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Hi I'm Cherie

I grew up in Edmonds, graduated from the University of Washington and I teach Spanish at a local high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother and I love to travel. I studied Spanish abroad in Mexico before graduating from college and I now teach Spanish at the high school where I grew up. My husband and I both love learning about new cultures and meeting new people, so I plan and organize student tours around the world. We have traveled with our children and other students to Australia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, France, Mexico and New Zealand. We love the excitement of zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, white-water river rafting down the Urubamba River in Peru, or simply eating gelato in Italy. I have been priveledged to visit several temples in these areas while traveling abroad as well. While at home we live a pretty quite life attending our children's soccer games and gymnastics events or the local high school football games. We love to get outside and thoroughly enjoy living in the Northwest. We love camping, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade and Olympic Mountains. We also enjoy the ferry rides through the San Juan Islands and picking local blackberries for jams and pies. I enjoy playing the guitar and learning languages. I am currently studying Portuguese and hope to master it one day. I do not have much free time with grading papers and being a soccer mom, but I do enjoy settling down with a good book on occasion. I love being a mom and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of members in the church dating back to the pioneers and both my parents grew up in Utah. When my parents first got married they were unable to have children for several years and so they decided to adopt. I was 5 days old when my parents picked me up from the hospital and it has been a blessing to me ever since; my family is truly my greatest blessing. I believe it was all part of our Heavenly Father's plan, because after my adoption my parents miraculously were able to have children and I have 3 siblings. Although I was brought up in the church I eventually had to develop my own personal testimony and I remember well the day I was baptized, even though I was only 8 years old. I distinctly remember receiving the Holy Ghost and the warm feeling of comfort and reassurance that swept over me, letting me know that I had made the right decision. From that day forward I have felt the Spirit many times testify to me of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have read the Book of Mormon many times as well as the Bible and the Holy Ghost has let me know many times of the truths found in those books. Hand in hand they testify of the Savior and of his love and sacrifice for us. I try to emmulate His life in all that I do. This gospel, His gospel, is true. I have felt it in my heart and soul and I would be lost without it. I am grateful to have been adopted into such a lovely family, a Mormon family, who taught me about my Savior and the truthfulness of the gospel.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints is not simply a Sunday activity, but a daily way of life. I try to emmulate the Savior and his service; I have 3 women I visit each month, just to check in and see how they are doing and provide service where needed. I also work with the youth in our ward planning and implementing weekly activities. We work on personal development goals, provide service for the local community and the elderly in our ward, and just have fun playing sports and keeping the youth active. On a daily basis in my teaching job I work hard to help students learn, succeed, and feel important. I know that the youth are our future and I want to help them be successful and enjoy learning. I am the department head for our World Language department at the school as well and I believe my faith helps me be a good leader as I value my colleagues opinions and contributions and work hard to serve them, making their jobs a little easier.