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By: John Hay Partners | March 21, 2017

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Meet Janet Schooler, John Hay Elementary's fabulous librarian. All of the kids at Hay love her...as have all our students for the 30 YEARS she's been making our library the place to be. Thank you for being part of our Teacher Feature, Ms. Schooler!



Where did you grow up?

I was born in Havana, Cuba.  Left fairly soon after that and lived in Mississippi, Australia, Louisiana, and Colombia.
 
Why did you choose to become a teacher/librarian?
I have always enjoyed working with children and love to read so …. the perfect job for me.
 
What's the best thing about working at John Hay?
John Hay is like a family.  We help each other grow and succeed, we take care of each other and we have fun together.
 

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By: John Hay Partners | March 01, 2017

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Meet Katie Kaiser, one of our wonderful fifth grade teachers here at John Hay Elementary. And she's been teaching at John Hay since 2004!! Ms. Kaiser kindly agreed to be part of our Teacher Feature spot and answer our questions. Enjoy!



Where did you grow up?
I was born in Portland, OR and lived there until 4th grade, so I still have some of that lovely Portland “weird” in me.  I then moved to Shelton, WA and lived there until I left for college at UW (go DAWGS!).  I have been a Seattleite ever since.
 
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
Growing up, I wanted to be a pediatrician.  After doing a job shadow of a pediatrician in college, I realized that I still really wanted to help kids, but not when they were sick and sa...

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By: John Hay Partners | January 12, 2017

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Meet Thomas Rose, an amazing second grade teacher here at John Hay Elementary. Mr. Rose kindly agreed to be part of our Teacher Feature spot and answer our questions. And he even shared this insanely cute childhood photo! Enjoy!



Where did you grow up?

I spent my entire childhood growing up on a grain and potato farm that straddled the Maryland-Virginia state line,  surrounded by acres and acres of cousins and relatives.  We sold the farm about 10 years ago, but I still have family living on Chincoteague Island, VA.

Why did you choose to become a teacher?  
My 2nd Grade teacher, Miss Daisy, and my high school French teacher, Madame Scott, both inspired me to forget farming and go into the field of education instead.  I still...

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By: John Hay Partners | December 15, 2016

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Meet Misa Nakamura, John Hay's fabulous Special Education teacher and Resource Room lead. Did you know our school has one of the most renowned Special Ed programs in the district? The teachers are the reason behind it, so we're so delighted Misa was willing to answer our questions.

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Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in a land where palm trees sway…Honolulu, Hawaii.  My family still lives there so my kids also consider it a home away from home. 

 
Why did you choose to become a teacher? 

I originally wanted to be a General Education teacher but when I started my internships I realized that the students I felt most connected to all left the room to receive Special Educati...

By: John Hay Partners | November 07, 2016

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Gretchen Gray

Meet Gretchen Gray, our wonderful new Physical Education teacher. Gretchen agreed to answer a few fun questions for our very first Teacher Feature so we could get to know her a bit better. 

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Where did you grow up? 

Good old Ballard, WA.   


Why did you choose to become a teacher?         

I became a teacher because I always knew I wanted to work children, ever since I was fourteen when I started babysitting all of Ballard. Then, when I was eighteen my cousin, who is a PE teacher, asked right before my college playoff softball game, “Ever wanted to be a P.E. teacher like me?” Honestly, it never crossed my mind until that point. Then the next summer I ended up getting a job at the Ballard...

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