Meeting My Neighbors: Dianne Gillespie

Name: Dianne Gillespie

Family Member Names: Gavin-1989 Ferndale High School Graduate and owner of Natural Art Landscaping. Noah is almost 20 years old! A 2018 Ferndale High School graduate. Noah is just finishing up his first year at Central Washington University where he is studying History/Social Studies teaching. He hopes to return to Ferndale High School to teach someday! (Hint, hint Jeremy)
Reese will be 18 this summer. He will be a Senior at Ferndale High School next year. He is very active in the Leadership program, sports, Young Life and the Customs Border Protection Explorer program. He will attend Whatcom CC after graduating. Reese will pursue a career in Customs and Border Protection and hopes to live here locally.

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I am a Whatcom County transplant! I was born in beautiful Hawaii, moved to Groton, CT as a child and then to Kennewick, WA- which is “where I’m from”!! Those of you who know me know that I am always cold, and I believe it’s because my thermostat is set a little different having lived in warmer climates!!!! After graduating from Kamiakin High School I attended Wenatchee Valley Community College where I played basketball and softball. It is also where I met Gavin! I graduated from Western Washington University and have lived here ever since! Gavin and I married in 1994. Gavin started our business…Natural Art Landscaping the following year. I spent many years working at Northwest Podiatric Lab in Blaine in their tech department (let me be clear….I gave Drs. product advice…I did not work on computers!). After we started a family, I continued to work full time. When the kids started elementary school, I decided to work part time at the lab…. traveling once a month to trade shows. I did this for several years. I always volunteered in the classrooms and was active in the PTO. That led to me being a para educator substitute and then a para educator. I have worked in several different schools in the district. I currently work in the office at Vista Middle School and I also supervise before school, after school and at lunches. This by far is the best job ever! I get to help so many different people in the office….and then I get to go out with the kids during lunch and play and interact with them!!! There is a lot of football throwing that goes on…I love throwing the deep balls to the boys! I also work “in the office” at home doing the paperwork for our Landscaping business. I am still active in sports (basketball is my favorite!) and I love going to Ferndale sporting events and will continue to after Reese has graduated!

What brought you to Ferndale? Gavin! He has lived in Whatcom County most of his life. After I graduated from Western, Gavin and I lived in his family’s farmhouse-just west of Horizon Middle School where the housing development now sits. We bought property in the county and built a house that we moved into the day after Reese was born (NOT a plan I recommend to anyone!….it was just how it worked out!). We still reside in that house…. we hope to downsize in the next few years and stay in the area.

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? Since 1992

Best Ferndale landmark? Point Whitehorn Nature Trail. The whole family loves that place. An easy walk through the woods down to the beach…. where it is so quiet and beautiful.

What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? I really think the best memories have come working in the school district. I have met so many kids, teachers, parents, staff and coaches throughout the years. I love seeing the kids years later and getting hugs from them or a “Hey I remember you from Eagleridge!”. It is so fun to watch kids grow and learn.

Who should we meet next? There are a LOT of people I think you should meet!! Sara Fassett, Shannon Wanlin, Sandy Peppar, Fran Genger, Marty Moravec, Jana Hatchett, Erin Gunter, Heather Leighton, Jamie Thomas, Sam Wood, any teacher/employee in the district for that matter! If you need more…. there are so many more wonderful people to meet!!

One comment

  1. So fun to read this, my sweet Daughter!!!! Beautifully written. this mew facebook page, “Meeting your neighbors” is a terrific page. Looking forward to reading the other friend’s entries.

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