Meet The Team

Cassandra Johnston

Executive Director

Cassandra started with University Tutors for Seattle Schools (UTSS) in 2016 and has served as the Executive Director since September 2017.  

 

Prior to UTSS, she served two terms as President of the Seattle Council (SC) PTSA, where she launched a partnership between SPS, SCPTSA and local food banks to further the impact of “Food for Schools”, a program that provides weekend food backpacks for students.  Seattle Public Schools recognized her in 2015 for her outstanding service. She has also served as a member of the Seattle Mayor’s Education Advisory Committee, UWKC Impact Council, Chair of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition and the Board of the Woodland Park Zoo. 

 

Cassandra has four daughters and enjoys tennis, being on the water, and traveling.

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Liz Ryan

Program Director

Liz seeks to better prepare, support, and empower educators in their work to provide quality education to all students. As a former elementary school teacher, Liz understands the dynamic and challenging realities of a classroom environment and the unfortunate disconnect that often exists between district policies and student growth. Her experiences in the classroom drew Liz to the education policy field where since 2015 she has worked with The Seattle Public Library, The National P-3 Center, The MEP program at UW, and Edunomics Lab to support programs that seek to better understand educator challenges and mentor them in their work.

 

In her role with UTSS, Liz collaborates with Seattle Public Schools and local community-based partners to put more qualified adults into classrooms and to support the development of meaningful relationships for students and teachers. She also develops and facilitates training opportunities for administrators, teachers, tutors, and other adults working in classrooms.

When not at work, Liz enjoys reading, baking sourdough bread, and playing outside with her husband and their dog.

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    Questions? info@utforss.org

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    Suite 2, Box 53

    Seattle, WA 98112

    Cassandra Johnston

    Executive Director

    cassandraj@utforss.org

    Elizabeth Ryan

    Program Director

    lizr@utforss.org

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