If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
— Paul, from his 1st-century letter to the early Christian church in Rome.

Willamette Valley


Mrs. Smith-Gillespie has a BA in American Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, and a Masters in Secondary Education with History sub-field from Arizona State University.  Nicknamed "Mrs. SG" by her first public school students in Arizona, she moved to Oregon in 1999 and taught History, Government and Language Arts in both alternative and private schools, prior to joining BWA.   When not teaching, Mrs. SG loves spending time with her family,  traveling or on the ski slopes.