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4th Grade Room 307
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hi Trailblazers! My name is Michelle Larson and I teach Title I. This is my 21st year of teaching. I have taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades in Wendell, Boise and Twin Falls, and this is my 7th year teaching Title I at Oregon Trail. When I am not teaching I love spending time with my family and friends and chasing after my children and their activities. I love teaching and look forward to a fabulous year!
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.
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!
Hi, My name is Penny Newbry and I am the Computer Lab Assistant here at Oregon Trail Elementary. I have been teaching students in a computer lab setting for 16+ years. The most important thing a student can learn in the computer lab is basic typing skills. Without the basics, students are going to have difficulties with regular programs. So, whenever your student says they are bored with nothing to do, let them go to typing.com and practice. This is the program I use in my classes and they can use the same logons at home.
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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