Founding Faculty
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JESSICA HANSON

Co-head of School

Ph.D., Microbiology, UC Davis

Ed.M., Teaching and Curriculum, Harvard University

Jessica's work to launch The Hatch School began in 2020. Previously, she held significant and varied school roles as an educator and administrator. Most recently a science teacher at University Prep in North Seattle, Jessica has served schools as an academic dean / director of curriculum, principal, instructional coach, department chair, and consultant. She brings strengths in curriculum development, teacher professional development, hiring, and systems management for schools.

As a founding faculty member of the Oxbow School in Napa, California, Jessica gained firsthand experience opening a new school. She also taught in single-gender environments during her time at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jessica’s work at the Hatch School is informed by her experience as an alumna of the A Better Chance program and graduate of an independent high school, as well as her identity as parent to two children, a 17-year old daughter and a 15-year old son.

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SARAH PETERSON

Co-head of School

M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

Sarah has been working towards opening The Hatch School since 2020. Prior to taking on this founding role, she served students at University Prep in a variety of roles: mathematics  faculty member and department chair, program coordinator for Diversity & Community, and as both Associate Director and Interim Director of the Upper School. In 2020, Sarah completed the NWAIS Pathways to Leadership program for aspiring female heads of school. Her strengths as a school leader include intentional cultivation of student culture, coordinating student support plans, parent education, admissions and enrollment management, and system development for schools.

Sarah’s work at the Hatch School is informed by her experience as a founding board member at Camp Ten Trees, her lifetime membership in the Girl Scouts, and her identity as a parent to two young sons.

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MEGHAN MILAM

Humanities Teacher

MS, International History, London School of Economics and Political Science

MAT, Secondary Education, Seattle Pacific University

Meghan gained her teaching experience in the Highline School District as a high school humanities teacher at the Waskowitz Environmental Leadership and Service (WELS) program and as an elementary teacher librarian. At WELS, she led students in interdisciplinary, experiential education experiences inside the classroom, outside on the trails, and throughout the Highline community. Meghan has held teacher-leader roles as a department chair, representative for initiatives on race and identity, and as a leader in instructional planning. Prior to teaching, Meghan pursued dance and performance in the Bay Area and New York City. She brings her experiences in the arts into the classroom, with additional experience teaching high school dance and performance studies.

 

Meghan joined the HATCH team in 2022 as its founding humanities teacher. Outside of the classroom, Meghan enjoys gardening, playing with her dog, and spending time with her partner and young son.