alphonsus School in Ballard came to her attention, and Ms. Storino found her home in Catholic education. She started her career there teaching third grade and remained at St. Alphonsus for 14 years. During that time, Ms. Storino was awarded the Elizabeth Anne Seton Award for excellence in teaching. A new challenge arose in the spring of 1998, and Ms. Storino accepted a fourth grade teaching position at St. Mark Parish School where she taught fourth grade for 13 years. Six years ago, she moved to her current position teaching sixth grade. She is dedicated to Catholic education and knows God placed that first job in her hands in 1984 for a reason. In addition to teaching, Ms. Storino is a complex manager of a 19 unit apartment building which keeps her busy outside of school. Outside of the classroom and apartment managing, Ms. Storino enjoys spending time with her family and spoiling her six nieces and nephews. She likes attending the Paramount and Seattle REP Theaters, reading, golfing, walking, and watching sports.
Tami Martin has been in the St. Mark parish for 25 years. During that time she has sent all four of her children through our parish school, volunteered as Speech Team coach, Math Team coach, Robotics Team Mentor and Parents’ Club Vice President. She has also worked as the Development Director, as a substitute in all grades, part time math teacher and as the full time Eighth Grade Teacher for the past ten years. She loves her Catholic faith, lectors at mass and participates in Perpetual Adoration. Currently only one of her children lives in the local area and Mrs. Martin is looking forward to the wedding of her oldest daughter, Margaret when the whole family will be together again. Her hobbies include travel, reading and hiking. Every day starts with a cup of coffee and a Sudoku and Mrs. Martin absolutely loves MATH.
Ken Hemmen has been a member of St. Mark Parish for over 20 years, and attended as a child with his family. He was married here, and sent both children through the parish school. He obtained his Masters in Teaching in 2004 and has been working at the parish school since that time, primarily teaching the technology courses and physical education, but also fourth grade for two years and currently teaching math to the Second grade. Ken has been an auction chair, volunteered for many activities and provides primary support for the computers on campus. Ken’s favorite activities are spending time with his family and anything to do with movies and film making.
Patty Escobar de Pruitt