public charter school
Tukwila, WA 98168
Impact | Puget Sound Elementary is now enrolling rising kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders for 2019–2020!
Family Services: Partnerships with before and after school care programs, free transportation to and from school, access to a community park, and access to wrap around supports.
Teachers: We have a world class faculty. All teachers hold Bachelor’s degrees and valid Washington state teaching credentials. Many of our educators hold Master’s degrees.
Model: Every child is known, loved and guided by an adult mentor and a personalized learning plan, 1:1 student to laptop ratio, project based learning, and arts enrichment in a safe, focused school environment that balances high expectations with joy.
Uniforms: Uniforms and a Dress Code help maintain a school culture of unity and academic excellence. Our students wear uniforms to make it easier for families, avoid the inevitable distractions and status distinctions caused by clothing and ensure that our students are focused on learning. IPS will provide every family with at least one uniform.
Ms. Bean is a Washington native, moving home from CA where she has led one of the highest performing charter public elementary schools in San Jose. Under her leadership as principal, her current school made tremendous gains in both student academic results and student and faculty culture. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who is also trained and certified in Gifted and Talented education. She has extensive experience working with students in grades K - 8. Fluent in Spanish, she began her career in education working as a bilingual elementary school teacher for 5 years in the Austin Independent School District. During this time, she worked with the Dual Language Department to train teachers and write curriculum for the school district. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year in 2014 and presented at the ¡Adelante! Dual Language conference during this time. After moving to San Jose, Ms. Bean assumed the role of campus director for Citizen Schools, a nonprofit that partners with middle schools across the country to provide after school programing. In this role, she developed extensive management experience, while coaching and developing aspiring teachers. She then joined Alpha Public Schools, a small network of charter schools founded by a group of families in East San Jose, CA. There she served as an Assistant Principal for Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School. Most recently, she joined Alpha: Cornerstone Academy, a K-8 school, as school Principal. During her time as principal, the school continued to add grade levels and grow in academic success. In 2017, the Alpha: Cornerstone Academy team received a California Distinguished School award. Ms. Bean received her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University in Literature and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Stanford University.
Assistant Principal of Operations
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Amy developed a deep commitment to education and community building through her experiences working with nonprofits and schools. She began her career as a Philly Fellow working with the Philadelphia Education Fund, where she developed evaluative metrics to measure performance and supported fundraising efforts. She later worked in the arts, including fundraising for the Asian Arts Initiative, a local community-based arts center. She then served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs. In graduate school at Teachers College Columbia University, Amy was a student consultant with the Center for Public Research and Leadership and supported the school districts of Camden, NJ and Cleveland, OH on change management projects. After graduation, Amy was the Managing Director of Development at Educators 4 Excellence - Connecticut, a teacher voice and policy organization. Most recently, Amy was Director of Operations for an Uncommon Public Charter School - Leadership Prep Brownsville Middle Academy - in Brooklyn where she managed all operational aspects of the school from finance, HR, student data, to enrollment. She has spent the past year supporting Operations and Finance at Impact Public School and is excited to serve in a school-based role again! She holds a master’s degree in Economics and Education and graduated summa cum laude from Ursinus College with a BA in East Asian Studies and minors in Secondary Education and Japanese.