16 Jan 2014

Meet Connie Valesano – Our newest kindergarten teacher

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My name is Connie Valesano and I am the fifth born of six children.  I grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon and graduated from Hillsboro High School.  I attended Mt.Hood Community College and graduated from Western Oregon State College with a degree in Elementary Education and an Art Teaching minor.  Soon after graduation, I began teaching first grade at Yamhill Grade School.  My husband, Wade, and I were married in McMinnville in 1989.  He now works as an electrical engineer at 3D Systems in Wilsonville.  After five years of teaching, I retired when my first child, Stephen, was born.  Andrew, Paul, Hannah, and Sarah make up the rest of our family.  Five children in eight years kept me very busy.  I taught our children at home through most of high school, transitioning them to some community college classes when they were a junior.  As a family we love to hike and camp.  In my free time I enjoy painting with watercolor, playing board games, going on walks with Wade, working in our garden and yard, or visiting with friends and family.   You can see some pictures of our family at http://blog.valesano.com and old videos at http://valesano.com/vtube.html.

I became a Christian while in college, was discipled, and became a leader in a group called Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.  I helped teach Sunday School when my children were young.  Later on, Wade and I helped lead the junior and senior high school Awana group at North Albany Baptist Church for several years.  We have always asked God to help us train our children in practical ways.  After moving to the Sherwood area five years ago, our family found our church home at Southwest Hills Baptist Church.  For the past four years, I have helped lead the Thursday morning, women’s Bible study group.  I have also been involved in the home school co-op at Southwest Hills.

Over the past 30 years I have had quite a variety of opportunities to teach.  In high school and early college, I worked as a teacher for Washington County Outdoor School and for Campfire summer camps. As we home schooled our children, I have had multiple opportunities to teach children of all ages in a variety of co-op classes.  I have also enjoyed teaching watercolor painting and other art classes to children and adults in the summers for many years.  This past year I have had the privilege of teaching the Character class at Cor Deo to students from kindergarten through sixth grade.  It has been a wonderful year teaching God’s truths and how to apply them to our lives.  I am very much looking forward to teaching kindergarten next year.