Marcia Dempsey

I am the Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher at Skykomish High School. The CTE program provides occupational credit courses that are now part of the Washington State graduation requirements.  Many CTE courses also offer college credits at no expense to the students.  The program has provided funds to purchase new laptop computers for every high school student.  All of our CTE courses include career education with a focus on post-high school education and career planning.

I have my Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) with a minor in Business. I also have a Master’s degree in Sociology from SIUE.

I have a heart for teaching and helping children.  Rather than focusing on students’ weaknesses as a teaching methodology, I believe in emphasizing children’s strengths. I strive to continually bring students to new heights of learning and build their self-esteem. We have great students at Skykomish and I encourage their success every day.

I teach the following classes:

  • Microsoft Academy – Digital Literacy, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
    • Students have the opportunity to earn Microsoft certifications, while learning about Microsoft Office.
    • This course provides college credits based on certification exam scores.
  • Independent Living
    • Students explore topics such as daily living, career planning, job hunting, housing, personal finance, banking, budgeting, meal planning, obtaining a food handlers permit, cooking, and relationship building.
    • This course provides college credits.
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts
    • Students explore topics such as kitchen and food safety and sanitation, nutrition, meal planning, how to cook different types of food for small and large groups, and baking.
    • The students help plan and prepare the lunch meal for the entire school on a regular basis throughout the semester, and will prepare finger foods and desserts for the Parent Tea in May.
  • Applied Algebra I
    • Students will learn Algebra I, meeting the Washington State Learning Standards requirements, as well as the Common Core Standards.
    • Additionally, there will be an applied, career focus throughout the year, teaching students practical applications for the Algebra skills they acquire.
  • FCCLA – Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
    • Membership has been provided for each student who takes a CTE course. Students participate in the organizational activities during FLEX every other Friday. The emphasis is on leadership building and a service project is be completed each semester.
    • In the fall, students bake and help serve desserts for the Thanksgiving Community Dinner.
    • In the spring, students help prepare and serve desserts for the Parent Tea.
    • Students volunteer for Compassion Days at Pasado’s Safe Haven in Monroe, an animal rescue retreat.
  • Keyboarding and Computer Basics
    • This course is taught to students in grades K-12.
    • Using EduTyping curriculum, this online program teaches keyboarding skills.
    • The basics of computers, the Internet, e-mail, and security are discussed.


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