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9/14/2011 10:48:00 AM
Portland - St. Therese School
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Laura Bissonette, music teacher at St. Therese School, and fiddling champion.
St. Therese School photo
Laura Bissonette, music teacher at St. Therese School, and fiddling champion.

Two new teachers have started.

Peggy Horne, preschool teacher, holds a bachelor degree in elementary education from the University of Portland and a master's in elementary education from Portland State. Both degrees have endorsements in early childhood education. Horne taught for two years at Mountain View Christian School, 13 years at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver, Wash., seven years at Pacific Crest Academy and the last four years at Mount Pleasant School.

Adam Skarr, nre fifth grade teacher, graduated last December from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in special education and early childhood special education. He taught in the Spokane Public Schools until June when he moved to Portland to begin in the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education, advanced teacher training at the University of Portland. Skarr will teach for two years at St. Therese while working on a master's in teaching degree. He lives in community with five other PACE students who are teaching at De La Salle in North Portland, La Salle in Milwaukie and Our Lady of Lourdes in Vancouver.

In addition, St. Therese congratulates Laura Bissonette, the music teacher, for winning the Scottish Fiddling Competition at the Portland Highland Games on July 16. Bissonette played a set of Scottish tunes, winning four medals, taking the title of "Grand Champion." She has been invited to compete in the national competition in Virginia.

Her early musical training was in classical forms, including keyboard study, with help from her father Frank Lebold, who taught organ and music theory at Mount Angel Seminary. Bissonette began Celtic fiddling about 20 years ago.

At St. Therese, she directs orchestra, band, drama and handbell choir. She uses elements of music to improve students' aptitude and ability in mathematics and writing.

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