Born and raised in the Spokane Valley, I attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the Central Valley School District. I graduated with both my undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Idaho. My teaching career began in Cathlamet, Washington as a Kindergarten teacher. I moved back to Spokane and started teaching at South Pines in 1999. I have taught every grade level K-5 and have been at 5th grade for the last 8 years.
I love spending time with my husband Mike, twins Nick and Norah (who will be in 5th grade at South Pines) and our golden retriever Nessie. My hobbies include baking, especially chocolate chip cookies, curling up with a really good book, and making crafts.
Hello, my name is Brittany Olson, and I am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade SPACE! I am a homegrown Spokane girl. I graduated from University High School in 2003 (Go Titans!). After high school, I attended and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education. While earning this degree, I majored in and became endorsed in Reading and Middle Level Natural Science. I have been married to my husband, Ben, for seven years. We have two great animals, a Yorkie named Marley and a cat named Porsche. I am eagerly looking forward to the coming year. We will be learning lots, working hard, and making memories!
Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Gwen Meldrum. I have taught 3rd grade for the past 12 years at South Pines and I am excited to be joining S.P.A.C.E. to teach 4th grade! This will be my 21st year of teaching. My career began on the western side of Washington. I taught 4th grade for many years before we moved to Spokane 12 years ago. In addition to teaching 4th grade, I have taught 5th and 6th grades, been an academic support teacher and a literacy coach. I was born in California, but since we moved to Washington when I was 3 ½, I consider myself a Washingtonian. When I graduated from high school in 1991, I moved to Pullman to study at Washington State University… GO COUGS!! I graduated in 1996 with my Bachelor’s Degree is in Child, Consumer and Family Studies. Along with my degree, I also earned my teaching certification to teach anything from Preschool all the way to Home and Family Life in high school.I have been married to my best friend, Aaron Meldrum, for 20 years. We have two wonderful boys. Zack is 15 and in 10th grade. Jake is 10 and in 5th grade here at South Pines. The fifth member of our family is a Shepherd-Beagle mutt named Sawyer. I love all of my boys VERY much… the dog included! I am looking forward to the year to come! We are going to have an All-Star year!
I graduated from Central Washington University where I received my teaching degree. I earned my Masters degree from Eastern Washington University. I have been teaching for 20 years, 18 here at South Pines. I have taught 1st, 3rd and now have the wonderful opportunity to teach 2nd grade. I enjoy teaching SPACE because of the home/school connection between families.I love spending time with my family. My daughter Ellie is 12 and going into the 7th grade, my son Carl turned 5 in August. Some activities I enjoy are camping, reading, and scrapbooking.
I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in education accompanied with a reading endorsement and music minor. Currently, I am in the process of obtaining my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in Common Core leadership. This year will be my twelfth year of teaching. I taught a year of preschool, subbed K-8, and this will be my tenth year of teaching first grade. Teaching first grade has been such a joy. It is unlike any other year. The growth is tremendous, and it is so fun to be a part of their learning. Teaching is not only a job for me. It is also a hobby. I feel truly blessed to wake up every morning and go to a job I love!
Hello! I am your SPACE kindergarten teacher – Terri Drexel. I have taught in the district for many, many years. I have been part of the Central Valley Community for many years. In fact, I even attended South pines when I was in 6th grade. I went to Bowdish, University H.S and then on to WSU. I have been married to my husband John for 33 years! I have four kids: Joel-27, Jake and Alex-22, and Kami-16. They all went to South Pines, too. I have 3 dogs: Sunny, Tucker and Riley. I love dogs. I am really looking forward to the new school year! It is going to be a great year at South Pines.