Students aren't the only new faces to Sequim classrooms.
The school district has 16 new teachers roaming school halls this year.
Here is a brief introduction to a dozen of them:
Now teaching: Fourth grade at Greywolf Elementary
Background: Went through the Sequim School District, moved to California and taught fourth grade, decided to move back last year
Hobbies: Bike riding, reading and swimming
Quote: "The community here is wonderful, I already know that. I can't wait to start teaching in my hometown!"
Now teaching: World literature at Sequim High School
Background: Has lived in Sequim since 1991, has taught part-time at Olympic Peninsula Academy
Hobbies: photography and acting with Olympic Theatre Arts
Quote: The administrative staff in this district is just fabulous. I'm so excited to work for the kids."
Now teaching: Ninth and 10th grade history at Sequim High School
Background: From Westport, where half of her family still resides. Currently rooming with her oldest daughter, who is enrolled at Peninsula College. Barnes decided to do a career change and is a brand-new teacher
Hobbies: Reading, skiing
Quote: "I am looking forward to the ability to be with students for the first time."
Now teaching: Science at
Sequim Middle School
Background: Graduated in December from Eastern Washington University, worked briefly as a substitute teacher in Spokane. This is his first "real" job after college.
Quote: "I'm very excited about working with children with special needs and helping them reach their potential."
Now teaching: U.S. history and social studies at Sequim High School
Background: Taught middle and high school for seven years in Oklahoma and Texas
Hobbies: Backcountry camping, hiking, kayaking and reading
Quote: "I'm looking forward to the smaller community, I'm used to teaching in large city schools."
Now teaching: Counselor at Sequim High School
Background: Worked as a counselor in Long Beach, Calif., worked as the part-time drug and alcohol counselor at SHS last year
Hobbies: Spending time with family, walking with dogs
Quote: "Just being in the school, I experienced the energy ... I'm thrilled."
Now teaching: Math at Sequim Middle School
Background: Raised in Clallam Bay, taught in Longview for 10 years
Hobbies: Running, biking, spending time with his three children with fellow new teacher Bridget Shingleton
Quote: "I'm looking forward to being in this area again."
Now teaching: Physical education at Sequim Middle School
Background: Taught P.E., health and technology in Longview.
Hobbies: Enjoying the outdoors, spending time with her three children
Quote: "This seems like a beautiful community ... I can't wait to start."
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