Hello! My name is Desiree Graetz. This is my 7th year teaching in the elementary school setting. I absolutely love my job and I am so excited I get to be your child’s teacher. I graduated from University of La Verne with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. My husband, Chris, and I grew up in Southern California and I am thankful for the opportunity to begin a new chapter in Seaside, OR. We have always wanted to raise our son, Cameron, and our dogs, along the Oregon Coast. We are beyond thrilled and grateful to start living our dream! My mission is to provide an environment where students are challenged to learn, engaged in content and conversation, and a place to have fun. Additionally, I aim to provide equity and support social emotional needs for all of my students to cultivate a safe learning environment for all of my students. I have a passion for integrating technology into the curriculum while balancing the purpose for each lesson. Although this year will be very different from any year in the past, I am dedicated to supporting this transition for all of my families as best as I can. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy time spent with family and friends. Some of my favorite activities include drinking coffee, traveling, running, hiking, and staying active. I also enjoy reading and shopping.