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    Mr. Gapuz was born and raised in West Seattle and attended K-12 schools in the Seattle Public School District. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood & Family Studies at the University of Washington – Seattle. Always knowing that he wanted to become an educator, he then got his Master in Teaching with the Seattle Teacher Residency (STR) with an English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement. He did his student teaching in Mr. Nelson’s 4th grade classroom here at Van Asselt where he continued to develop his teaching practice. In his spare time he likes to go bowling, watch and play soccer, and eat different types of food across Seattle (see him for food recommendations and his food/restaurant bucket list).  As an ambitious, empathetic, and responsive educator, Mr. Gapuz is excited to continue to tap into students’ academic and social potential and build strong relationships with families.