Carolyn has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Oregon State University and a Masters in Health Education from Portland State University. She taught and coached in Hood River School District at the Elementary, Middle School and High School level. Carolyn has also worked for The Parks and Recreation Department, YMCA, Kids Club, Athletic Fitness Club, Chemawa Indian School and an Alternative School for students with drug and alcohol dependence challenges. Carolyn joined The Gardner School in 2001 where she teaches preschool, elementary and middle school Health and PE classes. It is here where Carolyn has found her dream job situation with an amazing connection to community and the opportunity to teach more deeply and richly to students who love to learn.
Carolyn is passionate about teaching. Carolyn feels that by providing fun, stimulating, positive and engaging experiences children will be drawn to living a healthy life-style. Research shows that exercise enhances learning. Physical activity is not only good for the heart, but also the brain, feeding it glucose and oxygen, and increasing nerve connections, all of which makes it easier for children of all ages to learn. PE/Health Education also offers unique opportunities for children to grow socially and emotionally.
Carolyn enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children. Together they snow ski, backpack, golf and travel. Family traditions include playing in the Turkey Bowl football game at the beach, cheering on The Portland Trail Blazers, attending OSU sporting events and being their daughter’s number one fan club as she plays intercollegiate basketball and softball.