With my two older children, who are now in their twenties, I was very active in their school as well as had my own preschool for 11 years. My husband Rich and I also coached rec and club soccer for five years and we were youth ministers in our church for seven. Twelve years after our older two, we had three more who are all now in the SPACE Program. We stumbled on to S.P.A.C.E by accident because my , then kindergartner, was overflowed to South Pines. We fell in love with the Staff, the school and the philosophy behind the S.P.A.C.E program. Our kids spend a good deal of their young lives in school, it is important to me that it is a positive and engaging experience!
I spent most of my younger years in Spokane Valley as part of East Valley and Central Valley schools. I went to North Pines Jr. Hight, but left the state just before I was due to start H.S. at U-High. I moved back to Spokane 6 years ago when I only had a 13-month-old daughter. Now I am a single mom to three girls, 7,10, and 12. I officially adopted my two oldest daughters on Sept. 1st, 2017 after being their foster mom for a little over a year. All my girls have been or are still a part of S.P.A.C.E. I first found out about the program 3 years ago when I was still a foster mom and wanted to find a school that could help my then foster daughter excel. She was several grade levels behind when she started in 5th grade S.P.A.C.E., but by the time she went back to her mom at the end of the school year, she had raised her reading level up significantly. Because of this, it was a no-brainer when the net set of foster daughters came to live with me in the summer of 2016 that they would be a part of S.P.A.C.E. as well. Now I have a 2nd and 5th grader in S.P.A.C.E. this year, and a 7th grader at Bowdish. Although it's been difficult trying to juggle work and volunteering at the school, to know that each of my girls have built great friendships with all their classmates and teachers makes it all worth it.
My graduating high school class had 27 students in it. We joined the SPACE program because it seemed like a good way to get my son the same experience I had growing up, with a close knit group of kids and parents. All while having the advantages of a large school district in Spokane
I am a graduate of Gonzaga & WSU. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 15 years and we have 4 boys together. With the current education system, we like that our children are able to experience just a bit more "outside of the box" learning. We love that S.P.A.C.E. provides extra field trips and guest speakers, additional funds spent inside the classroom and a collective set of minds working together to make each child's learning experience special. It takes a village and we are proud that we are part of this one.
My husband and I have been involved in S.P.A.C.E. since the 90's when my husband's youngest brother was in the early days of the program and we did some of the volunteering hours for the years he was at South Pines. Loving the program and the community it creates, we came back in 2009 for our children to grow up in the S.P.A.C.E. community. It has been amazing to see the difference this program has made for our own, and other's, children. Our youngest is currently enjoying everything that S.P.A.C.E. has to offer, and we feel fortunate to be able to have a place where families come together as a community to support all of the children in the program.
I am a graduate of Western Washington University and U-High as well as an alum of Bowdish and South Pines. I was not in the SPACE program as a child, but saw all of the friendships made between the students and all of the great opportunities the students had. As a teacher myself, I see the value of parent involvement in school and how it enriches the learning experience. I have been married to my husband, Kevin, for 12 years and we have 2 children and 1 more on the way!
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