"Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it."

Paulette Habersetzer-Principal
Paulette Habersetzer-Principal

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
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
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.

Anna Sleppy- Elementary Teacher
Anna Sleppy- Elementary Teacher
    Joelle Cameron-Math Teacher
    Joelle Cameron-Math Teacher
    Joelle graduated top of her class with her bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. She worked for Boeing right out of college, choosing to stay home a year after the birth of her first daughter. Joelle and her husband have four daughters, and she has been active with them coaching middle school sports, chaperoning choir concerts and tours, styling hair for high school musical productions, as well as teaching middle school Math Club. She loves working with youth and teens, and has a special passion for math and math education. Joelle and her family love taking two-three week summer RV trips to National Parks, enjoying God's magnificent creation! Now their new son-in-law will be joining them in their travels.
      Isis Cathey-K2 Teacher
      Isis Cathey-K2 Teacher
      It is a privilege is for me to be part of The Academy of Snohomish. I’m so excited, not only to teach, but also to help guide your kids through the early years of their lives. I have four beautiful children of my own, one of whom is in college and two that are currently attending The Academy of Snohomish. I am married to my wonderful husband, Riley Cathey, and we have been together for ten happy years. I have to thank my husband for encouraging me to homeschool my girls and for believing that I could accomplish what seemed impossible for me to do. My only regret is not doing it sooner. This has definitely been one of the most rewarding seasons of our lives as a family. Homeschooling has helped not only my girls, but our family as a whole. Last year we joined NCFCA, a speech and debate club, which has radically changed my girls. It was an incredible experience for all of us. We found ourselves surrounded by incredible people who have the same desire as our family, which is to raise discerning, bold, God-fearing, loving children that will be a positive influence in our world. This environment teaches and enables them to effectively communicate the Gospel with anyone. To me, this is priceless and the reason why I decided to say yes to teaching. My desire is that I would be that one teacher who, through love and perseverance, could help your child discover their strengths and talents. By the end of the school year, I hope that I would not only be another teacher to your child, but someone who has made a difference in their life - someone who inspired them to be who they were created to be. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to be part of your child’s growth, and for this I thank you. Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; And the fruit of the womb is His reward. Psalm 127:3