At Clearwater adults are referred to as "Staff" rather than "Teachers" reflecting that they are equals to students. Staff take on many different roles: mentor, facilitator, administrator, and friend.

Stephanie Sarantos - Clearwater Staff

Stephanie Sarantos

Stephanie has always had a passionate interest in human development and education that led her to pursue eclectic careers working with children—as an oncology nurse, improvisational dance instructor and a parent. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with specializations in child temperament, cognitive and social development and statistical analysis. Her interest in the Sudbury model was inspired in equal parts through her studies of education and through watching three-year-old children play imaginary games for hours, days and weeks on end.  Her faith in the model has grown in proportion to seeing those children and many other students grow into adulthood. She was involved with the original Clearwater founding group and has worked at the school ever since.

Stephanie’s official duties include many tasks: administration, book keeping, communications, bandaging wounds, enrolling new students, educating and supporting parents and sometimes teaching classes. She loves her job and feels incredibly privileged to count so many amazing children as friends. In her spare time she especially enjoys learning new things and staying active with distance running, and soccer. The pursuit of something brand new profoundly informs her work at Clearwater. Through her own learning curve, she discovers first hand, the value of failures and plateaus in the process of seeking mastery.

Gray Newlin - Clearwater Staff

Gray Newlin

Gray has worked in community based education and empowerment for the past 10+ years both as a youth and as an adult. In 2015 they graduated from Fairhaven College with their self-designed major titled "Queering Education Through Social Justice, Creative Expression, and Somatic Psychology" which asks questions about how our bodies, minds, and souls learn, unlearn, and thrive. They constantly strive to answer those questions and more through their work at TCS, with The Queer and Trans Youth Music Project, and in their everyday life. Their skills and interests include: music, herbalism, food justice, creative writing, YA Lit, trauma studies, art therapy, performance art, viewpoints theater, community organizing+event planning, queer history and theory, and more!

Evan Spog - Clearwater Staff

Evan Spong

Bio Coming Soon!

Emmett’s Intern Bio

Emmett Moore

Emmett started as an intern in the winter of 2019 and is now a full-time staff, excited for what the future has in store.

He is passionate about music, rough-housing, emotional intelligence, and history. Most of the time you’ll find him executing elaborate handshakes, being tackled by younger students, collaborating on music with students, or taking notes in a meeting. He already loves this community and the radical opportunity it offers each of us to shape our school culture and grow as whole people.



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Gabriel Klein

Gabriel is a Clearwater graduate who is excited to be returning to the school in a new role. He has been working as a freelance theater artist since he was in school, had a brief stint managing technical education and design for a local educational theater program as the Youth Design Director, and before taking the intern position was working at an online Magic: The Gathering retailer. His interests include acting, directing, stage management, and design; video games, board games, and card games; technical writing and editing; challenging gender roles; intersectionality; Shakespeare; and long walks. He is also always interested in learning more about language, visual art, educational philosophy, and creative writing. His favorite movie is Coco and he thinks the world needs more hope. One of his proudest achievements is originating the role of Riley in the amazing play The Kid Who Could Fly. He wants you to know that Sudbury education has been responsible for all the magic in his life.


Administrative Assistant

Kendra Petersen

Kendra has an extensive background in customer service and administrative work. She has worked for Puget Sound Bank, Seattle Telco Credit Union (now Sound Credit Union), and most recently as an administrative assistant at Microsoft in the Windows Group. She has also spent countless hours volunteering in the Mukilteo School District at the elementary, middle school, and high school level focusing on helping struggling young readers, chaperoning field trips, working with the PTA as an Art Docent, and doing mock interviews with high school students in the Life Sciences classes. She enjoys taking on the staff’s various administrative tasks, which allows them more time with the students. 

Her interests include: reading science fiction/dystopian novels, photography, backyard gardening, hiking, jewelry making, and environmental causes, including being a member of the Litterati (picking up and tracking litter).