MENLO - Maegan Skoubo joins the Willapa Valley School District as a middle-high school math instructor with more than two decades of teaching experience. Skoubo has returned to the area after having taught in Raymond up until a couple years ago.
Skoubo grew up in Oregon, graduated high school from Umatilla HS in 1998, and graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2002 with a teaching degree. She earned a masters in education from Grand Canyon University in 2005.
"I hold a National Board Teaching Certificate in mathematics and was recognized as Capital Region ESD 113 Teacher of the year in 2016," she offered.
"Although I am new to the Willapa Valley School District, I am not new to the area," Skoubo said. "I have lived in the Raymond area for 19 years and have taught in the Ocosta, Raymond and Toledo school districts before joining Willapa Valley. This is my 21st year of teaching."
Discussing her philosophy of education, Skoubo told the Herald, "I strive to create a learning environment where students feel known, valued and challenged. Building relationships with students helps create a learning environment where students feel comfortable taking risks in the math classroom, persevering when they encounter something challenging, and helping each other learn.
"I know math can be a challenging subject for some of my students and I make it my goal as a math teacher to help every student build their math skills and confidence," she added. "I want to eradicate the phrase, 'I hate math.'"
Skoubo has been married to her husband, Rudd, for 20 years and they have two children, Reid and Ray. In her spare time, Maegan said she enjoys "baking, reading, kayaking and gardening - specifically dahlias."
Another new teacher at Willapa valley is Dalton Wray, who will teach middle/high school English and history. Wray hails from Prosser. At press time, Wray had not responded to questions from the Herald.