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MCHS Team

Jennifer Kniselely has been the principal of Middle College High School since 2016. Prior to this, she spent six years working as an assistant principal in the Seattle School District before serving three years as a principal in Edmonds. She earned a Principal Certification from the University of Washington.

Steve Miranda, MCHS Humanities teacher, studied journalism at James Madison University and earned a Master’s degree in Teaching at Antioch University in Seattle. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in Seattle since 1999.

Lura Ercolano, MCHS Math/Science Teacher, knows that the traditional high school structure isn't for everyone. Lura earned her GED as a single mother before excelling at Mathematics and Physics at the University of Denver and University of Washington. Lura worked in geophysical research and energy exploration for several years before setting aside her career to adopt and raise children who needed a family. In 2015, Lura earned her Masters in Teaching Math and Science from Seattle Pacific University. 

Beth Brunton, J.D., Seattle Public Schools, LAP Teacher. Beth earned a B.A. in Economics and Education from the University of Michigan and a law degree (J.D.) and Certificate of Educational Leadership from the University of Washington. She has been a teacher at MCHS for the past 15 years.

Soladoye Oyelowo, the High School Graduation Success Coordinator, is a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in sculpture and works in the field of conflict management. Soladoye works with his student body on relations between staff, students, and guardians to insure a step-by-step process towards graduation and a smooth transition to a college education.

Charisse Cowan Pitre, Professor, College of Education and Middle College Partnership Director. Dr. Cowan Pitre is a faculty member in the Teacher Education Program, and she serves as the university liaison for MCHS. Dr. Cowan Pitre’s research interests include the development of teachers for social change and equity in education related to issues of college preparation and readiness among P-12 students from underrepresented groups.

Media Contacts

  • Karen Smaalders | Director of Marketing | College of Education | 206-296-6966
  • Lesley Rogers | Chief Communications Officer | Seattle Public Schools | 206-252-0198