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By Alysen Boston
Gazette Reporter 

My Favorite Recipes: Meet Penny Gonzales


February 21, 2019

Penny Gonzales and her family gather for the wedding of her eldest daughter, Andrea, in Las Vegas in June. From left: Penny's husband, Ray; Penny; their youngest daughter, Alta; bottom row, best man, Kyle; groom, Aaron; bride, Andrea; son, Benjamin. Photo courtesy of Penny Gonzales.

A graduate of Chimicum High School in Western Washington, Penny Gonzales has traveled far since her 2005 retirement from a 30-year teaching career.

Gonzales studied English and theater at Whitworth University in Spokane, and went back to Chimicum to teach English and writing and direct plays at the school there.

"It's challenging being a public school teacher in modern times," Gonzales said. "Teaching always has been, but I feel like it's harder now."

After retiring, she later moved to Albion with her husband, Ray. Their three children, Alta, Benjamin and Andrea are now in Seattle, Missouri...

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