Schoolhires Gibson, Button

Published on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 by Jack Kintner

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School hires Gibson, Button

By Jack Kintner

The Blaine school board is now back up to full strength, having appointed Charles Gibson to fill Barrie Hull’s unexpired term and Shelley Button to fill Red Goodwin’s unexpired term.

Gibson was the only applicant for his district and was sworn in at the board’s September 25 meeting.

He will serve until the district 4 seat comes up for election in November of 2007. The 14-year Blaine resident is a pastor at Northwood Alliance Church on C Street.

Gibson has worked professionally with young people since 1972 when he was hired as a bus driver by the 2,400 acre New Mexico Boys Ranch near Albuquerque.

He became executive director in 1985 and by the time he left in 1992 the facility had grown to include three ranch campuses on over 12,000 acres with 50 employees and 150 residential boys and girls.

He and his wife Margaret have four children, all of whom attended Blaine schools and Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Catherine, 27, has just finished three years teaching English in China. Jonathan, 25, is a carpenter in Kona, Hawaii, and Julie Ann, 22, spent the summer in Kona but returns soon to SPU for graduate studies. Both were class valedictorians at Blaine. Benjamin, 18, is a freshman at SPU.
“Now that my last child is off to college, I would like to pay back some of the good my family received in this school district,” Gibson said in his application.

Button was one of two applicants for Goodwin’s district one position. Both candidates were described as “strong” after being interviewed at a special board meeting called last Friday before the choice was finally made in an extended executive session. The other candidate was Ed Onyon.

Button and her husband Nate have three children, Aidan, 6, Ellie, 4, and Cael, 2. After graduating from Blaine in 1989 she earned a degree in leisure services from Central Washington University in 1993.

Button worked for three years as a program director with special needs children at the Tacoma YMCA before moving to Blaine in 1993 where she was hired as an alternative recess teacher at Blaine elementary.

“My principal at the time, Warren Aller, urged me to go back to Western Washington University to pursue my teaching degree,” she said, and after completing her elementary education certification she was hired to teach fourth grade in 1998, and then sixth grade in 2001.

She has served on the Blaine Parks and Cemetery board since 2003 and is a Sunday school teacher at Christ the King Church’s Birch Bay Square location.