In this series on Home Grown Teachers you will meet all of the teachers in Lake Stevens schools who graduated from Lake Stevens High School and have returned to teach in their home town.
This feature story will spread over the course of the next few months, and, by school, will highlight each teacher’s educational background, what motivates them and what they love about teaching.
The interviews are being conducted and written by Lindsie Bussian, a Lake Stevens High School graduate who is currently serving as an intern in the district’s Communication and Community Services Deparatment. Bussian is set to graduate from Central Washington University this winter and is majoring in Public Relations.
Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School’s
Home Grown Teachers
Second Grade Teacher
“It’s so rewarding to see a student who has been struggling - you work with them and all of a sudden that light bulb goes on and you see that sparkle in their eye when they get it! That’s what keeps me here. We have the opportunity to change their lives.”
Meet Angie Husseman, a second grade teacher at Mt. Pilchuck elementary with a passion for learning and teaching. Having grown up in Lake Stevens, she attended schools here from kindergarten to 12th grade. She graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1988 and went on to the University of California Santa Barbara and then transferred to the University of Washington where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education.
After she finished her masters she taught in the Everett School District for a few years before coming back to Lake Stevens. “It felt like coming home,” said Husseman.
This will be her tenth year in the Lake Stevens School District. Husseman explained that one of the reasons she loves teaching in Lake Stevens is because the community is very supportive of the schools and the students.
2/3 Split Class Teacher
From volunteer, to para-educator, to substitute teacher, to elementary teacher, Shelle Rock has known she wanted to be in the classroom since her first day of kindergarten.
Rock graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1989 where her favorite class was horticulture. When her son started attending Lake Stevens’ schools she knew that this is where she wanted to teach. She went back to school and received her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in elementary education.
She now teaches a second and third grade split class at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary. Rock explained that her favorite aspect about teaching is to see the kids love learning. “That’s worth coming to work for!” She also said how she loves the camaraderie and support there is among staff at Mt. Pilchuck and appreciates that everyone is so caring and giving.
Her passion for learning continues as she is planning on going back to school to get her master’s degree in school psychology.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Tyler Miles always knew he wanted to be a teacher and now that dream has come to life in the school district where he spent his adolescent years.
Miles graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1982 and received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2002 from City University. In the future, he would like to pursue his master’s degree in education.
Miles explained that his favorite aspect about being a teacher is watching the kids grow up and seeing how they are doing and what they are doing - he likes to hear about the positive things that are happening in their lives.
Miles now teaches a fourth grade class at Mt. Pilchuck and has been a teacher there for six years.
Whether in or out of the classroom Miles feels comfortable in the teaching role, “I feel like I have always been a teacher in some way or another.”