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‘Channeling’ Her Passion for Teaching

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Some people can’t wait to get out of high school. Elisabeth (Elise) Harrell couldn’t wait to go back.

Eight years after graduating from Channel Islands High School (CIHS), the Oxnard native excitedly returned in 2011 as a teacher. In between, she married her high school sweetheart, attended Moorpark and Ventura College, earned her biology degree from CI in 2009, and completed her single-subject teaching credential at CI in 2010.

“I absolutely love remaining in this community,” she said. “I think having that connection helps me relate to the students. At the beginning of the school year I share pictures of me from high school and what teachers I had. The students seem to really enjoy it.”

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