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Sherrill Kelso-McDowell Staff Photo

High School Diploma:    Curtis High School, University Place, WA

Bachelor of Arts:          University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

                                     Major:  Communication and Theatre Arts

                                     Minors:  English Writing and Education

Masters of Education:  University of Puget Sound

                                     Guidance and Counseling


Additional EducationlCoursework Beyond Masters:  Portland State University, City University, University of Puget Sound




Teaching Experience:

Holy Rosary, Tacoma, WA                          First Grade

Washington High School, Parkland, WA     High School Drama and Language Arts

Curtis Junior High, University Place, WA   Grades 8 and 9 Journalism, Drama, and Literature

Counseling Experience:

Astoria School District, K-8

Seaside School District, K-8 and K-5

Currently certified in State of Oregon as Counselor, Pre K-12

Currently certified in State of Oregon as Teacher

Past Certification in Washington as Teacher



The 2017-2018 school year will mark my 28th year in the field of education! It will also be my first year as a counselor serving only ONE building--The Heights Elementary.   I was born and spent most of my life in University Place, WA, which is just outside the city of Tacoma.  There, I taught first grade, high school Drama and English, and junior high Drama and Journalism. I also worked with local parks' district programs and directed numerous children's theatre productions.  After 12 years, I entered the field of Educational Counseling.. 

My husband and I moved to the Seaside area 16 years ago to pursue a dream of living in a smaller community where we could forge stronger relationships (and have less traffic!)  After working in the Astoria School District for two years, I came to the Seaside School District in 2003, and have been here ever since. 

In my spare time, I enjoy pursuing genealogy, finding and collecting vintage toys and dolls, camping, walking, and being entertained by my two spoiled cats.  We also visit family quite regularly in the University Place and Puyallup areas.