Paula Fairchild

About Mrs. Fairchild

    This will be my Lucky 13th year teaching in the North Thurston School District. I began my public school teaching experience at Evergreen Forest where I taught classroom music and beginning Orchestra. When Salish began, I graduated to middle school and began my dream job of teaching Orchestra with 6th, 7th and 8th grade string students. I continue to teach beginning strings at Lacey Elementary. I enjoy teaching, giving students what they need to develop skills on the instrument of their choice and planting seeds of curiosity and joy as they experience music. 
    I feel blessed to be part of a strong team of educators, especially at this time in our world's history. Now, more than ever, the relationships I build with students as we work together online is of upmost importance.  I want students to know I am here to help them learn about music, their instrument, and about how to make strong choices even in the most difficult of situations. We are a community of people, learning and working together with the idea and hope we will be together again to be an Orchestra!
    I know full well the feeling of being a "lone player" and the silence brought by Covid. I am a professional violinist and a member of the South Puget Sound Community Symphony, serving as their Concertmaster. I miss being in rehearsals and making music with others!  I continue to practice on my violin so I am ready when we get to be together again. My husband, Steve, and I celebrated 35 years of marriage this past July 27! We have three adult children, Rowanne, Michael and Samuel. Steve and I enjoy traveling, hiking, yoga, gardening (he does the lawn, I do the flowerbeds), and we love spending time with our children and extended family and friends--masking up and social distancing included.  
    I truly look forward to the year ahead and to being a part of your home and family community. We are stronger together! I hope you will feel heard and supported as we work through this time together as partners in your child's education.
    "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
    WB Yeats


  •  1st Period  Salish Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra
     2nd Period  Salish Middle School 6th Grade Orchestra
     3rd Period  Salish Middle School 6th Grade Orchestra
     4th Period  Salish Middle School 7th Grade Orchestra
    2:40 - 3:10

    Lacey Elementary,

    Monday and Tuesday

    Beginning Strings, Online
    2:00 -2:45

    Lacey Elementary,

    Thursday and Friday

    Beginning Strings, Small Groups

    3:30 - 4:00

    Office Time,

    Monday thru Thursday