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HL1Sailing Coordinator

Education: Stanford University, Grand Valley State University, various courses in language instruction methods (especially for students with learning differences like dyslexia), boating and sailing instruction courses

Certifications: K-8 Teaching Certificate in Group Social Science & Elementary Education (MI), Slingerland Advanced Certification in Multisensory Language Instruction, US Sailing Level 1 Instructor, WA Boater Safety Education certified, CPR/First Aid/AED, previously lifeguard certified

Interests: Spending time with family and friends, Supporting her sons and their interests, Walking her dogs Dixie and Dolly, Traveling, Teaching, Sailing, Cooking, Reading, Going to art museums, Theater date nights

The youngest of six kids, Haley was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent most of her childhood growing up on a lake near Ft. Worth where she learned to sail and water ski. Her boat club’s junior sailing coach encouraged her to start racing at age 8, and by middle school she was competing at the national level. She met her husband Rusty on the Stanford University sailing team, and they’ve since enjoyed racing and cruising as a family with their sons Taylor and Barrett.

Through being a summer sailing instructor in high school and college and working at a school for dyslexics, Haley discovered her passion for teaching. Dreams of being a mission specialist for NASA evolved into becoming an elementary teacher with a specialty in reading and writing instruction, a transition also fueled by the revelation that most of her family is dyslexic. After living in Michigan, Germany, and Seattle, Haley and her family happily settled on Bainbridge (where Rusty grew up). Haley occasionally races with the Seattle Thistle fleet and the Vanguard fleet at Pt. Madison Yacht Club where she and Rusty are currently the advisors for junior members.

Haley also has the privilege of volunteering with the BHS sailing team in the spring and fall. Working for Parks & Recreation has enabled her to bring new community sailing opportunities to Bainbridge such as women’s clinics and mid-day adult instruction. She hopes to one day offer keelboat adventures, enticing new boats for middle schoolers, and adaptive sailing for people with physical disabilities. For Haley, nothing is more exciting or fulfilling than watching people gain confidence and skills with big smiles on their faces! When she’s not on the water, Haley enjoys volunteering as a reading tutor and art docent at Sakai Intermediate, co-coaching her son’s robotics team, and most of all, being a mom.

What one thing would be impossible for you to give up?

It would be impossible for me to give up chocolate!

What inspires you?

I am inspired by my 84-year-old mother who still runs a bed & breakfast.

Where is your happy place?

My happy place is on a boat, of course, anchored anywhere beautiful with my husband and sons (ideally dogs, too).