Welcome! My name is Miss Betsy, and I am a Head Teacher here at Pacific Ridge Beginning School. I have over 20 years of teaching experience, and have worked with children of all ages from preschool through middle school. While I have enjoyed each and every age I have taught, early childhood has my heart and I can't imagine being anywhere else. Providing opportunities for children to explore their world through play and the visual arts is my passion. I earned my degree in Elementary Education at Lewis-Clark State College and went on to earn a Master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. Because we never stop learning and growing, I am also currently enrolled in coursework focused on early childhood education from Portland State University. I have been a resident of the North Oregon Coast for almost 20 years, and I definitely consider this beautiful place to be my home. I live in Astoria with my husband and two younger daughters. My oldest daughter no longer lives at home, but is also living in Astoria. When I am not at school I enjoy spending with my family, playing games, or listening to a captivating audiobook.