Home Grown Teachers
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 Department. Bussian is set to graduate from Central Washington University this winter and is majoring in Public Relations.
“Kids are constantly surprising me with what they are capable of,” said Susie (Berg) Langerveld, kindergarten teacher at Skyline Elementary school. She explained how much kindergarten has changed since she first began teaching 18 years ago.
Before she was a teacher, Langerveld attended Lake Schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. She attended Sunnycrest, Hillcrest, Lake Stevens Middle School and Lake Stevens High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in education from Western Washington University.
Langerveld taught kindergarten and first grade in the Marysville School District for six years and then took a few years off when her children were born. She decided she wanted to teach in Lake Stevens when her kids began going to school here. This is her first year teaching at Skyline Elementary.
Langerveld explained that her favorite part of teaching kindergarten is watching her students develop throughout the year. “You start with a kindergartener who comes in knowing some things and they leave with so many more wonderful skills. It’s quite amazing.”
For Langerveld, being in Lake Stevens feels like home. She loves seeing families that she knows and appreciates the consistency of the Lake Stevens School District.
Second Grade Teacher
“Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” This quote by William Butler Yates is what second grade teacher, Nicole (Favorite) Holt, models her teaching after. She wants to give her students hands-on experience so that they can better connect to the lesson and make it memorable.
Holt grew up in Lake Stevens, attending Lake Schools from kindergarten to 12th grade and always knew she wanted to be a teacher. In fact, Lake Stevens was the only place she wanted to teach! One person she credits with influencing her decision to teach is Kathy Hahn from Lake Stevens High School and the Child Development class.
Beth Yeutter of Highland Elementary, who taught two of Holt’s children, is another teacher Holt was inspired by. “She is amazing—the way she connects with her students and makes learning fun; the kids don’t even know they are learning!”
Holt graduated with her degree from Western Washington University in Elementary Education in June making this her first year teaching and she loves what she is doing. She explained that it is hard work but it is so rewarding to see the impact on the kids’ lives.
She could never have realized her dream without the help of her husband, Matt, and her parents who supported her 100 percent while she was finishing her degree.
Third Grade Teacher
Callie (Provazek) Darland is a third generation graduate of Lake Stevens High School and has always known that she wanted to work with kids.
Darland attended Lake Stevens schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. She attended Hillcrest, Skyline, Lake Stevens Middle School and Lake Stevens High School where she graduated in 2002. She went on to Western Washington University and received a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with a concentration in educational drama. While taking a short break from school she began working with various after school theatre programs and decided that she wanted to teach. She went back to school and received her master’s degree in education from City University in 2011.
One teacher that inspired her to become a teacher was John Uncles from Lake Stevens High School. “Mr. Uncles had a really great way of instilling confidence,” Darland said. She explained how he always made students feel completely capable of doing what they set their minds to do. Mr. Uncles even helped her write a speech that she gave at her graduation.
Darland taught last year at Sunnycrest Elementary and this is her first year teaching at Skyline Elementary where she is a second grade teacher. At Skyline, she loves the collaboration between teachers to make sure that every student succeeds.