Primary Teachers

Michele Blair - Preschool Director and Head Teacher

I have been at St. Cecilia School for 11 years and bring both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teaching experience to our program.


I attended the University of Munich and have an AA/AAS degree in Early Childhood Education from The Little College of the Desert at Twentynine Palms, California.


Here is a favorite poem of mine that I believe is about the education of children:



"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should"
"Whose child is this?" I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school"
"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."


Mary Beth Gaube - Kindergarten

I have taught one year at St. Cecilia School.

I have 9 years of teaching experience including teaching preschool at the Nike World Headquarters and kindergarten at St. Luke School. 

I graduated from Linfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and am currently working towards a Master of Education with a Reading Interventionist and Special Education endorsement at Lewis and Clark College. 

My favorite quote about learning and teaching: “Every child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” -Rita F. Pierson



Margaret Walker - First Grade Teacher

I have been at St. Cecilia School for 27 years, and taught for an additional nine years before having my children.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Portland.

My favorite quote about learning and teaching: "Each day holds the possibility of a miracle!"



Morgan Klupenger - Second Grade Teacher

I have taught one year at St. Cecilia School.

Last year I completed my student teaching in a second grade classroom in Corvallis.

I went to school at Oregon State University,  graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor in Human Development and Family Sciences.

My favorite quote about learning and teaching: "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." -Aristotle