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Mrs. Holly Furth
I'm beginning my 17th year teaching for the Aberdeen School District. This is my 12th year at Miller and will be my 10th year teaching 7th graders. I always thought the lower elementary was my calling, but after my first year at Miller, I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun the "tween" years would be for me.
I began my career back in 1990 at the Ocosta School District when my children began school full-time. As an active "helping-parent" I was asked to substitute for the Para-Educators, and shortly thereafter I was asked to apply for a full-time position working with Special Education students. Over the next ten years, I had various experiences working with K through 12th-grade students.
At 38 years old, 20 years after only obtaining a high school diploma, I decided to pursue my Bachelors in Elementary Education K-8 degree. This would be a journey of sacrifice, tears, and determination which made my experience surreal and daunting at times. I began my two year (AA Degree) at Grays Harbor College and then transferred my degree to the WSU 2+2 Teacher Education Program located at Grays Harbor College campus to finish an additional two years for my Bachelors Degree. I surprised myself graduating at the top of my class, and what was much more exciting for my family and I was that I was able to obtain my four-year degree and stay on the harbor. I graduated in May of 2003 and was hired to teach summer school for the Ocosta School District. I had put many resumes out and went on a few interviews without success of getting a teaching job for the fall. I decided to apply to substitute for the Aberdeen School District, not thinking they would consider me for a job after school had started. One week after school had begun I got a call for an interview and was hired the next day working over at Stevens Elementary for the 3rd Grade Enhancement Program. I thought I had won the lottery back then, and I still do! In 2009 I completed my Professional Certification Program for Washington State and obtained my MAEd through Lesley University with an Integrating Arts into the Curriculum Degree.
I've had an eventful and enjoyable summer connecting with family and friends, gardening, kayaking, reading, relaxing, biking/walking, traveling to various locations, and working around our eight acres finishing our new home up the Wishkah Valley. I have three grown children from a previous marriage, three step-children, two step-grandchildren. My husband Steve and I have nine four-legged kids that bark quite a bit (most are rescues), eight pet ducks, two cats, and a pet pig that bring us lots of love and joy. When I'm not busy teaching or planning lessons and/or activities for my students, I prefer to be outdoors pursuing my passions in life.