Ms. Maryjo Christenson

  • Hello, Crescent Harbor students and families! 

    My name is Maryjo Christenson. I am the K-4 Literacy Coach.  I look forward to supporting teachers, students, and families in the area of literacy.

    This is my first year at Crescent Harbor Elementary, my 5th year with the Oak Harbor Public Schools, and my 23rd year of teaching. I have a special education background and have worked with students in various grades and ability levels.

    I am passionate about supporting students diagnosed with Dyslexia and other reading challenges. I completed training from IMSE (Institute for Multisensory Education) and the Dyslexia Training Institute.  These trainings provided extensive information on assessing the reading skills of students, implementing successful strategies, and understanding reading deficits in students of all ages and abilities.

    My philosophy of education is that all children are capable of learning. I believe teachers must continually adapt and adjust their teaching to the learning style of individual students. My goal for all students is to develop a love for learning and grow socially and emotionally. I enjoy finding ways to engage students in learning, encourage them to find their strengths, and become confident and successful learners. 

    My family moved to WA in 2007 from CA. We were a Navy family for 20 years and happy to settle in the PNW. I have three amazing, young adult children that are on their own. My two daughters live and work in California, and my son lives in Bellingham. I enjoy visiting and spending time with them. I have two grandpups named Levi and Flora Bella!  I enjoy reading, baking pies, hiking, gardening, and kayaking.

    It’s going to be a great school year, and I look forward to meeting you! 


    Ms. Christenson 


    Ms. Maryjo Christenson
    Literacy Teacher
    Office Hours
    By appointment
    Bachelor of Science,
    Elementary and Special Education
    University of Washington Certificate in Educational Leadership