Head of School
Holly Senaga has been working in the education field since 1996. She attended Eastern Washington University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and a Master’s degree in Creative Arts and Learning. Holly enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their three daughters, Hayden, Kennedy, and Peyton. As a family, they enjoy boating, golfing, reading, and traveling across Washington State to visit friends and family.
Director of Student Services
Marsha Setting, SPARC Coordinator, was born and raised in Southern California. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest in early 2006. Later that year, Marsha joined our team, and since that time has served in several educational roles at Chestnut Hill Academy. With her extensive and varied background in K-5 education, Marsha brings a broad and unique perspective on elementary education. In her role as Director of Student Services, Marsha leads the SPARC program, where she is singularly focused on developing opportunities to support learners across a spectrum of academic abilities. Marsha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from California State University, a Master’s in Teaching degree, and serves as the faculty representative on the CHAPTER Board of Directors.
Teacher, 3rd Grade
This is Jeena’s 6th year at CHA in the Language Arts Department, and 4th year as Lighthouse Coordinator. She previously worked at international schools in the United Arab Emirates. In her free time, Jeena enjoys traveling, eating out, shopping online and watching Netflix. She and her husband Shaffiq, love trying out new things and spending time with their dog Valentine, aka Vallie. Jeena earned her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Puget Sound, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Pepperdine University.
I have been Executive Chef of some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite restaurants for over 25 years. As Chef I helped establish such local favorites as Tom Douglas’ Lola where I spent the better part of ten years. Other notable positions include Executive Chef at one of Bellevue’s bests Bis on Main, the iconic Zig Zag Café in Seattle, and most recently, Novelty Hill~Januik winery in Woodinville. Underpinning all my cooking is a commitment to quality, sustainability and seasonal ingredients.
It is a rewarding joy to transfer this skill set into creating lunches and snacks for children.
Teacher, 4th Grade
Originally from Maryland, Jessica relocated to Washington three years ago. Previously, she taught Language Arts, developed an extracurricular science program for a bilingual school, and home schooled her own children for several years. Her goal this year is to challenge her students academically through exploratory learning in Science and Social Studies. On school breaks, she likes to spend time with her three kids (8, 12, and 16) and husband, exploring their new hometown.
Kaylee grew up in California and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. She recently graduated with a degree in Communication. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Kaylee is very excited to be joining the Chestnut Hill Academy team this year!
Director of Admissions
Monique has worked for Bright Horizons since 2004, in both San Diego and in Seattle. She graduated from Seattle University with her B.S. in the Humanities with a Pre-Med Area of Concentration, as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She went on to complete her M.S. in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University, which cemented her desire to work with collaboratively with families and to promote a passion for lifelong learning. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, cooking, crafting, and taking classes.
Born and raised in London, England. Jack studied sport and exercise science at Merrist Wood College before moving across the pond to the States in 2012. Jack is a keen soccer player and coach and has been teaching soccer to children of all ages for the past 9 years. He is really excited to begin his 2nd year teaching here at CHA. Jack is a firm believer that physical education empowers young people as well as teaching them life lessons and social skills. In his spare time, Jack likes to play golf, hike, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that WA State has to offer.
Florida International University
Ms. Suarez was born and raised in sunny Miami, Florida but her family is from Cuba. She moved to Washington two years ago with her partner and their silly pup named Messi. Ms. Suarez graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESOL). She has taught Reading, Language Arts, and Math to 3rd and 4th grade. She was also a 10th grade English Teacher. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and discovering new restaurants. Ms. Suarez is very excited to be part of the faculty and staff of CHA. It is her goal to provide an exciting Spanish experience and foster a successful learning environment.