Family Support Services


Hello, my name is Aisha Cathcart and welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!! I am the Family Support Worker for John Muir Elementary School.  It is great to be back here for another year!  This summer was restful and relaxing, and I hope that it was the same for you.

Children's Adacemic Success has always been the underlying motivation for the Family Support Worker Program.  It is my goal and promise to provide as much support and resources for families at John Muir as I can.  In the past, our program and Family Support Workers accomplished this by assisting families to overcome crisis situations, obtaining basic necessities, finding help through school programs and community-based agencies, and by enlisting supportive community partners.  We must now concentrate a majority, but not exclustive, amount of our time on promoting positive academic outcomes for a pre-determined number of focus students and their families.  We will no longer be able to organize or support school-wide projects or assignments, which many of the schools have depended upon us to coordinate in the past.

My position as a Family Support Worker at John Muir will be part-time again this school year.  The other half of my duties will be providing support to other schools and Family Support Workers as a Cluster Representative.  My availability to work with families, students, and staff at John Muir is as follows:
Mondays - 7:30am-4:00pm
Tuesdays - 7:30am-4:00pm
Wednesdays - 7:30am- 11:30am

Due to meetings and holidays there will be some changes throughout the year to my schedule.  Please, do not hesitate to vist me, call me, or email me for support, questions, or concerns.  Again, welcome to this new and upcoming school year and I look forward to interacting with each and every one of you!


Aisha Cathcart
(206) 252-7409 office
(206) 252-7401 fax 



Kids Company

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Ages served: 5 to 12 year olds
PreK Program
Before-School Program
After-School Program
Summer Day Camp
Kids Co. at John Muir is the new child care provider serving the vibrant John Muir Elementary learning community. A participant in the Seattle Public Schools Community Alignment Initiative, Kids Co. at John Muir’s programming dovetails and extends the school day into non-school hours, infusing learning with the vitality of play, the strength of good companionship, and enriching confidence-building activities.
The center’s teachers follow the emergent curriculum approach in their work with kids. This orientation emphasizes the students’ interests and curiosity, in combination with the teachers, as the shapers of the curriculum. A key strength of this approach is that it encourages children to ask questions and actively explore the things in life that captivate their curiosity and imagination. Kids Co. at John Muir’s use of the emergent curriculum also fits well with John Muir Elementary’s inquiry-based science curriculum.
For more information, visit
Tim Zern
Program Manager
Kids Company at John Muir
3301 South Horton St.
Seattle, WA 98144

Student Support Services

My name is Susan Shorr and I am the Student Support Specialist at John Muir.  I am so happy to be in my fourth year at this wonderful school!  My role as the Student Support Specialist involves working individually with students who are struggling with academics or experiencing social or emotional challenges.  I teach Steps to Respect/Second Step in all of our 16 classrooms in order to increase students’ emotional intelligence, anger management skills, friendship skills, and anti-bullying skills.  Additionally, I am John Muir’s Section 504 coordinator, run the Penny Harvest program, serve as the Girls on the Run liaison, help with Safety Patrol, head the Muir Mediators, and lead our school SIT (Student Intervention Team). 

A SIT is a meeting that is held at school 1-3 times a week when there is a concern about a particular student.  The concern may be in regards to academics, behavior, health, attendance, etc.  Our SIT team includes parent(s)/guardian(s), Principal, Head Teacher, Nurse, Family Support Worker, Student Support Specialist, Resource Teacher, School Psychologist, Classroom Teacher, and any other support staff, as needed.  Any staff member or family member may request a SIT meeting when a concern arises.  Our time during the SIT meeting is spent discussing the student’s strengths, talking about why the request for the meeting was made (the concern/s), researching if there have been any interventions done in the past to help with the concern/s, and brainstorming as a group what can be done from that moment forward to help the student be as successful as possible in school.
I love all of the things that I get to do in my job as the Student Support Specialist.  My favorite part though is getting to know all of the students and families.  Therefore, please keep me updated on how things are going and if you have any concerns (and I can do the same for you).  You can reach me by email, on the phone, or stop by my office (across from the main office).  I hope that we can all work together as a team this year to ensure that each student has the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential. 
Susan Shorr
(206) 252-7406 office
(206) 252-7401 fax