Mr. Ethan Lichtenwalter 8

I graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, History, and Religion Minor. I completed my Elementary Certification from Union College and am currently working on my master's from Walla Walla University. 

I have participated in short term missions to Mexico through

Walla Walla and served as a task force dean at Auburn Adventist Academy for one year. Although I don’t prefer to be up front, I do enjoy serving others, it might be through music instead, or behind the scenes. 

My passion is teaching my students to love and know a God that is always there for them and is all-present, all-powerful and all-knowing. I desire my classroom to be a place that is a safe environment, filled with engaged learning, and the chatter of investigative minds working. I want my students to love learning and understand how to use their own mind and methods to confront and solve the problems life might present. I am reminded frequently that God is also a Creator, and my Redeemer. Another important reminder is, “with God ALL things are possible.”

I did not always think I would be a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher, and she might have always seen that in me. I really enjoyed several of my teachers throughout my elementary and high school years. Those individuals and the classroom environment helped shape my desire to be an excellent teacher, emulating the characteristics of a caring and God-fearing individual. I worked with kids during high school at camp and my college years at camp and various schools. These experiences led me closer to making the choice to be a teacher. I know how God has worked and is still working in my life to get me to where I am in my relationship with Him to trust fully every step of my day.  

My first teaching job was a one-room school in Bourbon, Missouri. We started that school year, late, more students than they had informed me about in my interview, and a slightly overwhelmed first year teacher. Those two years taught me a lot about my classroom techniques, myself personally, and about the value of trustworthy and encouraging individuals in ones’ life. Although difficult this experience strengthened my belief in being in the classroom and serving young people. The people we met there and in Springfield, Missouri will always hold a special place in my heart.  

I love living in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived only two states permanently, Michigan and Washington. I love the mountains in the area, snowboarding, sledding, and hiking. I have a love for running with my wife Amber, we have done three ½ marathons (The Beats in Seattle was the first one, Bass Pro ½, two years in a row. When it’s not wet in the morning, I enjoy a run of 4-5 miles. That’s my secret to 10,000 steps.  

 

 

I love to travel and have been to Georgia, Armenia, Russia, China, Korea, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, England, Ireland, and a small portion of the states. I am looking forward to traveling to Lebanon, where my parents currently reside at Middle East University. 

I am a proud parent of a 4-year-old, Avery Jewel, and soon to be three total kids with twins arriving any day now. My wife Amber is a Registered Nurse and an amazing mother, and loving wife.