Meet The Board

Anthony Drew

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Budget and Finance Analyst

Seattle Public Schools

Anthony Drew is a Budget and Finance Analyst at Seattle Public Schools.  Previously, Anthony worked as a school finance researcher with the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University. He earned his Master of Education Policy degree from the University of Washington. While working toward his degree, he served as a classroom tutor with UTSS, where his belief in the mission of the organization strengthened. He continues this important work as a member of the board.

Amy Yu

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Financial Planning & Analysis Analyst


Growing up in a family of educators, Amy is passionate about UTSS’ mission in education – particularly in addressing the educational inequities that exist today. While her work as a financial professional in a global health non-profit sector is creating impact in Africa and Asia, she is looking for opportunities to affect change at home in Seattle. Upon joining UTSS, Amy brings her expertise in non-profit finances: building sustainable solutions to current public education challenges, and to bringing more effective and efficient assistance to public school educators. As the Treasurer of UTSS Board, she is looking forward to raising awareness to educational challenges in the Seattle public school system through fundraising campaigns and bringing more resources to classrooms and students in need. Amy holds a BA in Economics from Emory University. In her spare time, Amy enjoys traveling the world, water sports, and visual arts.

Krista Fincke

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STEM Instructional Coach, Technology Access Foundation

Krista Fincke is a former founding middle school science teacher and UTSS science tutor who is passionate about providing students access to an equitable education through outstanding teachers. While teaching, she made recommendations to the Massachusetts Department of Education as a Teach Plus Policy Fellow regarding ESSA accountability standards and worked on the Massachusetts charter school ballot initiative. Because of her teaching experience, Krista became motivated to support teachers as an intern for the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board, as an associate policy analyst for Stand for Children Washington and in her current current role as a STEM instructional coach for Technology Access Foundation (TAF). As a UTSS tutor, Krista became passionate about continuing to find ways to support teachers in the classroom and continues this work in her current role as a Board member.

Kyle Morean

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History & Social Studies Teacher, Ballard High School

Kyle is committed to improving the effectiveness of classroom teachers and increasing opportunities for students to receive more personalized and focused support. As a former UTSS tutor and a classroom teacher of 10 years, Kyle believes in the mission of the organization. Kyle joined the board of directors to support tutor recruitment, training and to expand the impact of UTSS. Currently, Kyle teaches 9th grade honors world history and 11th grade US history at Ballard High School. He is passionate about media literacy, blended learning, ethnic studies and dialogue across difference. Kyle is a SPS district leader in blended and digital learning and an active member of Ballard's STAR (Students and Teachers Against Racism). Before moving to Seattle in 2016, Kyle taught computer applications and media literacy and was Director of Student Portfolio Exhibition for 7 years at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington DC. In 2013 he was selected as an inaugural Education Innovation Fellows and in 2015 he worked as a Pulitzer Center & Project Zero Global Lens Teaching Fellow.

Corey Little

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Development Coordinator,

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Corey is an avid supporter of services/programs that level the playing field for all students accessing an equitable environment for learning. As someone who has favored non-traditional education, Corey seeks to empower students and educators with the right tools to ensure the best learning experience possible. Corey is a Madison, Wisconsin native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community & Non-profit Leadership from the University of Wisconsin. Currently, he serves as the Development & Events Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound serving King, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties. Away from work, Corey enjoys hiking, camping, and home projects.

Maddie Neuman

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Senior Analyst,

Learning & Development and Change Management at T-Mobile

Maddie Neuman began her career as a High School English and Leadership teacher where she taught 10th and 11th grade. She went on to teach Middle School as a 6th and 8th grade teacher in the Bellingham School District. If you ask Maddie, once you teach middle school, you can do anything! After a handful of years teaching in the Secondary Education classroom, Maddie wondered what Organizational Learning & Development looked like in the private sector. While still teaching full-time, Maddie went on to earn her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning from George Washington University. It was this program that inspired Maddie to pursue a career in Organizational Learning & Development and Change Management.

From there, Maddie transitioned into the world of Business Consulting, serving as the lead Learning & Development Consultant with the Seattle-based firm, Logic 20/20. In her tenure with Logic 20/20, Maddie worked with a handful of the Northwest's top Fortune 100 organizations, including a 10 month engagement with T-Mobile.

Outside of work, Maddie's biggest passion is performing and teaching improv. Maddie currently lives in the Alki Beach neighborhood in Seattle with her family and her Pomerianan Poodle mix, Moose. She enjoys spending time on the beach, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and reading on her deck (preferably when it's sunny).

Marisa Bier

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Founding Program Director,

Seattle Teacher Residency Program

Marisa is the Founding Program Director of the Seattle Teacher Residency program, a teacher preparation program directly serving Seattle's high poverty schools in partnership between Seattle Public Schools, the UW College of Education, the Seattle Education Association, and the Alliance for Education.  Prior to taking on this role in 2012, Marisa was Coordinator of the Secondary Teacher Education Program at the University of Washington. She was responsible for all aspects of the program, particularly ensuring cohesiveness between program curriculum and school practicum experiences, building partnerships with schools in which teacher candidates were placed, and facilitating the work of university coaches who supported teacher candidates in the field.

Marisa has been an educator for 25 years, beginning her career as a special education teacher of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism, ages Pre-K through 12th grade. While serving in a leadership role as a site coordinator of her school's university partnership, Marisa developed an interest in teacher education and the role practitioners play in supporting new teacher development. She came to Seattle to pursue her Doctorate in Education at the University of Washington, which she received in 2009. There, her studies focused on teacher learning across a continuum from novice to veteran, with a particular interest in learning as it is negotiated within communities of practice.

When not focused on education, Marisa enjoys world travel, fitness, good food, and returning to her Jersey shore roots for some beach time.

Juan Zavaleta Berdeja

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Tutor Board Member

Familias Unidas Bilingual Instructional Assistant,

Ingraham High School

Juan was born in Acapulco, Mexico; he immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of six and grew up in Mount Vernon, Washington. Juan attended the University of Washington where he received a BA in psychology and a minor in education, learning, and society. While finishing his degree, Juan served as a classroom tutor with UTSS and upon graduation, he was hired full-time as a F.U.N. Bilingual IA at Ingraham High School. It was there that he discovered a passion for family engagement and advocacy for higher education. His drive and dedication for culturally-responsive instruction led him to a building leadership role at Ingraham. Juan plans to pursue a Master of Education and return to Seattle Public Schools to continue his work with students furthest away from educational equity.     


When Juan is not working with students at Ingraham, he enjoys photography with his wife, traveling, and spending time with family. 


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    Program Director

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