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7040 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98053 | 425 936-2530
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About the Teachers
Kelsey Maehler, Debra Shaw, David Leviten

Kelsey Maehler
Grades One and Two
Explorer Community School
kmaehler@lwsd.org

Mrs. Kelsey Maehler, a native of Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University. Following her graduation from OSU, she earned her Masters of Teaching with a Reading Endorsement from George Fox University. Prior to joining the Explorer team, Mrs. Maehler led kindergarten and first grade classes in Gladstone, Oregon and Lacey, Washington. She focused on using differentiated groups to meet the diverse needs of her students and finding successful interventions for struggling readers. During her time in Lacey, she was involved in school leadership and enjoyed working with school and district colleagues to enhance curriculum and ensure that all children would find success.

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Maehler enjoys exploring the greater Seattle area with her husband and their growing Golden Retriever puppy, Lincoln. She also enjoys reading, exercising, scrapbooking, decorating their new home, and taking frequent trips to Portland to see her friends and family.

Many of Mrs. Maehler’s experiences reflect the importance she sees of engaging families in the education of their children. In Lacey, Mrs. Maehler worked to plan and implement monthly family nights to engage both parents and students. She believes that teachers must educate the whole child, which includes teaching them to be self-sufficient, kind, and enthusiastic lifelong learners. Mrs. Maehler is very excited to be teaching at Explorer and loves working with supportive families to give students an engaging and successful school experience. She is excited to continue to learn all of the Explorer traditions!

Debra Shaw
Grades Two and Three
Explorer Community School
dshaw@lwsd.org

Ms. Debra Shaw, a native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, returned to the Northwest after teaching in both public and private schools in northern California. Before finding a home at Explorer Community School, Ms. Shaw also taught in the Spokane School District. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho and her master’s degree in educational leadership from San Jose State University.

Ms. Shaw enjoys running, reading, spending time with family and friends, and developing herself professionally. She loves bringing new and innovative teaching ideas that she has learned into the classroom, especially regarding technology.

In her diverse education and teaching experiences, Ms. Shaw has learned the value of educating children beyond classroom academics. She believes in developing a community of educated, respectful, empathetic children through a partnership with their families. “It is important for children to be conscious of the world around them,” says Ms. Shaw. “They should be aware of community and world issues that may affect themselves as well as others.”

David LevitenDavid Leviten
Grades Four and Five
Explorer Community School
dleviten@lwsd.org

Mr. David Leviten came to the profession of teaching with a strong science and math background. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and then earned his certificate in elementary education and middle school math and science.

Mr. Leviten brings his love of music and the environment into his classroom.  As part of the Explorer teaching team, he was recently honored by King County as an "Earth Hero at School" for his work teaching his students how to reduce their carbon footprints through practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Leviten believes that students need to develop academic, social, emotional and organizational skills at school, and that each skill is equally important. He provides his students with many opportunities for hands-on, interactive learning.  He believes that learning takes place in many different settings and environments and school should be a place where laughter and smiles should always be present. His famous classroom "homework songs" are one of the many ways he gets his students joyfully engaged in a love of learning.

He feels fortunate to be teaching at Explorer Community School where he feels students thrive in a multi-age environment with strong parent support.