Christina Maher

cmaher@sjsissaquah.org

I live in North Bend with my husband Donald and daughter Mia.

I’m very excited to take on the new role as middle school teacher this school year because the role complements my many other commitments so well: mom, private business owner, and super aunty. I love children and the power education has on their self-confidence and self-concept. One of the reasons I became a teacher was to fix the mistakes made in my k-12 experience in such a tremendous way that any student I interact with would graduate knowing they truly can be whatever they want. 

Immediately upon graduating from WSU with my teaching credentials, I started teaching. I took on a position at Pullman High School the next day while my paperwork was processing in HR. I have been teaching in various positions since 2005. I have worked one-on-one with students with learning disabilities, students struggling, students at grade level needing an edge, and gifted students needing an outlet to grow. I have taught preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school. My most successful role as an educator is as a tutor. I have so many clients that I had to form an LLC and rent an office so my sessions can overlap. Ironically, my worst role is as a parent trying to get their child’s homework done the right way and at the right time. (With breakfast is not the right way!) My most memorable experiences though are when I get the text message, email, or phone call from my student personally saying, “I got in!” It just warms my heart to walk along a student’s academic path and know they were selected for their reach school. 

My daughter will likely be in a theater or performance role later in life, not a doctor, lawyer, or financial analyst. Through her love of singing, scene reenacting, and performing her own “stories” I have opened my interests to theater. In my free time, I now love to read read read and I love to take her to musicals. Although she is too young to accompany me, I look forward to the day when I can take her to the opera. We both love opera music and try our best to sing but certainly fall short. Mia looks one hundred percent like her father, but inside she is my twin. We have the same places in the world we want to see and are planning a Mommy-Mia trip to Paris and Giza to see the Mona Lisa, Eiffel Tower, and the pyramids. Aside from music and travel, we love math. Together we can do hours of math problems and have fun all day.

Dr. Seuss said it best “Oh the places you will go.” This is the quote I always remember when reflecting on my life experiences and the various roles I take on. I am looking forward to meeting my new students as well as parents. Please know my classroom is always a safe environment designed for the blossoming of human spirit and celebration of your child. I chose for my daughter to attend St Joseph after first placing her in two other schools, and finally when she started preschool at the Issaquah campus she felt safe and loved. Of course, I jumped on the opportunity to teach at a school that offers my child such a blessed learning experience.