Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Geography, Central Washington University M.A. in Cultural Ecology (Geography), University of Texas, Austin Teacher Certification, Central Washington University
Mrs. Gretchen Vachon
I was born and raised in Indiana but moved west right out of high school. I started at Montana State University for Animal Science but left to live in Alaska for a year and then transferred to Central Washington University. I graduated with a degree in Geography and then moved to Austin, Texas to further my education in Geography - focusing on Cultural Ecology (people's impact on the environment). During this time, I worked as an intern at the National Geographic Society for a semester and then as a summer employee.
To help students see how a person grows and discovers careers, here was my path to teaching:
Cafeteria worker (high school), animal clinic receptionist (Alaska) Arby's employee (Alaska), Bureau of Land Management secretary (Alaska), wilderness ranger (Washington), logistics coordinator- National Geographic Society, Forester (Oregon), County Planner (Idaho, Yakima) Teacher (Highland FOREVER). I LOVE being a teacher the most!! It is who I am versus being a job.
With my parents, I lived in Scotland (age 4), Spain (age 11) and Portugal (age 17). My dad was a professor at Purdue University and took the family with him when he did research in other countries.
I am now content to stay in the Pacific Northwest where I like to read, knit, and be outside in my free time.
Please feel free to connect with me via email for concerns, questions, sharing, etc.!