Degrees and Certifications:
Associate of Music, Douglas College (1986) Bachelor of Arts, music (flute performance), College of Charleston (1989) Master of Arts in Teaching, Concordia University (2020)
Mrs. Teresa Williamson
I was born and raised in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. My mom owned a music store there and I grew up in that music store. It is also where I met my Southern born husband, Richard, over a set of guitar strings he wanted to purchase. When we married, we moved to his homeland and lived for several years in a town called Moncks Corner in South Carolina. After a time there, we had a brief stint in Bellingham, Washington, and then moved back to Moncks Corner for another 11 years. In 2007, we decided to move back to the West Coast, so that we could be closer to my family in Canada. We chose the Scappoose community to move to and have been here ever since.
I have been a music teacher in one capacity or another for 39 years. I started teaching private music lessons in my mom's music store when I was 16 and have been teaching ever since. I've taught music lessons in my home here in Scappoose for the last 13 years, and have also taught music in the local homeschool community. I was a home educator and taught my three children at home for 17 years. My kids are all grown and graduated now, with the youngest just graduating this past school year (2020). My oldest Daniel is 24, my daughter Anna is 21 and Benjamin, the youngest, is 18. At this point they all continue to live in my home and work within our community. My husband Richard and I have been married for 34 years. We also have a dog named Samwise Gamgee (Sam), a bird named Frodo, and a spotted leopard gecko named Draycus.
I started my education in Canada at my local community college (Douglas College) and earned my Associate of Music (1986). Then I married Richard and moved to South Carolina. I received my Bacherlor of Arts majoring in music (flute performance) at the College of Charleston (1989). Over the last couple of years as my children have graduated and moved into a new chapter of their lives, I have also started a new chapter in mine. I decided to go back to school and get my teaching degree. I attended Concordia University's evening masters program and worked at Grant Watts Elementary School during the daytime as an instructional assistant. This past spring I graduated with my Master of Arts in Teaching.
When I saw the posting for the music teacher position at Grant Watts, my heart skipped a beat, because this was the exact job that I had been hoping for. I have felt such a joy and connection to this school, and I am so excited to be here now as a teacher. I am looking forward to meeting and reconnecting with the new and returning students of Grant Watts Elementary School.
Fun Fact: I painted Grant the Gray wolf and the mural on the entry wall of the school.