Mike and Stephanie Carlson have lived here for two years, since Mike’s job as Quincy High School vice principal brought him here.
Stephanie grew up the second oldest of six children on a farm in Royal City. Her father farmed green beans, mint and orchards.
She attended Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho, where she earned a degree in medical records. She later attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she received her degree in elementary education.
Mike attended Brigham Young University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He later attended Heritage University in Toppenish to complete a degree in administration.
The two met while teaching. The couple married shortly after relocating to Quincy in October 2011.
“Our friendship with the Lybbert family brought us here,” said Mike. “Quincy is well spoken of in many places.”
“We like the small-town environment here,” said Stephanie. “There’s very nice people here.”
Even now, the couple is looking forward to introducing their families to the Quincy Valley this year when they come for Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day in September.
“I like agriculture and relationships people here have with the earth,” Mike mentioned. “People here are charitable and kind.”
Mike has been an Eagle Scout and still serves the organization. He helps on occasion and most recently went with the local troop on a bike trip to Monument Hill.
Although the couple is always very busy at work, their interests extend far beyond their work day.
Mike enjoys photography, which has become more than just a hobby for him.
He currently has photographs at the Washington State University Gallery, the Larson Gallery in Yakima and several other galleries, including private ones.
“I enjoy doing weddings and senior portraits as well,” said Mike.
He also has a love for mountain climbing. His brother took him on his first climb, and ever since then, he has climbed Mount Adams four times, Mount St. Helens 10 times, Mount Hood three times and Mount Rainier three times.
“I first climbed Mount Adams in 1996, the year my daughter was born,” Mike added. “Since then I have taken youth groups, high school students, friends and family, but Stephanie has not yet been on a hike with me. I love looking into the crater of Mount St. Helens, and I hope Stephanie does that someday.”
Stephanie enjoys volleyball, hiking and gardening. She loves playing almost any sport, but freely admits she’s not quite ready just yet to tackle a mountain. She has played the violin since she was 9 years old, and plays now for church groups.
Mike loves working with Quincy High School students, and is inspired by their spirit. He is also inspired by silhouettes that are painted in the high school gym.
“It was six months after I started here that I realized they were silhouettes of real people,” said Mike. “The silhouettes impressed me. Teachers trusted students to do a good job and teachers believed in them that the work would be worth seeing. They represent the spirit of Quincy High School and their spirits are still here.”