1st through 5th Grade

At Gig Harbor Academy, students are encouraged to embrace the joy they find in discovering the world around them. By instilling the core values of integrity, critical thinking, empathy, creativity, and community in every student, Gig Harbor Academy’s first through fifth grade teachers encourage students to become independent thinkers who will positively impact the lives of others. In a student-centered and inclusive environment, GHA embraces the individual learning styles and passions of each student, tailoring its approach to ensure it engages each child in a unique and meaningful way.

Gig Harbor Academy believes that smaller classes foster the opportunity to provide students with more in-depth learning opportunities while allowing for more access to teachers and specialists.

Stefanie King

Megan Snow, First Grade Teacher
A Pacific Northwest native, Megan graduated from Western Washington University with a BA, English and then completed her MA, Teaching from the University of Washington. Her life has been colored by vast and varied experiences teaching children and youth, spanning early education to high school. Megan's roles as a teacher range from being an Academic Intervention Specialist in Seattle to teaching at an arts-based preschool. Megan lives on Fox Island with her husband, son, and their precocious corgi.


Courtney Scheel

Courtney Scheel,
Second Grade Teacher
Courtney graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York with a BA in Liberal Arts and concentrations in International Studies and Dance. Courtney recently earned her Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University, a program that emphasizes a growth mindset, the positive impact of project-based learning, and social justice oriented pedagogy.  Over the years Courtney has worked with children in a variety of settings including as a tutor, an arts-in-education specialist, an education program administrator, and a dance and creative movement instructor.  Courtney recently moved to Gig Harbor from West Seattle, and is looking forward to exploring new places to with her partner, Brian, and their 2-year-old daughter, Rosalie.


Julie Meyer

Kacie Ryan, Third Grade Teacher
Kacie grew up in Bend, Oregon and visits several times a year to enjoy the snow and drier climate. Kacie went to Southern Oregon University where she earned a biology degree while also studying chemistry and education. She then completed a M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction with middle school science emphasis from Arizona State University. Kacie spent over 4 years teaching middle school science mostly in Arizona however, she spent part of her first year teaching a 2nd/3rd blended grade class in a small charter school. For the last 6 years she has worked in online education with M.S. Educational Leadership students at Western Governors University. Kacie moved to Gig Harbor in 2017 with her husband, dog, and two kids. They enjoy spending time exercising, doing crafts, and exploring the outdoors.


Lindey von Dohlen

Lindsey von Dohlen, Fourth Grade Teacher
Lindsey von Dohlen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with her BS in Elementary Education emphasizing grades 4-8 Science. She is currently earning her M. Ed. in Teacher Leadership for School Improvement from the University of Florida, with a special emphasis on Reading Instruction and Intervention. Lindsey is an Army Wife originally from Orlando, Florida. She has lived and taught in Georgia, Germany, and Washington. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys reading fiction, practicing yoga, cooking, travel, and spending time with her German Shepherds, Meika and Hermione.


Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer, Fifth Grade Teacher
Julie Meyer graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Master of Arts in Education. Prior to teaching, Julie spent eight years in the medical profession, serving as a corpsman in the United States Navy where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Julie has 10 years of experience teaching second, third grade and fifth grade students. Julie loves to travel and when she isn’t busy planning her next adventure, she enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with her family and nephew.