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4th Grade Teacher

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”
- Alexander the Great

Pamela VanAuken

I was born and raised in Southern California during a time when you could drive one hour to the west and enjoy the beach, or one hour to the north and enjoy the mountains.  Times have changed, orange groves and farmland have made way for homes and shopping centers, and that one-hour drive has become two or three hours.  So, when a U.S. Forest Service Fleet Maintenance reorganization led to a promotion opportunity in Redding for my husband Bill, we decided to pack up our belongings and our cat Honey Boy and leave the crowds and smog behind.
 
We’ve lived in Redding for almost 14 years now and love it! Honey Boy is no longer with us, but we now have 2 Millville cats who run our household. Ellie was rescued from a tree in the quad and Rosie was adopted from one of our Millville families. This will be my 13th year teaching here at Millville School.  My how time flies! Before coming to Millville, I taught for 7+ years at Victoria Elementary School in San Bernardino. I began my teaching career in second grade, slowly working up to third grade and then fourth grade.  Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a Forensic Toxicologist and Clinical Laboratory Scientist for 10 years.  Years of working holidays, weekends, and evening shifts in addition to laboratory buyouts and closures led me to pursue my other passion - teaching.

In our spare time, my husband Bill and I enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, bike riding, traveling to visit family and friends in So. CA, MD, & CT, and, of course, traveling to San Francisco to watch the Giants play at AT&T Park. I also squeeze in time for reading, swimming, gardening and my newest passion – quilting.


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