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. The preschool and staff have continued to grow and thrive, serving approximately 50 families in Lake Stevens and surrounding communities each year.
I enjoy the preschool families and the friendships that have continued beyond preschool. While my children have attended private school for most of their elementary and secondary education, each has had a couple of years in homeschool. As my family has continued to mature however, there are new and exciting challenges ahead.
I treasured the time that I spent with them in preschool and now look forward to being involved with them as they continue on with their education, pursuing areas in which they are each uniquely gifted. They accomplished so many things in the years that they homeschooled, and learned to be independent thinkers and doers. Homeschool exposed them to new and interesting subjects and areas of interest that they never had the chance to delve into in traditional school. All four excelled and then returned to their private school even ahead of their peers. While we accomplished the goals that we had set for those homeschool years, it was a lot of work for one mom to keep up on and to do it well.
Having experienced the blessings and challenges of homeschool first hand, I know the things that would make my life as a homeschool mom MUCH easier! This is the reason why we are creating the perfect alternative for parents who want something different for their children than public school, costly private school, or labor-intensive homeschool. We are creating a school that will enable parents to give their child the gift of homeschool without all of the work that homeschool ordinarily entails! I am so excited to build this school and to create new opportunities that students are excited about too. My experience has shown me that kids can accomplish amazing things when they are excited about what they are doing, which is largely a result of them pursuing their own natural gifts and interests. The program we are building will allow just that, and I can't wait to watch kids blossom before our eyes!
Deborah PattieHigh 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 had planned on having a long engineering career. I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering then spent four 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 to serve Him as a function of His calling and their unique gifts.
Christi YoungK2 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 SleppyElementary Teacher
I'm excited to continue to guide and teach your students this year! I graduated from a private Christian school as valedictorian of my class, and while attending, I was able to gain the experience necessary to help guide your students. My teachers knew the importance of high standards, and their emphasis on excellence in their classrooms helps inspire me to do the same as a teacher. I believe the best teachers are those that push their students to do their best, yet in a gentle and loving way. Taking their example to not settle for less than my best, I spent many, many hours of rigorous study during my high school career, thereby producing quality work. During these high school years, I also had the opportunity to be a Teacher's Aide in kindergarten and second-grade classrooms. This experience helped me become more comfortable with children and their educational process. Little did I know that God would lead me to The Academy of Snohomish, where my academic accomplishments and experience with young students could be put to good use.
I currently volunteer every week in the children's ministry at the Grove Church in Marysville, alternating my time with the three-year-olds and the elementary students. Whether in a school setting, at church, or elsewhere, my strongest passion is to see people of all ages, including kids, to come to know and accept the love of Jesus through His saving work on the cross. I believe one of the reasons that He has led me to this school is to be able to show His love to children as I share with them what Christ has done in my life personally and teach them to follow after Him in everything they do. For me, being a teacher is so much more than grading assignments. It's connecting with kids, pouring into both their hearts and minds.
When I'm not at the school with my students, I love to recharge by reading a good book, writing poetry, or listening to beautiful worship music. I also enjoy participating in church activities, such as attending worship nights and connecting with other young adults in a small group setting. Other days, you may find me playing board games, hanging out with my two adorable nieces, and in general spending time with my friends and family.
Joelle CameronMath 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 CatheyK2 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.1"