Bobbie van Schaik-Louis

 

Bobbie van Schaik-Louis
(Mrs. Louis)

2020-21 is my 12th year at PCE as a Special Education Learning Specialist. WOW - time flies when you're having fun! This is my second career (my first career was Nursing), and I can't think of a better place to be teaching than at PCE! 
I was born in California, then lived in Iran and India until middle school. My family moved to Virginia, then to Southern California, then to Central California for high school. I attended San Francisco State University for my BS, Nursing, and then fulfilled my dream of joining Peace Corps. I worked in the Amazon jungle region of Ecuador, and learned Quechua, in addition to Spanish. I returned to San Francisco to work at the University of California Medical Center. I met my husband (still happily married for 32 years) in the Bay Area. 
Chris and I moved to Colorado, wanting to raise our kids in a family-centered environment. We have four daughters, and three grandkids. I became interested in learning disabilities as my own kids entered school. I went to Metro State University to earn my licensure in Special Education, and ... here I am!
Outside of school, I love reading, swimming, jogging, and some biking with my husband. The best time of any day is time spent with my family! This summer included lots of early morning swimming, not-so-early morning runs with my dog, and best of all, morning coffee with my husband! We also had a summer wedding; my daughter Maria and our new son-in-law Kevin said "I Do" in June, with a hopeful rescheduled venue wedding celebration in November. My favorite book (I LOVE reading) for this summer was Apeirogon, by Colum McCann. 
I love being a special education teacher. Your kids become my kids; there are truly very few limits to what I'll do in the name of the success and happiness of your child. I believe that as kids get older, there are many strategies to share that will help them be successful in school and in life. Some of those strategies are purely academic, but many are survival strategies (how to skim a reading assignment instead of reading it word for word, how to make an intelligent guess in multiple choice, keeping your eyes on a particular student in class who always seems to know what to do and when to do it...).  I strive to get to know my kids on a personal level, including getting to know their siblings at school, their friends in class, and a bit about their home life. This personal investment increases the chances of my/our students wanting to do well for me, and for themselves!
Working out the kinks of remote and hybrid teaching and learning will be a challenge for us all.
But despite this challenge, knowing that we're all PCE family - this will be a wonderful school year!
Here's to a fabulous school year 2020-2021!
~Bobbie

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