Our Staff

Katie Auker, Director of Admissions

BA, Speech Communication, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; M.Ed, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. University of Washington. Katie joined Explorer West in January, 2015 after working in education administration for 15 years. She has managed non-profit programs in public schools as well as ran her own after-school language business and an education center in California. She is excited to work at a school that has a focus on sustainability and outdoor education that allows her to share her enthusiasm with the community. Outside of school you can find her hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping, cooking, chasing live music and entertaining family and friends.

Kelli Horn, Head of School’s Administrative Assistant:

BA, Washington State University; Teaching certificate, St. Martins University.  Kelli started substitute teaching at Explorer West in 2009 and she has taught every subject except Music.  She has a background in management and sales.  Her interests include travel, yoga, raising her four children and spending time on Hood Canal.

Evan Hundley, Head of School:

BA Sociology/Environmental Studies, Whitman College; MA Public Administration and MA Urban Planning, University of Southern California. Evan joined Explorer West in July 2007 after 14 years teaching and coaching at University Prep and directing the tennis program at the Sand Point Golf & Country Club for almost 20 years. He has also held financial analyst positions in city government in Seattle and Redondo Beach, CA. Evan is renown for his ability to challenge students and bring his classrooms alive with role-playing, reenactments, and assigning projects that relate to real-world challenges. At Explorer West, Evan is excited to work with the school’s learning community to set goals, enrich the curriculum and build community awareness about our vibrant middle school program.

For information about The Head of School and Board of Trustees, visit Leadership.

Carol LaMotte, Business Manager:

BA, Honors – Spanish, Gonzaga University;  BBAd, Honors – Accounting, Gonzaga University; CPA – Carol has worked in public accounting and private industry accounting roles in Seattle for over 20 years, including a 2-year assignment in Prague, Czech Republic.  She has been a volunteer for Explorer West for many years and is thrilled to join the school on a full time basis.  Her interests include family, travel, scuba diving, learning new languages, cooking with and for friends and family, and being outdoors.

Vic Larson, School Counselor:

MA Social Work, University of Washington. Vic has worked with children and families in a variety of settings for 35 years.  He has extensive experience in school settings both public and private and has worked at University Prep for the last 15 years.  He currently is in private practice and is working with the the Explorer West community as a counselor and parent educator.