• Meet our new Assistant Principal, Suezann Kitchens

    Hello, da Vinci family!  My name is Suezann Kitchens and I am serving as your Assistant Principal this school year.  I am thrilled to join this amazing arts community!  

     I am originally from Texas where I taught drama, language arts and reading in various public schools.  I also opened a theater with a focus in educational programming for all ages in drama, musical theater and music.  I have been in Portland for the past 12 years where I began as a teacher/director at Northwest Children’s Theater and School.  From there, I grew into the Educational Outreach Director, which worked with numerous PPS schools, and then became the Education Director.  I was lucky enough to work with many da Vinci students and families through NWCT programming.  

    After NWCT, I went on to work for Rosemary Anderson High School as an Academic Counselor then Assistant Principal.  Last year, I opened up the first RA Middle School and also served as principal. I always made sure I was still leading a drama class at least once a week!  I believe the arts are vital to our children's education and their journey in becoming global citizens.     

    Outside of school, I love to spend time with my 8 year old daughter, husband and two kitties.  Together, we love to visit the coast, go bowling and karaoke as much as possible! I am an avid reader and love to end each day with a good book.  

    I am extremely excited to meet everyone and support this wonderful and creative school!