Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Florence McLaughlin

Picture: This is a picture of me and my family on vacation at Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 2005.

Current Position: Paraeducator

Work Location: This is my 7th year at Spinning Elementary.

Family: I have been married to my wonderful husband Alan for almost 21 years. We have two sons. My oldest son, Bryan, is a senior at PHS and has had an amazing academic experience through the Puyallup School District. My youngest son, Nathan, is a 7th grader at Kalles Junior High. Nathan was at first apprehensive about going into junior high, but he is doing very well as a 7th grader. Both my boys are alumni of Spinning Elementary which laid the ground work for their academic success. We also have an 8 year old lab mix named Sam who is very much a part of our family. At Christmas time, he gets just excited as the kids and can’t wait to open his presents!

Interesting Fact: As a paraeducator at Spinning, my job has led me in many directions from “working the corner” (crossing guard), to the drama-filled playground, as well as into the classroom working with many great and talented teachers. I’m hoping my new role at Carson (although yet undisclosed) will again lead me to working with a variety of staff members for the benefit of the students – indoors! J

Dream Job: I feel I am living my dream job in raising my children to be compassionate, responsible, and successful people within society. I was fortunate to have been a stay-at-home mom with them during their early years. This allowed my husband and I to not only nurture and care for our boys, but has enabled us to instill core values which are important to us as a family as well as to our society. Our goal for them is to gain independence and be productive in their future endeavors in life. Watching them develop into wonderful human beings is in itself a dream come true!


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