Heather Raley

 Heather Raley, English

My journey into the world of education began at birth when I would spend my days in my mother’s middle school classroom. Little did I know then, and even into my undergraduate studies, that a life of service in the academic world would be my calling. I graduated in 2004 from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work. I worked in the social work field for a while before fully trusting others when they would tell me that I was made to be a teacher. I attended Seattle Pacific University where I received my Master of Arts in Teaching and teaching certificate in 2007. I worked at Gateway, formerly known as Christ the King Academy, where I taught junior high English, 7th grade Bible, and Spanish. The study of English and the written word fills me with such joy and energy; I eagerly await the role I have been entrusted as the middle school English teacher here at Crosspoint. I feel blessed and humbled to be returning to this family.

I was born in Eugene, Oregon and lived there my whole childhood. My husband, Dave, and I met at Azusa Pacific University our freshman year and were married in 2004, upon graduating college. Dave works at Masterworks in Poulsbo. We have lived in Poulsbo for twelve years and have attended newlife church during that time. We currently attend the North Kitsap campus of newlife. We are blessed to serve on the elder board there as well as monthly serving in the children’s programs. In addition to serving at newlife, I have the privilege to direct the middle school AWANA program at North Kitsap Baptist Church. This will be my fourth year. We have two children who keep us busy and laughing. Paige is a 1st grader at Crosspoint and Emma is four years old. As I respond to the calling on my life to teach children, I am reminded of what an important job it is. Every school day, I get to be face-to-face with God’s children. I don’t take that calling lightly. I am reminded how much I need to rely on God’s greatness and strength with this quote by a woman I respect greatly, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa


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