September 2021: Greetings! After graduating from the U of W many years ago, I began my teaching career in the Mukilteo School District. Although my internship was in second grade, my first teaching assignments were seventh and eighth-grade block at Olympic View Junior High. When Picnic Point Elementary opened back in 1981, I was happy to help open a new school and taught grades 2-4. In 1984, I traded in my classroom days for private tutoring and substitute teaching. After a significant break, I came to work for the Everett School District where both our children attended school. While in Everett, I have taught first, second, third, and fourth grade. Third grade has been described as the year when students learn to produce quality work more independently. (In past years, I would describe third grade as a big step up and one of change.) Everything feels different this year as we take this learning ADVENTURE TOGETHER! As students begin another unique year of school, I will do my best to answer questions and encourage my eight and nine-year-old students to focus for longer periods of time, follow directions, and do their best ONE DAY AT A TIME.