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I was born in Colville, WA in 1977. We lived on a farm in a remote place called Summit Valley, where my formal education began in a two-room, country schoolhouse. My family moved to Cheney, WA when I was in 4th grade. I graduated from Cheney High School in 1996. From 1996-2000 I attended the University of Washington (GO DAWGS!), earning a B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Wildlife Science. From 2001-2002 I attended Eastern Washington University to obtain a B.A. in Education and Washington State Teacher Certification. I was hired to teach at VVMS in the summer of 2003.
During and after college, I held a variety of interesting jobs to include: Wildland Firefighter, Fisheries Technician, Tour Guide in Sitka, AK and Park Ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park. I have also been fortunate enough to do some extensive traveling during that time, to various U.S. cities and wilderness, as well as other countries such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico and Costa Rica.
In 2008, I took time away from VVMS to teach english (as a second language) in Santiago, Chile. In a total of 8 months in South America, Debbie and I traveled all over Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. It was an amazing experience for both personal and educational reasons, and one that I will never forget... though I admit that I have already forgotten most of my spanish. All of these experiences were possible because of my education, which has enabled me to pursue countless opportunities. Furthermore, because of these experiences I have learned to value my lifelong education.
Debbie and I were married on August 8th, 2009 in Seattle, WA. We lived together in the Seattle area until last summer. When we learned that Norman was on his way into our world, we decided to move to Snohomish so that I could be close to work. Norman William Stewart was born on August 6th, 2012. We could not be happier to have him in our life. After all of the amazing adventures, travels and crazy times, being father is the best feeling ever!