Teacher Tuesday Profile: Liana Halstead

This week we are featuring our fun first grade teacher, Liana Halstead.  Read Liana’s interview here!

What is your name, and what grade/specialty do you teach?
Liana Halstead – 1st Grade

Tell us a bit about your family.  Do you have kids?  If so, what ages are they?  Do you have pets?halstead-first-grade
I’m married to Jeff Halstead who is the head baseball coach at University of Puget Sound. We have 2 beautiful little girls…Tatum who is 6 and in Mrs. Clapp’s first grade class and Elodie who is 9 months old and is keeping us on our toes daily. We have two pugs who were our first “babies” Porkchop (11) and Piper (10).

What are your hobbies?  What do you love to do outside of work?
From 2006-2015 I was the head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at University of Puget Sound –Although the time came to focus more on our family my love for lacrosse is still strong and I hope to one day get back into the game in some way. Other than lacrosse I enjoy being able to be a sports fan in any way possible, you’ll always find me at UPS baseball games and watching Seahawks on Sundays. Our family loves to watch movies together, take walks and spend time together as much as possible with busy schedules.

How long have you been teaching, and how many years at Crescent Heights?
I have been teaching for 11 years. I began teaching at Browns Point Elementary where I taught 2nd and 3rd grade and then was lucky to find a home for the past 9 years at CHE teaching primarily 1st but did find myself teaching 4th for a year J

What is the funniest thing a student has ever done in your class?
It’s hard to pick just one, as every day I think we have something happen but the other day a parent told me a story that really made me feel like our lessons hit home J

In first grade sentence writing is a big focus. Well this little boy was out in Seattle and saw some graffiti on the wall and told his mom that “Mrs. Halstead would not be happy because they did not use a period.” True story kiddo….it needs capitals, periods and details! J

If you weren’t a teacher, what else would you love to do as your career?Professional Organizer! I would love to be able to purchase everything in the Container Store and be able to organize all day, every day!

Tell us one thing you’d love for the families of Crescent Heights to know about you.
I love teaching at Crescent Heights and our community is the best! We decided to move to Browns Point area when we found out we were having our first child because I knew there was nowhere else that I would want to raise a family. I feel lucky to be part of this community and happy that we get to raise our family alongside the wonderful students/families at CHE.

Thanks Liana!