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Joan Pettee

So happy and excited to be here at Cayuse Prairie this year. What a wonderful opportunity to work with children to encourage and help them during each school day. 

Born in Cincinnati, I was raised mostly near New York City. Graduated from Centenary College in New Jersey with a AA Degree in Business. I began my career in accounting in New York City and later moved to Florida where I worked for the County Health Department. I met my husband Steve on a blind date and married a year later. While he finished his degree at the University of Florida, I worked as a medical transcriber in four clinics at the Shands Teaching Hospital at the university.

Our four children, three boys and a girl, were born in south Florida. Our family left Florida 36 years ago, trekking across the country not knowing where we would finally settle. Seeing the beautiful Flathead Valley convinced us to look no further and we have loved every moment of living here. We settled in Bigfork and later years Lake Blaine.

My working career was put on hold until later years when the children were in their junior high and high school years.
I substituted at Stillwater Christian School for four years and was also their bus driver. For the past 20+ years, I have worked in a local restaurant in customer service as part of their waitstaff. It was a great opportunity and fun getting to know so many in our Kalispell community. 

We have six grandchildren ages 7 (twins) to 18 and they are joy of our life. The older two live here and the others are in Temecula CA. We enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, church ministries with children, and spending lots of time with friends and family. 

Hoping to make this a memorable and progressive year for the children I will spend time with each day.