From Caroline Harris
Currently living in Tacoma, Washington
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University, 1977. Special Educator for 30 years worked in six school districts as a Special Education teacher, consultant, teacher trainer, and administrator. I was fortunate to have many opportunities to advance my career while University Place for 16 years. Starting as an elementary special education consultant to my last 4 years as the Director of Special Education and Services.
Son, Chris 43 works for Microsoft Daughter, Anna 37 works as an Occupational therapist in Tacoma School District
My husband, John, and I have been fortunate to travel to Hawaiian islands returning to my birthplace, Honolulu, Oahu as well as numerous trips to Hawaii the big island, Maui, Kauai and 1 trip to the island of Molokai. Before I retired, we went to France Paris, Mexico, Ecuador, Greece. In the last 7 years, we have also traveled to Costa Rica, northern Italy in the Alps, the San Juan islands, and many of our National Parks.
We have 2 beautiful granddaughtersthe lights of our lives
Eve 8 years old going into the 3rd grade next school year Clara Rose 5 years old going to kindergarten next school year
After HS graduation, I went to ODU for 1 year and then moved with a friend to Ottawa, Canada to evade the draft. I established landed immigrant status so I could work as a governess for 3 lovely children ages 9, 4, 2. In 1974, after Nixon resigned, I returned to Arlington, briefly working at a preschool directed by my former Yorktown teacher of the Child Development class, Judy Seiff.
I moved to Michigan to continue my college education so I could pursue my passion teaching children with disabilities as a Special Educator. My future husband and I traveled drove, hiked, backpacked across Canada and the US hoping to find employment but I returned to Virginia, taught 1 year in Clifton Forge in an elementary school selfcontained classroom for children with socialemotional and behavioral challenges. My husband and I moved to the Oregon coast, married, and worked for 9 years in Coos Bay North Bend. Both of our children were born in Coos Bay. I taught Special education at the elementary and high school levels. In 1985, I earned my Masters degree in Education from University of Oregon. John worked as an environmental educator for South Slough Estuarine Sanctuary. In1987, John accepted a manager position at the Nature Center at Snake Lake in Tacoma Washington.
We have lived in Tacoma since that time. I taught special education for 4 years K2nd an inclusive program in Steilacoom. 16 years in University Place School District. I retired in 2013 after my last 4 years as a teacher trainer for Headstart Tacoma School District.
John retired from his position as Conservation Education Manager for Point Defiance Zoo Aquarium in Metropolitan Park District a couple years later. In 2015 we moved from our home for 28 years to live in our dream one story view home with spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. We have our granddaughters over as much as possible. Were going to Alaska this summer.