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Deborah Simons

Kalama (Kindergarten) Teacher

Deborah Simons is a passionate, child centered educator.  She graduated from Washington State University in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in English as a Second Language. In the following five years, Deborah taught third and first grade at Silver Star Elementary in Vancouver. She is especially fascinated with teaching struggling learners how to read.

In 2008, Deborah began her own family, and for the next ten years, she immersed herself in the world of motherhood. When her youngest was preschool age, Deborah joined The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences as a preschool teacher, then in 2020 she became the kindergarten teacher.  Deborah makes it her mission to really listen and observe her students. She is inspired by the variety of interests and learning styles, and finds such joy in offering her students experiences based on their individual needs and curiosities. Deborah’s teaching style is founded on modeling kindness, creating connections, and developing a teaching environment where children feel safe to inquire, ponder, and explore. Deborah is passionate about creating experiences that allow children to play while learning.

Outside of school, Deborah loves to spend time with her family.  She and her husband are blessed with three amazing boys. They spend much of their family time outdoors, exploring and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Deborah also enjoys thrift store shopping and running.

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