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Philosophy of Education

Teaching is a life­giving career that provides an opportunity to learn something new every day while earning a living. Teaching in a Catholic school furthers this opportunity by setting God’s world as the platform for this work. I find that an elementary school classroom allows one to integrate the learning of faith, reading, writing, and math with science, history, geography, supported by prayer and community. How better to participate in the development of the whole child?

Educational Background

Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Education
­­Washington State University, Continuing Teaching Certificate
Archdiocese of Seattle, Catechetical Certification­­

Teaching Experience

St. Benedict School: 1978-­1980 (Grades 2, 2/3)
St. Frances Cabrini School: 1980-­1981 (Grade 1)
St. Patrick School: 1989­-present (Music, Grades 3-­4)

Notes

I enjoy the recently increased support for Catholic School teachers in the Archdiocese of Seattle through the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, especially through the Office of Curriculum and Professional Development. I learn from the newer teachers among us, I depend on strong administrators in our schools in order to do good work. So I am thankful to see such a strong base forming for the support of both the present and the future of our schools.

:There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ­Walt Streightiff.: