SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / September 2007 / Michele Wolf
New Faces in School Improvement
Michele Wolf – Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment
Congratulations on being chosen as the Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment at SOESD. I would like to ask you some questions and write an article for Learning Matters that allows other ESD employees to get to know more about you.
Where were you raised?
I was born in Seattle. My father was employed by Boeing, but when I was young he went back to school at University of Oregon to get his elementary education credential. My father became a Job Corps teacher in Astoria and then taught middle school math in Vancouver, Washington. I graduated from high school in Vancouver. I have three younger brothers.
Where did you attend college?
I completed my undergraduate work at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I majored in elementary education with a minor in English. What was next? I married my high school sweetheart after college and he was in the forestry field. He got his first job in Grants Pass. I taught for several years at Glendale Elementary. While in Grants Pass I earned my masters in Early Childhood Education. I then started a private pre-school and kindergarten where I was the owner, teacher and director. After 7 years in Southern Oregon, my husband was transferred to Warrenton and I taught kindergarten, 3rd grade and a multi-age 1st-3rd grade classroom. My husband then got transferred back to Southern Oregon after 10 years on the coast.He is now retired from State Forestry, but does contract work as a Fire Behavior Analyst. My first job back here was teaching for three years at Grace Christian. I then taught sixth grade at Rogue River Middle followed by several grade levels at Rogue River Elementary before I became principal. I had been the principal at Rogue River Elementary for six years.
What interested you in becoming a teacher?
I’m a fifth generation teacher. My dad was a teacher, my grandmother was a teacher and on up the line. My grandmother would make us play school during the summer break! It was something that seemed pretty natural for me as a career choice. What do you do with your spare time? My husband and I live in a 60 year-old house on an acre of land. We spend a lot of time working on the house and our acre. My mother lives on our property in a guest house. When we get a chance we like to spend time with our two children Katie, 23, and Stefan, 25. Katie is married and lives in Poquoson, Virginia and is a teacher of English Language Learners. My son-in-law is a captain in the army. Our son is attending SOU majoring in art. We also have a new Corgi, named Phinneas.
What do you find most satisfying as an educator?
I am always challenged by my work. The work changes and there is always something that needs to be refined. I love the challenges.
What interested you in the possibility of working at SOESD?
In Rogue River School District you have to wear several hats. I found myself working with SOESD on Continuous Improvement Plans, interfacing with special education issues or participating in Curriculum Council. It seemed like the next step. I want to continually explore the possibilities and working at SOESD seemed like a logical step.
Thank you, Michele. We hope you have a challenging and rewarding experience at SOESD.