Middle School

Kathy Brown, Middle School

HR, Math and LA and Lit.


I’m Kathy Brown and I’m excited to be a part of the St. Joseph School community. After graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in English Literature, I went on to obtain my teacher certification through Seattle Pacific University. I have been teaching for 23 years and each year is a new adventure. My husband, Russ and I both grew up in the Pacific Northwest and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. We have two children, Jacob and Mackenzie. Jacob recently graduated from Central Washington University and Mackenzie is a junior at Gonzaga. We also have two pets. Libby is our very lovable Chocolate Lab and Ellie is our laid back cat. In our free time we like to camp, visit the beach, and hike. We are also HUGE Seahawk fans and we never miss watching the games with friends and family. Go Hawks!!

Angela Pinto, Middle School

Pinto Angela

Math, History and Religion

I am so delighted to be coming back to St. Joseph’s! First and foremost, I am a mother of three incredible, grown children who have all attended St. Joe’s. Tori, Lysa, and Christopher are the caring, confident individuals they are because of their time at St. Joseph’s School. It feels great to be able to give back to a community that has given so much to my family through the years. I hope to convey to all my students’ parents how much I will care for, educate, challenge, and cultivate confidence in your children because you have entrusted your children to me and I take my job very seriously.
I have been an educator since 1997, working with students (2nd – 12th grade) in various capacities and various subjects (math, science, English, social studies, and taekown do). Interesting fact about my three children and myself: We are all taekwon do blackbelts of varying degrees. I instructed and owned a taekwon do business for 13 years right here in the Snoqualmie Valley! I have had training and experience in motivating, cultivating self-esteem and fostering accountability. As my three children began to go off to college, I made the decision to return to school as I wanted to be an educator in a school environment. I earned my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) from Western Governors University. My passions are and always have been, math and science. Two of my three children went on to college and have pursued STEM degrees.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking, and spending time with family. I have been a parishioner at Holy Innocents for 22 years. Faith has always guided my life and I believe it has led me back to St. Joseph’s.

I was born in the Bronx, NY and raised on Long Island. I am an East Coaster at heart, mostly because most of my family is there!

I love teaching at St. Joseph’s! The students are so respectful and kind-hearted. Mostly, I love that the students are an extended family to each other because they are a truly cohesive group. Teaching middle school-aged students is exactly what I thought it would be: sweet, special, and humorous at times!

I believe that teaching is about conveying the information in many different ways, kindling a desire for learning in your students, and nurturing your students’ spirits so that they may soar with wings of their own.

I am a 3rd Dan Black Belt and feel that the tenets of taekwon do apply to life. I see them carried out by students here at St. Joseph’s daily: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.

Carmen Sanchez, Middle School

HR, 6th-8th Grade Math and 8th Grade Spanish 


My name is Carmen Sánchez and I am 7th grade homeroom, Religion, middle school Math, and 8th grade Spanish teacher.

I was born and grew up in Mexico City where I attended a Catholic School and a Catholic University. I earned my BS degree in Actuarial Science from Anahuac University in Mexico. I also have a MS in Statistics from the University of Madison-Wisconsin and an MBA from Oakland University.

My husband and I got married in 1992 in Mexico City. We lived in Michigan where we started our family. We have two children, Alex and Michelle. My family and I moved to Sammamish at the end of the year 2000. At that time, my son Alex was in second grade and had the opportunity to attend St. Joseph School. My daughter Michelle joined St. Joseph’s pre-school in the fall of 2001. Since then, I was actively involved as a volunteer in the school; from helping in class, to taking care of the church grounds, to taking care of the inventory for the auction. In 2001, I was offered a position to teach Spanish. As my kids grew older and I had more time, I taught Spanish in middle school and I helped as an aid in Snoqualmie. Eventually I started teaching math in the middle school.

Since I was young I loved to interact with kids and had a desire to become a teacher. St. Joseph gave me the opportunity to combine my love for teaching kids and the subjects that I love. I enjoy every moment in the class room, teaching to, sharing with, and learning from my students at St. Joseph School.


Carmen Sanchez

Website link: http://stjosephmiddleschoolmath.weebly.com/

Jana White, Middle School

8th Grade HR, LA and Lit.- 

I am a Washington native; I was raised in Woodinville Washington from the age of five, attending public schools in Northshore School District. My husband and I settled in Issaquah in 2002 to raise our two children. We love the Issaquah community. I have been teaching at St. Joseph School for 15 years, starting shortly after moving to Issaquah. I have a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. from Western Washington University. Before I came to SJS I taught high school English, but I love being the 7th and 8th grade language arts and literature teacher here. I also teach drama and direct the middle school play. I firmly believe the middle school years are some of the most formative years for children, and I hope to help the students prepare to be people of character, life-long learners and socially responsible citizens. In my classroom, you will find kids reading books, writing poems and performing for their classmates. I hope to inspire my students and help them develop confidence and independence before they attend high school. My room is busy and full of joyful learning. If I am not curled up with a good book or playing with paint and paper, then I am hiking with my little black lab, practicing yoga, carpooling to soccer practice, or cooking for my family. Life is good!