Ms. Montanya (aka Griffin)
Iva Alice Mann Middle School
6th Grade Connections/Lan. Arts/Learning Strat/Social Studies
(253)583-5440 ext. 4425
Ms. Montanya has been a teacher for about 28 years. (It's been so long that
I have lost track of the exact number of years.) She started out as a
substitute teacher and then went on to teach Special Education Preschool for
3 years in Moses Lake. She then moved to Lakewood where she taught a self-
contained Special Education class of 4-6th graders at Lake City Elementary.
After teaching at Lake City for 9 years she decided that she wanted a change
and decided to teach Regular Education classes at Mann Middle School. While
at Mann she has taught 8th grade Social Studies and Science, 7th and 8th
grade Language Arts, 7th grade Social Studies, Science, and 6-8 Learning
Strategies. She currently teaches 6th grade Connections, Language Arts,
Learning Strategies, and Social Studies
Ms. Montanya's undergraduate degree is in Special Education and Reading. She
also has a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling
Ms. Montanya is married and is the mother of 3 children: Skyler age 30,
Nikki age 29, and Zachary age 23. She also has two step - children: Ryan
and Joey Griffin ages
18 and 16.
Skyler is a union carpenter and is living and going to school in California.
He eventually plans on becoming a pharmacist. Nikki recently became an LPN
Nurse and is planning on going on to become an RN. Zach is a carpenter that
is interested in tattooing and body piercing.
Mission For The Class
The mission for the class is that each student develops an attitude of
independence and maturity. Each student should learn to resist peer pressure
and strive to be the best that he or she can be. Remember the keys kids:
1. Self- Control is the key to responsible living.
2. Responsible living is the key to a successful a successful life.
Make lemonade out of lemons.
Eliminate scatter from the visual field.
Be kind to siblings and parents, and especially guest teachers!!!!
Add new words to both your passive and active vocabulary daily.
Challenge yourself to work on things that are difficult for you. (Remember
the chair I put together?)
There is no substitute for thinking for yourself.
Something else to ponder:
"There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us
that it hardly behooves the best of us to talk about the rest of us." -Unknown