This is my third year at Index having taught in the Monroe and Sultan school districts before retiring from Sultan School District in 2014. While in Monroe, I taught half day kindergarten one year, first grade for nine years, and second grade for seven years.
After leaving Monroe, I worked as a substitute for Monroe, Sultan, and Index school districts and had a long term sub position in Index the year the new bridge was built. During that time, I went to SPU and obtained my special education endorsement.
I then was hired by the Sultan School District to teach Developmental Preschool, which I dearly loved. I did this for 4 years interrupted by two years of 4th grade. I spent the last 8 years in the district as the Life Skills teacher (now known as Structured Learning Center) at Gold Bar Elementary. It was challenging at times, but I dearly loved it. During that time I got a Masters in Special Education, before retiring in 2014.
I did absolutely nothing for three years before accepting the job at Index. I now work mostly Mondays and Wednesdays popping in for odd reasons on other days and sub for Sultan in the spring for a few days.
I have four grown children. My oldest son lives in Alabama. My second son lives in Spokane with his family having blessed us with three grandchildren, now 7 and twin boys now 3. He teaches special education. My oldest daughter drives school bus for Sultan School District and is working on a teaching certificate with an eventual goal of becoming an elementary school counselor. My youngest daughter works in Preston and lives on the property. The girls have always kept me busy with horse activities like 4-H gaming (pattern racing) and barrel racing and are now doing mounted shooting.
As a family, we have always enjoyed traveling. Most of our traveling was because my husband was a long haul truck driver for 36 years. So of course, I got my CDL and drove with him during the summers. The kids were able to go with us as well and have about 40 states under their belts. I have been in all but three states and John has trucked in all 49 continental states as well as British Columbia.