“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” –John F. Kennedy
We believe that the best leaders are the ones who continually grow and evolve. Just like our students we learn from each other, our faculty, and our parent community each and every day, as we work together to make Evergreen the best possible place for children to reach their potential.
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Head of School
Pepperdine University - M.S.
Wellesley College - B.A.
Veronica ("Ronnie") Codrington-Cazeau has been leading The Evergreen School since 2012. During that time, she has celebrated our 50th birthday, overseen a campus expansion project that added two new buildings, and led a $20 million combined campaign for building construction and the school endowment. Before that, Ronnie spent 17 years at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, where she served in many leadership roles including middle school head. Nationally, she serves as on the NAIS Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Elementary Heads Association. She is also a faculty member of the NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellowship and is a member of the County Day School Headmasters’ Association. Locally, Ronnie chairs the NWAIS Board of Governors and serves on The Overlake School Board of Trustees and The Downtown School Advisory Board.
Associate Head of School
Lesley University - M.Ed.
Seattle University - Elementary Ed. Cert.
University of Washington - B.A.
Brenda has years of experience in primary education at independent schools, serving four of those years as our primary division head. In 2016, she took on a new role as associate head of school, to guide our academic programs and curriculum development throughout the school. Before coming to Evergreen, Brenda worked at both the Giddens School, as an instructional coach and math specialist, and for many years at Bertschi School, where she was assistant head, athletic director, diversity coordinator, physical education teacher, primary division faculty department head, kindergarten and second grade teacher, faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, and cross country coach. Brenda currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Lake Washington Girls Middle School and is pursuing certification in transformational and instructional coaching through The Art of Coaching.
Upper Division Head
University of Montana – M.A.
Duke University – B.A.
Halsey is an exceptional teacher and administrator, with over 23 years of experience in education. He joined Evergreen in 2013 after serving in a variety of roles at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, including teacher, outdoor/international program head, history department chair, dean of students in the upper school and assistant head of the middle school. Halsey takes pride in being a teacher, having taught courses in world geography, Islam, and United States, European, Chinese and Indian history. In his spare time, Halsey serves as vice president of the Seattle Youth Lacrosse Club Board and coaches lacrosse for Seattle Wolfpack.
Primary Division Head
Seattle University – M.Ed.
University of California, Santa Barbara - B.A.
Denise has over 20 years of experience in elementary education in the United States, South America and Hong Kong. Before coming to Evergreen, she held the position of associate principal at the Hong Kong International School, where she worked in collaboration with the primary division principal to provide leadership, including supervision and evaluation, for a division of nearly 700 students and 100 faculty and staff in 36 classrooms. During her tenure, she implemented strategic initiatives, reformed the school math program and implemented a cross-divisional program, Building Buddies, serving 1,400 middle and primary students.
Chief Financial Officer
San Jose State University – B.A.
Debbie has been ensuring financial health of Evergreen since 2013. Before coming to Evergreen she spent ten years managing the finances of independent schools in Hawaii and Virginia. In addition to her job as our Chief Financial Officer, Debbie loves being involved with schools in their daily activities, including working on sustainability efforts, wellness and helping out in school-wide events wherever needed. In her spare time, she loves watching sports, especially football and basketball, spending time with her family and hiking.
Director of Special Programs
Western Washington University – B.A.
Danielle has been in the field of child care and recreation for nearly 30 years. She received her bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Western Washington University and has an associates degree in early childhood education. Danielle is the director of Evergreen’s child care and summer programs, as well as the school’s safety and health lead administrator. When not at Evergreen, Danielle loves spending time with her husband, three beautiful daughters, their dogs and her friends.
Director of Admission
Nazareth College – M.S. Ed.
Wayne State College – B.S.
Susan joined our team in the fall of 2015 after spending 16 years at the Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her tenure at Webb, she served as director of admission and financial aid and as director of development. Susan previously worked at two other independent schools: The Harley School in Rochester, New York and the Catherine Cook School in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout her almost 30-year career in independent schools, she has worked in admissions, financial aid, marketing, website design, strategic planning, communications, alumni relations, annual giving and capital campaigns. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is an avid reader and quilter.
Director of Development
University of Southern California – B.A.
Kate Gorrissen joined The Evergreen School in July of 2018 as our new director of development. She has spent the last 13 years in nonprofit fundraising and the past 10 at San Francisco University High School as the associate director of development and a leader in the school's capital campaign; she has also led their $2 million annual fund. Additionally, she has extensive experience in grant writing, volunteer management, and donor engagement. Having grown up in Gig Harbor, Kate is excited to be back in the Northwest and getting reacquainted with Seattle especially the numerous museums and restaurants.
Director of Communication
Seattle University – J.D.
University of Washington – B.A.
Kathy began working at Evergreen in 2010, serving in various roles, including director of communication, associate director of communication and executive assistant to the head of school. She also was an active parent volunteer for nine years while her daughter attended Evergreen, serving for two years as president of our Parent Association. Kathy received her law degree from Seattle University and has done appellate for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney.
Adam has served as the executive assistant to the head of school and the board of trustees since 2012. Adam also has several years of experience in the classroom, having taught English as a second language in New York and Krakow, Poland. He continues to teach immigrants and refugees part-time at North Seattle Community College. Adam did his postgraduate studies in Poland and worked as a legal assistant and conflicts coordinator for a law firm in Manhattan. Adam's interests outside of education include literature, music and film, cooking and brushing up on his Polish language skills.
The Evergreen School
15201 Meridian Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133
The Evergreen School is a private, Seattle-area school serving the needs of gifted students in preschool through 8th grade.