Mrs. Buennagel is entering her 21st year as a 1st grade teacher at St. Mary Magdalen. This is her 30th year teaching. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Seattle University and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Mrs. Buennagel and her husband both graduated from SMM and she was honored as the Distinguished Alumni in 2009. She served many years as Department Head for the primary department and currently serves as a faculty liaison for the Technology Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Buennagel are camping enthusiasts having visited many national and state parks over the years.
Hello! My name is Anna Buenvenida and I am excited to join the SMM staff as the Preschool Director. I am grateful for this opportunity to combine my fondness for teaching with my cherished Catholic faith. I graduated from the University of Washington with my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and then completed their Early Childhood Special Education program to earn my Master of Education degree. Over the years and in different ways, I have had the privilege of working with young children with special needs and their families. I first worked as a Family Resource Coordinator for the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in Magnolia. After grad school, I continued to work with infants and toddlers as a Special Educator at Wonderland Developmental Center in Shoreline. Eventually, I joined the Edmonds School District where I taught a developmental preschool classroom of 3-5 year old’s with a variety of special needs. After several fulfilling years of teaching, I decided to stay at home to spend more time with our kids, now 7.5 year old Marianna and 1.5 year old Valentina. My husband Marc and I have really enjoyed being a part of the SMM community since Marianna started preschool here 4 years ago. We love watching the kids grow together, the sense of camaraderie with other parents, and the dedication of the teachers. I am looking forward to being more involved with the SMM community in this special way and to a wonderful school year!
My name is Morgan Doyle, and I am a graduate of Walla Walla University. I studied Elementary Education and received a minor in Humanities. I also played volleyball all four years, and worked in the athletic department. I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying in Walla Walla and student teaching in the neighboring school Davis Elementary. I am excited to be returning home to Everett, and working at my alma mater, St. Mary Magdalen, as a 6th grade Language Arts and History teacher. Some of the things I enjoy are mac and cheese, giraffes, yellow flowers, and playing and coaching volleyball. I look forward to an amazing year, and meeting all of the St. Mary Magdalen families and friends.
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be the new School Counselor at St. Mary Magdalen. I graduated in 2009 from Concordia University Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theology and in 2014 from San Diego State University with a Master’s in Social Work with a credential to work in schools. While in San Diego, I spent two years working for the county and then another two years working for a public school district. My husband and I moved up from San Diego just a few months ago with our puppy, Bishop, and are thoroughly enjoying the green scenery everywhere. I’m looking forward to collaborating with students, families, and staff to create a strong community here.
My name is Bernadine Mahar, the kids call me Ms. B. I have been in education for many years and have served students and staff in several roles. I have been a Physical Education instructor, a middle school counselor, a Dean of Students, a building principal, a behavior intervention specialist and have worked with children in an outdoor, alternative setting. My undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. I love learning and I love children. I live on a small farm on Whidbey Island – yes I take a ferry to work!! My husband Dan is a farmer and an inventor. We have one son, Levi, two dogs, a kitty and chickens. I love reading, walking and cooking. I am honored to be here at St. Mary Magdalen. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Go Irish! Ms. B
My name is Charity Molitoris. I am a proud mother to 15 year old twin boys. I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to Cuban immigrants. Education is in my blood. Both my parents and my sister have taught in public and private schools. I first taught art to preschool age children at the Park's and Recreation in Las Vegas. After my children were born, I became an instructor for the Casino Gaming Department at The College of Southern Nevada, where I was also the secretary for the program's director. When my husband's job moved us to Reno, Nevada, I started working as a Spanish/English interpreter for the Washoe County School District, and at the same time, as a paraprofessional at Van Gorder Elementary School in the Special Education department. For the 2018-2019 school year, I was privileged to work as an Aide in Pre-KB, right here at SMM, alongside the fabulous Mrs. Mendoza. I am very excited to be joining the office team for the 2019-2020 school year. I am looking forward to being more available to all of our wonderful SMM families.
My name is Melissa Morrier-Turk, I am a graduate of SMM (class of 1986) and been a member of the parish community much of my life. I have a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources from Central Washington University and have spent my 23 years working in this field, traveling all over the USA and Canada as an HR Director, as well as a corporate trainer. My husband Mike and I have two kids, our son will be a Junior at Archbishop Murphy High School and our daughter will be a 7th grader here at SMM. As a parent, I have been an active member of the SMM community, most recently wrapping up my role as the Parent Club President this year and V.P. last year. I have also been an active member of the auction for the past 8 years, along with numerous opportunities to volunteer in my children’s classrooms and through club activities. In my off time I enjoy running, cycling, hiking, anything outdoorsy really. I have absolutely loved working with and getting to know so many of the families here at SMM as a parent and am looking forward to getting to know you all better as part of your school community!
Mrs. Jennifer Stemerick grew up in Everett, where she enjoyed going to St. Mary Magdalen School K-8 and Archbishop Murphy High School. She received her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Western Washington University and Master’s Degree in Literacy Instruction at Seattle University. She has taught several grades since 2007 and loves 3rd grade! She was honored that Father Olson married her at St. John’s Mission. She is excited for the new school year!
Mrs. White is so excited for another great year in KA! She has been at SMM since 2014, and has been teaching in Catholic schools since 2002. Over the years, Mrs. White has taught many grade levels and subjects, but kindergarten is her absolute favorite! She loves being part of the early learning process and seeing the amazing connections that kindergarteners make every day. Mrs. White graduated with a BA in education and history from CWU (go Wildcats!) and earned a M.Ed. from Seattle U (go Redhawks!) She lives in Everett with her husband and two sons. Some of Mrs. White's favorites, in no particular order: Dogs, Chocolate, Hiking, Books, and Snow!
Hello, my name is Margaret White and I am blessed to be joining the Saint Mary Magdalen community. I am a native of Washington, having grown up in the Seattle area attending Catholic grade school and graduating from Holy Names Academy. I received my undergraduate degree in education from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and my Masters of Education from Seattle University. The majority of my teaching career has been in Catholic Schools, spanning a variety of grades and subjects. Of the 32 years I have spent teaching, 16 of those years included a role as Vice Principal. I have been a member of the Archdiocesan Diversified Learner Professional Development Committee for several years and look forward to my new position at Saint Mary Magdalen. My husband Steve and I have four adult daughters. The youngest will be graduating from college this year. Our children were very involved in sports growing up and we spent many hours attending events from grade school through college. We enjoy traveling. I also enjoy reading and going for long walks. Throughout the years, I have been an active member of both Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and Saint Brendan parishes. My favorite quote is from Mother Teresa. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”