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Kara Barnes
Kara Barnes
 
Resource Paraprofessional
Special Education
Special Education
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Tessa Bennett
Tessa Bennett
(208)737-5208 ext 3852
3rd Grade Teacher
3rd Grade

Room  107

(208)737-5208 ext 3852

3rd Grade
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Kelly Biggers
Kelly Biggers
(208) 737-5208 ext 3845
4th Grade

4th Grade Room 307

4th Grade
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Rebecca Bingham
Rebecca Bingham
208-737-5208 ext. 3820
1st Grade

Room 102
Ext. 3820

1st Grade
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Sue Bixler
Sue Bixler
208-737-5208 ext. 3844
4th Grade

Room 306
Ext. 3844

4th Grade
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Julie Blick
Julie Blick, B.S.
(208) 737-5208 ext 3823
3rd Grade
3rd Grade
3rd Grade
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Shelly Botch
Shelly Botch
 
Speech Language Pathologist
Special Education

Hall 100 Tutor Room

Special Education
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Rhonda Breske
Rhonda Breske, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3826
2nd Grade

Room 200
Ext. 3826

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
208-737-5208 ext. 3835
Kindergarten

Room K-1
Ext. 3835

Kindergarten
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Rachael Christiansen
Rachael Christiansen
208-737-5208 ext. 3837
Librarian
Specialists

Library
Ext. 3837

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
208-737-5208 ext. 3822
3rd Grade

Room 104
Ext. 3822

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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Monica Coombs
Monica Coombs, B.S.
208-737-5208 ext. 3832
1st Grade
1st Grade

Room 206
Ext. 3832

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!

1st 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.
208-737-5208 ext. 3830
1st Grade

Room 204
Ext. 3830

 

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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Melissa Garling
Melissa Garling
 
ELL
ELL
ELL
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Karl Gaston
Karl Gaston
208-737-5208 ext. 3843
4th Grade

Room 305
Ext. 3843

4th Grade
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Amber Green
Amber Green, B.S., M.A.
(208) 737-5208 ext 3851
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
208-737-5208 ext. 3829
2nd Grade

Room 203
Ext. 3829

2nd Grade
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Barry Heck
Barry Heck
 
Custodial
Custodial
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Chrystine Heimdal
Chrystine Heimdal, B.I.S.
208-737-5208 ext. 3844
4th Grade

Room 306
Ext. 3844

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.

4th Grade
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Jennifer Holcomb
Jennifer Holcomb
208-737-5208 ext. 3850
3-5 Resource Room
Special Education

Room 406
Ext. 3850

Special Education
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Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins
208-737-5208 ext 3860
Head Custodian
Custodial
Custodial
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Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3840
5th Grade

Room 302
Ext. 3840

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!

5th Grade
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Deanna Kelley
Deanna Kelley
 
Playground Aid
Playground
Playground
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Iain Laird
Iain Laird
208-737-5208 ext. 3813
Counselor
Office

Ext. 3813

Office
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Michelle Larson
Michelle Larson, B.S.
208-737-5208 ext. 3852
Title I

Room 100
Ext. 3852

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!    

Title I
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Arianna Larson
Arianna Larson
208-737-5208 ext. 3824
3rd Grade

Room 106
Ext. 3824

3rd Grade
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Cherie Lavin
Cherie Lavin
 
5th Grade
5th Grade
5th Grade
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Cheryl Lindquist
Cheryl Lindquist, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3855
Extended Resource Room
Special Education

Mod.1

ext. 3855

Special Education
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Luz Lopez
Luz Lopez, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3834
Kindergarten
Kindergarten

Room K-2
Ext. 3834

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.

Kindergarten
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Tyler Matlock
Tyler Matlock
208-737-5208 ext. 3802
Principal
Office

Ext. 3802

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
208-737-5208 ext. 3812
Vice Principal
Office

Ext 3812

Office
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Teresa Navarette
Teresa Navarette, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3831
1st Grade
1st Grade

Room 205
Ext. 3831

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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Karli Nelson
Karli Nelson, B.S.
208 737-5208 ext.3830
2nd Grade
2nd Grade
I have been teaching for 6 years and am excited to be here at Oregon Trail. I enjoy reading, going for long walks and watching movies. My goals are to make sure that my students have a place where they can come and love to learn.
2nd Grade
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Penny Newbry
Penny Newbry
208-737-5208 ext. 3836
Computers
Specialists

Computer Lab
Ext. 3836

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.

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Claudia Paradez
Claudia Paradez
 
District Migrant Coordinator
Migrant
Migrant
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Julie Parker
Julie Parker
208-737-5208 ext. 3839
5th Grade
5th Grade
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.
5th Grade
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Melyssa Perez
Melyssa Perez
208-737-5208 ext. 3848
Migrant Pre-School & Kindergarten
Kindergarten

Room 402
Ext. 3848

Kindergarten
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Malinda Phillips
Malinda Phillips, B.M.E.
208-737-5208 ext. 3846
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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Chelsea Reichel
Chelsea Reichel, SLPA
(208) 737-5208 ext. 3857
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.
208-737-5208 ext. 3828
2nd Grade

Room 202
Ext. 3828

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
208-737-5208 ext. 3849
Special Education

Room 404
Ext. 3849

Special Education
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Ginger Sadler
Ginger Sadler
 
Playground
Playground
Playground
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Jennifer Shipp
Jennifer Shipp, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3848
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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Deanne Stansell
Deanne Stansell, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3827
2nd Grade

Room 201
Ext. 3827

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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Melissa Williams
Melissa Williams
 
Title I Paraeducator
ELL
ELL
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Marcella Yergensen
Marcella Yergensen
 
Resource Paraeducator
Special Education
Special Education
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Shannon Youngman
Shannon Youngman, B.A.
208-737-5208 ext. 3841
5th Grade

Room 303
Ext. 3841

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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