Pagosa Springs Elementary School

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4th grade teacher

  • born and raised in Toledo, Ohio & the Irish Hills, S. Michigan
  • to Marilyn: 4th grade teacher/librarian and Clarence, Jr (d.): USMC/ attorney
  • most significant influence: grandfather... Clarence, Sr.: comedian/ story-teller extrordinaire
  • Michigan Wolverine fan since stopped sucking thumb
  • graduate: DeVilbiss H.S. 1974
  • lifelong Detroit Tigers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Bears fan
  • Colleges/Universities: Univ. of Toledo--anthropology, Ohio State Univ.--lit., Concord College--BS educ.                      grad. 1988...cum laude
  • grades 1-6 certification
  • 35 yrs.--professional whitewater raft guide: West Virginia & Colorado
  • 4th & 6th grade teacher: 10 yrs.--Highland Ave.Elem., Montgomery, AL
                                            20 yrs--Pagosa Springs Elem., Pagosa Springs,CO
  • married to Trish Padian, 2009...(voted Woman of the Decade)
  • daughter Molly Textor...(voted Best Daughter Ever)
  • adopted 20+ shelter dogs/cats
  • other activities: reading, artwork, music, camping, traveling, growing garlic/native plants