Kenneth Tanner

Professional Biography

  • I've taught at Evergreen Forest for more than twenty-five years, five years in first/second grade and the rest in Physical Education. It is such an honor to teach and know all 600 Evergreen Forest students. It's equally fun to be teaching many children of former students.
    The best three days of each year come late in the school year...the 5th grade district track and field meets and field day at Evergreen Forest. Last spring the elementary P.E. teachers held our 18th annual track meets.  Nearly 8000 student/athletes have participated in the meets, with many Evergreen Forest students going on to claim state championships at River Ridge. Evergreen Forest's field day is always big fun, thanks to the wonderful parents and community members who volunteer their expertise and time. 
    I am a graduate of the world-famous Stadium High School in Tacoma.  Stadium and the adjoining Stadium Bowl are both over a century old, and the castle-like school was beautifully restored a few years ago. If you've never seen Stadium, it's worth a trip!
    My Bachelor's in Education is from Central Washington University, and my Masters followed. 

    My wife, Colleen, and I live right by Olympia High School, so we get to watch football, basketball, volleyball, track, baseball, plays and concerts weekly. I'm a bigger River Ridge Hawk fan, however, where lots of former Evergreen Forest kids are on the field or court, or in the band.
    Our son, Samuel, graduated a few years ago from the University of Washington with a major in Business and Entrepreneurship.  He was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. Samuel and his business partner Peter founded and own Joe Chocolates, a Seattle company which makes fine chocoilate + coffee confections.  Check out the Joe Chocolates website!
    Before entering teaching and during summer breaks, I worked for both the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service.  My time with the USGS included several years of hydrologic research immediately following the eruption of Mount St. Helens. With the NPS, I was a long-time backcountry ranger in Olympic National Park stationed at Staircase in the southeast corner of the park.  
    If you are ever trying to find a hike to do with your family, please ask me.


    • Fifth Grade - 8:35-9:15   
    • Third Grade - 9:20-10:00
    • Fourth Grade - 10:05-10:45
    • First Grade - 12:40-1:20
    • Skill work with 4th/5th - 1:25         
    • Kindergarten - 1:25-2:05
    • Third Grade - 2:10-2:50