Profile: Mark and Christa Woodward

Who are you and who are your family members?

We are Mark and Christa Woodward - Our kids are Will (4th grade) and Lora (2nd grade)

How did McDonald Elementary enter your lives?

We were at JSIS and the language immersion wasn't working great for Lora, who is visually impaired - it proved to be too much for her. She made it through Kindergarten and then we switched her last year when she was in 1st grade. Once we switched Lora, Will really missed his sister - they are pretty close - so we looked into switching him and were able to do that. We have loved it so far and the kids love the 2nd-5th grade program - the teachers have been amazing this year!

What occupies your time?

Mark pastors at Seattle First Church of the Nazarene (church behind Dick's) and Christa is the office manager there, we also run Mosaic Community Coffeehouse. A large coffeehouse in the basement of the church which is a non-profit run on a "pay what you can" basis - we were doing it before Panera Bread started! It's a great place with a large kid's playroom and meeting space available to reserve. We love that we are able to serve the community and people who are less fortunate can get something to eat or drink even if they are unable to pay.

What would you like our community to know about you?

We love living in Wallingford and serving the people here, we can't think of anyplace we would rather be...well Christa would like to live in England someday....We are very happy that our kids found a great place to learn and grow at McDonald.

What are your hopes for the future?

For both kids to make it through elementary school without visiting Ms. Grinager too stay in this neighborhood and continue to make friends and serve our community.

Can you share a favorite or memorable elementary school moment from your past?

We are very old and tired and Elementary school seems like a long time ago...I'm sure it included ink wells, pig tails and covered wagons...oh wait, that was Laura Ingalls...

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