Our Specialists

Gig Harbor Academy's Specialist Program includes Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education, Technology and Library. Beginning in Preschool, students are exposed to the Specialist Programs at an age appropriate level on a weekly basis. Each specialist instructor is certified in their particular area and are experts in their field.

Xinia Agee

Xinia Agee, Spanish Specialist
Born in Limon, Costa Rica, Señora Agee taught both preschool and elementary school for several years in the capital city of San Jose. Xinia was also employed through the Department of Defense at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Xinia has taught Spanish at Gig Harbor Academy since 2008.


Lynn Swanson

Lynn Swanson, Music Specialist
Lynn Swanson was born and raised in Tacoma, WA and graduated from Central Washington University with both her BA Mus and MA Mus in Music Education. For fourteen years, Lynn was the elementary music specialist at Alder Elementary School in the Reynolds School District of Portland, OR. Lynn joined the GHA faculty in 2010 as the Music Specialist. Lynn produces two music programs annually for GHA, which are much anticipated events throughout the year.


Veronica Vanslyke

Kari Chavez-Cox,
Physical Education Specialist

Kari Chavez-Cox has a BA in Elementary Education K-8, and endorsements in P-3 Early Childhood Education and 4-12 Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. Her previous eleven years of teaching and substituting experience led her to focus on Physical Education. Coach Chavez understands the importance of providing children with an engaging environment that promotes and inspires positive sportsmanship, healthy choices and physical activity for a lifetime.



Ana Steel

Ana Steel, Art Specialist
Ana Steel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, an Instructional 1 K-12 Art Teacher Certification from Philadelphia College of Art, and studied Art History and Humanities for two years in the graduate school at Manhattanville College in Purchase NY. Ana has taught K-12 visual art for more than three decades at private independent schools in Malvern, PA, Greenwich, CT, and Tacoma, WA.


Geoffrey Klok

Geoffrey Klok,
Technology Specialist

Geoffrey Klok is a long-time resident of Washington and received his B.S. from the University of Puget Sound in 2002, with a major in Computer Science, minor in Math, and emphasis in Asian Studies. For the past 18 years he has taught music performance and theory on guitar and ukulele in classical, jazz, and contemporary styles throughout the South Sound area. Geoffrey believes that introducing all our youngest students to creativity through engineering and technology prepares them to be future STEM leaders and empowers them with invaluable life skills.