I have spent over 18 years as a Montessori preschool teacher. Working in early childhood education is certainly a gift, and I am blessed to have received it. My family moved back to Richland eight years ago, and I was immediately attracted to Christ the King. I knew I would be proud to have my children attend such a fantastic educational community. It was then that I reached out to the administration about opening up a Montessori preschool. Fast forward six years, and we have had the distinct pleasure of working with over 220 students in our community. As a mother of two thriving Christ the King students, I am very proud to be a staff member at Christ the King school.
My desire to teach in Catholic schools began long before I became a teacher. As the parent of children who attended parochial school, I began my formal education with the goal of becoming a Catholic educator. My career began in my home state of Michigan, where I taught kindergarten at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Since moving to Richland in 2000, I have had the privilege to teach at Christ the King School.
Christ the King School has been the Harlow family’s home for 23 years. Thank you to the many dedicated educators who prepared our three children to be successful high school and college students. With the support of our committed families, it is a privilege to teach first grade and witness the students’ monumental academic and spiritual growth.
As a parishioner and parent of two Christ the King children, this school is my second home. I am native to Seattle, where I studied elementary education at both the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University. After teaching several grades in both Washington and Texas, I am thrilled to be teaching 2nd grade here at Christ the King. When not teaching, you can find me trying new recipes, behind a camera or hiking Badger Mountain.
As a former student at Christ the King and graduate of Gonzaga University, Catholic education has always been important to me. Teaching here for the past 23 years, and now having my daughter attend Christ the King, has been a true blessing. I have loved working with all of our students, past and present.
Christ the King School has treated me like family ever since I started teaching here in the Fall of 2011. I grew up in Hoquiam, Washington and received my Bachelor's in Education from Washington State University. Go Cougs and Go Crusaders.
As a new member of the CK staff, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your children in an environment that has become my second home. I am from Mobile, Alabama where I graduated from Spring Hill College with a degree in English and Secondary Education. I moved to the Pacific Northwest this summer to pursue a Master's degree through the University of Portland. I am teaching 6th and 7th grade social studies and geography alongside the rest of the talented middle school team.
Marie Noorani has been on the faculty of Christ the King School and a member of the parish since 1999, spending most of that time teaching 8th grade history and language arts. Her main focus is on improving students’ critical thinking and writing skills in preparation for success in high school.
A longtime member of Christ the King parish and a staff member of the school for 17 years, I put my degree in Chemical Engineering to work in the Library. I not only provide students with opportunities to improve their library skills, but also provide opportunities to explore enriching STEAM-related activities through the use of a Makerspace.