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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 is a founding member of Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning and absolutely loves what she does. Her teaching duties include 8th grade English/history (American Studies 1876 – “present”), 9th grade World History including India, China/Japan, Indonesia, and Latin America, and performing arts for seventh, eighth, and ninth graders.

The performing arts curriculum consists of a semester of dance and a semester of theater every year. Typically dance is first semester and theater is second semester. Both semesters have a culminating performance of student work. Mrs. Daman takes great pride in staying current in all of the fields she teaches. Therefore, she is a member of the National Council of English Teachers, the National Council on Social Studies, the Dance Educators Association of Washington and the National Dance Educators Organization. Mrs. Daman has served on the board of directors for the Dance Educators Association of Washington.

Mrs. Daman and her husband John have two daughters. She continues to look forward to the new projects awaiting students at RSAR. It will be a year of great performances, lots of learning, and some surprises as well.


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, School Secretary

Role: School Secretary
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:15 am - 2:45 pm
Deborah Lerner

Debbie Lerner is delighted to be the Student Secretary at Renaissance and enjoys working with the close-knit community of teachers, parents and students of the school. She has been in the LWSD since 2005 as the Office Managers at Margaret Mead and Rosa Parks Elementary.

Mrs. Lerner moved to Sammamish in 1996 from the California Bay Area. She worked for many years as the Buyer of a Grocery Wholesaler in California. Mrs. Lerner and her husband Dave have four children -- two daughters and two sons -- and three fabulous grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, reading, baking and spending time with family and friends.​