Praise God, we made it through the school year! Now we can all relax and rest and breathe without a mask for a while! I know that I will definitely be spending time thinking about the miracle of this school year and the countless ways God blessed us. Wishing all my graduating 8th graders a wonderful summer as they prepare for high school. And wishing all my upcoming 8th graders a fun summer as they prepare to become our new leaders.
Welcome to my classroom! I have energetic, intelligent 7th and 8th graders who help me look forward to coming to school each morning. I welcome parent involvement and input to help your children grow into committed Christians who love to learn and are well prepared for success in high school and beyond. God has amazing plans for each of them, and I count it a privilege to be part of helping each student to be ready for those adventures.
I love teaching here at Rogers and I look forward to working with each Junior High student. It is a great privilege to work and learn in a school where God is the center of all we do. My goals for my students are: 1) To seek God with all their hearts; 2) To see God's design in the world around them; 3) To desire to care for the earth and their own bodies as God's temple; 4) To recognize and value the opportunities they have here for an excellent education and to strive to do their very best in all their studies; and 5) To seek God's plan for their lives and make service to Him and others their highest priority.
This school is a dream place to work. The Junior High teachers truly enjoy each other. We work closely as a team to make this the best possible place we can for our students to grow in Jesus, to become confident leaders and learners, and to be ready academically for great success in high school.
Besides teaching Bible to my homeroom students, my other responsibilities include teaching Science to the whole JH, teaching Algebra I, and coordinating Geometry instruction. I also am the 8th grade class sponsor, so I work all year with the 8th grade officers to plan activities and coordinate the 8th grade trip and graduation.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music (Piano and Organ) from Andrews University. After graduation, I taught music for 4 years at Cedar Lake Academy. During that time I also continued school to finish Pre-Med requirements and science and math certification. We moved to Forest Lake Academy in Orlando where I taught Science and Math for 7 years. Just as I was ready to start medical school I discovered I was pregnant with our son. Around the same time, my husband and I had calls to come teach here in Walla Walla. We decided that God was pointing us in this direction and we have not been sorry! I have all but the thesis done for a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
I am married to Benjamin (orchestra director at WWVA). We have a son and a daughter - Jamie Gish and Dr.Julia Salerno. Jamie is an industrial designer for PreCor in Everett, WA. and will be marrying beautiful Kristen this June (2020) in Hilo, Hawaii. Julia is married to Tres Salerno. They live in Spokane, WA, where Julia is professor of violin at Eastern Washington University. They are the proud parents of our 3 young grandchildren. We also have one big dog - a 5 year old Goldendoodle named Rudy who LOVES to come to school and get hugs and snuggles!
Some of my Interests:
I love to play with the "twinsies"and the baby (our grandkids), work in my yard, cook, play and do therapy training with the dog, read, travel, listen to music, cheer for the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, do puzzles, watch HGTV, and do things in my home.