Our Teachers

We are grateful to our teaching staff, and seek to provide competitive compensation to highly qualified, passionate, and well trained professionals.

Becky Schmid

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Becky is passionate about curriculum that inspires students to be creative, to think deeply, and to connect compassionately with others and the environment. She values developmentally appropriate, thematic curriculum that is hands-on, incorporates a wide variety of arts, is fun and instills within students a life-long love of learning. Becky hopes to motivate students to use their passions to create positive change in the world.

Becky first came to OCS in 2005. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Prescott College. Prior to OCS, she taught for Head Start and has experience working with children at outdoor adventure education camps, guidance clinics and as an AmeriCorps member.

Becky has an eight-year-old son and enjoys spending time gardening, hiking, swimming, crafting, and reading!

Jeriann Schriner

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Jeriann joined the OCS community in 2006. She brought with her three years of experience teaching in a small teacher/parent governed K-3 school on Vashon Island. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Jeriann studied sustainability and community at The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and lived in Brazil caring for children through a community service internship. She also served two years as an AmeriCorps member at Roosevelt Elementary School and has taught art and gardening to children in a variety of settings in Olympia.

Jeriann is passionate about connecting children to the natural world and providing opportunities for them to make a difference in their own community and beyond. She values individualized, hands-on learning, compassionate communication and tending to the social and emotional growth of children as well as the academic. She believes that real learning occurs when it arises from authentic experiences that have meaning for a child. "As a teacher, it is my job to recognize how each child learns and provide authentic learning experiences while s/he takes ownership of his or her own learning. I love that I get to explore and discover with the kids!" She feels passionate about the mission and core values of OCS and the creativity that she can bring to the curriculum and the classroom.

She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a Master in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College. She is a certified reading specialist and is pursuing her National Board Certification. Jeriann is trained by Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to students in K-12. Outside of school, Jeriann enjoys hiking, practicing yoga (RYT 200), gardening and getting crafty.

Joanna Gibson

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We are thrilled to welcome Joanna Gibson to the OCS community as the new 4th/5th grade teacher starting in fall of 2016.

Joanna entered the field of teaching after being a full-time environmental activist. Teaching, she realized, is an even better way to make the world a more sustainable, joyful place. She brings a passion for meaningful, holistic education that helps students to understand and affect the world around them. She believes that students learn best when they can engage with a concept from many directions, such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, drawing, singing, and dancing. She also believes that children thrive when they feel safe, heard, and respected. She works hard to ensure that she furthers the social and emotional skills of students in her class.

Along with being a full-time teacher, Joanna is a performing aerial acrobat, an occasional actor, a self-taught artist, and a connoisseur of puns. She enjoys hiking, biking, and playing board games.

Joanna holds a BA in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Environmental Studies, from St. Mary's College of Maryland, and a Masters in Teaching (MAT) from Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to teaching at OCS, she taught at public schools in Shelton and Olympia (including Lincoln Options Elementary), a Montessori school in Annandale, Virginia, and a homeschooling cooperative at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.