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Our Community

Friends of Jane Addams Middle School (FJAMS) are volunteer parents, students, staff, neighbors and community members working in cooperation with Seattle Pubic Schools Self Help department to develop a cohesive, functional landscape master plan for the Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) site.

Project Leaders and Partners

This project wouldn't be possible without the support and expertise of these great organizations.

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Colleen Weinstein

Project Founder

Colleen is a JAMS parent and owner of a garden design and maintenance company. Colleen has degrees in Landscape Design and Horticulture from Edmonds Community College and a Biology Degree from the University of Victoria.

Northwest Horticulture Society
Northwest Perennial Association
Puget Sound Beekeepers Association
Plant Amnesty


Maggi Johnson

Johnson + Southerland

Maggi co-founded the multi-disciplinary practice of Johnson+Southerland after 10 years with her previous firm, MEJ Landscape Architecture. She is interested in creating places that are comfortable and fascinating; people-places that stimulate learning, community and healthy relationships between people and nature.

Scott Boetjer

Scott has worked with Johnson+Southerland for 2.5 years and has a background in landscape horticulture and construction. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and as a proud parent, enjoys working to make schools, playgrounds, and parks really awesome.

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Sean McManus

Self-Help Project Manager

Sean is Self Help Projects Coordinator for Seattle Public Schools reviewing, supporting, and facilitating projects changing or modifying school properties initiated/funded by any groups other than Maintenance,Technology, or Capital Projects Departments of SPS.

Sean is also, Co-Producer and Co-Creator of The Spoken Garden Blog and Podcast at

Gretchen DeDecker

Senior Planner / Self Help Projects Coordinator at Seattle Public Schools

Friends of Jane Addams Middle School Committee:

  • Colleen Weinstein, Project Coordinator
  • Jason Froula
  • Debbie Howard
  • Pam Bowe
  • Annalise Korch
  • Walt Bubelis
  • Annie Meadows
  • Jeff Callahan
  • Kim McCormick
  • Paula Montgomery
  • Emily Schaefer


Help us raise $100,000 to fund the first phase of our project.

Donate $250 or more and get your name engraved on one of the tiles on the new staircase! Check out our Donate Page for more info!