Everyone at Selkirk School works very hard to make your child’s day fun and educational. Here are the adults who work at Selkirk School.
Ms. Kathleen: Preschool teacher
Ms. Sharon: PreK/Kindergarten teacher
Ms. Dieka: Threeschool teacher
Ms. Molly: School Coordinator, TA, Aftercare and Summer Camp Director
Ms. Kristin: Threeschool TA, Aftercare and Summer Camp staff
I grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Psychology. However, after working for several years with emotionally disturbed teenagers I decided I wanted to work in a classroom setting with younger children. I decided to go back to school to earn my Elementary Teaching Certificate from Pacific Oaks College, NW. I then enjoyed teaching 1st-3rd grades in Washington.
My husband and I moved to Sandpoint in 1998 and I have substituted in the school district over the years. I stayed home to raise our two boys and found myself ready to return to the classroom when a position came available at the Selkirk School. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Selkirk community.
I believe in educating the whole child. Young children need time to explore, create and move. The Selkirk School offers such a unique and rich outdoor environment for children. They can learn more about our natural world and how to use their bodies in healthy ways. While inside, we sing, read, listen, create and learn about ourselves and each other. I strive to create a classroom that is respectful, consistent, and a fun learning environment. I work to support each child in their own development and feel strongly that connections between school and families are essential. I look forward to this school year!
I am so pleased to be teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten at Selkirk School. I began teaching when I was 5 and found I could convince my younger brother that “school” was fun. I have been teaching ever since and school has expanded to become more than just fun. Itʼs also interesting, challenging and always rewarding.
Motivation is key to a young childʼs learning and children are motivated when they are doing tasks that are meaningful and engaging. For young children that means tasks where they can explore, talk and feel satisfaction when they discover something new or do something they have never done before. I love watching young children in this exciting process. It always pushes me to ask, “Where do we go next?”
As a first and second grade teacher, I found that the areas of reading, writing, and math can all be rich playgrounds of discovery for children. At Selkirk my class will explore these areas together through hands on activities, projects and games. Strong educational growth takes place in a caring community of learners who think, talk and share their changing and growing ideas. We will do that daily.
For me, the most critical support for any childʼs learning is the link between a childʼs home and their school. Parent/teacher communication is key to any childʼs early learning successes and I welcome parents in my classroom. I also communicate with parents on a regular basis.
Each year I look forward to the things our class will learn together, the individual growth the children will make, and all the fun we will have.
Hi! I am a mother to two wonderful daughters, Mesa and Hazel. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with children in an educational setting for over 10 years, the past 7 of which have been at sweet Selkirk School. I come to the school with a background in fine arts, early childhood education and a love of the natural world. I enjoy camping, kayaking, hiking and singing with friends.
After directing Selkirk’s Aftercare program I have transitioned into teaching our new preschool offering: ThreeSchool, a fantastic program designed especially for three year olds. It is with great joy that I am able to share with these fantastic young people. A fan of experiential learning, I strive to create a nurturing, inspiring and joyful first school experience for Selkirk’s youngest students.
ThreeSchool includes a play based, developmentally-appropriate curriculum, stories, songs, games, social skill building, and lots of encouragement!
Working with our fun, kind, interesting, interested Selkirk students brings me joy on a daily basis! I’m here to support their growth, their learning, and their exploration of the world around them… to help them discover and create those fundamental building blocks that will carry them forward in life and in education.
I’ve enjoyed over 15 years of experience working with children, combined with a background in both business and outdoor recreation. This unique blend allows me to fulfill a number of roles at Selkirk, and gives me true integration with – and appreciation for – all that this special school offers to our children.
I have been at Selkirk School since 2016. Although my professional background is in management of retail jewelry stores and dental practice manager, I have enjoyed working with children.
With roots firmly planted in Sandpoint, I treasure the outdoors and all the activity surrounding this area.
Selkirk Schools’ future is bright and I am looking forward to many more years on staff.