Faculty & Staff

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“Teachers, they make the world a better place!” 


~ Radcliffe, 4th Grader



Meet the dedicated faculty & staff of the Phoenix Rising School who have made it their mission to get back to basics and teach in a way that children will love to learn. With a common sense approach to learning, children’s natural curiosity is enhanced via theme-based units which provide students with ample opportunities for hands-on learning. Children are taught in developmentally appropriate, multi-age classrooms.


Pre-K class is taught by Carol Shimono and Nancy Driscoll. Assisted by Jan Ferrari.

K-1 class is taught by Audrey Goodwin-Arpin

Grades 2-3 are taught by Lauren Lusk

Grades 4-5 are taught by Catherine Flick and Suzanne Nichols 


Specialist classes are taught by:

Science – Moses Kaber

Mindfulness (C.R.E.A.T.E.) – Sonya El Debssi

Outdoor Education – Nancy Driscoll

Art – Brittany Welcher


In the office you will find:

School Admininstrator – Jan Vickers

Marketing Director & Multimedia – Sonya El Debssi

Carol Shimono

Pre-K core teacher

Born to a family of teachers, Carol has always found her greatest passion in contributing to the well being, joy, and learning of young children seeing them passionately engaged in
learning activities.

Sonya El Debssi

Mindfulness & Marketing Director

Sonya is the founder and facilitator of Phoenix Rising's Focus & Mindfulness program called C.R.E.A.T.E. ™. She is also one of the school’s founding faculty members.

Moses Kaber

Science Specialist

Moses brings science to our students with his love of understanding all things. He graduated from The Evergreen State College.

Audrey Goodwin-Arpin

K-1 core teacher

Audrey is one of the founding faculty members for The Phoenix Rising School. She has played many roles, including music and movement teacher and reading resource

Nancy Driscoll

Classroom Resource Associate & Outdoor Ed.

Nancy is a founding faculty member of The Phoenix Rising School.
She earned her Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Western New Mexico University in 1995.

Jan Vickers

School Administrator and Accounting Manager

Jan joined Phoenix Rising School in December 2014, bringing with her, over 20 years of finance, business, and leadership experience in private sector and nonprofit organizations

Lauren Lusk

2-3 core teacher

Lauren Lusk comes to Phoenix Rising as a fourth year teacher.
Previously, she has spent time as a public school teacher teaching at both the intermediate and primary level.

Jan Ferrari

Teacher Assistant

Jan was one of the founding staff members of The Phoenix Rising School. She has worked in Special Education at the Rainier Elementary School for the past 5 years, and is thrilled to return to PRS.

Suzanne Nichols

4-5 core teacher

Suzanne has worn many proverbial hats in this wonderful journey of life. Since graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in American Civilization...

Diane D’Acuti

Teacher Assistant

Born and raised in Vermont, Diane received a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Biology from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. She taught in elementary school for three years before moving to Florida...


Housed on a beautiful, natural, 10 acre wooded campus in Rainier, WA