Welcome to my personal pages. You’ll find links here to the portions of my life that don’t include Sheila. At the present time those would be my life as a teacher at Stevens School, my experiences as a staff member at Camp UKANDU, my 50th birthday celebrations (9/02), and my experiences with hearing aids.
You may want to know more about my personal history to get you started. I was born in Salem, Oregon in the fall of 1952. I am part of a family of 9 (five boys and two bossy girls, shown above at our parents’ 60th anniversary party) who still enjoy spending time together. My immediate extended family now numbers around 50, although that number keeps going up as nieces and nephews wed and grand-nieces and nephews are born.
I graduated from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) in 1974, got an MA in Education from SF State University in 1978, and my teaching credential in 1990 from the University of Washington.
My careers have run the gamut from YMCA youth director to crisis counselor to UPS driver to teacher. Oh yes, I waited on a lot of tables in between some of those positions. I’ve been teaching at Stevens Elementary in Seattle from September 1990 to June 2015. I taught second through fifth grades as a classroom teacher. (I think I prefer fourth.) Then I was the Physical Education teacher, working with all grades K-5.
I am a licensed pilot, though I haven’t flown since I decided to become a teacher (too expensive). Besides tandeming, I enjoy playing guitar, doing projects around the house, reading, silk screening and tie-dying t-shirts, building sand castles any time I’m at the beach and of course, I love to nap!