Mrs. Santos, Mrs. Housken, Miss Blakey, Mrs. Swartz
Meet the Teachers
Hi, I am Kristine Housken. I have been a part of the Washington Charter School family for almost six years now! As you will learn, we are a very close knit team that prides ourselves on collaboration. It has definitely been a labor of love creating our “new and improved” kindergarten program! Teaching kindergarten has become a love of mine, as I am truly amazed by the growth students achieve in one year! Our students are absolutely one of a kind, as is our incredibly supportive parent base.
Before Washington Charter, I taught 2nd grade and kindergarten at Roosevelt Elementary in Indio, CA. I grew up in Del Mar, CA and moved to the desert after college. I received my B.A. and my credential at Cal Poly Pomona. I recently earned my administrative credential and my Masters in Education Administration from Cal State San Bernardino.
My husband and I just welcomed our baby girl, Tessa in April! We are having a blast watching her grow everyday! A few things I enjoy are reading, playing with my two dogs Caddy and Penny, coffee, doing DIY projects around the house and spending quality time with family and friends.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I am so excited to have your child in my class!
For those of you who do not know me, this is my eighth year teaching here at WCS. I am originally from West Salem, Wisconsin (Go Pack Go)! I moved to California in 1997 and earned my undergraduate, bachelor's and master's degrees from Chapman University.
I have two children of my own; Isaiah, who is a sophomore at Palm Desert High School, and Savannah, who is a fifth grader here at WCS.
I absolutely love being a part of Washington Charter School and welcome each and every one of you to this very special family.
I am looking forward to watching your child grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally. We are going to have a fantastic year!
Hi, I am Julia Swartz. This will be my 5th year teaching at Washington Charter and my 9th year teaching in Desert Sands Unified School District. I grew up in northern California in the Bay Area (GO NINERS!!). I received my bachelors degree at Chico State, my teaching credential at Cal State East Bay, and a GATE certificate at UC Riverside.
I moved down to the desert after I got my teaching credential in 2006. I have taught kindergarten at Truman and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. I live with my husband in La Quinta, along with our two dogs and cat. In my free time, I enjoy reading, being outdoors, playing with our dogs Jordan and Lollie, and spending quality time with my friends and family. I am SOO excited for another exciting year at Washington Charter and a new chapter teaching Transitional Kindergarten!!
Hi, I’m Katy Santos! This will be my third year teaching at WCS! I taught Transitional Kindergarten for two years and am now going to teach Kindergarten! I grew up in the desert and attended WCS for elementary school. I went to the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and the University of Redlands, where I received my bachelor’s degree and teaching credential. I also have a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.
I got married over the summer and am enjoying being a newlywed with my husband Jose! In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends and going to the movies.
I am so excited for the upcoming school year!