My husband Bill is a senior electrical engineer. I have three adult children, one granddaughter and 3 grandsons. My daughter Erin, her husband Erik and their son Ethan live in Sammamish. My son Jack lives in Seattle, and my son & daughter-in-law, Scott & Darci, and 3 grandkids are in Delaware.
I’m from Michigan, although I haven't lived there since 1980. You can take the girl out of Michigan, but you can’t take Michigan out of the girl. I moved to Richland, WA with my husband and 3 month old daughter, Erin, in 1980. I earned my BA in Education from CWU through a satellite program at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, majoring in Elementary Education. I also earned a major in Social Studies and Secondary Education by spending a semester on the CWU campus. My experience going away to college at 28 years old was unusual. I did so while pregnant with my youngest child and with my 16 month old son on campus with me. Erin was 5 and in Richland with Bill. I came home on the weekends, it was a challenging semester indeed. My youngest was born on January 9th, a few weeks after the semester ended. I was definitely not your typical “senior” on the CWU campus.
We left the Tri-Cities in 1987. We lived in Tennessee and Maryland briefly, then settled in Delaware where we lived for 26 years. I began my career in elementary classrooms. I moved to Caravel Academy where, over 17 years, I taught grades 6-8 and 10-12. Classes at Caravel included Ancient History, Geography, Civics, U.S. History, AP U.S. History, Psychology, Sociology, American Women’s History and Current Events. Most of my time was spent teaching juniors and seniors. I was an AP reader for the College Board for five years. I served as the Social Studies Department Head for several years and as the Student Government Adviser for 14 years. Our Student Government focus was school and community service. I hope to find an avenue to contribute to school and community service at SHS.
Erin moved back to WA in 2007, 20 years after we left Richland in 1987. Once Erin moved here we all came to visit at least once a year. Bill and I had always lamented leaving Washington, my kids grew up seeing pictures, but not remembering living in WA. Visiting Erin reminded us of how much we love the Pacific Northwest. My son, Jack, moved to Seattle in 2013. Bill pursued employment possibilities early in 2015 and began his new job in Seattle in May of 2015. After completing my last year at Caravel I sold our home in Delaware and visited extended family on the east coast and in the mid-west. I arrived in WA in September 2015. We moved into our home in Snoqualmie in December 2015.
In Feb. 2016 I began the next phase of moving across the country, which was to re-establish my WA teaching certification and find a new school to become my home away from home. I started teaching at Skyline High School in the fall of 2016 and SHS feels like home already due to the generosity of my colleagues. I’m extremely pleased to part of the Humanities Department at Skyline High School and am excited to work with SHS students and parents this year.