K1 - Mrs. Ramirez
My Classroom Sway
My name is Theresa Ramirez, I am a Colville Tribal Member, and a proud mother of four adult children and eight grandchildren. I enjoy teaching, learning, camping, fishing, hunting, crafting and spending time with family and friends.
I have been at Paschal Sherman Indian School for twenty nine years. I started out as a Paraprofessional for the Chapter 1 Remedial Program my first four years and then continued as a Paraprofessional for Preschool for seven years, then as a Parent Educator for the F.A.C.E Program (Family and Children in Education) for two years. I am currently the Kindergarten-1 teacher and have been for the past sixteen years.
I received my K-8 teaching credentials from Heritage College and hold K-12 teaching endorsements in (ESL) English as a Second Language /Bilingual studies.
When I decided to get into the Educational field I made a promise to teach within my community and help Native American students succeed to the best of their abilities. This promise led me to my work here at Paschal Sherman Indian School. I love working here and my hopes and dreams for this school are for it to be admired by other schools for outstanding student behavior and academic growth performance- a school that students will take pride in when learning their language, history and culture and how to be model citizens to our community.
The best advice I have for students is to never stop learning and to remember that learning is exciting and full of possibilities. No matter what grade you are in or how old you are, strive for success.
K2 Ceria Blue/April Condon
1 - Ms. Hubbard
My name is Jolene Hubbard and I have worked at PSIS as a Kindergarten Teacher for 5 years now. I have also worked here in the building for the Tribal Head Start Program for 3 years. I have a BA in Education with an Endorsement in English. I went to Walla Walla Community College to receive my AA Degree, then I went to Heritage College in Omak to receive my BA Degree. I have twins who are 11 years old, they turn 12 in March. I have a boy and a girl, their names are Kylee and Kegan. I have family all around me in Omak. My hobbies include riding horses when I get a chance, hunting, beading when I get a chance, and many outdoor adventures.
I choose PSIS because I really like working with Kindergartners. I feel like I can make a difference in their lives and they make a difference in mine as well. I like to be here for them as much as I can, teach them, listen to their problems or accomplishments and so on. It’s challenging some days but every day is different so I love what I do.
My hopes and dreams for PSIS is to continue to make a positive change with my students and other students who stay here along the way. I would like to see more classes evolving here such as cooking, keyboarding, and music to name a few. I would like to see more positive behaviors within the students and strict disciplinary actions to possibly minimize the students who misbehave.
I believe PSIS is a strong school with many positives aspects. We strive every day to be here for these students.
2 - Ms. Jane
I have worked at PSIS since 2003, 16 plus because I worked as a parapro for 2 years and 1 year in the dorm in the early 80’s. Total 19 years. I also worked as a parapro in Omak School District for 11 years.
I attended Wenatchee Valley College-Omak Campus for 2 years, then graduated from Heritage University-Omak Campus with a BA in Education.
I have 2 daughters, the eldest is Michelle, who use to work here for 3 years after she graduated from University of Washington with a BA. She received her Masters Degree in Athletic Field from Central University. She currently is the Director of The Boys and Girls Club, in Nespelem. She has one daughter, Preslee, who is 2 years old. My youngest daughter is Rachel, she currently works for the Colville Tribe Human Resource Department in Nespelem. She received her BA in HR at Eastern Washington University. She has one daughter, Kyra, who attended here from K-2nd grade. Kyra attends Omak Middle School. Rachel has one son, Messiah, who is currently in K-1 here.
I have played softball since 1977, I currently play with a women’s team in Wenatchee with my daughter Michelle and I play in a Senior League with Shirley Bowden. I am a pitcher, and an infielder.
I went to St. Mary’s Mission in 7th and 8th grade. During that time I had stated my goal was to come back as a teacher. I achieved this goal but I waited until after I had my children to go back to school. I am very happy to be back on campus at this beautiful school learning and teaching.
My hopes and dreams for PSIS is to become a school that meets all of our “Vision Statements”. “To prepare our children to be the speakers of our language, guardians of our culture, and leaders of our future.”
3 - Ms. Mason
This is my second year working at PSIS, although this is my fourth position here. I was originally hired at the dormitories as a Home Living Assistant, but within a few months I was transferred over to the school side to be a Para Educator and serve one-on-one with a student. During that time I continued to work at the dorm under a Century 21 after school program where I taught crafts and other hands on activities. When this school year started I continued as a Para, although not one-on-one, and continued with the Century 21 after school program. Within a few months there was a need for a teacher for a new class- a 1st/2nd grade split that focuses on social/emotional learning- and I stepped in to fill that position. So now I am a teacher, but I still work with the after school program as well.
I graduated from the University of Washington the same week I came to work at PSIS in 2017. I started working here before I had moved from Tacoma. I moved to Omak with my 2 teenage boys, Joshua and Andrew, and my 1 preteen daughter, Ileana, but I had to say goodbye to my oldest son, David, who stayed in Tacoma to start his new adult life on his own. The rest of us live together in Okanogan with my partner Cody and our dog Bailey. We like a good combination of being outdoors and watching movies, so you will find us dirty and digging up roots and berries, or cuddled up on the couch watching Netflix. I also like to craft just about anything, but my real love is knitting.
I have known for many years that I would move to "this side of the mountains" once I graduated, but I didn't know which city I would move to. I met my partner at Standing Rock and after visiting Omak many times and forming bonds with people and the scenery, I decided that this was the place I was being lead. The first time I ever came to Omak I was dropping my partner off with his parents for Christmas and I was outside looking at the mountains. I started getting emotional and I knew the Creator was telling me that this would be my new home.
I chose to work at PSIS because of the students. These students in particular have something so special about them that they make it hard not to want to be with them! I have had the privilege to work with multiple ages and have gotten to know pretty much all of the students, and every single one has so much to offer, I am honored to play a small part in guiding them in whatever capacity I can. I would like to see PSIS continue to put students first as they learn more about their culture, and through that knowledge, learn that values that will stay with them and guide them when they are on their own.
4 - Ms. Plakos
This is my first year working at PISIS. I graduated from WWU with an Early Childhood Development/Bachelor of Arts in Education/K-8 Certificate. I have taught 4th, 5th, LAP Math, PE, and guest taught in all grade levels/departments. Some of my hobbies: dancing, exercising, gardening, mountain climbing, kayaking and swimming.
5 - Ms. Norton
My name is Lisa Norton and I am the fourth grade teacher here at Paschal Sherman Indian School. I have been at PSIS since 2012, first in the SpEd department and five years as a Middle School Language Arts teacher.
I hold a B.A. in K-8 Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.A. in ELL from WGU.
I grew up in New Orleans but have lived in WA. for almost 30 years. I have two adult children, Shelby and Casey, who both reside in Spokane, WA. I live with my two dogs, Dixie and Scout.
In my spare time, I like to read, go to Zumba and work out, and watch documentaries.
After my first year, I chose to remain at PSIS because the students are so inspirational. Each day they bring a new and fresh approach to school and life that helps me to keep things in perspective. I learn from them as much, or maybe more, than they do from me.
My hope for PSIS is that we will continue to build and grow into a school where students know that their culture will be practiced and celebrated at the same time that they receive an education that will help prepare them for any future they choose.
6 - Mr. Carr
7 - Ms. Abrahamson
I started at PSIS in 2000 as a home living assistant in the girl’s dorm at the old school. I have pretty much worked here since. I transferred to the school side around 05’ and began as a para-educator in the sped department. In 2015-16, I began my teaching career taking on the 6th grade homeroom class.
I graduated from Omak High School in 1999 and went on to attend college at both Wenatchee Valley College and Heritage University. I received my associate of arts general transfer degree in 2002 and my bachelor of arts in Elementary Education in the spring of 2015.
I have a fairly large close knit family. My parents have been married for 38 years with an anniversary that falls on my birthday! I have six beautiful children ranging in ages from 2-18. My two year old son is the youngest and my eighteen year old son is the oldest, with four girls in between the two of them. I also have three step children who are 19, 16 and 13 years old. I have four siblings, two sisters and two brothers and many aunties, uncles and cousins and many friends and ceremony relatives who have become family.
I enjoy doing things outdoors with the family. I also enjoy reading as many books as I can cram into any free time I find. Two of my favorite hobbies are doing crafts with the kids and tie dying.
I knew from a very young age that being a teacher would be my chosen profession. After working at Paschal Sherman as a para-educator for many years I became passionate about instilling in the younger generations a thirst for knowledge and an educational drive that would carry them far in life. I wanted to use my own experiences and teachings to be a positive role model and teacher to the future generation who are the future leaders of our people.
8 - Mr. Bessette