“I thought perhaps I could be the sort of person that had a job to earn money and then would seek my deeper life satisfaction outside of that job. But after two and a half years working in the corporate world, I realized I was not that person. Healthy human relationships, connections between people, have always been very important to me, getting my Master’s in Social Work seemed to align with that.”
Tracie earned her undergraduate degree from Whitworth University in Sociology and Peace Studies. After graduation, she vowed to travel and explore her options. This led her to two enviable stints with Americorps, first working with youth teaching at a job skills café on Whidbey Island and then working with Habitat for Humanity in Seattle. Tracie also lived on a sailboat with her husband in the Puget Sound area and worked as an Event Coordinator with Amazon before making the decision to pursue her Master’s at EWU.
Currently, Tracie works for Spokane Public School’s HEART (Homeless Education and Resource Team) Program. This federally mandated program identifies homeless students within school populations and provides services to support the educational rights of those students. She particularly enjoys advocating for unaccompanied high schoolers. Growing up, Tracie remembers her mother often opened up their home to others that might be experiencing a difficult time. She credits her mother with passing on her sense of compassion and belief that we should take care of one another.