Meet the Team

Kathlyn Mickel
Founder, Director of Curriculum & Personnel
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Kathlyn oversees module content, assignments, reflections, and the edTPA. She also works with supervisors/coaches on candidate evaluations. Kathlyn has worked with a variety of online and traditional programs for over 15 years, supervising candidates, teaching courses, and acting as field director. She has a BA in Psychology/English, an MA in Education, and previously taught middle school ELA. Her goal for NWED is for all our candidates to be given the tools they need to be effective, compassionate educators for all students.  Outside of work Kathyn loves to be on the water, kayaking, refurbishing old boats and walking beaches.

Jim Mickel
Founder, Director of Finance & Administration
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Jim is responsible for the learning management system, finance and technical support. He has a BA in Finance from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. His background includes working as a school specialist for the State of WA Auditor’s office and CEO of his own company. His goal for NWED is to support candidates’ goals of becoming successful teachers in the most efficient and effective way possible. Outside of work Jim enjoys building projects, restoring boats and spending time with his kids.

Bree Van Horn
Founder, Director of Partnerships & Recruitment
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 Bree oversees admissions and is the certification officer for all programs. She has worked in admissions since 2008 and has been working with teacher candidates since 2011. Bree has a BA in History from UCLA and an MEd in Counseling from Boston University. Her goal with NWED is to ensure that each candidate in the program has the skills and grit to make a significant impact in their classrooms. In her free time Bree fosters kittens for the local Humane Society, reads, and does projects around her very old house.

Danielle Gunns
Field Director, Coach
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Danielle is the Field Director and Coach for candidates in their placement. She helps candidates find their student teaching placements and provides support.  Danielle has a degree from UW in Environmental Science & Resource Management and her MEd – Biology from WGU. Previously, Danielle spent 9 years teaching Biology and AP Environmental Science at Wilson HS in Tacoma. Her goal with NWED is to take the lessons she learned in the classroom and bring that guidance and support to our candidates. Outside of work Danielle spends hours chasing her three little kiddos,doing projects around the house & spending time in her garden.

Paula Bond
Coach/Supervisor
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Paula has been an elementary and middle school principal for 25 years. In 2007, she was named Washington’s Distinguished Elementary Principal and in 2015 she was honored as “Best Principal” by King5 News. OSPI also honored her most recent school (Geiger Montessori) in 2015 for student growth for two consecutive years.  Committed to continuous learning, she recently completed her AMI birth-three Montessori training and enjoys studying her granddaughter!

Jack Fallat
Coach/Supervisor
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 Jack has worked as a teacher and administrator for over 40 years after receiving his MA – Education from Duquesne University. His varied career has allowed him to produce/direct middle school plays, host a sports radio talk show, all while acting as director at a private institution. His goal is to affirm candidate’s success, while helping them enjoy the teachable moment and have fun with their students!  While not coaching he enjoys hiking in the PNW and staying in touch with his daughters.

Jessica Fowler
Coach/Supervisor
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Jessica has BA in Elementary Education from WSU (Go Cougs!) and a MA in Education from Walden University. She was a guest teacher in Auburn and Fife school districts K-12, a math specialist for 3-5th graders, and taught 2nd grade in the Kent School District spanning over 12 years! Her goal is to help teachers feel confident and successful in the classroom. She loves to mentor and help mold candidates into the teachers they’re meant to be. Outside of coaching Jessica enjoys reading, watching movies, wine tasting, hanging with her kitties, & sweating it out at the gym! 

Ed Petersen
Coach/Supervisor
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 Ed has been a coach with NWED from the very beginning.  He retired from the US Air Force after 23 years of service and quickly thereafter earned his teaching certificate from St. Martin’s and MAE from PLU.  He was a math teacher at Bethel HS before becoming assistant principal & principal at Graham-Kapowsin HS. He loves coaching and helping extremely qualified, energized, and dedicated individuals get into classrooms. Outside of NWED he is an avid “average” golfer and proud Harley Davidson owner and rider.

Eric Sellereit
Coach/Supervisor
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 Eric has worked as an instructional coach for the Bellingham School District and as a student teacher supervisor for WWU after retiring as an elementary school teacher. He has a BA and a MA in elementary education from WWU and joined the staff of NWED in the fall of 2019.  His goal is to encourage teachers in their strengths and to help them grow as educators through self-reflection and a healthy dose of fun.  Outside of work he enjoys golfing and fly fishing, traveling with friends, and his twin granddaughters.