Tiffany Williams Front Desk Assistant Lunch Coordinator
Katie Young (she/her) 3rd + 4th Grade Teacher
Abby Brockamp (she/her)
General Music + Choir Teacher Social Media Manager
Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, Syracuse University Institute for Vocal Advancement Certified Teacher Yandex Software Development Training
Howdy! My name is Abby and I joined the vibrant Abiqua community in 2020 as the Middle School Choir Teacher, but have been so grateful to expand into the role of a general music teacher as well. With several years of experience in choral, musical theatre, and solo performance, I bring a passion for all types of music to our students.
It's my mission to nurture budding musicians who are not only confident in the fundamentals, but also understand the importance of music in our lives. It's more than just hitting the right notes; I want my young students to grasp the why behind music through discussion, games, dance, videos, and art.
Aside from teaching music I also provide social media management for the school, meaning I supervise and post on Instragram and Facebook. I also work in the tech office as a computer technician, keeping the pysical and digital wheels turning at Abiqua.
When I'm not harmonizing with my little musicians, you'll find me teaching voice lessons from home. I also enjoy hiking, getting lost in memoirs, and cooking up something delicious in the kitchen.
Hello, I'm Lisa, and I bring 25 years of experience in childcare to the table. Over this span, I've not only run my own childcare business but have also served as a teacher at a center. My educational pursuits led me to Corban University and the Vancouver Dental Assisting School, adding diverse dimensions to my skill set.
Outside of my professional endeavors, my greatest joy lies in spending time with my family, and I find particular delight in the company of my grandchildren. It's the precious moments with loved ones that truly enrich my life and bring a sense of fulfillment to my journey.
Bachelor of Arts, California State University Stanislaus Master of Science in Education, Southern Oregon University
Hello! I'm Susan Cole and in 2005, I made the move to Oregon and quickly fell in love with Abiqua Academy. I was so impressed that I enrolled my son in kindergarten here. Over the years, I've worn various hats at Abiqua, serving as faculty and administrator. In 2021, I took on the role of Assistant Head of School.
As a proud parent, I'm delighted to share that both of my children are now Abiqua alumni. My son recently completed a BS in Engineering from OSU, and my daughter is currently attending Linfield University.
Outside of the academic realm, I cherish spending time with my family, exploring new places with friends, and fostering a love of reading among students in my office/library. Abiqua has truly become a special part of our lives.
In the sixth grade, I attended Carnegie Mellon Institute of Art exclusively on Saturdays. A select few students were awarded a grant for their Saturday attendance to pursue art.
In my earlier years, I engaged in Kay B Toy and Hobby assemblies, where I demonstrated bikes and toys in the mall. Later, I moved to California and established a Jenny Craig in the state.
Throughout my career, I underwent numerous management trainings and received awards for sales and achievements. I achieved the remarkable position of being ranked #1 in the United States and Canada for top sales, earning the Circle of Acrivent Award. Additionally, I received high recommendations for an interview with Gallup for a sales book.
In the pursuit of personal development, I underwent training to identify my top five strengths, which include responsibility, positivity, relator, and achiever.
Having served as a Curves Jenny Craig coach for two years, I transitioned to Abiqua in 2013, where I have been actively involved in childcare. Currently, I lead the childcare team and also cover responsibilities in the kitchen, serve as a teacher assistant, supervise recess, manage the front desk, and handle various tasks such as assisting with laminating, making copies, creating cutouts, checking mail, and other duties as required.
After graduating from high school, I continued my education at Tillamook Bay Community College. My career journey has revolved around working with both developmentally and intellectually disabled adults and children. I've gained valuable experience in providing support and care in group home settings, where fostering a nurturing environment for individuals with diverse needs has been a rewarding aspect of my work.
Additionally, I've extended my passion for caregiving by contributing to the well-being of children in a daycare center setting. These experiences have not only enriched my professional growth but also deepened my commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those I serve.
Hi, I'm Courtney. I began teaching at Abiqua in 2018. I graduated from Oregon State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, focusing on Child Development. Go Beavers!
I'm grateful to be a part of the Abiqua community, and I strive to be the best educator for young minds. Learning is fun in little minds, and I have just as much fun as my students, making it an amazing experience.
In my free time, I spend most weekends camping and enjoy the outdoors. I love hiking, traveling, and savoring delicious food, with a preference for savory over sweet. I also have a passion for board games and cherish spending quality time with my husband and two young children. Our family also includes a small dog, two cats, and many fish.
Bachelor of Science Teacher Education, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Certified Teaching Professional, United States Professional Tennis Association
Hey there! I'm Shannon Fraser, but most folks around Abiqua know me as "Coach." I play a special role for the students, guiding them through PE classes four to five times a week. This dedicated time to physical activity allows me to truly get to know each student's strengths and help them map out a plan to achieve their personal best.
Beyond the gym, I'm also a leader in the middle school's social development program, Guide Groups. It's all about fostering a supportive community here.
Fun fact – my own kiddos are Abiqua alumni! One is off to explore college internationally as a Fulbright scholar, and the other is currently soaking up the culture and knowledge in Spain.
Abiqua is not just a school; it's a family, and I'm thrilled to be part of this incredible journey with the students.
Bachelor of Art, Spanish, Portland State University Master in the Arts of Teaching, University of Portland
Hey there! I'm Kristen, serving as the Middle School Spanish Teacher and also taking on the role of Middle School Coordinator. I'm in charge of organizing the daily operations of the Middle School academic programs and student life. This includes ensuring smooth communication within the school and between school and home, supporting teachers and the Head of School, and leading the design of the master schedule.
I kicked off my teaching journey at Abiqua back in 2011, and since then, I've been on the lookout for fresh and exciting ways to keep students engaged and passionate about the Spanish language and culture. The best part about teaching here is the incredible HEART-centered culture and the robust, supportive community that includes parents, teachers, and students. My ultimate goal is to see students not only loving the language but also becoming competent communicators as they move through Middle School Spanish.
Outside the classroom, I'm a mom to two wonderful daughters, and in my free time, I love soaking up moments with them. I'm also a fan of anything outdoors and find joy in reading books, especially with a good cup of coffee in hand. Life at Abiqua is not just about academics; it's about creating a love for learning and building connections that last a lifetime.
Bachelor of Science, US History, Eastern Oregon State Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Eastern Oregon State Masters of Teaching, Lewis and Clark College
Hello, my name is Dan Gordon and I was raised outside a logging community in SW Oregon by parents who stressed the value of education. I must have listened. I am currently entering my 44th year teaching. I am going to be able to decide in a few years if I like it or not.
My other great loves are family (Karri, Brock, Yancee, Daisy and assorted cats), my Abiqua family, good friends, guiding whitewater trips and baseball. Baseball! This year I was elected to the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
I am a voracious reader and student of US History and I am determined to leave no nook and cranny of Oregon unseen. Then you can look for my book on where to eat in Oregon in towns from A-Z (Adrian, The Mirage, Burns, The Pine Room, ........ to Yoncalla, K and R Drive In, Zig Zag, Barlow Trail Roadhouse).
Before + After Care Coordinator Abiqua Adventures Coordinator
Bachelor of Science, Human Development & Family Sciences, Oregon State University
Hi! I'm Laurel, and I wear many hats here at Abiqua. You can find me pitching in at the business office, coordinating care for our after and before school programs, and putting together fun Abiqua Adventue opportunities!
Before landing at Abiqua, my journey took me through various experiences. I've taught preschool, worked as an administrator for a radio station, and spent considerable time in a retirement community.
Currently, I call Corvallis home, where I live with my husband and our energetic three-year-old daughter. Life is a whirlwind, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Oregon Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Oregon M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching, University of Oregon
Hey folks! I'm Josh, a fifth-generation Oregonian, and I've been teaching social studies at Abiqua since 2014. Over the years, I've taken students on exciting trips to Washington D.C. and Belize, led medieval Crusades, schooled them in the art of talking like a pirate, and shared valuable life lessons from my time as a college gas station attendant.
My goal? To make history come alive for my students, so they not only appreciate the past but also understand their role and responsibilities as humans in today's world.
In addition to teaching, I work closely with the Middle School Coordinator, organizing and managing the daily operations. This includes communication with families, providing support to staff and the Head of School, and acting as a bridge between parents and administrators at Abiqua.
Outside the classroom, you'll find me engrossed in books, whipping up delicious meals, delving into history, and engaging in board games with my friends and family. Home for me is in Salem, where I reside with my wife and our pet Roomba.
ASOT in Computer Science FEMA MGT 417 certification Training for Network+ certification
Hey there! I'm Jonathan Hansen, and I'm the guy who keeps all the technology and security systems up and running here at Abiqua Academy. From your student's trusty Chromebook to the intricate network servers, it's all in a day's work for me.
I firmly believe that technology's role in the classrooms should be to enhance the learning process, not create obstacles. I trust that the HEART message at Abiqua will guide our students in becoming exemplary digital citizens. It's all about fostering a positive and tech-savvy learning environment!
Hi, I'm Janice. I've had the pleasure of teaching in various schools across the picturesque Rocky Mountain regions of Wyoming and Utah, as well as at Abiqua for many years. While I've retired from teaching, I've found a new kind of fulfillment within the fantastic community here at Abiqua.
Now, I've taken on the role of Abiqua's Curriculum and Testing Coordinator. In this capacity, I work collaboratively with teachers and staff to continuously enhance the school program while upholding the integrity of HEART. Alongside that, I manage various professional and administrative tasks related to overseeing standardized testing of students. My goal is to support the school staff in preparing for test administrations and analyzing results with a team to boost student achievement.
During my downtime, you'll find me biking, hiking, strolling on the beach, and exploring the wonders of the west with my family and friends. Life's an adventure, and I'm excited to be a part of it in this new capacity!
Bachelor of Fine Arts and Science, Western Oregon University Master's in Education, Prescott University
I have been working with the Abiqua community since 2010. Since then, I have worked at three other schools in private schools in the Willamette Valley and have finally made my way back to Abiqua full-time. I am excited to bring my theatrical and mathematics skills to our middle school minds. Outside of school, I work at Salem's largest local fitness center, Courthouse Fitness, and helping other local high school theatre programs.
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Indiana University
Hello, I'm Mr. Levandowskiand I recently made the bold move from Hawaii to the more weather-confused state of Oregon. Prior to my adventurous relocation, I dabbled in clinical lab science while serving as a lab tech/medic in the 82nd Airborne.
Teaching mathematics and science is my jam. Why, you ask? Because nothing says fun like showing students how these subjects relate to the real world.
In my free time, catch me gracefully hacking away at a golf course, attempting to ride the waves on a surfboard, or just casually jet-setting around.
Bachelors of Science in Interpreting Studies: Theory from Western Oregon University Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Western Oregon University
Hello, my name is Grace and I believe that kids should learn about their environment through play and exploration. I believe that with a little guidance they can learn how to do things on their own!
I have been working with children for over 6 years now. I began as a nanny for infants 3 mon.- 1 yr. and found my way into the preschool setting. I received my bachelors in ASL interpreting, and love to incorporate ASL signs as much as I can!
I grew up in San Diego, CA and moved up to Oregon for college in 2018. I currently live with my finance and small dog in Monmouth.
I enjoy crafting, and while I mostly work with paper crafts occasionally dabble in making my own bath bombs! I enjoy watching musicals. My mother was a flight attendant, and I love to travel as much as possible! I absolutely LOVE anything glittery and sparkly!
I have been at Abiqua for two years and adore this community! I have an Associate’s degree from Chemeketa and I am in progress with my Bachelor’s degree of science from Western Oregon University. I will be graduating at the end of this year! Whoo-hoo!
In my spare time, I love to go on adventures with my family and our two huskies. We like to take road trips, go camping, and go rockhounding.
Hi there, I'm Madison Munro, a recent graduate of Willamette University. I proudly hold degrees in Studio Art and Art History.
My artistic endeavors take me on quite the eclectic journey. From freeform crochet and knitting to collage, printmaking, and painting, I dabble in a multitude of mediums. I'm deeply passionate about sharing the world of art and art history with those around me.
When I'm not busy teaching or crafting, you'll likely find me tinkering away in my greenhouse, tuning into podcasts, or showering affection on my cat, Kate.
Bachelor of Science in English Education, Degree in progress at Oregon State University
Hey, what's up, folks? I'm Mr. Norman, your friendly neighborhood multi-instrumentalist. Landed in Salem about nine years back, ditching the rainy vibes of Seattle. Since then, I've, both performing and throwing down some knowledge in different ensembles and campus spots.
In my classes, it's not just about playing tunes; it's about pushing you to think sharp and own your stuff. I keep the vibe real with tons of off-campus gigs, plugging you into the local music scene.
When I'm not teaching, catch me tearing it up around Salem and the northwest with my crew, The Ferenjis. Back in Stayton, chilling with the wife, Kristin, and our cool cat, Kumalo.
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, San Diego Master of Fine Arts, Yale University
Hello, I'm Mr. Novom, and I've dedicated over 20 years to independent schools, wearing various hats in both administration and education. In my most recent role, I served as the Associate Head of School at The Kiski School in Saltsburg, PA, from 2014-2022. Prior to that, I held the position of Upper School Dean of Students at Brentwood School in sunny Los Angeles, CA, from 2007-2014.
Before that chapter, I worked as an English Teacher and Director of Theater at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles, and The Taft School in Connecticut.
Originally hailing from Los Angeles, I earned my master’s degree from Yale University and my bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Outside of the professional arena, I cherish moments spent with my wife Brooke and our three sons, Ezra, Zeke, and Solomon.
Bachelor of Science, Education, Boise State University
Hello there! I'm Ms. Phelan, and for the past 25 years, I've been teaching kindergarten and serving as the Early Childhood Coordinator here at Abiqua. It's been an incredible journey, and I feel grateful every day for the opportunity to work with this unique group of children.
These little learners are not just students; they're a source of inspiration. They bring so much excitement to the classroom, always eager to share and possessing a special ability to be empathic and kind.
Outside the school walls, you'll find me tending to my garden, a place that brings me rest and rejuvenation. I make it a point to bring the joy of gardening into the classroom whenever I can. Reading is another passion of mine, seamlessly woven into both my classroom and home routine.
During the summers, I make it a tradition to visit my son in Lake Tahoe, where we bond over hikes and enjoy the stunning scenery. And if you're wondering about my other title, yes, I'm also known as "Nana" to two wonderful grandsons.
Bachelor of Science, International Business, Johnson and Wales University
Hello, I'm Sheri, and I'm the person behind all things financial here at Abiqua. My role involves working closely with the Board of Trustees and the Head of School to ensure the financial stability of our beloved institution.
In addition to managing the financial aspects, I also wear the hat of overseeing the operations of the school, which includes taking care of facilities maintenance.
On a personal note, my husband and I have two kids who are part of the Abiqua family as well. It's a full-circle experience, and I'm proud to contribute to the growth and stability of Abiqua School.
Bachelor of Arts, Theater Arts, University of Santa Clara Master of Science, Education, Western Oregon University
I'm Jim, and I jumped on board the Abiqua train in 2022. With a whopping thirty years of experience under my belt, I've been around the block when it comes to teaching in K-12 schools.
Over the course of my career, I've tried my hand at both the Middle School and High School levels. Although my certifications are in English Language Arts and Drama, I've dabbled in teaching Spanish, Computer Science, and Speech and Debate. What I love most is the dynamic environment of a small school, which demands a flexible staff like ours. Thanks to this, I've had the opportunity to wear many hats, teaching everything from Health and P.E. to Math and Science. On top of that, I've coached football, volleyball, tennis, and archery. Oh, and let's not forget my roles as assessment coordinator and educational technology consultant.
I'm not one to shy away from something new—I don't have to be an expert before diving in. It's all about modeling true lifelong learning for my students.
When I'm not in the classroom, you'll find me hitting the pavement for a run, cruising on my bike, paddling down a river in a kayak, or exploring new places with my wife and family. Life's an adventure, and I'm here for it!
Hello, everyone! I'm Ms. Reed, and my journey with the violin started in the 5th grade orchestra class—I was hooked for life! After high school, I dove into teaching private lessons and assisting orchestras from 5th to 12th grade levels in my hometown of Klamath Falls.
I made my way up North to complete my B.A. at Western Oregon University, where I focused on studying violin and majored in visual arts with a concentration in painting and printmaking. Post-degree, I set up shop in my home studio, taught private lessons at the Northwest School of Music, and explored various performance opportunities.
Over the years, I've had the pleasure of performing in the Klamath Symphony, the Ross Ragland Theatre Pit Orchestra, the Western Oregon Symphony, the Salem Symphony, the Salem Philharmonia, the touring chamber-rock band Yaquina Bay, and the Rainy Day Quartet.
In 2016, I continued my teaching journey through the Salem Keizer School District as a substitute teacher and shortly after, took on the orchestra at Abiqua Academy. More recently, I've expanded my scope at Abiqua to include lower school art, and I've also opened my private music studio in town: Reed Violin Studio.
With the little time I have left, you'll catch me backpacking whenever I get the chance, rain or shine! Life's an adventure, and I'm embracing every moment of it.
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Latinx cultures Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification
Hola! I'm Paige and I first learned Spanish studying abroad in Chile my senior year of high school. I obtained my Spanish degree at Oregon State University, and had the opportunity to spend a term studying abroad in Mexico.
I’ve had a diverse and people-centered career. In college I provided translating, form-filling and resource referrals to Spanish Speakers through my internship and later employment at Casa Latinos Unidos, a small non-profit. I began teaching at Linn Benton Community College in 2018 where I held Spanish GED and English Acquisition courses for Spanish speakers. I am deeply passionate about language accessibility and cultural awareness.
The past three and a half years I’ve worked in Child Welfare where I’ve learned a wealth of knowledge surrounding trauma and how it impacts us.
I have the best dog Milo and the best cat Luna, both love bugs. I love board games, cold weather, getting outside and iced oat milk lattes.
I’m so excited to join the Abiqua community and get to know the lower school and upper school students and their families.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Oregon Master of Arts in Teaching, Willamette University
Hey there, my name is Bridget and I started my teaching journey at Abiqua as a 3rd/4th grade teacher back in 2002. I'm a psychology graduate from the University of Oregon, and I couldn't resist the call of education, so I decided to go for a Master's degree in teaching at Willamette University. I'm just so lucky to be part of a school community that's all about the magic of education!
I'm all about inspiring my students to be lifelong learners, encouraging them to think critically, and helping them become independent problem-solvers, thanks to Abiqua's fantastic thematic and interactive curriculum.
When I'm not in the classroom, you can find me enjoying family vacations, staying up to date with the latest fashion trends, getting lost in novels, and savoring delicious cuisine at our local restaurants. My husband and I have two fantastic daughters, both of whom attended Abiqua. It was truly a joy to watch them grow and learn here.
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, University of Akron Master of Science, Instructional Media Wilkes University
Hi there, I'm Becky and I joined the Abiqua community in 2015 after earning my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Akron, where I focused on elementary and special education. I became an Intel Master Teacher and also started training other teachers in using technology effectively. Later on, I pursued a Master's of Science in Instructional Media and Design, which helped me learn how to use technology as a tool in my classroom.
I've had the opportunity to teach students in grades first through sixth in various public and independent schools throughout the southern United States. In my previous school, I worked as a technology coordinator and taught technology classes to elementary students and staff. I truly enjoy working with children of all ages, but my heart lies with primary students, where I find great joy in helping them develop a love of learning.
During my free time, I indulge in reading, taking care of my garden, and visiting the coast. My husband, Joe, and I are proud parents of one daughter.
Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Science with emphasis in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Oregon State University Bachelor of Science, Education, Oregon State University Master of Education (M.Ed.), Oregon State University
Hello there! I'm Linda, I'm originally from Corvallis, where I grew up as the eldest daughter in a family of five. We were quite the adventurous bunch, traveling around the world and camping together. I even had the incredible opportunity to live in Switzerland for a short stint during grade school, which gave me a deep appreciation for different cultures (and fondue, of course)! Our family often frequented Southern California and Hawaii, so needless to say, I have a soft spot for the beach life.
With 20 years of teaching experience under my belt, being a positive part of my students' lives is truly important to me. I graduated from OSU and became a licensed teacher in 2004, kicking off my career as a certified K-12 Substitute Teacher. I later worked as a 2/3 Blend Classroom Teacher at St. Vincent School in Salem and then as a Grade 1 Classroom Teacher at Clemen's Primary in Philomath, Oregon. Before making my way to Abiqua, I spent the last 4-5 years as a Head Start Teacher/Family Advocate for the OSU Child Development Center in Bates Hall. There, I worked in the laboratory preschool with 3–5-year-olds while also coaching college interns each term on the ropes of teaching!
Outside of the educational realm, I'm passionate about creating a cozy home for myself and my husband, David. Home renovation and interior design are right up my alley, and I always enjoy putting together HGTV-worthy tablescapes in the dining room! I'm also an avid gardener, boasting a lovely rose garden and a palm tree named Polly. When it comes to leisure, you'll find me cooking up a storm and hosting dinner parties with friends (I make a mean meatloaf and Shepherd's Pie)! Oh, and I have a soft spot for singing and playing my Spanish guitar. Life's an adventure, and I'm savoring every moment of it!
Hey there! I'm Janis Stevens, a seasoned Early Childhood Specialist, and I'm thrilled to be joining the Lower School team part-time, primarily working with Alisa Heater in First Grade. It's a tag team effort for Before Care and Recess Supervision, as I team up with another Stevens – none other than Pam Stevens.
Before making the move to Salem, I spent several years in Portland working in Preschools and Child Development Centers. Looking forward to bringing my experience to Abiqua!
Hi there! I'm Pam Stevens, and I've been supporting Abiqua teachers since 2001. I primarily work in the lower school, but I'm the type of person that's always ready to lend a hand wherever and whenever needed.
Beyond Abiqua, I'm an avid volunteer. Parenting three beautiful daughters and two charming sons has been a joy, and now, I'm also relishing the role of being a grandmother to six (and counting) lovely grandchildren.
One of my life goals is to become a Master Recycler. Within Abiqua, I'm committed to the thoughtful use of the school's resources and reducing waste – it's a small step, but every effort counts!
Bachelor of Science, Human Development Family Sciences, Oregon State University Bachelor of Science, Education, Oregon State University Master's of Science, Education with a reading endorsement, Western Oregon University
Hello, I'm Jean! I feel passionate about finding ways to guide children in their learning so that they discover learning can be fun. My hope is that they enter elementary school with their own passion and excitement to learn more about the world around them. I want my students to be excited to come to school each day.
I live in a forest in South Salem with my three young children (two of which attend Lower school at Abiqua), my husband, dog and three fish.
I enjoy camping, hiking and spending time with my family outside of teaching. I love to bake and eat good food and just sitting on my deck in the sunshine listening to the birds while I read a good book.
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Oregon Masters of Teaching, Willamette University
My name is Holly Terpening and I am a first and second grade teacher at Abiqua. I am also a proud Abiqua Academy parent! I have over a decade of experience in education, both as a teacher and in leadership roles.I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Willamette University.
I am a native Oregonian who loves exploring the state and beyond with my husband John and my three sons, Ezra, Campbell, and Leo, who are all students at Abiqua. Spending quality time with my family is my very favorite pastime.
I also enjoy surrounding myself in nature, reading dystopian novels in my hammock, family movie nights, and traveling whenever I get the chance! I am a notorious animal lover with a menagerie of pets, including three dogs, three cats, and two curmudgeonly alpacas.
I believe all children have their own special gifts, a unique character and spirit, and an endless amount of potential ready to take shape. I am grateful to have the privilege to witness these journeys.
I have dedicated my entire career to janitorial work, starting at T-Mobile. Following that, I joined Wachovia, which later changed its name to Wells Fargo. I remained with the company for a decade. Upon moving to Southern Oregon, I worked for a cleaning company for two years. Subsequently, I joined Asante Rogue Regional Hospital for three years. Afterward, I returned to the cleaning company. During my last nine months in Southern Oregon, I worked for Nissan.
Upon moving back to Salem, Oregon, I embarked on a new chapter at Abiqua Academy, and I must say, I absolutely love my job! I hold CPR training certification, and during my tenure at Asante Rogue Regional, I took numerous classes focused on cleaning.
Associates Degree in Early Childhood in Applied Science
Over the course of 25 years, I have dedicated my career to working with children, bringing a wealth of experience and passion to my role.
In addition to my educational background, I am proud to possess a Montessori teaching license and certification as a medical assistant. Currently, I play a multifaceted role, contributing to both administration and serving as the food service coordinator.
On a personal note, I am also a parent to my fifth-grade daughter, Eliana, who is part of the Abiqua community. Together, we share a love for all things Harry Potter, often delving into magical experiences through our year-round potions classes during Abiqua Adventures. Beyond our wizarding adventures, I have a deep appreciation for music and movies, which are not just hobbies but sources of inspiration and joy in my life.
Bachelor of Arts, History, Whitman College Master of Art in Teaching, Willamette University
Hi there, I'm Katie Young, and I've been part of the Abiqua Academy Intermediate teaching team since 2006.
What makes teaching at Abiqua so special to me? It's the fantastic thematic curriculum and the abundance of hands-on learning opportunities that truly set it apart!
For me, fostering a positive and engaging learning environment is not just a job but a passion. I thrive on seeing the spark of curiosity ignite in my students as they dive into our diverse curriculum.
Outside the classroom, you'll find me embracing the outdoors through activities like hiking and enjoying some quality time with a good book. Tennis and board games are also on my list of favorite pastimes – there's nothing like a friendly game to unwind!
Being part of Abiqua has been a rewarding journey, and I'm enthusiastic about the continued growth and learning experiences ahead with my amazing students.