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Julie Niehaus ~ Physical Education major also known as Kinesiology, from Sonoma State University in 1988.
Growing up in Oregon, I knew in elementary school that I wanted to become a teacher. This of course attributes to the great experiences I had with those first six teachers I had in school. After graduating in 1979 from Waldport High School I became a seasonal firefighter, working with the State of Oregon and the National Forest Service. After two summers of building trail, cuttin' fire line, runnin' chain saw on the front line, and air dropped into the SawTooth Mountains, I finally had enough of the hard, rugged work of fighting fires and decided that college would definitely be in my future. I packed up all my belongings and headed south, landing in Sonoma County in 1980. One week later, I was sharing an upstairs of an old Victorian with two other girls, discovering the Russian River and taking entrance exams for Spring admittance 1981.
As I trudged through general education, and prerequisites to get to those g. e. requirements, I vowed to take a fun class every semester. Those fun classes turned out to be P.E. classes. One of my favorite discoveries going to college was how many different choices of Physical Education classes offered.
I have coached 15 seasons including swimming, softball, track and volleyball. I have attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for professional advancement since the summer of 1989 as a part of my desire to continue my education.
Currently I teach Physical Education.