Mt. Vernon Middle School welcomes new teachers to classrooms

Lorie Croghan and Samantha Bond Gerry

Lorie Croghan is the new Mt. Vernon Middle School language arts teacher. She also instructs students about computers and health.

Croghan is proud to be an "Eastern Oregon" girl. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1985 and completed her college work at Oregon State in 1989. In Colorado she served as a substitute teacher from 1990-93 in Jefferson County - the largest county in the state - where she gained broad teaching experience.

From 1998-2002 she taught first through sixth grades at Rupert, Idaho.

Lorie and her husband, Mark, who works for the Bureau of Reclamation, have three daughters - 12-year-old Taylor, 10-year-old Shannon and 7-year-old Stephanie.

After-school activities include 4-H leader, softball, camping and trail riding, crafting and sewing.

Grant County schools are nothing new to Samantha Bond Gerry. She was raised at Prairie City, and graduated from Prairie City High School in 1994. From there she received her master's in teaching education from Eastern Oregon University in 2003 and has taken on the role as physical education, health and computer teacher at Mt. Vernon Middle School for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Previous experience as Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist for Grant ESD for 2 1/2 years allowed her to teach weekly life skills classes at area schools.

"That experience really solidified my desire to be a teacher," said Gerry.

During off-time, Samantha enjoys family outings, fishing, camping and hiking with her 2-year-old son, Mason, and husband, Ryan, who is a third-grade teacher at Prairie City School.

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