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Avicola, Claudia

 Claudia Avicola - Art

I was grew up in Southern California, and graduated from CSULA with a major in English, and a minor in art. I began teaching in Lynwood, CA as a 2nd Grade teacher. After moving with my husband, Ken, to Richland, WA, I taught Kindergarten ~ and continued teaching Kdg as we moved around the country. We finally made our way to Danville, CA ~ and there I taught Middle School Math for 12 years. My husband and I decided to relocate to the Pacific NW, building our retirement home in Port Ludlow. I was excited to be offered a position at CKA as the Jr High English teacher, and 7th grade Homeroom teacher. When our first granddaughter, Mya, arrived I retired again. But I continued to substitute teach at CKA, then was offered a part-time position as Elementary Art Specialist. What fun that has been ~ and I pray that my students enjoy their art experiences as they create and explore.
My husband and I continue to enjoy the beauty and outdoor activities of our area. That means much of my time is spent either gardening, golfing, or playing pickle ball. When the weather is not as conducive to the outdoors, I love to knit, paint, try new craft projects ~ and Travel! We have 2 children ~ our son, Greg, is a Sr. Scientist at APL in Laurel, MD; our daughter, Amy, is the director of one of the upper division Biology labs at UC Berkeley. She and her husband are also the parents of our two granddaughters ~ Mya and Ellie. Therefore many of our trips are to Berkeley, and also the East Coast to see our family.
I feel so blessed to have been a part of the Gateway family, and to live in this beautiful area
Psalm 90:14 is a constant reminder as to how I should approach each day: “With every sun’s rising, surprise us with Your love, satisfy us with Your kindness. Then we will sing with joy and celebrate every day we are alive!”

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