Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. – Neil Gaiman
If Josie Warner could have a meal with anyone, alive or dead, it would be Liz Phair. “She was a music icon when I was growing up, and she has always inspired me to be brave, honest, and authentic.”
Josie was born in Kansas,“the child of two people who were a little too young to be part of the hippie generation.” She grew up in an old farmhouse with no plumbing or central heat, which was where she discovered her love of reading. As an act of teenage adventure, at eighteen she took a road trip to Alaska with friends to take a summer job in a salmon cannery. She moved to Seattle later that year, and has lived here ever since.
Josie’s been fortunate enough to travel to Thailand, Ireland, Mexico, and Canada, for personal and professional development. She reads two or three books a month (either print or audio), enjoys yoga, watching historical dramas, science fiction (and a little reality TV now and then). An excellent cook and baker, Josie’s taken classes on decorating cakes, making jam and cheese, and glassblowing. Her four-year old cat, occasionally likes to snuggle, but spends most of his time watching birds and bunnies in the yard.
Josie’s been a nanny, a kindergarten teacher at Seattle Hebrew Academy, and a First grade teacher at Kapka Cooperative School. For the past eleven years she’s taught literacy for first and second grade students at University Cooperative School, where the focus is community and creativity. After finishing fifth grade at U Co-op, Josie’s son, Oscar, started at PSCS in 6th grade and will graduate in June, 2022.
“I believe childhood is a journey, not a race, and that we should treat others with kindness. The six years we have spent at PSCS have been a gift and an inspiration. I joined the PSCS board because I would like to give something back to the school that has given my family so much.”
B.A., Developmental Education, Pacific Oaks College