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Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning
400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, WA 98074 | 425 936-1544
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Staff Directory
Renaissance is fortunate to have a great staff who are not only experienced and creative but also truly care about each of the children who join the school.


Chris Bede, Principal

Parent Meetings: Available by appointment

Mr. Bede has been the Associate Principal at Eastlake for the past seven years, and in this role he has greatly contributed to all aspects of the educational program at Eastlake.

He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English and Psychology, and then attended Western Washington University for his Masters in Education. He spent seven years teaching Humanities at Skyline High School. After returning to Western Washington University for his Residency Principal Certificate, Mr. Bede moved .9 of a mile down 228th to work as Associate Principal for Eastlake High School.

Mr. Bede married his wife​ Courtney, a teacher at Skyline, and they have two girls named Finley and Delaney. Mr. Bede loves to travel and has spent summers in Europe, Asia, Central and South America. His passions also include sports, books and outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing and mountain biking.

"I believe education is more than just academics, and I love being a part of the Eastlake family and its holistic philosophy for students," he says. " As an Eastlake community, we will continue to impart in our kids both the individual and collective characteristics necessary for success now and in the future."


Diane Kane, Head TeacherDiane Kane, Language Arts Teacher, Visual Arts Teacher

Teaches: Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Mathematics
Parent Meetings: Available by appointment
Diane Kane 

Mrs. Kane came to teaching after enjoying several mini-careers and raising a family. She taught 5th and 6th grade at A. G. Bell Elementary for eight years, before joining staff development as an elementary mathematics specialist.

Mrs. Kane has appreciated and supported the arts for much of her adult life. She has managed a dance company, co-chaired several committees for a major art auction that helped fund a museum, taught art classes for children and taken art classes. Mrs. Kane became passionate about teaching mathematics when she noticed her students were dreading math class.  This began a decade odyssey of understanding mathematics and the teaching of mathematics. She has facilitated seminars in the teaching of mathematics for area districts and worked on two grant projects for developing the teaching of mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels.

Married for more than 40 years, Mrs. Kane and her husband, Steve, have three children, Erin, Deirdre and Brendan, and two grandchildren. She enjoys music, reading, cooking, outdoor activities of all kinds, and yoga. Mrs. Kane is passionate about teaching and learning and believes all children deserve the opportunity to succeed at their highest levels. 

Martha Daman, Preforming Arts Teacher

Martha Daman, Teacher

Teaches: Performing Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies
Activities: Academic Games
Parent Meetings: Available by appointment
Martha Daman                                                  


Martha Daman, one of the original founders of the Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, teaches eighth grade language arts and American History, seventh grade American History, and sixth through eighth grade Performing Arts.  She is also an advisor to her guild students.  Martha is going into her fifteenth year teaching in the Lake Washington School District.  She began dancing and performing at age three in Cupertino, California where she grew up.  After moving to Redmond and graduating from Redmond High School, Martha pursued her college career in Ellensburg, Washington at Central Washington University.  Getting married to John Daman in August of 1998, she completed her student teaching at Rose Hill Junior High under the supervision of Gary Iverson.  Martha got a job in the Lake Washington School District right after graduation in June of 1999 at Kirkland Junior High (now Kirkland Middle School).  In August of 2000, Martha started teaching at BEST Night School program where she guided students to make-up and complete credits toward high school graduation.  Following the year at Night School, Martha was offered a position in the BEST High Day School program where she taught all levels of high school English, a few History classes, and Performing Arts.  While at BEST High School she directed the play Willy Wonka with the high school students.  In 2004 Martha joined Diane Kane and Christopher Fraley to plan the Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning.  On June 3rd, 2006, Martha gave birth to her first daughter Molly and August of 2006 helped open the Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning.  Molly will be in 3rd grade this year at Margaret Mead Elementary.  On February 11th, 2011 Martha delivered her second daughter, Addison who is in preschool.  Martha believes very strongly about the importance of relationships, opportunities for choice, and a partnership with families to provide an environment for success for her students.  Martha welcome’s visitors to her classroom to see what students are capable of doing when learning is active.  Rigors study of language arts, social studies, and performing arts are all passions of Martha’s and she demands of her students that they give each subject equal attention and care.  She does not expect perfection or to develop professional performers; however, she does expect everyone to give their best and grow through the experiences she provides them the opportunity to have.


Jyoti Bawa, Teacher

Jyoti Bawa, Science Teacher

Teaches: Science
Parent Meetings: Available by appointment
Jyoti Bawa 

Jyoti Bawa has been working with students of all ages for many years. She has been teaching at Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning since September 2008. With a major in Zoology, Mrs. Bawa has always enjoyed science and working with children.  She believes in activity centered- learning and is passionate about teaching.

In her spare time, Mrs. Bawa enjoys spending time with her husband, Sumeet and their two children, Akanksha and Nirbheek. Both are LWSD students. The family loves to go camping, hiking and skiing.



Karen Amaya, Tea​cher

Teaches: LA/SS
Parent Meetings: Available by appointment 

E-mail:  Karen Amaya


Deborah Learner, School Secretary


Deborah Lerner, Office Manager

Role: Office Manager
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Deborah Lerner


Deborah Lerner has been a member of the Renaissance team as its Office Manager since 2010.  She enjoys working with the close-knit community of teachers, parents and students of the school. She has worked in the LWSD since 2005 as the Office Managers at Margaret Mead and Rosa Parks Elementary.

A California Bay Area native, Mrs. Lerner moved to Sammamish in 1996 with her husband and four children. She worked for many years as a Buyer for a Grocery Wholesaler and as a Marketing Event Coordinator for a large software developer in California. Deborah enjoys traveling, reading, baking and spending time with family and friends.​