Meet Gretchen Wearne, New Language Arts Teacher

The Garfield PTSA reached out to our new teachers with a few questions – e.g. tell us about yourself and why you went into teaching, do you have any pets, what activities do you enjoy and what advice would you share?  Until we can meet in person, it’s nice to get to know our teachers in some way that we can. 

My name is Ms. Wearne and I am so excited to be teaching here at Garfield! I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California, but as of September 1st I’ve been a Washingtonian for whole decade! Prior to teaching language arts to 9th and 10th graders, I spent some time as professional gift buyer, as a craft brewery taproom manager, and I even spent a little time as an elected official for the City of Leavenworth. Before all of that though, I volunteered in public schools with the AmeriCorps. After the AmeriCorps I decided to become a teacher, but I also decided to take a couple detours along the way.  

I am a cat person and a dog person, and also a little bit of an exotic animal person. I have two cats and one big dog, and I used to have a pet hedgehog!  

When I’m not in the classroom, I like to be outside. I like to spend my weekends reading, snowboarding, downhill mountain biking, listening to music, and drinking tea. 

If I could share a piece of advice with my students, it would be to practice empathy. Be kind to yourself and be kind to each other.   


Welcome to Garfield, Ms Wearne! –  Garfield PTSA