I have lived in Lake Stevens for the past 23 years with my husband Dean and our four children. I am a Washington State Certified teacher for grades K-8, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education from Western Washington University. I opened Lake Stevens Little School Preschool in 1996, from which all four of my own children have graduated...
Deborah Pattie-High School Teacher
I am thrilled to be assisting you with your child’s education! I understand the importance of spending time with your kids while they are still young, but desiring assistance with the daily grind of planning, grading and cajoling. I homeschooled my two children through their sophomore year, after which, they chose Running Start. So, I have 12 years of alternative education experience. However, it was not what I set out to do.
I actually had planned on having a long engineering career. I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering then spent 4 years as an active duty Air Force officer. Afterward, I worked at Boeing on the original 777-200 program (and continued for three years in the Air Force Reserve). While working the 777 program I met my husband, Jody (actually, it was on the Seattle to Portland bike ride). And, it was during this time I earned a Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University.
Once my youngest child was born I quit Boeing with the intention of returning to work after he entered elementary school. That never happened. As a kindergartener, my oldest asked to be homeschooled, and I never looked back. With God’s help, my children became Jesus followers and independent learners.
I am excited about assisting your children in becoming self-reliant pupils. My prayer is to work in partnership with God and parents developing students who are ready serve Him as a function of His calling and their unique gifts.
Christi Young-K2 Director/Jr. High Teacher
Fall has always been my favorite season. As a child, I anxiously waited for the class lists to be posted in the school windows and then loved going and picking out school supplies. There was always just something about the smell of the new school year that I loved. Growing up, I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, complete with a bright, colorful, perfect classroom. Even from a young age, the Lord instilled in me a love for education!
I grew up in Montana and studied Biology and Elementary Education at Montana State University. My Montana roots run deep, however, when my husband graduated from MSU with a standing job offer at Boeing, we set off to see what we could find in the big city! At that time, we had our first daughter and another on the way, and there was nothing I wanted more than to stay home and shepherd my babies. I thought this would be my life’s work, but it’s funny how God has other plans! Along the way, our children attended Lake Stevens Little School, where we met Paulette and learned of The Academy of Snohomish. It was the absolute perfect fit for my kids, and I feel so thankful that it was a perfect fit for me as well.
Working to build the K-2 program at The Academy has been such a joy! It is impossible to leave grumpy after spending a day with all of their little shining faces. When the opportunity came to move to the older classroom last year, I jumped, excited about the prospect of how this new opportunity would work for my family. What I didn’t realize is how much I would love working with the older students. It is so rewarding to be able to help this great group of kids navigate through their education while also helping them strengthen their relationships with Jesus.