Just as math is in my blood, teaching is a part of me.”

Elizabeth’s Story

A graduate of Seattle University with a BS in mathematics and a minor in physics, Elizabeth Kackley has enjoyed mathematics since childhood. She has also always wanted to be a teacher. Elizabeth has tutored mathematics at all levels, from elementary school arithmetic to college-level calculus. Most recently, Elizabeth worked with students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, an inner-city school in Seattle, and as an instructor at the YWCA in Belize City, Belize, where she taught 40 high-school-age girls remedial math. “I returned to that feeling of pure enjoyment from simple math, and passed that delight onto my students. Seeing those girls grow in confidence and esteem through learning math concepts was an amazing sight.” Working with the students in Belize solidified her desire to teach.

Elizabeth is a recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Romano Scholarship and the Dallas Community Foundation Scholarship. She was Seattle University’s Bannan Scholar and Trustee’s Scholar. Elizabeth earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Willamette University.  She teaches algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and physics at Santiam High School, a small high school in Oregon.