Degrees and Certifications:
BS Elementary Education/Interdisciplinary Studies (Western Oregon University) MAT Education Program (Southern Oregon University)
My name is Gina Halpin, and I teach a 4th/5th grade loop here at Siuslaw Elementary School. I am excited to be your student’s teacher! This 2017-18 school year marks my 20th year in teaching.
My teaching career began in a second grade classroom at Aumsville Elementary. There, I enjoyed ten years in second grade, and then another two in 4th grade; before returning to my hometown of Florence.
My husband and I have two teenagers, and one adult daughter. Often times you will find our family enjoying the adventurous, outdoor lifestyle that this beautiful area affords us. From fishing the many lakes, exploring the endless hiking trails that deposit on the sandy beaches or vast sand dunes, or just playing tourist at the many festivals located nearby; we enjoy it all!
Traveling and exploring other cultures is another passion of mine! Recently, I was able to spend fifteen days in Greece and Italy. It provided an opportunity to see another culture and expose myself to values of daily life found in communities half way around the world.
This curiosity of culture was born in 1985 in a 5th grade Siuslaw Elementary classroom. Now, no longer the student in 2017, I hope aspirations and goals take my 5th graders wherever they want to go! Near or far, I want them to feel successful in whatever domain they choose!
Here is to an amazing year!