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Susan Best

 Gifted & Talented Coordinator

I am the proud daughter of Hubert Edwards [Okanagan] and Bertha (Michel) Matt [Okanagan/Lakes].  My paternal grandparents are Dan and Cecilia (Verdan) Edwards, and maternal grandparents are Albert ‘Babe’ and Adeline (Joseph) Michel.  As a youth all of my family supported and encouraged my art skills while at St. Mary’s Mission.  I attended the last two years of high school at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, NM; graduating in 1973.  I attended Gonzaga University from 1974 to 1976, until I began my life with my spouse Dennis E. Best.  We have two children Devin and Danyal.  We have two rough and tough grandsons Nathan Dennis Best [4] and Raimond Duane Best-Cage [6]. 

My ‘passions’ are art and creative writing.  I love to read, and I am re-starting my book collection, and oil-lamp collection.

In the 80’s I worked as a para-pro and dorm staff at PSIS, as I was completing my college courses in Education.  I graduated from Heritage College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.  I earned my Masters’ Degree in Professional Development from Heritage College in 1994. 

In 1987 I chose to work at Paschal Sherman Indian School as a teacher.  A dream I had since a former student at St. Mary’s Mission.  My first year of teaching was as a Reading Teacher for grades 4th through 8th, and with 6th grade as my homeroom.  I continue to love my job as a teacher here at PSIS, and hope to work here until I retire. 

My hope for PSIS is that our school will grow into a full high school, offering both high school diplomas and/or vocational/technical degrees for post-graduate students.  I have hope that our school vision statement will stand true over time and I dream of the time our native language will be shared among staff, students, parents, and community members.