My teaching career started in Vancouver, Washington, where I taught in Vancouver School District and then Evergreen School District for a combined 31 years. I retired from teaching but soon found that I really missed working with kids. When my daughter called to tell me there was an opening at CVIS, I jumped at the chance to return to teaching and sent in my application.
I love teaching at CVIS! It is an opportunity to work every day with kids who love to learn and with adults committed to working with children in a way that lets them be who they are while supporting them in their growth as strong human beings and life-long learners. I especially like the way that each child’s uniqueness is honored and celebrated and the way each staff member strives for excellence.
I received my BA in Language Arts and Professionalized Subjects and my teaching certificate from Central Washington University and my MA in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I am also a life-long learner, doing research continually on programs that will enhance the learning of kids. I subscribe to the website, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and am involved with Marzano training with my staff. In the past, I’ve had trainings in First Steps Writing and Spelling, Rebecca Sitton Spelling, Glasser training, through certification week, mentor training, and DuFour’s Professional Community Building.
I have lived in Washington State all my life. My husband, Bill, and I have three daughters and a son, who are grown and married. We also have five wonderful grandchildren. One of our daughters lives in Chelan with her family. I enjoy reading, gardening, traveling, researching, and especially spending time with family. I also enjoy writing and am in the process of writing a children’s book.