Parents are the first and most important educators of their children. I've worked with kids my entire adult life and I believe this statement wholeheartedly. This statement did not become a part of my speech, however, until I started working for Columbia Virtual Academy in 2008.
I started working with kids back in 1993 as a volunteer football coach in the Valley School District. At the same time I was attending Moody Northwest Bible College in Spokane. I volunteered for several years until I was appointed the head coaching position and I served as a youth minister in a small church in Valley.
It was not long before I was employed by the Chewelah School District as a behavior intervention counselor and I was coaching at every opportunity. I was also working on my teaching certification at Whitworth University. After graduation, I returned to the Valley School District as a special education teacher for one year, then back to Chewelah as a high school vocational and home link teacher. But, as fate would have it, I returned to Valley a couple of years later.
I've worked in the CVA program since 2008, with a couple of years teaching and the majority of the time as the training coordinator. I continued coaching multiple sports in Chewelah and I sure appreciated my opportunities to work with kids in the weight room, on the field, on the court, and in the classroom. My role as training coordinator for CVA provided the opportunity to work with staff members in all partner school districts and I appreciate the relationships that we developed over the years.
Next year I am returning to the traditional school setting in the Kettle Falls School District. I was recently hired as the elementary school behavior intervention teacher and the head football coach at the high school. I am looking forward to applying my coaching skills and experience at CVA as I build new relationships with parents, students and staff in the Kettle Falls school district.
My only regret is that I am leaving my CVA friends and families. My goal was to help CVA become the “premiere ALE program” in Washington State and I believe they are well-along the way toward achieving that goal! I wish everyone at CVA Godspeed!