Jared Rose really knows how to handle challenging situations while teaching. He began his teaching career in Oakland, California, helping struggling at-risk students. He then transferred to Los Angeles, where he became a literary coordinator who helped other teachers hone their skills. After that, Jared moved to Massachusetts to work as a high-school English teacher at a charter school for seven years. During his last year of teaching, he taught high-school English to special-ed students.
Jared's resume may be impressive, but he's not the only Apple Tree Achievement tutor who holds a master's degree and has real teaching experience. In fact, they all do. Each tutor relies on their immense knowledge to devise personalized lesson plans for their students. They also keep track of each student's academic growth, looping in parents via an online system where they post updates after each session. These sessions cover everything from first-graders' addition homework to high-schoolers' college applications.
With a mastery of acrylics and a particular passion for both natural and urban settings, Painting on the Vine owner Stani Meredith creates her own inimitable magnum opuses and encourages her students to do the same, regardless of their artistic skills. She strives to establish an atmosphere of fun and relaxation, in which her pupils can unleash their creativity while painting sweeping portraits of multihued birds, lush blooms, or how the boss’s house would look covered in toilet paper and justice. Along with the help of local artists, Stani lends her expertise during corporate events or private parties.
Started in 1982, St. Christopher Academy, a private, non-religious high school, focuses on students in grades 9-12 who are at-risk academically, or have learning differences such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and more. With experienced special education teachers and a supportive learning environment, students experiencing challenges in high school can learn at their own pace. Class sizes are typically 5-8 students, and the curriculum emphasizes study skills, along with social skills, positive self-image, self-confidence and the ability to achieve success in school. There are also numerous extra-curricular activities which students can take part in. The academy is located in the Seattle Lutheran High School in West Seattle, and students can also participate in their no-cut high school athletic program.
Cindy Ross was an unlikely person to found a scuba-diving school. Told by a commercial diving instructor at 19 that she was too small to scuba, Ross didn’t begin to explore the sport until she was in her 30s. Earning certification was a trial, and she spent her first four dives lugging 80-pound gear in the snow up and down a massive hill—and, adding insult to injury, the men’s equipment didn’t even fit properly. But the fifth dive changed everything. Held in Puget Sound, Ross felt a calling to the location's green waters and white anemones, and since then, the aquanaut has frolicked with such neighbors as a 1,200-pound sea lion, hundreds of Canadian seals, and a giant Pacific octopus.
At Scuba Shoppe, Ross and her team of instructors immerse guests of all ages in the sport of scuba. Try Scuba classes held in the center's 84-degree pool familiarize students with their equipment before they plunge into the water to practice. Alternatively, an open-water certification program from Scuba Schools International expounds on these pool sessions with shore dives in the rolling waters of Puget Sound, which let students hone their skills in a more realistic environment or find a dolphin pod to adopt them. As part of this training, they also have the chance to explore the briny depths aboard underwater scooters. For the more advanced,, Scuba Shoppe provides training for specialty certifications, including rescue diving, night diving, and underwater digital photography. An onsite dive shop outfits customers with all the necessary dive gear and accessories.
Though founded by a seasoned international climber, Mountain Madness is dedicated to getting amateurs out on the peaks. A squad of guides, adept at both climbing and teaching, lead excursions that include climbs and wilderness treks, all while imparting practical mountaineering skills. This holds true on their specialty North American alpine summit climbs that accommodate the varying paces of beginner and more experienced climbers. At areas such as Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, groups navigate forests, active glaciers, rugged rock formations, and intersections with broken traffic lights as they advance to the top—either in one day or over a longer camping trip.
Adventure also permeates the rock-climbing courses, and an array of lead-rope-climbing excursions. Both set out to conquer single- and multi-pitch climbs over granite and other rock on routes in Washington Pass, Leavenworth, and beyond. Though the aforementioned trips are available year-round, avalanche-preparedness training and backcountry skiing excursions present different ways to delve into the winter wilderness.
Since the 1950s, the Seattle University Athletics program has been all over the collegiate athletic landscape, leaving their post as a vaunted member of the NCAA Div. I for the NAIA in the 1970s, where they stayed until the fall of 2002, when they entered the NCAA Div. II. Though the school’s history chronicles periods of turbulence, it also encompasses a laundry list of indelible athletes; basketball Hall of Fame inductee Elgin Baylor led the Redhawks to an NCAA Championship game in 1958, and tennis star Tom Gorman was twice selected as an NCAA All-American, paving the way to a pro career in which he attained a top-10 worldwide ranking. In its relatively brief time in the NCAA Div. II, the Redhawks have won two NCAA titles in men’s swimming and one men’s soccer championship, for which the team was awarded rights to the Seattle Space Needle.