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Geoff McLachlan

As a third generation Washingtonian, Geoff was born into a teaching family. His mother is an elementary teacher and his father is a high school English teacher as well as track and cross country coach. With aunts, uncles, cousins and both sets of grandparents in education, Geoff didn’t have to look far to find a rewarding career. After two years at North Idaho College, Geoff began working at a local high school as an educational assistant in the special education program. It was then that Geoff decided to embark on his journey as an educator. Geoff graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors degree in Education and endorsements in K-8 general education and K-12 in reading with a minor in special education.

While attending college, Geoff was heavily involved in theatre, both on and off the stage, and also worked with the Coeur d’ Alene Summer Theatre as the shop Foreman and assistant Technical Director. Since graduation from college in 2003, Geoff has had the opportunity to teach a broad spectrum of subjects and grade levels. He has taught Kindergarten, LAP/Title reading programs to 1-4th graders, Physical Education and woodworking as a shop teacher at Shaw middle school in Spokane, WA (and still has all his fingers and toes). Geoff has recently joined the Idaho Drug Free Youth team in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He is busy traveling the state of Idaho and working on drug and alcohol prevention with the great youth of Idaho. Geoff is a proud Scotsman with a big red beard and an energy that is hard to equal. This self-proclaimed goofball finds that his strength and passion comes in working with students at all levels.

Geoff has a youthful approach to life coupled with an old world charm that makes speaking and teaching a good fit. Geoff has had a recent addition to his family in the form of his son Emmett. He is a blessing and just about the cutest thing Geoff has ever seen. Some of Geoff’s hobbies and interests include: avid karaoke singer, guitar player, martial artist, actor, fly fisherman, home remodeling enthusiast, dog trainer, hearty eater, brother, husband, father, son and friend to all. Geoff shares his life with his beautiful wife Danelle, who is working on her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy, and his awesome K-9 Seamus.