• Welcome To Our New Teachers! 

    Teresa Collingwood
    Developmental Preschool, Lake Spokane Elementary School

     Mrs. Teresa Collingwood, Developmental Preschool teacher, Lake Spokane Elementary School

    Another Nine Mile student returns to us as a teacher!  Teresa Collingwood (Axtell) graduated from Lakeside in 2002.  She attended Gonzaga University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.   She completed her student teaching at Riverside School District in their Special Education Preschool.   Mrs. Collingwood then moved to Greybull, Wyoming, and taught at a private, non-profit school, Children’s Resource Center.  At this school she taught multi ages, both birth to three and preschool (3 to 5 year olds) for six years. 

    With the birth of her first child, Mrs. Collingwood decided to put her teaching career on hold for a few years.  She owned and operated a coffee stand, while staying home to raise her children.  Wanting to be closer to family with their kids, the Collingwoods moved back to Washington when Mrs. Collingwood was offered the Special Education Preschool position at Lake Spokane Elementary. “I am very excited to be back in Nine Mile to relaunch my teaching career,” stated Mrs. Collingwood.  “Everyone is very welcoming.”  The Collingwoods love animals and have cats, dogs, long horn cattle, and horses.   While her husband enjoys Rodeo events, Mrs. Collingswood prefers “just riding” the horses! 

    Laura Stockert
    Kindergarten,  Lake Spokane Elementary School
     Mrs. Laura Stockert, Kindergarten teacher, Lake Spokane Elementary School

    Joining the Lake Spokane teaching staff is 19 year Nine Mile resident Laura Stockert.  Mrs. Stockert earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a major in reading and a minor in math from Eastern Washington University.  Her student teaching was in fourth grade at Lincoln Heights Elementary, and then she taught at Gary Middle School for four years-science, math, and reading.  She has just completed her Master’s degree in Education from Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in reading. 

    Upon having triplets, Mrs. Stockert took a three year leave of absence to raise her children.   In 2005, she went back into the classroom at Arlington Elementary School where she taught for 12 years: fifth grade, seven years; sixth grade, two year; and kindergarten for the last three years.  During those 12 years, she job shared for three years so that she could volunteer in her triplets’ classroom at Nine Mile Falls Elementary while they were in first through third grade.  “I wanted to get to know their classmates, the school, and the teachers,” she shared.

    Most of her leisure time is spent attending her kids’ activities!  When not running between events, the Stockerts enjoy boating, water and snow skiing, and camping.  “I’m excited to be teaching in the community that I live in and love,” stated Mrs. Stockert.  “I have lots of family who live out here and want to impact and support the community.”

    Penny Petrina
    Learning Center, Lake Spokane Elementary School
     Mrs. Penny Petrina, Learning Center Teacher, Lake Spokane Elementary School

    Mrs. Petrina comes to our district with a vast array of teaching experience.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health Education from Eastern Washington University.  After graduating, she worked for the Girl Scouts for three years leading low income troops and training and supervising leaders in the north east region of our state.  Then, as she lived in Deer Park, she accepted the Director position for the 21 Century Before and After School programs at Arcadia Elementary School and served as a paraprofessional, as well.  It was during these four years that she decided to go back to school to for a Master’s degree and a teaching credential.   

    Earning a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Whitworth University, she completed a one year student teaching assignment at Colbert Elementary School.  From there she served as the Librarian/Reading Specialist for Springdale Elementary School in the Mary Walker School District.  She held this position for five years.  Then Mrs. Petrina decided to earn another Master’s in Special Education from Whitworth, which she is currently completing.  When she started the program, she moved from Springdale back to the Deer Park School District and taught part-time in their Home Link program and substituted. But she and her husband (see below) decided to take an adventure…they decided to teach at an International School in Costa Rica.  At the school, Mrs. Petrina taught second grade for two years, until coming back to the US and accepting her assignment with our district.

    The Petrinas know the Nine Mile community well as they have been members of the Suncrest Family Worship Center for seven years and work with its youth groups.  They have three grown children and two grandkids.  “Everyone has been so helpful, welcoming, and kind,” said Mrs. Petrina.  “It is going to be a pleasure to teach here after coming home.  I’m really excited to get to know the kids!”

    George Petrina  
    Math/Engineering Design, Lakeside High School
     Mr. George Petrina, Math and Engineering teacher, Lakeside High School

    An additional Petrina to join our staff is George, husband to Penny.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eastern Washington University and then worked for four years in the field.   Thinking he might want to switch professions, he became a paraprofessional for Deer Park High School and Middle School and ran the 21 Century Grant program at the middle school as his “testing ground” to see if teaching was his calling.  It was.

    Mr. Petrina earned his Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University and completed his student teaching at West Valley High School in math and ninth grade science.    He then joined the staff at Gonzaga Prep for ten years.  While there, he taught all levels of math, started their AP physics program, advised the Engineering Club, and coached C squad soccer.  Adventure called, and he taught at an International School in Costa Rica for two years.  Mr. Petrina taught a two year high school International Bachelorette Physics class, which is similar to an AP class.  He served as the science department chair and developed STEM curriculum and a Fundamentals of Engineering course. 

    When they decided to move back to the States, “It was a blessing that this position opened up...it really sounded like me,” stated Mr. Petrina.  In his spare time he enjoys running, mountain climbing, and camping.  The Petrinas also like to go Salsa and Tango dancing at a dance studio a friend owns.