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About Mr. Gasper

About Me
What’s my name?
Keith Gasper

When’s my birthday?
September 25th

Where am I from?
    ★ I was born in Madison, Wisconsin
    ★ I grew up in Fridley, MN and Richland, WA
    ★ Now I live in Bellingham
Do I have a family?
Yes! Growing up, I was the oldest of 4 children.
Now, I am married and have a baby daughter.

Do I have any pets?
Yes! Of course! We have 2 dogs: Tanith and Georgia.

Teacher & Learner
Hanford High School(Richland, WA)
1984

Bachelor of Education
Central Washington Univ.

1988
Major: Elementary Ed. Minor: Reading Instruction

Master of Education
City University

2007
Reading and Literacy

20 Years Teaching Experience,
Grades 3, 4, 5 and 4/5
Lake Washington School
District,
Kirkland & Redmond, WA (1989-2004);

Blaine School District,
Blaine, WA
(2004-present)

Contact Me by e-mail:
kgasper@blainesd.org or by phone:
    (360)332-5213, Ext. 1517
Mr. Gasper and wife
Mr. Gasper BabyMr. Gasper Dogs
When I was young and in the third grade my teacher, Mrs. Haugland handed me a piece of paper one day in May. She said that I should think about going to summer school when regular school got out.

Now, summer school --at least at that time -- meant either one of two things: It meant that

a.) you weren’t doing so hot in school, and you should plan to give up your long-awaited, sleep-in lazy mornings and play-all-day precious vacation to get some help, or

b.) it was a fun enrichment activity class doing something that you really liked or were good at.



Mrs. Haugland must have seen the deer-in-the-headlights panic in my eyes and immediately assured me that I wasn’t in trouble or about to flunk third grade. No, in fact, she told me that she noticed that I had a talent as a writer and that the paper was, in fact, a personal invitation for me to join a creative writing class for elementary school students across the district.

The gears in my head started turning, and I think I felt a little like another Buc, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know that one scene from the annual Christmas special on television. When he’s just been told he’s cute by the doe, Clarise and gets the turbo boost of adrenaline to shoot him “Whoo-whoo!”ing into the sky.

That’s the moment I knew I was a writer. My teacher told me. She saw it. She told me. And I didn’t know up until that point.

Thanks, Mrs. Haugland! Thank you for noticing. Thank you for believing in me. What a valuable gift. I’ll make sure to pass it on.
My Favorite
Activities:
Spending time with my family, reading, hiking, listening to music

Music:
Take That, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, and British pop

NFL:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NBA:
Los Angeles Lakers

Vacation Spots:
Glacier National Park in Montana; London, England

Movies:
The Sound of Music,
Notting Hill, and Heaven Can Wait

Books:
Watership Downby R. Adams, Biographies

Foods:
Breakfast cereal, pumpkin pie, and Starbucks coffee drinks

Restaurant:
La Fiamma
Wood Fire Pizza in Bellingham

Teacher:
Mr. Faddis, Chemistry, Hanford H.S., Richland, WA