Our Team


Aaron Chavez, Principal and VP of Education Services

Aaron Chavez


VP of Education Services


Aaron is a seasoned educational leader who has spent the last 20 years traveling around Washington State as a classroom teacher, school principal, and district superintendent. These experiences have shaped his career, ultimately leading him to accept the position of Vice President, Education Services. He is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Excelsior team and serve students, parents, staff, and the Spokane community.

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Welcome Letter from the Principal

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Letter to Parents: Safety Searches

Carol Stines, Dean of Students and Director of Education Services

Carol Stines

Dean of Students

Director of Education Services


Carol was born and raised in Spokane. Her commitment to youth and safety is evidenced by her tenure at Excelsior for over 28 years. Carol has worked in numerous capacities over the years at Excelsior to include direct service in our vast Residential programs and was Excelsior’s campus supervisor for many years. Combining her education, experience, and passion for youth and connecting them to their futures Carol found a home in the Excelsior school where she has passionately served for 24 years.


Carol started as an instructional assistant and worked her way to the Director of Secondary Education. Carol’s passion is to provide a safe, fun and successful learning environment for all students. She believes that every student should be valued and treated with dignity and respect by building trust through positive peer and professional relationships. She takes the time to get to know all the students in the school individually and is the first and last point of contact as she believes that education should empower students to make a positive contribution to our world. One of the best parts of Carol’s job is having the students come back after they have left Excelsior and tell their story of success. Those successes keep Carol coming back to work every day! When Carol is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the cabin, fishing, and boating at the lake.

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Aaron Bagnall

High School Teacher


Hello, I am Aaron Bagnall and I have been teaching in Spokane for the past 7 years, four of which has been in alternative education. I graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education. I started here at Excelsior mid-way through the 2018-19 school year and will continue teaching high school. For the 2019-20 year. My hobbies include playing and watching all sports and spending time with my wife (12 years) and 4 amazing children who are 11, 9, 2, and 9 months. I am an avid Netflix binge-watcher as well and have been known to spend a full day watching an entire series such as Stranger Things. My Goals are to continue to grow as an educator and mentor, and continue to develop and operate a positive and enriching classroom environment! Cheers!!

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Lynette Weberling

Middle School Teacher


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Felicia Chavez

Elementary Teacher


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Justin Lamb



Justin is a Peer Para-Educator that is dedicated to the success of the students he works with. Justin has worked with Excelsior for over 2 years and consistently strived for the betterment of the students as well as himself. Justin has an extensive background in martial arts and has been instructing for over 13 years. Justin’s passion for instructing and the betterment of those around him led him to begin working for Excelsior. Justin also has a passion for nature and hopes to be able to nurture a respect and passion for nature in those he works with.
Madelyn Roy




Madelyn joined Excelsior as a relief staff and has loved every minute of her work. She is excited to be full-time with the school staff and has the goal of creating a nurturing, fun, and supportive environment for students. Madelyn is a Montana transplant, who decided to move to Spokane after receiving her BA in Political Science from the University of Montana, with the goal to pursue a Masters in Social Work in the near future.

She has over six years’ experience working in the hospitality and food industry and loves to teach anyone who will listen about gardening, cooking, and nutrition. Her love of food is second only to her love of travel; her adventures have taken her across all the Pacific Northwest, Australia, Canada, and even recently to South Korea. When not at work or in the kitchen, Madelyn can be found hiking the forests around Spokane, jamming out to loud music, practicing yoga, or having conversations with her two boisterous cats, Benjamin and Hazel.

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Debbie Wilkey

School Secretary

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Debbie Walker

School Nurse

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Connie O’Neel

School Counselor