Administration & Staff
- Doris J. Bower
- Founder and Executive Director
- Andrew Wahl
- Jeffrey D. Woolley
- Head of School
- Denise Leiby
- Director of Special Education
Doris J. Bower
Founder, continues to provide educational and institutional inspiration to the school. Dori is a reading specialist and educational therapist who has worked extensively with special needs students. She has a particular interest in technology, and has experience with the creation and implementation of educational software. She is a recipient of Apple's Teacher Training Scholarship, a Murray Scholarship, and The Best Microcomputer Software of the Year Award for educational software. She has trained educators nationally on "How to Use Technology to Teach the School Curriculum". Dori earned a BS in Education, an MS in Curriculum and instruction, and an EdS degree from St. Thomas University. She also completed post-graduate studies at the University of Washington. Dori holds continuing certification for K-12 teaching and administration, and recently has earned over 150 professional education hours in learning theory, evaluation techniques, intervention strategies, attention issues, and learning differences.
President, is responsible for the non-educational business management of Dartmoor. Andrew served in the Marine Corps before attending college, developing strong leadership and management skills. He graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Criminal Justice and joined Dartmoor in 1993. Andrew has participated in virtually all aspects of Dartmoor. He has taught, managed campuses, supervised human resources, overseen corporate finance, maintained IT, and directed marketing and sales.
Jeffrey D. Woolley
Head of School, combines experience as an Instructor and Campus Manager for Dartmoor Bellevue with prior work mentoring at-risk youth, editing, and teaching ESL. As a student, he went from being frustrated and bored in high school to graduating from college summa cum laude. His own educational trajectory lends him empathy as well as a unique perspective on fostering student achievement. Jeffrey has traveled extensively and has lived in Greece, Hungary, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. He holds a BA in English from Seattle University, an MA in Renaissance and Romantic Literature from the University of Liverpool, and an MIT from Western Washington University. Jeffrey is the President Emeritus of the Board for ADD Resources (ADDR) and has served as a member on the Board of Directors for Learning Disabilities Association of Washington (LDA WA) and the Delphi Advisory Board (Ryther Child Center). He formerly taught teacher's training courses for Portland State University. In addition to his work at Dartmoor, Jeffrey teaches literature, art, and composition courses as a faculty member of Seattle University's Matteo Ricci College.
Director of Special Education, has a master's in teaching from the University of Washington, as well as Professional Certification with endorsements in K-8 education, English and History. She is currently pursuing endorsements in mathematics and special education and is working toward an Ed.S. degree in Special Education at Seattle University. Denise began teaching at Dartmoor School in 2005 and has managed both the Issaquah and Seattle campuses. Denise is a dedicated advocate for individualized education, and is passionate about providing diagnostic-prescriptive services so that each student can get the specific supports needed for academic success.
Dartmoor School employs a phenomenal group of individuals who understand the unique setting of personalized education. Our educators have experience working with students who have unique and often highly complex profiles including ADD, learning disabilities, Asperger's, behavioral or pscyhological issues, and giftedness. Educational staff hold a bachelor's degree or higher in their area of expertise, and, regardless of their roles, combine enthusiasm for learning with dedication to the individual needs of our diverse population of students.