Mrs. Dow was born and raised in Southern California. In middle school she was the Ventura County finalist for the National Spelling Bee! Her family moved a couple of times, so she finished high school in Kentucky. She has a Business and Administrative Management Degree from St. Mary’s College, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. She had a private counseling practice for 5 years, and worked as a Mental Health Counselor and Crisis Intervention Counselor for 5 years before becoming a School Counselor. Mrs. Dow has worked in Salem Keizer schools for the last 14 years. Mrs. Dow also volunteers with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Responder.
Mrs. Dow enjoys gardening, backpacking, hiking, and bicycling. Every year, with her husband and son, she backpacks into wilderness areas for 5-10 nights. She and her husband also ride the 65-mile charity MS Bike Ride in Monmouth every summer. Mrs. Dow’s husband and son are both high school and community college instructors.
Mrs. Dow feels blessed to be at Candalaria. She is excited to be working with the competent and caring staff, and amazing parents and students. One of her goals this year is to begin building the PBIS support system at Candalaria to enhance all of the good work that is already taking place.
Mrs. Westfall was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. She has a history degree from Whitman College, a Masters in Special Education from the U of O, and a teaching endorsement from Portland State University. She taught special education, as well as 3rd, 4th and 5th grades before taking a break to raise her children, who are also Candalaria students! She returned to teaching as a sub three years, ago and now feels incredibly lucky to be teaching at Candalaria on a permanent basis.
Mrs. Westfall loves spending time with her kids, Kate and Lucas. Together they enjoy reading, cooking, playing with their pets and spending time outdoors together. During her free time, she also loves to play tennis and plays on a tennis team on the weekends.
Mrs. Westfall thinks Candalaria is an amazing school and loves the community feeling here. She believes the students, parents, staff and neighborhood all create a great environment of a wonderful school. This year she hopes she is able to help her students love learning and enjoy school. During her time with them in the afternoons, she hopes to help them bring out their inner mathematicians and scientists.
Mrs. Lembcke started her teaching career in Minnesota and Texas, before taking a break to raise four children. She has been teaching in Salem for the last twelve years at Washington Elementary, where she taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Mrs. Lembcke loves swimming, hiking, boating, playing games, and going to the Oregon coast, and she especially loves to do all those things with her friends and family. She is a big football fan, and cheers for both the Ducks and the Beavers. She also loves to travel, and last summer she had the chance to travel through Europe with friends.
Mrs. Lembcke is looking forward to building “Team 4” into a happy, healthy team that cares about and supports one another. She wants her students to learn the value of growing in all subjects. She quickly learned how wonderful Candalaria is, and calls it “teacher heaven!”
Mr. Bosch grew up in Salem and went to Sprague High School. After high school he attended the University of Idaho and then came back to Oregon to teach. He earned his Masters Degree in Education through Western Oregon University. Before he came to Candalaria, Mr. Bosch worked at Wright, Washington, and Pringle Elementary, as well as coaching track and field at South Salem High School for the past 18 seasons. Mr. Bosch is a University of Idaho Vandal at heart, he’s also a Beaver fan goes to OSU football games with his dad.
Mr. Bosch says “I love to be active. There is a good chance you will see me riding bike anywhere in Salem or out walking with my puppy, Eddie. On the weekends, I like to get to the beach as much as I can. I love to go surfing at Otter Rock or Pacific City. All my free time revolves around me being active. I love movement and I hope that shows through the way I teach and the activity level your child has in PE.”
One of Mr. Bosch's goals for Candalaria is to start an Intramural program for the 4th and 5th graders at lunch recess. They just finished a Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. Next will be soccer league with a single elimination tourney, followed by beach ball volleyball and hockey. We are looking forward to these exciting changes and to getting to know Mr. Bosch better!
In the Spotlight
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