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.
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 Boys and Girls. I called my cousin up that summer, and said “Yep, you're right. I think being a PE teacher is calling my name.” Plus, I have four brothers and a sister; we were all athletic growing up.
What's the best thing about working at John Hay?
The diverse groups of students and the wide range of backgrounds where they all come from. In addition, I love the strong and supportive community it has been for so many years.
What's your favorite sport, food, and movie?
Favorite Sport: I am the best at baseball/softball, but I love playing and watching basketball games as well. You can often find me at Safeco Field watching the Mariners in the summer.
Food: I am an all American lady when it comes to food, which is pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc. Although, I am a big fan of tacos, teriyaki, and pasta.
Movie: Too many to choose from, but I love the “Sandlot,” and “Ten Things I Hate About You” because it was filmed in Seattle/Tacoma.
What is your favorite children's book?
I was big fan of “Dear America” books. I enjoyed reading the Anne Frank one, and a few years ago I was able to go see her house in Amsterdam. Pretty cool!
If you could speak to yourself at age 9, what piece of advice would you give?
To play outside as much as you can, have fun, and always be yourself.
Thanks so much, Gretchen!! We're so happy to have you at John Hay.