Mrs. Bentler received her Bachelor of Arts degree 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.
Brian Richard - Executive Director
Joined EHA in 2020
Mr. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of California at Fullerton. He is a former senior business intelligence analyst having served Microsoft for 14 years. He is a quantitative market analyst, and also a prior financial advisor with Waddell & Reed. He has 20 years of marketing and customer relationship management experience, with nonprofits as well as Fortune 500 companies. His interests include history, economics, foraging, fishing, and health activism. Mr. Richard and his family attend the North American Martyrs Parish in Seattle.
Pam Carbonetti - Office Manager
Joined EHA in 2015
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.
Amelia Rhoades - PreK4/K Teacher
Joined EHA in 2019
Mrs. Rhoades has an Associate's degree in Arts and Sciences and held a corporate job at Nordstrom for 20 years before switching careers. Her love and passion for children led her down a new path which has always been to work with children. Mrs. Rhoades is an active parishioner of St. Joseph Parish in Issaquah and loves raising her two boys with her husband.
Marty Shuk - K/1/2 Teacher
Joined EHA in 2018
Ms. Shuk has 30 plus years of elementary teaching experience, and we are so thankful to have her as part of the EHA community. She is an active member of St. Louise Parish and loves living on the Eastside and working with the students of EHA.
Molly McCool - 3/4 Teacher
Joined EHA in 2014
Mrs. McCool, 3/4 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 25 years. Mrs. McCool loves to spend time visiting her friends and family, especially if there is something to learn along the way.
Bonnie Teske - 5/6 Teacher
Joined EHA in 2017
Mrs. Teske received a degree in Accounting and ran her own company for many years. After homeschooling her three children for 16 years, she discovered her love of teaching. She received a Teaching Bachelor's Degree from Western Governor's University, where she is currently working on her Master's Degree in Educational Studies. Mrs. Teske loves her community and has volunteered in various positions with Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, St. Thomas More Home Educators, VFW Post 2995, and WWIN. Mrs. Teske is also a long time parishioner to three churches: St. Monica's, St. Louise, and Holy Family Kirkland. She enjoys camping, hiking, and playing games with family and friends.
Joseph Thomas - 7/8 Teacher
Joined EHA in 2021
Mr. Thomas attended Western Washington University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Washington State teaching certificate. In 2006 he became a National Board-Certified Teacher. He is a member of the Washington State Historical Society and The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Mr. Thomas has over 20 years of teaching experience in K-8 education, with 5 years in school leadership. He is excited to integrate his twin passions of faith and learning as a teacher at Emerald Heights Academy. Mr. Thomas attends the North American Martyrs Parish with his wife and two sons. He loves the outdoors, especially camping and exploring the national parks.
Briana Berger - K-8 Music Teacher
Joined EHA in 2018
Mrs. Berger has worked at Bellevue Youth Choirs as a director and piano accompanist, has taught piano privately in the Bellevue/Mercer Island/Issaquah areas since 2015, and is in the process of becoming a certified Kodály and Suzuki teacher. Through these experiences she has found a love for both teaching and music. She is a former member and soloist of the North American Martyrs Parish Choir and is currently a parishioner and cantor at St. John Chrysostom in Seattle. Mrs. Berger is delighted to be able to share the joys of music with the students of Emerald Heights Academy.
Patrick Bucy - K-8 P.E. Teacher
Joined EHA in 2001
Mr. Bucy 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.
Corine Bergstrom - K-8 Art Teacher
Joined EHA in 2015
Mrs. Bergstrom earned her Bachelor Degree in Paralegal studies. Soon after she received her degree she accepted a Sales and Marketing position where she would spend the next 10 years sharing her creative skills at a small company in Woodinville. In 2010 Mrs. Bergstrom began volunteering as an art teacher in the Lake Washington School District to share her love of art and over the next several years she found her true passion as an Art Teacher. She enjoys creating her own art, viewing other artists work, and helping her students find their creative side. She takes pleasure in sharing her knowledge about art history, sharing art concepts, and teaching students how art affects their lives. Mrs. Bergstrom resides in Redmond with her three daughters and husband. Her weekends are spent either on the soccer field or the basketball court watching her daughters' games. She enjoys all things crafty, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Señora Jesica Capra - K-8 Spanish Teacher
Joined EHA in 2017
Senora Capra received her degree in Business Administration from UNICEN University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a native Spanish speaker, and worked in the area of financial consulting before moving to the United States in 2014 from Argentina. Senora Capra volunteered at a Catholic elementary school, where she found her passion for teaching her own language and sharing different cultures with the children of EHA. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and baking.