Lane Backstrom attended Three Rivers Christian all the way from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She graduated as valedictorian in 2010 and set off for Washington State University in Pullman.
“WSU offered the programs I was interested in, but ultimately there was a peace from God that was just saying ‘This is where you’re gonna be.’”
Lane graduated, with honors, from WSU in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics, a Bachelors of Arts in history, a secondary teaching certificate & a minor in French. Shortly after, she began her student teaching at Kelso High School in Algebra and World History. The following fall, she began working full time at Kelso as a teacher of AP World History and French 1.
“Coming from a big university, transitioning to Kelso wasn’t scary. My biggest concern was making relationships with the students. I understood that most of the kids have had a very different high school experience than me, and I wanted to find a way to connect with them in a way that would be meaningful.”
Now Lane is in her second year at Kelso, teaching both on-level sophomore World History and 3 sections of AP World History. She was recently featured in an article in The Educator about her exceptional work as a second-year AP teacher.
When reflecting back upon her time at Three Rivers, Lane has fond memories of the unity and team dynamics of her class. One example of this demonstrated itself with their class senior prank. Lane remembers how much fun the whole class had planning and executing their ideas, and how well they worked together. She also is able to reflect back on how the staff of Three Rivers impacted her desire to become an educator herself.
“Each teacher was able to model their class around their own personality and unique giftings. I saw how passionate they were about their subject matter–they wanted us to actually internalize the content, not simply regurgitate it.”
Lane specifically remembers having a moment of clarity in Mrs. Jeanne Nortness’s 4th grade class of understanding the importance of learning for its own sake.
“I didn’t really have a favorite subject going through school, I just enjoyed learning. Diving into the content, trying to understand how and why things worked–that is really what I loved the most.”