Our Staff

Brock, Julie

Julie Brock, School Counselor

Bio coming soon!


Dawn Fornear, Director of Admission and Community Engagement

BS - Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences: Diversity Focus, Central Washington University; MS - Human Relations: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Specialization, University of Oklahoma. Dawn has an eclectic background in education. She taught cooking and nutrition classes for children and adults at Whole Foods Market in Seattle, Washington, and Naples, Florida. She volunteer-taught seminars for teenagers on food justice and food sovereignty with Seattle's Community Alliance for Global Justice. She spent a year in an independent elementary school in Bangkok, Thailand teaching English, math, and science classes. Dawn came to her position at Explorer West after five years with the Admissions Team at Seattle Academy. In her free time, she forages for mushrooms and wild foods. She also has big plans for that constantly growing pile of books next to her bed.

Horn, Kelli

Kelli Horn, Special Projects

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 at the Hood Canal.


Rachel Johnson, Advancement Associate

Associate of Science in Social Work--In 2017, Rachel left her role as a flight attendant with Delta to pursue a career in social work. She has worked with students of all ages through national organizations like Americorps, United Way, and The Boys and Girls Club. In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping, painting, and walking her dog, Gia.

LaMotte Carol

Carol LaMotte, Director of Finance & Operations

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 two-year assignment in Prague, Czech Republic.  After many years as a volunteer for Explorer West, she was thrilled to join the school on a full-time basis in 2014.  Her interests include family, travel, scuba diving, learning new languages, cooking with and for friends and family, and being outdoors.

Saunders, Regina

Regina Saunders, Aftercare Coordinator & Substitute Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Ung Alex

Alex Ung, Administrative Manager

Iowa State University Alum – Out of the cornfields of Iowa, Alex came to Seattle in 2007 and has loved everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, but has been teaching dance and choreographing for over 15 years at studios and schools and has also coached award-winning competitive dance teams. He is currently the Artistic Director of his own dance company, the Guild Dance, centered around sharing stories, experiences, and love for the social betterment of all. His other hobbies include rock climbing and bouldering, paddleboarding, backpacking, and all forms of outdoor adventure, but teaching and being around students is his passion.  He is excited to share the energy, laughs, and dance moves to all of the EW students and families and loves to encourage students to challenge themselves and is ready to help you achieve that goal you never thought was possible.