Director of Enrollment Management and Communications
Polly joined The Bush School in 2010 after spending nine years at her alma mater Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland, OH in various roles in admissions and as director for the Center for Girls’ and Women’s Leadership and assistant director of the Upper School and dean of students.
Polly also served as director of admission and financial aid at National Cathedral School in Washington D.C., and taught English and served as dean of students at Forest Ridge School in Seattle. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's in education from the University of Vermont.
Polly spends her free time coaching her daughters’ basketball and lacrosse teams, and running with her dog Flip along Lake Washington. Her two daughters are in the Bush classes of 2025 and 2023.
Associate Director of Admissions for Middle and Upper School
Before joining the Bush community, Blair worked as Lakeside School’s Family Support Program Coordinator for three years. Prior to her work at Lakeside, Blair was involved with a variety of non-profit organizations and counseled at-risk youth in the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University where she specialized in marriage and family therapy with an emphasis on school counseling. A Seattle native, Blair enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children discovering new restaurants in the city, and going for walks.
Middle School Admissions Coordinator
Gretchen brings admissions experience from the middle, high school and graduate school levels. Before joining Bush, Gretchen worked as the assistant director of admissions at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, an independent school serving girls in grades six through twelve. She also served as the assistant director of admissions at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Gretchen spends her free time acclimating to the Pacific Northwest climate, enjoying CrossFit workouts and hanging out with her husband, Jason (a Bush alum) and their daughter Ryan, a member of The Bush School Class of 2027.
Lower School Admissions Associate
Kate joined the Bush admissions team in 2013 and loves partnering with Lower School families during all stages of the application process. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to working at Bush, Kate practiced employment law at a litigation firm in Seattle and clerked for the Washington State Supreme Court. In her free time Kate enjoys gardening, visiting family in her native New England, and tending her two urban chickens. Kate’s oldest daughter, Eleanor, is a member of The Bush School Class of 2027.
Suzanna has a background in educational psychology and has been an avid parent volunteer in admissions during her nine years as a Bush parent. She has served as a school psychologist for the Federal Way Public Schools, and administered psychological and academic tests for clinical neuropsychologists. Suzanna has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a master’s in education with specialization in school psychology from the University of Washington. Her three daughters are in the Bush classes of 2029, 2024, and 2021. Suzanna is a Seattle native and enjoys gardening, photography and spending time with friends.
Emma Gorder ’11
Administrative Assistant to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Emma joined the Bush admissions team in 2015 shortly after graduating from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. As a Bush alum (class of 2011), Emma is excited to be back in the Bush community working with prospective famiies. In her free time, Emma enjoys walking her goldendoodle Lucy, reading, and trying out new restaurants on Capitol Hill.