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Tanya McAtee
Tanya McAtee

Advisor, Social Studies & Math - Middle School

Education: B.A. in Music from Western Washington University in 2002. K-8 teaching certificate from Western in 2013. NASP certified Archery Instructor

Tanya McAtee joined the SPA middle school team in 2015 after teaching 2nd grade at the Lower School since 2013. She became Faculty at WWU in 2011, and continues to teach in the summer Youth Odyssey of Science and Arts program including working with students from South Korea in the Sister-City program.

Prior to teaching Tanya developed a fascination for mechanics and design while working in the motorcycle service industry. Over the last 14 years she has “grown” her love of nature and Earth Sciences while working at local plant nurseries.  When not teaching, Tanya can be found participating in various motorsports activities, gardening, and exploring the beautiful Northwest with her husband and two dogs, Matilda and Meathead.

Tanya nurtures her love of music through integrating music and movement into classroom experiences to explore cultural connections and scientific principles. She joined the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in 2004 after graduating from Western Washington University in 2002 with a B.A. in Music and a passion for learning about world cultures and religions. Tanya earned her K-8 teaching credential in 2013 from WWU’s Woodring School of Education.

Tanya believes that young people are intrinsically motivated to learn about the world around them, and this principle drives instruction in her classroom. Teaching children to think and question with purpose, both critically and creatively, supports the 21st Century skills students will need to be successful in college and beyond.  Tanya uses principles of differentiated and rigorous instruction such as interest-driven research, collaborative group learning, and inquiry-based science to provide challenge and learning opportunities at each child’s level of development and readiness.

A favorite saying:  “If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”  ~ Kahlil Gibran

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