Tracie (Gay) Schmidt

Name: Tracie Schmidt

Name in High School: Tracie Gay

Current City/State: Post Falls, ID

Current Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher

Single/Married/Other: Been married for 10 years to Rick

Kids: Abigail 6, Noah 4, Jonathan 2, Samuel 6 months

Pets: Oh my…when you have kids someone should tell you the pets start to accumulate! Dog, 2 bunnies, 3 frogs, 2 fish & lots of wildlife (and I’m not talking about the kids!)

What H.S. group, club, sports or activities were you involved in?: Band, Spanish Club

What is your favorite high school memory?: Many, many memories of band mishaps…getting hit in the head during the Lilac Parade with a drum mallet nearly knocking off my big marshmellow band hat, Mr. Terris yelling, slipping on band equipment, feeling bad for band members that were getting chewed out in front of the whole class. etc. Never a dull moment.

Miss anything about those days?: Carefree life of a teenager

Military Service/College/Other: Graduated from LCSC in ’94 with a B.A. in Elementary Ed. with a Music minor

What have you been doing since June, 1990?: In the fall of ’94, I was hired by the Lakeland SD to teach kindergarten. I taught at Betty Kiefer, John Brown and Athol. After teaching there for 8 years, I was hired on in Post Falls to teach kindergarten. In ’96, I went on a trip with YWAM (Youth with a mission) to Hawaii and did some service work there. In ’99, I spent 8 weeks in China teaching English and sharing Jesus with the Chinese people on the side. 2000 found myself getting married to Rick, honeymooning in Victoria, Canada and making our home in Post Falls. We recently bought property and built a house in Post Falls. We love living in the woods. At the end of 2003, I became a mom for the first time. Then again in 2006, ’08 and most recently in January of this year. What a huge blessing our children are. Of course, our lives are crazy at times however the joy that comes with being a parent far outweighs the crazy, frustrating times!

Significant Achievements?: Finding a wonderful man marry (it only took 28 years!) and having awesome kids that love Jesus and share his love with others.

Places you’ve traveled?: Hawaii, China, Canada, Washington, Oregon, Florida, California, Alaska, Montana, Minnesota

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