Support Staff




Bob Hagin

Founder, Principal, and Executive Director

Starting a private school after 27-years in public education is not a typical venture, but neither are the professional experiences of Bob Hagin. Earning his Bachelor degree in Education, Master of Education in School Administration from Western Washington University, and current a doctoral student at Northeastern University, Bob has taught in traditional classrooms in grades 1-9, alternative education for grades 1-12, a secondary summer school principal for seven years, and a superintendent and a teacher of a one-room-school district.

Each experience challenges Bob to address the needs of students and the system. In 2008, he founded Northwest Liberty School. Amidst a state budgetary cutback that impacted school districts, Bob’s response and goal were to continue to offer some of the same services that were being eliminated from public high schools like online courses, curricular choices, and additional support.

Bob’s hard work and entrepreneurship guide him to build an educational resource that responds to schools and students, addressing their current needs and building for the future.

Outside NWLS and being a student again, he and his wife enjoy their family and friends, Whidbey Island, cycling, and travel.

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Bruce Blizard

English and Social Studies teacher

For 23 years Bruce Blizard taught high school English and history, including advanced placement courses at Richland High School in Eastern Washington. He has also coached track and field and cross country at the high school and college level. He is currently and assistant track and cross country coach at Richland High School.

Bruce has won numerous awards for both teaching and coaching, including the prestigious Crystal Apple, awarded to outstanding and innovative teachers in Washington State.

He has also published two young adult novels with a third due out early this summer.

His wife, Tina, is a middle school physical education teacher, and they live in rural Southeastern Washington. Bruce has two grown daughters, one a first-grade teacher and the other a registered nurse.

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Jillian Lacey

French Teacher

Jillian Lacey graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Biology Minor. Then she completed her Masters in Teaching at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. She currently teaches French to 8th and 9th graders and Life Science to 7th graders in the Northshore School District and teaches French through the apex online program here at Northwest Liberty School. She enjoys reading, traveling, food, and anything mentally stimulating. She is married and owns a cat and a dog named Willow and Ivy, respectively.

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Linsey Kitchens

English Teacher

Linsey is a Pacific Northwest transplant originally from Southern California. There she taught English for 8 years before moving to Mount Vernon, WA, in search of mountains and trails to run. She taught for 7 years at Sedro-Woolley High School just north of Seattle before deciding to stay home with her two tiny humans, Luka (3) and Soren (1). When not engaging in political activism, she is planting carrot or radish seeds and finding trails to tackle. She is excited to be a part of the “future” of education at Northwest Liberty School.

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Lynn Piscitelli

Math Teacher and DIG Instructor

Lynn’s teaching experience ranges from Pre-Algebra  through Honors Pre-Calculus.   She hashad numerous long-term jobs in the Northshore School District in all levels of math.  She spent five years teaching the SAT Prep class.  For two different summers, Lynn taught the math summer school classes at NWLS.  She has also done one-to-one instruction for several NWLS students over the last few years.  Lynn been tutoring math for about 12 years, with a great desire to help students be successful, explaining and teaching material in ways that make sense to them. Since she substitute teaches daily in the Northshore District, she stays very current with math teachers’ expectations in the classroom.  Finally, she just thoroughly enjoys working with students and giving them the satisfaction of succeeding!!!

Chandra Vostral

Math and Science Teacher

Chandra Vostral is the math and science educator at the NWLS. Having earned a Master of Science in Biology at the University of Denver, a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning at the University of Utah, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Botany at the University of Michigan, Chandra is well equipped to provide a hands-on and minds-on learning experience and make an immediate positive impact for students. Chandra is proficient at teaching a wide range of courses including: calculus, chemistry, physics, biology, (A.P included), and sustainable agriculture. Chandra has held many certified endorsements over the previous two decades of teaching, and currently holds an endorsement in biology.

Chandra currently lives in Bothell, and enjoys: her family, pets, travel, books, art, friends, wilderness, nature, music, humor, math and science. She is the owner of her business Bothell Tutoring, BothellTutoring.org, and provides individualized support and curriculum in math and science for all learners (K-College). Chandra’s math and science abilities are a part of the way she experiences the world. She enjoys the philosophies, challenges, logic, and hands on experiences of math and science and imparts her enthusiasm to her students.

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Alejandro (Alex) Zahajko

Spanish Teacher

Señor Alejandro Zahajko began at Northwest Liberty School in 2015. He currently teaches at Bothell High and has been in the Northshore School District since 1996. Alejandro has taught all levels of Spanish including University of Washington Spanish 201 College in the High School. Spanish is his first language due to his parents being raised in South America, his mother in Argentina and his father in Brazil. Alejandro is passionate about teaching and firmly believes in teaching with passion, energy and entertainment. He also believes that all students can be successful if they are willing to open their mind to it.
Alejandro played soccer and studied at the University of Washington. He has also traveled extensively through Mexico, South America and Europe. Alejandro has also coached soccer locally at Bothell High School, FC Alliance, and is the director of Cougar Soccer Camp in the summer. Alejandro has been married since 1997 and has 3 children. They enjoy sports, traveling and summers together. Alejandro also loves to read, cook and follow sports.

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Support Staff

Jennifer Cihak

Office Manager

Jen relocated to the Pacific Northwest from the Midwest in the spring of 2012 with her family. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with minors in Education and Drug/Alcohol Studies. Prior to moving she spent 13 years as a certified chemical dependency counselor working with people who have co-occurring disorders. She’s been with Northwest Liberty School since the fall of 2013.

Jen is married and has two daughters and a dog. In her free time Jen enjoys outdoor activities including camping and hiking. She also enjoys reading a wide variety of books and trying new recipes.  Jen is actively involved in the PTO/PTF organizations at both of her daughter’s schools.

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Kate Brehm

Math/Science/Test Prep Specialist

Kate is a fairly stereotypical pacific northwestern inhabitant. Armed with an education in Biology from the University of Washington, she preforms many fermentation experiments in her kitchen, all while drinking smoothies and doing yoga. She began working with students while teaching Karate in Shoreline before branching out into her career as a tutor. In between hiking and drinking craft beer, she can now be found assisting students in both math and science at Northwest Liberty School. Kate enjoys geeking out about many subjects and has a rather large collection of plush microbes. She would be thrilled to share with you photos of her pets.

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Seth Pham

Math/Science Tutor

Bio coming soon!

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