Featured Teacher: Amy Halversen

This week we have the pleasure of getting to know one of Tualatin Valley Academy's Third Grade teachers, Mrs. Halversen! 

TVA has been blessed to have Mrs. Halversen teaching at our school since 2003. She is one of our two Third Grade teachers this year, and she brings 25 years of teaching experience to her classroom. With her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, and her Reading Specialist endorsement from Portland State University, she is a valuable resource for students and colleagues alike at TVA. 

Mrs. Halversen enjoys the kids, families and people she works with. Every year she looks forward to her new group of students, saying "Every group of kids is different. I'm always excited to get to know each child and see where the year takes us."

When asked why she became a teacher, she said: 

"Kids are fun and I wanted to do something that made a difference in the world."

And make a difference, she has! From superhero Christmas plays to a creative reading buddy program, she is teaching kids to learn in fun new ways!

Fun Facts About Mrs. Halversen:

Bucket list item: Visit Antarctica
Least favorite food: Cauliflower
Who I most want to meet: Jesus
Proudest accomplishment: My children
Snack of choice: Mixed nuts
Quality I most admire about others: People who are generous with their time
What inspires me: Ordinary people doing extraordinary things
As a kid, I wanted to be this when I grew up: A princess at Disneyland
3 words to describe myself: Caring, Cautious, Empathetic
If I could be any literary character, I would be: Nancy Drew. Her life was always filled with mystery and adventure (and she drove a cool car!).
In my free time, I like to: Read
Favorite place I've ever travelled: Italy
My at bat song would be: The theme to Sesame Street
If calories didn't count I would drink: Burgerville milkshakes - raspberry and pumpkin are the best!
I've never: Pumped my own gas
Favorite color: Navy blue

Featured Teacher: Alice Boyer, Music

This year TVA was fortunate to hire Alice Boyer to lead our music program! Mrs. Boyer covered for our music teacher last year, and she produced a phenomenal Spring Concert that was energetic, relaxed and just plain fun! The highlight was an all-school praise and worship song, with both vocals and accompaniment done entirely by students. 

Each month we are going to feature different teachers and staff at TVA to help our TVA family get acquainted with each other even better. This month we are featuring Mrs. Boyer. Let's get to know who she is!

About Mrs. Boyer

Mrs. Boyer has 35 years of experience in music and music education. She studied Opera Performance at Penn State University and Music Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her career began in performance and she pursued that for many years, but eventually she decided that she preferred teaching as it was much more rewarding!

Teaching is not new to Mrs. Boyer. She has directed Douglas County Children's Chorus in Denver, CO, taught music at Scappoose Adventist Academy, co-founded the Scappoose High School Jazz Choir, and she is an adjudicator for Oregon State Solo and Ensemble. 

When asked what she loves about her job now, she talks about the diversity. Teaching both band and choir is exciting! 

What is Mrs. Boyer most excited about doing this year with her class? Developing young worship leaders and helping students to grow outside the box.

We are excited to see the amazing things that Mrs. Boyer will accomplish this year, both in teaching students about music and teaching them to lead and grow outside of that box!

Fun facts about Mrs. Boyer: 

Bucket list item: Travel to Australia
Biggest fear: I have Jesus, so I don't fear
Who I most want to meet: Eric Whitacre - an amazing composer!
Proudest accomplishment: Raising 4 children to serve the Lord
Snack of choice: BBQ potato chips
What inspires me: Scripture, creating music, starting to learn a new instrument
Least favorite household chore: Vacuuming
One thing I hope to achieve in my lifetime: Sing in Carnegie Hall
Three words to describe myself: Purposeful, dependable, unconventional
In my free time I like to: Bead, watch movies, hang out with my husband and my children
Sport I love: Curling
My at bat song would be: Don't Stop Believin'
If calories didn't count I would eat: Indian food and chai tea every day!
Favorite color: Aqua or lime green are tied for first place!