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Ms. Henning

Where are you from?
I am from all over the place. I was born in Florida, but we moved a lot, and I went to school in Arizona, California, and Oregon. I finished high school in Bend, Oregon, and then attended University of Oregon where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Latin American History. After graduating I worked as an archeologist for the Forest Service, and then in Peru. I loved living in Peru and stayed for seven years! I worked as a guide, and began a business where I provided logistics for climbing and trekking expeditions. As the years passed I decided I wanted to move back to Oregon. I returned to Portland and applied to Oregon State’s Master of Arts teaching program. I graduated in 2009 and began teaching.

For how long have you been an educator?

I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University in 2009. I was an ESL teacher for a year at Peninsula School, and have been a third grade teacher at Sitton for the past three years. I am also an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University where I teach future teachers about teaching.

For how long have you worked at Sitton?
I have worked at Sitton since 2010.

Why did you choose to become an educator?
I chose to be a teacher because I have always loved learning. I wanted to share my love of learning with others, so being a teacher is the perfect job!

What is your favorite part of your job?
It’s hard for me to pick one part of teaching that is my favorite. I love learning about my student’s interests, and seeing students grow and learn throughout the year. Taking kids on field trips and seeing them outside of school is also a favorite.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog. We like to just about anything outside. Our favorites are skiing and snowboarding, hiking, camping, and traveling. I also enjoy reading, gardening, and continuing to learn about anything I can, especially about different cultures and languages.