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Meet the Faculty and Staff

  • Pam Carbonetti

    Mrs. Carbonetti, our office manager, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She grew up in Richland, Washington. Prior to coming to Emerald Heights Academy, Mrs. Carbonetti worked for fifteen years at Virginia Mason Foundation in Seattle, first as a development specialist and then as the associate director of Finance. Mrs. Carbonetti is actively involved at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, where her family has been parishioners for over 15 years. She enjoys family adventures with her husband and daughter, baking, gardening and going on walks/hikes.

  • Jessica Tedesco

    Miss Tedesco teaches the preschool and kindergarten class. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The King's College in New York City. While in New York, Miss Tedesco taught preschool for four years at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and spent two years as the Director of Children's Ministry for St. Paul's Church. She was also heavily involved with volunteering at the New York Archdiocese. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Teaching and is a parishioner at the Prince of Peace Newman Center.

  • Kim Bentler

    Mrs. Bentler, K/1/2 Grade Teacher, received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Washington and holds a Washington State teaching certificate. She has taught at St. Catherine Catholic School in Seattle and ran her own State-approved day care. Community volunteer work is very important to her family. Providing food and serving together, they help feed the hungry in their community at the Issaquah Meals Program through Catholic Community Services and Mary Queen of Peace where Mrs. Bentler and her family are parishioners.

  • Molly McCool

    Mrs. McCool, 3/4/5 Teacher, attended the University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She then attended Seattle University where she earned her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. McCool taught for 8 years at Holy Family Parish School in Kirkland, before deciding to stay home with her four children. She is actively involved at Holy Family Parish where her family has been parishioners for over 20 years. Mrs. McCool loves to spend time visiting her friends and family, especially if there is something to learn along the way.

  • Leah Krautter

    Mrs. Krautter has been a middle school teacher at Emerald Heights since 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Seattle University and her Master of Arts in Teaching as a member of PACE (Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education) from the University of Portland. Mrs. Krautter holds a Washington State teaching certificate and has twelve years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels. While at Seattle University, Mrs. Krautter played basketball, and she now coaches the varsity team at Bellevue High School. Mrs. Krautter enjoys participating in community charity events such as the Chrons & Colitis Foundation's Team Challenge, the Cancer Federation's Relay for Life, and Habitat for Humanity. Her free time is spent outdoors biking, camping, and hiking. Mrs. Krautter lives in Kirkland with her husband, Jason, and two year old son, Emmett.

  • Sr. Marie Emmanuel
    of St. Therese, OCD

    Sister Emmanuel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience throughout the greater Seattle area working with groups ranging from kindergarten through adult. Sister Emmanuel has lead the music at Masses at numerous Catholic churches and has functioned in the role of assistant director and vocal coach to the adult choir at North American Martyrs Parish. Recently, she has also taken on responsibilities as music director of North American Martyrs' South Sound parish in Tacoma. She gives private voice lessons in addition to her teaching at Emerald Heights.

  • Bridget Ardissono

    Mrs. Ardissono, Spanish Teacher, has developed her life-long passion for the Spanish language and many different beautiful and vibrant Spanish cultures while living, studying, working and traveling throughout Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Spain. Mrs. Ardissono earned her degree at Eastern Oregon University. She earned her teaching credential in Elementary Education with a special endorsement for Bilingual Education and Spanish for kindergarten through high school levels. Mrs. Ardissono has taught at junior high and high schools around the states of Washington and Oregon. She has worked on various curriculum committees at the district level and has piloted and developed her own Spanish curriculum for two local elementary schools.

  • Patrick Bucy

    Mr. Bucy, P.E. Teacher, is a steadfast UW Husky fan, who earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. He later went on to complete a Master of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. In his spare time, if he's not playing pickle-ball with his brothers, he enjoys playing bluegrass music with his friends or boogie-boarding on the Washington coast. He is also a very talented photographer and videographer with a great affection for movies and creating videos. Mr. Bucy is a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle.