Walla Walla High math teacher expands AVID role - Etcetera - 9/26/13

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Walla Walla High School math teacher Mike Gobel has expanded his role with the Advancement Via Individual Determination program to a national level.

Gobel taught the senior AVID class at Wa-Hi last year and is now working for the program as a consultant in 11 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii, the school district announced Tuesday.

He teaches AVID elective teacher workshops in the fall and spring.

“I am a believer in the impact and life changes that AVID gives its students,” Mike said in the announcement. “This new role is a chance to impact more students and I believe new challenges keep people young.”

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


A number of students from the Walla Walla area have been named to the University of Washington dean’s list for spring 2013 quarter, according to a release received this month.

Dayton: David William III Phillips, senior; Christian Garcia, junior; Keisha Marie Phillips, sophomore.

Pomeroy: Elena Vladimirovna Webb, Elena Vladimirovna Webb, sophomores.

Walla Walla: Seth Franklin Hampson, Reanna Lee Hicks, Janet Loren Hill, Casey Jaye Hutchinson, Margaret Simone Kammer, Qianying Lin, Chrystal Lynn Sosa, Peter Gerrit Vander Griend, seniors; Kyle Martin Lindgren, Dylan Jay Locati, Elizabeth Pedroza, Michael William Pontarolo, juniors; Karri Alice Mickelson, William Marcus Parnicky, sophomores.

To qualify for the list, students must complete at least 12 graded credits and have a GPA of at least 3.50.


Derek Richwine and Lexi Sturm, both of Milton Freewater, joined the George Fox University campus in Newberg, Ore., this fall. They are among a group of 604 first-time freshmen, making it the biggest first-year class in the history of the institution and marking a 30-percent increase in freshman enrollment from the fall of 2012, when 423 enrolled.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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