• Welcome to Fifth Grade at Sakai!


    Welcome back to school and to an exciting upcoming year in FIFTH grade! My name is Ms. Stoknes and I’m very excited to be teaching 5th grade at Sakai.  I will be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies and Ms. Walter will be teaching Math and Science.  I am looking forward to getting to know you and can’t wait for a year full of learning, adventures, and fun! 

    I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended the University of Washington for undergrad and Seattle University for my Masters in Teaching.  This year will be my 14th year of teaching!  My experience includes one year in the Seattle School district as a reading/math specialist and 10 years in the Shoreline School district as a 2nd and 3rd-grade teacher.  I also took on a leadership role in the Shoreline School District leading training for teachers in the area of language acquisition for English Language Learners.  I am passionate about teaching and building a classroom community that is caring, nurturing, positive and centered on learning.  I look forward to a year filled with learning, growth and happy memories. 

    When I’m not in the classroom I am at home on the South end of Bainbridge Island playing with my eight-year-old twins, Liam and Olivia, who are starting 3nd grade this year at Blakely Elementary.  We enjoy going on hikes, riding bikes, swimming, taking our dogs Jackson and new puppy, Finn on walks, paddle boarding, fly fishing and traveling together as a family.  This summer we spent two weeks in the sun in Sunriver, OR.  We also bought a new boat and have been loving spending time exploring the water of the Puget Sound.  My husband, Brennen, grew up on Bainbridge and we have enjoyed living here for the past four years.  We love living in such a beautiful place and feel lucky to be part of this community. 

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     Sunriver, OR Legoland, CA Pacific Crest Trail with my sister, Kristin

                       Me, Olivia, Liam in Sunriver, OR                           Roller Coaster at Legoland, CA                                            Pacific Crest Trail, WA