Meet a Few of the Summer Teen Instructors

Ray Pfortner with a student from Digital Photography for Teens - On Location

Katherine Bond

Katherine Grace Bond is a YA author and poet, who has been creating mayhem with writers young and old for the last 25 years. She is the founder of EpicWrite, combining live action role-playing, writing, and storycraft. She has been a Jack Straw Writer, the recipient of a 4Culture grant for her work-in-progress (a time-travel novel in verse), and enjoyed a 2017 research and writing residency at Camac Centre d’Art in Marnay-sur-Seine, France.

Teenage Novelist: Talking To Your Characters

Teenage Novelist: The Novel in a Nutshell

Teenage Novelist: The Novel in a Nutshell

Lois Brandt
Lois Brandt teaches writers of all ages, helping her students tell the stories they hold close to their hearts. She writes across genres for both adult and young audiences. Lois served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa, and continues to travel widely. Years ago, Lois peeked into her best friend’s refrigerator and found empty shelves and one small carton of milk; the family didn’t have enough money to buy food. Lois Is award-winning picture book, Maddi’s Fridge, is the result of that moment.

Short Story Writing for Teens

Jennifer Cecil-Moore
Jennie Cecil-Moore is a Seattle area radio producer. She has worked with public broadcasting stations in San Francisco, Paris, and Boston. As a freelancer in Seattle, she contributes to local public radio stations and teaches journalism at Bellevue College. She also enjoys working with non-profits to share stories through oral histories and storytelling.
Radio Camp for Teens

Marion Dumont
Holds a PhD in Philosophy & Religion with a specialization in Women’s Spirituality. Throughout her life I she has cultivated a personal relationship with the natural world through practice, study, and mentoring. Wandering and walking have characterized her engagement with the natural world since a very early age. Teachings are based on decades of personal experience and study. Walking and wandering have enabled her to develop self-confidence and a sense of well-being that sustains her even in the most stressful circumstances. She has  wandered the landscapes of such diverse places as Kodiak Island, western Montana, San Juans Islands, Olympic Peninsula, and Appalachia here in the United States as well as locations in all corners of France including Normandy, Alsace-Lorraine, L’Occitan, Cantabria and the Pyrenees.

2018 SAT Test Prep

Forest Therapy and Walking Meditation

Lori Emery
Lori Emery graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate in Family & Consumer Sciences. She has taught several Family & Consumer Sciences classes in the Steilacoom School District and with Tacoma Public Schools. She is currently employed with the Mercer Island School District where she has been teaching for the last three years.

CPR & First Aid Certification Course for Teens
Independent Financial Living for Teens

Joanne Factor

Joanne Factor has been teaching safety and self-defense for over 20 years.

She’s worked with middle-age and older women concerned with going out and about, younger women looking to travel and date, health care workers concerned with giving their best while staying safe on home visits, girls off to college, girls navigating high school, middle school girls wanting to baby-sit and take the bus by themselves, female veterans dealing with chronic PTSD, abused women looking to make safer choices, LGBTQ folks wanting to keep our community safer, homeless women, and women in transitional and low-income housing.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Joanne holds a BA from Cornell University, a black belt in karate, and was named Seattle’s Best Feminist Butt-Kicker in 2007 by the Seattle Weekly.

She is author of the forthcoming book Self-Defense 101: What Every Woman Absolutely, Positively Needs to Know for Her Own Safety.

Self-Defense for Teen Girls – Ages 15-17
Self-Defense for Teen Girls Off to College

Philip Howe
Philip Howe has worked with nearly every medium for his fine art paintings and commercial illustrations, creating book covers, corporate and advertising work for national clients. He teaches by doing demonstrations, lectures, and helps each student with a hands-on approach in a casual, fun atmosphere. His work is realistic, covering every subject from still-life to landscape, narrative to figure. You can see his commercial work at

Digital Illustration and Painting Techniques
Hand-Drawn Illustration and Painting Techniques

Murray Law
Murray Law is a software engineer and network administrator; he spent ten years at Microsoft, working first on the Windows Networking team where he helped to ship products such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. After five years in the Windows group, he became a founding member of the Real Time Communications group, helping to develop networking protocols and messaging features for Office Communications Server and Lync. He is a Microsoft Certified Technical instructor and has taught high-level languages such as C#. He also taught SQL and applications such as Windows Active Directory and Cloud integration services. In his free time he enjoys playing ice hockey.

Introduction to Programming for Teens
Python Programming for Teens

Fred Lisaius
Fred has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He has had extensive experience in both the commercial and fine art worlds. He has created projects for clients such as Nordstrom, IKEA, and The Seattle Times. His paintings are represented by art galleries around the country and his work is included in many corporate and private collections.

Multi-Medium Art for Teens
Watercolor for Teens 

Raymond Pfortner
Ray has been working in professional photography for over 20 years – as educator, agent, editor, consultant, and photographer. He has been the Director of Education at Seattle’s Photographic Center Northwest.     His primary interest is in coaching new talent.  You can view samples of Ray’s work at

Art Transfers onto Beeswax for Teens
Digital Photography for Teens – On Location
Nature and Conservation Photography for Teens

Miha Sarani
Visual artist, Miha Sarani, born and raised in Slovenia, received a BFA from the University of Washington. Here he studied under prominent professors such as Ann Gale, Denzil Hurley, Helen O’Toole, Zhi Lin, and David Brody. Miha’s work has been shown at fine art museums and galleries, featured in art journals and on music album covers – and his larger paintings are on permanent display at the University of Washington. His work can be seen at
Creative Art for Teens

Last Updated April 19, 2018