Dan and Doris Tchobanoff of Steilacoom, Washington, were optimistic when their daughter, Hannah, left for Seattle Pacific University to become a teacher. Though not SPU graduates themselves, they had a meaningful college experience and wanted one for her.
Another campus place that fed her personal growth was Brougham Pavilion, where she cheered Falcon sporting events, one year winning airline tickets for attending the most. She made friends there, worked in the gym equipment room, and performed solo hand bells in the annual Student Talent Show in Brougham. The hand bells, an important part of her student teaching, ignited the musical enthusiasm of third and fourth graders.
Hannah’s chief goal was to be a light for Christ in public schools. Today, she has hit the mark and teaches second grade at Cherrydale Primary School in Steilacoom. Her Wednesday mornings classroom helper is her mom, who attended a one-room schoolhouse for grades one through eight.
“What a blessing to experience teaching with Hannah,” Doris says. More than once, their students have giggled over a lively interchange between “Miss Tchobanoff” and “Mrs. Tchobanoff.”
“SPU’s effort to engage the culture and change the world in Christian commitment is something that all Christian schools and churches could benefit from,” Dan says. “Through our donations, Doris and I count it a joy to team with SPU in Christian education to its fullest.”