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Kara Barnes
Kara Barnes
 
Resource Paraprofessional
Special Education
Special Education
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Tessa Bennett
Tessa Bennett
(208)733-8480 ext5415
1st Grade Teacher
1st Grade
1st Grade
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Kelly Biggers
Kelly Biggers
(208)733-8480 ext5430
4th Grade

4th Grade Room 307

4th Grade
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Rebecca Bingham
Rebecca Bingham
(208)733-8480 ext5417
1st Grade

Room 102

1st Grade
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Sue Bixler
Sue Bixler
(208)733-8480 ext5429
4th Grade

Room 306
Ext. 3844

4th Grade
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Shelly Botch
Shelly Botch
(208)733-8480 ext5443
Speech Language Pathologist
Special Education

Hall 100 Tutor Room

Special Education
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Rhonda Breske
Rhonda Breske, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5418
2nd Grade

Room 200
My name is Rhonda Breske. This is my 19th year teaching 2nd grade at OT. I earned my BA from ISU. I have been married to my husband Mark for 40 years. My son, Mark Jr. is married to Brittney, and my daughter Lisa, is married to Brad. They have 2 children, Ashlynne is 13, and Carter is 10. They are the loves of my life. In my free time I like to golf, go camping, and take walks with my daughter. I look forward to having a great year with my class.

2nd Grade
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Erin Brittain
Erin Brittain
(208)733-8480 ext5410
Kindergarten

Room K-1

Kindergarten
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Rachael Christiansen
Rachael Christiansen
(208)733-8480 ext5405
Librarian
Specialists

Library

Hi Trailblazers! My name is Rachel Christiansen and this is my first year as the librarian at Oregon Trail. I’ve loved reading my whole life and I’m so excited to be here and be able to pass that love of reading onto all the wonderful students! I am a mom to four great kids, three boys that are students here and one two year old little girl. I love to spend my spare time with my husband and kids going on walks, watching movies and playing board games and card games!

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Kimberly Coleman
Kimberly Coleman
(208)733-8480 ext5423
3rd Grade

Room 104

I have 3 Kids. Two boys in high school and one girl in middle school. I love to spend the summer and early fall working in my yard, garden, and taking walks with my husband and two little dogs. On cold or rainy weekends I enjoy cuddling in a soft, fuzzy blanket, watching Netflix, and drinking coffee. One of my goals as a teacher is to make sure each of my students know they are loved, they matter, and they can meet their goals if they put their mind to it and never stop trying.

3rd Grade
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Jonelle Coley
Jonelle Coley
 
ELL Paraeducator
ELL
ELL
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Monica Coombs
Monica Coombs, B.S.
(208)733-8480 ext5425
3rd Grade

Room 106

My name is Mrs. Coombs and this will be my 19th year of teaching. I went to Utah State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education  and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Language Arts. I spent most of my career between Kindergarten and 3rd grade. When we moved to Twin Falls I taught three years in the Title 1 program, and now am very excited to be here teaching first grade! When I’m not teaching, I am mom to my beautiful 13 year old daughter Abby, 2 dachshund dogs, 2 cats,  and a fish tank full of fish!  Our family likes to travel when we can, and we have been very lucky to have been to exciting places like; Hawaii, Disneyworld, Bahamas and Mexico. I also love taking pictures and reading.

I am looking forward to a  great school year!

3rd Grade
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Shawna Cutler
Shawna Cutler
 
Title I Paraeducator
Title I
Title I
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Aimee Dawson
Aimee Dawson, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5413
1st Grade

Room 204

My name is Miss Aimee Dawson and I love being a teacher! I grew up in northwest Oregon and Boise, Idaho. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Idaho State University in the winter of 2013. Before teaching my own class, I worked as a substitute teacher for a year and half in Pocatello. Apart from being a teacher, I am also enjoying being a new mommy to a beautiful and hilarious baby boy named Anthony (he makes the funniest faces you’ve ever seen). In my spare time, I enjoy researching ‘useless information’, going to Salt Lake Comic Con, and cooking.

1st Grade
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Mary Doerr
Mary Doerr
(208)733-8480
Secretary
Office
Office
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Dwayne Free
Dwayne Free
 
Custodial
Custodial
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Melissa Garling
Melissa Garling
(208)733-8480 ext 5440
ELL
ELL
ELL
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Karl Gaston
Karl Gaston
(208)733-8480 ext5428
4th Grade

Room 305

4th Grade
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Amber Green
Amber Green, B.S., M.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5439
Physical Education
Specialists
I grew up in Twin Falls and graduated from Twin Falls High School. I attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I majored in elementary education and played collegiate softball. In 2013, I got married and moved to the Fresno California area. In California I taught for five years (fifth grade, sixth grade, and third grade). I also coached varsity softball for Selma High School. In 2016, I completed my Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration through Concordia University Irvine. This past summer, my husband and I moved back to Idaho, and we are expecting our first baby any day now!
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Victoria Harder
Victoria Harder
(208)733-8480 ext5421
2nd Grade

Room 203

2nd Grade
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Barry Heck
Barry Heck
 
Custodial
Custodial
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Chrystine Heimdal
Chrystine Heimdal, B.I.S.
(208)733-8480 ext5433
5th Grade

Room 306
I have been teaching 4th grade since 2014. I graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8. I recently remarried and have 3 children and 3 step-children ages 13-21, and two grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way. I enjoy spending time with my family camping, hiking, and fishing. I look forward to working with the teachers, students, and parents.

5th Grade
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casandra Hines
casandra Hines
(208)733-8480 ext5426
3rd Grade
3rd Grade
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Jennifer Holcomb
Jennifer Holcomb
(208)733-8480 ext5435
3-5 SPED Teacher
Special Education

Room 406

Special Education
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Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins
(208)733-8480 ext5407
Head Custodian
Custodial
Custodial
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Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5433
4th Grade

I graduated from the University of Wyoming at Casper College with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I also have additional certifications in Wyoming for Early Childhood Education and a certificate of completion for ELL from the Yellowstone Language Institute. My hobby is fixing and playing guitars. I have been in several bands and enjoy watching people dance and have fun. I love to travel. I love the ocean and often go to the west coast to see the sights.

I believe every child is a special needs child. They all have needs specific to them. It makes me very happy to interact with my students daily. I am very pleased to be here at Oregon Trail and look forward to many years of fun with the students!

4th Grade
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Deanna Kelley
Deanna Kelley
 
Playground Aid
Playground
Playground
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Iain Laird
Iain Laird
(208)733-8480 ext5403
Counselor
Office
Office
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Arianna Larson
Arianna Larson, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5411
Kindergarten
Kindergarten

Room K-2

Mrs. Larson is married with five kids, 2 daughters and 3 sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, either at home or on vacation. In her spare time she likes to read, sew, and crochet. She is a collector of snow globes, precious moments, and The Peanuts Gang. She is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, has been for as long as she can remember. She has been teaching at Oregon Trail for the past four years. She grew up in Idaho for the majority of her life. Her favorite time of the school year is the fall when she gets to meet to her new class. What gives her the most joy is seeing her student enjoy coming to school. She hopes to be a positive influence for her students and foster their love of learning.

Kindergarten
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Cherie Lavin
Cherie Lavin, B.S., M.Ed.
(208)733-8480 ext5431
5th Grade
5th Grade
5th Grade
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Luz Lopez
Luz Lopez, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5422
2nd Grade

Mrs. Lopez is married and has two daughters. She enjoys going on family vacations, preferably to some tropical beach. In her spare time she likes to read. She has been teaching Kindergarten in Oregon Trail for the past six years. She grew up in Illinois, close to Chicago, but has lived in Idaho all her adult life. She is fluent in two languages and understands and can read a bit in a third. Her goal is to someday be fluent in all three. Her favorite time of the school year is in the Spring, when she can see all her students begin to blossom into little readers. What gives her the most joy is seeing her student enjoy coming to school. She hopes to make a positive impact on all her students and foster their love for learning.

2nd Grade
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Tyler Matlock
Tyler Matlock
(208)733-8480 ext5401
Principal
Office

Mr Matlock grew up loving school.  In fact, he loved it so much that he decided to keep coming to school for a career!  One of Mr Matlock’s primary goals is to create a positive school experience so that everyone is able to look back at their elementary school years and say they were fantastic years!

Office
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Lilia Montes
Lilia Montes
 
Migrant
Migrant
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LeeAnn Morgan
LeeAnn Morgan
(208)733-8480 ext5402
Vice Principal
Office
Office
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Laura Myers
Laura Myers
(208)733-8480 ext5404
Computers
Specialists
Specialists
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Teresa Navarette
Teresa Navarette, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5414
1st Grade

Room 205

My name is Mrs. Navarrete and this is my fourth year teaching 1st grade, before this I taught pre-school for 6 years! I received a blended Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from Idaho State University. When I am not teaching, I am most likely at one of my boys’ sporting events with my husband. I have been blessed with a marvelous husband, 3 amazing boys, and a passion for teaching!
1st Grade
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Claudia Paradez
Claudia Paradez
(208)733-8480 ext5406
District Migrant Coordinator
Migrant
Migrant
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Julie Parker
Julie Parker, M.S.
(208)733-8480 ext5442
Title 1
Title I
Hello, I’m Julie Parker. I am a native to Twin Falls and love this area. I am one of the 5th grade teachers at Oregon Trail Elementary. When I am not grading papers and making lesson plans, I enjoy reading, playing board games, painting my nails, and eating.
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Melyssa Perez
Melyssa Perez
(208)733-8480 ext5412
Kindergarten

Room 402

Kindergarten
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Malinda Phillips
Malinda Phillips, B.M.E.
(208)733-8480 ext5438
Music
Specialists

Website

I am so excited to be your Music teacher this coming school year!  I graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. I am certified to teach K-12 band and choir. While qualified to teach other grade levels, I have found the most joy as I lay the foundation for our students’ music learning in our elementary schools. I hope to help students find their voice and confidence as they sing, move, play, create and learn about music, and I hope to encourage students to become life-long music learners. While in the Twin Falls School District I have taught at Oregon Trail Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, I. B. Perrine Elementary, Pillar Falls Elementary and now I find myself back at the amazing school which is Oregon Trail. I am looking forward to a great year of music making! Check out my website for periodic updates on what your student is learning in music, and information for upcoming performances and performance-based groups for our school. Go, Trailblazers!

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Kimberley Pruett
Kimberley Pruett
 
Resource Paraeducator
Special Education
Special Education
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Betzy Rayas
Betzy Rayas
 
Custodial
Custodial
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Chelsea Reichel
Chelsea Reichel, SLPA
(208)733-8480 ext5444
Speech Therapist
Special Education
200 Hall Tutoring Room

For four years, I worked for the Twin Falls School District as a paraeducator in an ERC classroom. I obtained my degree and am now working as a speech therapist (SLPA), and loving every minute of it. Oregon Trail is my home school, but I also could be spotted at other elementary schools in the district as well!

Special Education
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Katelynn Rhoades
Katelynn Rhoades, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5420
2nd Grade

Room 202

Hello, my name is Mrs. Rhoades. I moved to Twin Falls in the summer of 2017 and began my first year teaching in August at Oregon Trail. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northwest Nazarene University. I student taught 2nd grade in Nampa, Idaho before moving to Twin Falls. I absolutely love teaching and wouldn’t want to spend my life doing anything other than helping these young minds grow! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband outdoors, taking our puppy, Max, for walks, or taking a short trip back to Boise to visit family. I’m excited for the new adventure this year will bring!
2nd Grade
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Kimberly Ruiz
Kimberly Ruiz
208-737-5208 ext. 3833
1st Grade

Room 207
Ext. 3833

Hey Trailblazers!  I’m Mrs Ruiz and this is my 11th year teaching 1st grade at Oregon Trail.  I received my Bachelors degree in Child Development and Elementary Education from Cal State Bakersfield.  When I’m not at school my passion is spending time with my husband and two kiddos.  We love to travel, fish, snowboard, and just hang out watching movies.  I knew from a young age that my heart belonged to education.  I love every moment of my job, but especially watching my students become readers.  Best job in the world!!!  Have a fabulous year Oregon Trail.

1st Grade
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Kristen Russell
Kristen Russell
(208)733-8480 ext5436
K-2 SPED Teacher
Special Education

Room 404

Special Education
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Ginger Sadler
Ginger Sadler
 
Safety & Security Aide
Office
Office
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Julie Sayasounthone
Julie Sayasounthone
 
Title I
Title I
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Jennifer Shipp
Jennifer Shipp, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5441
Instructional Coach
Office
My name is Jennifer Shipp and I am the Instructional Coach for Oregon Trail. This is my 21st year of teaching. I have taught 1st grade, Dual Language 1st grade , 6th and 7th grades Language Arts, ELL and Title I in Palm Beach County, Florida and Twin Falls. This is my 1st year as an Instructional Coach at Oregon Trail. Being with my husband and daughter is my favorite way to pass the time, but I also love reading, traveling to Florida to visit my family, and Disney! Teaching makes me happy and I look forward to a great year!
Office
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Anne Sisson
Anne Sisson
 
PE
Specialists
Specialists
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Deanne Stansell
Deanne Stansell, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5419
2nd Grade

Room 201
Hello parents and students.  My name is Ms. Stansell, and this is my 10th year of teaching second grade at Oregon Trail Elementary.  I went to Idaho State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2007.  I did field experience teaching in 5th grade, and my student teaching in 2nd grade.  I am very passionate about my students’ education, and strive to ensure each one reaches their full potential.  When I’m not teaching, I enjoy water skiing, snow skiing, backpacking, camping, and spending time with my sons.

 

I look forward to a fantastic year at Oregon Trail!!

2nd Grade
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Emily Strom
Emily Strom
 
3rd Grade
3rd Grade
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Melissa Williams
Melissa Williams
 
ELL Paraeducator
ELL
ELL
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Marcella Yergensen
Marcella Yergensen
 
K-2 SPED Paraeducator
Special Education
Special Education
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Shannon Youngman
Shannon Youngman, B.A.
(208)733-8480 ext5434
5th Grade

Room 303

Website

My name is Mrs. Youngman and I have been teaching since 2009. I have taught both elementary and middle school. I went to Boise State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2008. My minors were Social Studies, Geography and Earth Science. I am also very passionate about technology. When I’m not teaching, I’m working on websites, playing games, watching movies and travelling with my husband

5th Grade
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Tiffany Zarr
Tiffany Zarr
 
ERC Paraeducator
Special Education
Special Education
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