I have worked at PSIS for Twelve years
2007-2008: SPed para (through Tribal OJT)
2008-2010: Residential Assistant Sub
2010-2015: SFA (Success For All) para- Reading Group/Tutor
2015-2018: Salish Language Para
2019: Salish Language Intern
My educational background includes:
High School Diploma: Omak High School
WSU Upward Bound: Washington State University (2 summers)
Early Childhood Education Program: Spokane Falls Community College & Ashford University (online)
Praxis test: WA ESD (AA equivalency test)
Internship: Salish Language Program (currently in pursuit of certification)
When I’m not at work, I especially love traveling. Whether if it’s for a Pow-Wow, Stickgame, or just a weekend of shopping and visiting family. Some of my favorite places to go are Vancouver, WA and Spokane, WA. I also like to play board games with my family, I am a Monopoly champion. And I love playing card games.
I was a student at PSIS in the 90’s and appreciated the family-like atmosphere. I felt like all of the staff cared about my successes, not just my classroom teacher. I remember learning the Salish language and doing cultural activities. As an adult, I like to be a part of passing that cultural education to our students. I enjoy using the Salish language as much as I can, while also encouraging students to find an interest in the language and their culture.
My hopes for PSIS is similar to that of one of my previous teachers/mentors, Debbie Simpson. It is a goal that someday PSIS will be an academy that students will work hard to attend school here. That our student count will be high and competitive, and we are educating students all the way up to 12th grade, and to see our own students graduating.