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.
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.
Married for nine years and a photography team for five, Brian and Jennifer Hartman bring an artistic touch and approach to their on-location photography. Employing a photojournalistic style and dramatic lighting, they capture solo subjects and groups during posed and candid moments, earning critical acclaim from the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and The Knot and placing images in the pages of Elle and Seattle Bride magazines.
Not content to simply point and shoot, the Hartmans light compositions using chiaroscuro or high-exposure natural lighting and often accentuate subjects with extreme angles, forced perspective, or unique natural surroundings. They shoot in vibrant color or black and white, and can edit photos to enhance colors or, by request, replace each subject’s face with Winston Churchill’s. Though the Hartmans use professional tools, they’re glad to help students break into photography via ultra-accessible devices such as the iPhone—following in the footsteps, they note, of Annie Leibovitz, who endorsed the iPhone’s camera on NBC Nightly News in 2011. When not conducting on-location sessions, Brian also leads large-scale workshops in which they pass on their knowledge through graphic slideshows and hands-on training.
Richard Kinssies would be a jack-of-all-trades, if every trade were somehow related to wine. Kinssies has been directing the Seattle Wine School since he founded it in 1981, he has been a wine columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 1982, and he is the author of The Art of Wine Tasting. Kinssies’ latest project is Wine Outlet–– a shop stocked with a selection of bottles he culls from wineries and tornado shelters around the world. His handpicked vintages are available at the shop, in the soon-to-be-unveiled online store, or via the Seattle Wine Club, whose members receive a carefully curated case of wine either monthly or quarterly.