Ten district teachers earn National Board Certification

Great news for ten teachers in Longview Public Schools – they are now Nationally Board Certified.  Five teachers from Olympic Elementary School including Jennifer Sharer, Carmen Hewitt, Angela Richards, Angela Guinn and Shawna Wilson all  recently earned Board Certification. Additionally, from Mark Morris High School Diondra Beck and Lauren Princehouse earned certification along with Jamie Axon of Mt. Solo Middle School, Kristen Peterson from Monticello Middles School and Stacey Niemi from Columbia Valley Gardens.

According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.

Olympic Principal Mike Mendenhall said, “To take on a huge amount of work outside class to reach the goal of being Board Certified shows their dedication to our students and the school. I’m appreciative and thankful for their hard work.”

Congratulations!

 

 

2018-12-11T22:55:29+00:00December 10th, 2018|

Ms. Taylor 2nd Grade teacher

How long have you been teaching? I have taught for 17 years, in  Vancouver and Oregon school. 

What are your hobbies? I like to read, spend time with my family and dog. 

What are you looking forward for this school year? I look forward to getting to know more about the community and my students families. 

2018-12-10T17:07:26+00:00December 10th, 2018|

Olympic Garden

Hello Olympic Friends,

Now that harvest season has come and gone, our team of staff, volunteer, and student farmers are shifting gears to put the school gardens “to bed” for the long winters rest. We are planning to spend some time helping the Olympic garden this week.

Here is our tentative schedule:

 

Tuesday 12/4 ~ 9:30- 12:00 and 1:30-4:00

Wednesday 12/5 ~ 9:30- 12:00 and 1:30-4:00

 

If you like to get your hands (or gloves) dirty and relish some outdoor work with a great team of friends, we’d love to have you join our crew! We will pull out old plants, add layers of compost and leaves to the soil, and reinforce our paths with wood chips. Come for half an hour, a couple of hours, or whatever works for your schedule. Or just stop by to say hi and see what we are up to.

Volunteers– If you are planning to join us, please RSVP via email, text, or phone to Julia (907-388-5791 or julia@lcschoolgardens.org). Volunteers will still need to have their Longview School District volunteering clearance (CHAMPS) approval to participate in these work parties.

Thank you, Julia

Julia Brice – Garden Coordinator
Lower Columbia School Gardens

(907)-388-5791

PO Box 785 // Longview, Wash. 98632

www.LCSchoolGardens.org

 

2018-12-04T17:35:17+00:00December 4th, 2018|

Mrs. Vanderploeg- 5th Grade Teacher

 

Mrs. Vanderploeg came from Kansas and decided to join our Olympic team. 

How long have you been teaching? First year teaching on her own.  

What are your hobbies? She like to run, and watch shows. 

What are you looking forward for this school year? Looking forward to accomplishing her first year of teaching on her own.

2018-12-04T17:10:36+00:00December 4th, 2018|

Meet our Music Teacher: Mrs. Larsen

 How long have you been teaching?     I’ve been teaching off and on since I graduated from college in 2005. I have been teaching the last 4 years consecutively, but had about 3 years of experience before I took time off to raise my children.

What are your hobbies?  singing (obviously), playing with my family, taking trips to the beach and crafts

What are you looking forward for this school year?  This year I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the students at Olympic and working with them to create lots of fun and amazing music.

2018-11-26T16:29:51+00:00November 26th, 2018|

Meet Mrs. Queener 4th Grade teacher

How long have you been teaching?     This is my 4th year teaching after student teaching.

What are your hobbies?     My hobbies include photography, travel to national parks, Girl Scouts, and being a mommy.

What are you looking forward to for this school year?  I am looking forward to making new friends and improving my teaching.

2018-11-19T19:43:28+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Olympic Champions 11-16-18

Academic:

Reading: Avah Hausserman; Jose Gutierrez Rocha; Trayton Nelson; Ke’ala Erece; Anthony Herrera; Sarah Greenly; Lauren Kysar; Penny Gregory;

Math: Sophia Harris; Mathew young; Tabor Demyan; Daxton Cronin; Hudson Meder;

Writing: Zelda Fitzgerald; Raina Bueno; Santiago Chavez Hernandez; Kaitlyn McElroy;

Social Studies: Braydon McGowan;

P.E.: Gracelyn Dykstra; Torion Woodruff

 

Citizenship:

Respectful: Boston Dennick;

Responsible: Abigail Arias Acosta; Pascuala Mejia- Canastuj; Porter Thomas;

Cooperate: Brian Davis; Emma Shaver; Jaylen Jordan-Jones;

Kindness: Ostara Smith; Braelyn Brown; Blake Kruse; Abigail Larsen; Jacob Wolfe;

Striving for Excellence: Harper Newton; Alivia Disbrow;

2018-11-16T19:00:27+00:00November 16th, 2018|

Meet Our New Behavior Success Coach- Ms. Williams

How long have you been teaching? I started in schools at Barnes Elementary as an Intervention Specialist. I worked 8 years in middle school as a school counselor, 5 years in elementary and about 4 years in high school as a drug/alcohol interventionist.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include second hand/antique shopping, gardening and walking my white German shepherd

What are you looking forward for this school year? I am looking forward to working with an awesome team!

2018-11-13T19:16:03+00:00November 13th, 2018|

Longview teachers have class

We’re proud of our educators and are taking this opportunity to introduce you to two of them, in their own words. They have different interests but share a passion for preparing Longview students for successful futures!

This is a supplement to the Longview Public Schools annual report. Both Gail Wells and Sam Kell are featured in the printed version of the annual report.  

Gail Wells, math teacher, Monticello Middle School.

Gail Wells believes everyone can do math. She works the room and uses technology to gauge how much each student understands, even those who never raise their hands.

Where did you grow up and go to school? I was born in North Dakota and grew up in Federal Way, Washington. I was in the first graduating class at Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn and went to Western Washington University for a degree in home economics.

How did you get from home economics to math? My passion was food and nutrition, but math is completely entrenched in home economics—measuring food, finance, sewing …

Why do people think math is so hard? Society doesn’t allow people not to be “readers,” but for some reason it’s OK to not be good at math. The mindset should be that “I can do it,” because everyone can.

How long have you been teaching? Twenty-six or 27 years—10 years at St. Helens and 10 years at Robert Gray, with four years as a math coach at Kessler and Robert Gray. Now I’m finishing at Monticello Middle School.

How has teaching math changed? When I was in school, it was, “Here is how you do it. Now copy what I do.” We don’t do that anymore. Instead of just handing students an algorithm or a way to do something, we do a lot of concrete building of understanding before moving to the abstract.

What is the best thing about being a teacher? That look on a student’s face when they “get it”—it’s priceless.

What are some of the keys to being a good teacher? Number one is understanding what the goal is. For me it’s the state standards—I have to know what the students need to know. Also …

  • Making sure the students get the needed feedback so they can self-evaluate.
  • Being ready when they walk through the door—knowing where you’re going and how to get there, not just turning the page on the book and teaching them what’s on the next page.
  • Adjusting if the students are not getting it.

The big thing here at Monticello is I have an amazing teaching partner, Phil Hartley. We collaborate, do assessments, reflect on student work, talk about the goals and are transparent about our work. Today we are going to share kids and do some interventions, so we can get them where they need to be right now.

To be a good teacher, it’s everything, including a great administration that supports you. It’s not just one thing.

What advice do you have for new teachers? Don’t think you already know everything. I’ve been teaching for 26 or 27 years, and every year I learn something new. Every year I get better. So listen to your colleagues, listen to your students, and be willing to adapt. Be a part of the team.

What’s something people might not know about you? I’ve been making gingerbread houses for 30 years. I have two sons who were in the armed service—one still is. I send gingerbread houses to Afghanistan and Bosnia. My daughter taught English in South Korea, so I sent one to her.

What would you tell the community about what life is like in school? When those kids come up the stairs and say hi to me, it’s wonderful. It’s the best place in the world to work.

What are students like today? Students are considerate of each other. They want to do their best—they want to succeed.

Anything else? This is my last year of teaching. I want to have more time with my family and visit my grandchildren—I have six. My career as a teacher has been an amazing journey. I feel deeply blessed by every student I’ve ever had.

 

 

Sam Kell, industrial arts teacher, Mark Morris High School

Sam Kell practices what he teaches. At school, he introduces pre-apprenticeship students (pg. 3) to technical skills like carpentry. In his spare time, he works on his own fixer-upper house.

Where did you grow up and go to school? I spent my childhood in Kelso and Longview, and went to Catlin Elementary, Columbia Heights Elementary, Cascade Middle School and Mark Morris High School. I spent one year at Lower Columbia College and finished my final three years at Central Washington University in the industrial arts program.

Why did you get into teaching? I always liked working with people and going through the learning process. My mom is a pre-school teacher.

Who introduced you to industrial arts? My dad is a self-employed residential contractor. He flips houses and owns rentals. I started working with my dad when I was 10 or 11 years old. I was just a helping hand with sheetrock and roofs. In school I excelled in shop classes and was happiest in project-based learning.

What’s the best part about being a teacher? Building relationships with the students. Teaching is all about the relationships and the growth.

What are the students of today like? They are hard-working and task driven. People may assume students never get off their smartphone or think, “It’s not like when we were in school.” But I still see the drive in students to get things done. Sometimes it takes different teaching styles to motivate different students.

What is one thing you want to teach every student? One thing I’d like to teach every student is lifelong learning and self-evaluation. To be able to reflect on the job you just completed is a very important skill no matter what you do. I learned a long time ago, “reflect and do better.”

What would you like people to know about school? School is about learning, and failure is okay.

 Do you have hobbies? I love hunting, fishing and hiking, and I share season tickets to the Trailblazers. I’ve been a Blazers fan since elementary school. I watched Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler play. I also own a house in Kelso—it’s a fixer upper.

 Anything else? It’s important for young people in our community to recognize their own skills and recognize what Longview has to offer. Longview is a great place.

2018-11-07T22:28:50+00:00November 6th, 2018|

Meet Ms. Woodman 1st Grade Teacher

  •  She has been teaching for  28 years
  • Her hobbies: she loves to garden, read, go to the beach, and just be with my two kids.
  • What is she looking forward for this school year? I am looking forward to conferences because I love getting to know each child’s family better. I’m also looking forward to seeing these first grade learners turn into second graders!
2018-11-05T21:57:22+00:00November 5th, 2018|
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