Clair Chean

Professional Biography

  • I am an immigrant – a naturalized U.S. citizen. I came to America many years ago and started attending American school in 6th grade (Maryland). After 14 months in Maryland, I moved to Pennsylvania where I graduated high school and college. From PA, I moved to Colorado where I earned my masters and got my teaching certification. I moved to Washington in 1991 and have been here ever since. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in North Thurston Public Schools.

    I am married with three children – all boys. The oldest is a junior at WSU, the 2nd is a high school senior doing Running Start full time at Green River College. My youngest is starting 9th grade. My wife is a native Washingtonian. She is an alumna of the Evergreen State College. Rounding out our family is our rescue Lab/Australian Shepard named Bailey.

    I enjoy traveling, gardening and collecting maps.


  • My association with ELL goes back a long, long time – before there was an ELL program formally offered in public schools (yes, I’m that old). I can clearly remember, as a new refugee, getting pulled out of class to receive one-on-one ‘language instruction’ by a school staff.

    Through the years, I’ve worked with English Language Leaners from ages 5 to 75, representing the five most inhabited continents and no less than 60 countries. My passion in working with ELL students – young and old – has never diminished.

    I believe that language is an important element that can often define a person’s self-worth.


    • South Bay Elementary: Mon, Tue, Wed (AM)
    • Meadows Elementary: Thu, Fri, Wed (PM)