I graduated with a B.S in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho. I have been teaching since 2000 and am thrilled to be teaching at West Park Elementary. I have taught in Lansing, MI, Seattle, WA, Madison, Connecticut, and most recently, Moscow ID. My experience includes teaching first through fifth grade at one time or another in the last twelve years. This is my third year teaching Title 1 reading. I aim to provide a nurturing and caring environment where children can feel proud and successful with their reading skills.
Hi, my name is Michelle Bledsoe. I am new to West Park Elementary as of this fall of 2011. I am currently working here mornings and then I am at another school in the afternoon. While at WestPark, I have had the privilege of working with the kindergarteners up on the U of I campus. I also work individually with 2nd and 3rd graders on the mainWestPark campus. While I am new to WestPark, I am not new to teaching. I began my career in Boise with experiences as a kindergarten teacher and a special education teacher. I then moved to Ventura, California, where I taught kindergarten and first grade. After marriage I returned to Boise where I taught special education students for several years. After traveling around to a few different locations with my husband’s job and having 3 children, I returned to teach special education in Bend, Oregon in 1999. My family and I then moved to Moscow in late January of 2002. After having my 4th child and then substituting for 2 years, I returned to teaching special education in theMoscow school district in 2006. While with the district, I have spent time in every school except Paradise Creek andLena with my longest stint being at McDonald. I have even spent time with the preschoolers. I love teaching young children. The initial excitement for learning that is visible in the 5-8 year old child is so fun to experience. The special part about teaching the special education student is being able to connect with specific children over several years and thereby gain a lasting memorable relationship with them. Having them run up and greet me on the street later when they have left me and are in high school or beyond brings me is a special joy. I am thrilled to be working at West Park this year as I have the privilege of working with a fine staff and wonderful young students. I also look forward to whatever future teaching adventures my life leads me to.
Linda Bradway comes from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but has called Moscow her home for the past 26 years. A graduate from L.S.U. with a master’s from the U of I, Linda has spent the past 21 years teaching fifth grade in Moscow.
Linda has four children with her husband Dan who are now ages 28 – 33. Her son, Caleb, lives in Moscow, but all three girls are scattered about. Kate is in New Zealand where she just gave birth to a beautiful daughter who will join big brother Niko in the family. The twins, Emma and Magnolia, live in Oregon. Dan is a microbiologist at WSU running three BL3 labs for the Veterinarian School.
Linda’s hobbies are running, yoga, cooking jambalaya and crab etoufee for friends, and reading a good book.
I am a Wisconsin transplant who has worked as a Speech and Language Parapro at West Park for the past six years. I hold university degrees in Forestry and Music. My interests include performing music (particularly African and sacred), biking, dogs, and gardening. I especially enjoy incorporating music and word-play in my work with my students.
I have twenty-five years experience as a children’s librarian in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. One of my main goals is to develop research skills for grades K-8. In 2002 I was invited to present a workshop for educators at The ARTS-ED Connection Resource Fair in Boston. For several years I also served as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. I am an aspiring artist and In 1995 I was juried in as an Artist Member of the Marblehead Arts Association in Massachusetts. I have studied mural painting techniques in Spokane and Seattle and am currently a member of the Palouse Watercolor Society. I moved to Moscow, Idaho in 2003 and have been the Elementary Librarian for the Moscow Public School District since 2009.
I am a 1986 graduate of Lewis-Clark State College with a major in elementary education and a minor in mathematics. Since receiving my Idaho state teaching certificate, I have taught third grade for 22 years. I began at Midway Elementary School near Rigby, followed by six years at Camelot Elementary School in Lewiston. I came to Moscow in 1996 to teach at Russell Elementary School. I am currently teaching at West Park Elem. and working on my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Idaho. In keeping with current certification requirements, I am technology, math, and reading certified. For the past 13 years my third grade classes have been nationally certified as Model and Master Classrooms through the Reading Renaissance program.
It has been my good fortune to be a part of the Lena family for the last 19 years. I feel incredibly lucky to work at a school where the parents, staff and students are so supportive of music education!
If you ever have questions about what we are doing in music, please, feel free to call or email me or we can set a time to meet. I would be happy to talk to you about any aspects of what it is we do at Lena. There’s not much that I like better than talking about music!
This is my eleventh year working for the Moscow School District. My job title is Special Education Parapro. The majority of my time has been here at West Park, but I have also worked at Russell Elementary as well as Lena Whitmore. I am originally from the Coeur d’ Alene area. My experience working with children is greatly varied. I owned and operated an in home childcare for eight years, served as a Children’s Pastor at the Church of the Nazarene for 4 ½ years, and was a Parapro for Children’s Village (a crisis nursery and shelter for abandon, abused, and neglected children) for 2 years. My husband and I just celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary. We have three grown children, who are all married. We also have four precious grandsons ranging from seven years to seven months of age. My husband and I are very family oriented and we greatly enjoy camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and just spending time with our family and friends. I enjoy reading, sewing, crafting and scrapbooking. I have a heart for children. My greatest goal is to assist them in being successful. It is the most rewarding blessing to be even a small part of their success.
I received my Associate of Science in Data Processing from OKCCC and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education with certification in grades K-8 from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. I also completed courses for my reading endorsement with an emphasis on emergent literacy. Other classroom experiences include third grade, seventh grade, computer lab instruction for second through sixth grades and several years teaching pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten. I have lived all over the United States, and in 1994, my husband and I began calling Moscow home.
I graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Vocal, Instrumental, Music Education in 1987. After living in Chehalis Washington for 6 years my husband Tom, our two boys and I moved back to Moscow where he teaches band at the Junior High and High School. I started working for the Moscow School District in 1999. I started my current job here at West Park Elementary in 2009. When I am not at school passing out band aids, calling home about forgotten lunches, and generally helping out staff and students, I like to quilt and read.
I am a WSU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science. When I’m not at school handing out band aids and making phone calls home my hobbies include travel, reading, swimming, and playing with my dog Lambeau. I’m newly married to Lance Hamma, 5th grade teacher at McDonald Elem. I’m thrilled to be part of the Lena Whitmore family.
I was born and grew up in the Moscow area, attended Moscow schools and graduated from MHS. I attended NNC (Nampa, ID) and UI with an interest in Social Work. I have worked part-time at West Park since 1994, most of that time as a recess aide. I like being outdoors, whether it is at recess or in the yard at home. I live on a farm and enjoy the changing seasons around my home. I am also a grandma and love the time I can spend with my grand-kids.
I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1976, with a B.A. in Psychology. I worked at the Idaho Teen Lodge, a residential group home for delinquent boys, for one year after receiving my undergraduate degree. After having two children, and doing some substitute teaching and aiding in two northern Idaho school districts, I returned to school and pursued a graduate degree from the UI. I completed my course work for an M.Ed. in Counseling in 1991. I was employed by the Moscow School District after completing a one-year internship in Counseling at McDonald School under the mentorship of Donna Ham. I am in my eleventh year of Counseling in the Moscow School District. The first two years I split my time between Russell and Lena Whitmore. For the next eight years I was at Lena Whitmore full-time. Currently, I divide my time between Lena Whitmore and West Park Elementary.
I am Barb Heimgartner and have been the Head Cook at Lena for 24 years & love working with the teachers & staff at Lena & our kids. I have 3 grown children. We farm outside of Juliaetta with our son Chad. My oldest Leah, is a school teacher at Deary, & my middle daughter Lynn lives at Latah & is a busy stay at home (not much really) mother. I have 10 wonderful grandchildren from 2 to 14 that keep me on the go, currently my oldest is a freshman at Deary & a starter on the VB team that is headed to State VB.
I enjoy golfing, going to all the grandchildens sporting events, and working in my yard & garden.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Montana College. I have been teaching Kindergarten through fifth grade since 1994. I also teach the Enrichment class in the afternoon here at West Park. I have held many leadership roles in the past such as Administrative Intern and Grade Level Chair. I have two children, and have been married since 1992. I am originally from Great Falls, MT and moved to Moscow in 2006, but have spent a lot of my career in Lancaster, CA.
This is my third year at Lena as a Title I aid. Previously I subbed in the district for 8 years. I received my Elementary Ed degree from Northwest Nazarene University. Baking, scrap booking, reading, and spending time with my family are several things which I enjoy.
I work in the Kitchen YUM! I have two children Jeremy and Alyssa who attend the University of Idaho. Jeremy is a pole vaulter for Uof I. I like to snowboard, and play softball. I also like Zumba and Yoga. I like to read and quilt as well. I have fun cooking and serving you lunch.
I am the Title I reading teacher at Lena Whitmore Elementary School. I teach supplemental reading to kindergarten - 5th grade students in small group settings. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, a Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental performance, Idaho Elementary certification (K - 8), and an Idaho Literacy Endorsement (K - 12). I am currently working on a Masters of Education through the University of Idaho.
I live on 5 acres on the north side of Moscow Mountain with my husband Ron, son Pat (Junior at UI), son Jared (Freshman at UI ), grandson Brandon (Senior at MHS), granddaughter Hannah (Sophomore at MHS), and a menagerie of animals (5 chickens, 3 cats, 2 pigs, 1 dog, and 1 snake).
When I'm not teaching I enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, XC skiing, mountain biking, roller-blading, golfing, cooking, playing the piano, and fishing. My family and I are building a primitive cabin on the Prince William Sound in Alaska and we go there every summer right before school starts back up to fish, escape technology, escape modern conveniences, and just unwind and relax.
I graduated from Washington State University in 1982 with a B.S. in Physical Education (K-12 endorsement) and a minor in Business Education. After graduation I was fortunate to be hired by the Moscow School District to teach elementary physical education. I have taught elementary physical education in the Moscow School District for 20 years. In 1989, I received my Masters Degree in Sports Science from the University of Idaho. In my spare time I love to fly-fish, golf and refinish antique furniture.
I was born in Missoula, Montana in 1957. I went to the University of Montana where I earned my teaching degree in 1980. We moved to Idaho in 1981 and raised our two daughters, Christy and Brianne. I completed my masters at the University of Idaho in 1993 while my daughters were at Moscow Junior High. Three years ago I completed my National Board Certification.
My oldest daughter, Christy, is 33 and works for Schweitzer Engineering and Brianne is 32 and graduated in elementary education at the University of Idaho in 2002. Brianne got married in September of 2003. She and her husband, Nick, have two daughters, Shyla who is nine and in third grade here at Lena and Ashlyn who just turned four. They are very dear to me and I enjoy spending my summers with them. We had a blast swimming, camping, boating, taking my yellow lab, Sadie, for walks, gymnastics, visiting local parks, watching the grizzly bears at WSU, and just hanging out! My husband, Lynn, works at Interstate Aviation as a mechanic and has his private pilot’s license. He is now working towards his instrument rating/commercial pilot’s license.
I worked for three years at Russell Elementary, one year as a classroom aide and two years as the science/art generalist. I was offered the 6th grade classroom teaching position here at Lena in 1990 and taught 6th grade until 2011. I am excited about teaching 5th grade for my second year!
I grew up in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada and received both my Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees there. I became certified to teach K-8 elementary education through the University of Idaho. I am also endorsed in library science and secondary earth science. I moved with my husband and two daughters Idaho in 1991. I am very passionate about teaching science and math with younger students and am excited to be teaching enrichment at West Park Elementary. Our program goals are to teach curriculum developed content, emphasizing core content standards for the State of Idaho, integrating other subjects (reading, writing, math and social studies) into the first and second grade programs.
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I am a teaching assistant in the Title 1 reading room. I am enjoying my third year here with all of the little Wildcats! My family relocated to Moscow four years ago from Missoula, Montana. I am married and have two children, Zac, a Sophomore at the High School and Annie Jo, a Freshman at the Junior High School. We are all proud to be a part of the Moscow School District. GO BEARS!
BS Biology, BS Education, LMP My education and professional background has been in Secondary Science and adult career education. This is my third year at West Park Elementary as a Special Education Paraprofessional. I love being in the elementary school setting and find it both fascinating and rewarding to work with special needs children. I particularly have enjoyed helping these children learn to speak and learn with the use of music. I have taught one of my students to play the 3-stringed lap dulcimer. Though challenged in many ways, this student is motivated and talented in music and musical expression. It is so much fun to help children learn what they love!
I have taught in theMoscowSchool Districtsince 1990. I have taught at Lena Whitmore for the past 16 years, teaching the sixth grade and now first grade. I have my B.A. in English Literature fromUniversityofCaliforniaat Davis, a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. as a Wright Fellow from theUniversityofIdaho. I earned my National Board Certification in 2007. First grade is an extraordinary year of growth and learning and I am excited to share the experience again with this year's students and families. I live in Moscow with my husband, Chris. We have two grown children, Meg and Ian. We have a dog, two cats, and a chicken. When I am not spending time thinking about my students, I love to read, to garden, and to walk or bike or hike or swim in the great outdoors. I play marimba with Sesitshaya Marimba Ensemble which you may have seen at the Farmers Market or another community event.
I have worked for the Moscow School District since 2002, all in the Special Ed Dept. I am married (for many years), a WSU alum and we have four children; three boys and one girl. The two oldest sons have already graduated from the U of I and are blessed with great full time jobs. Our youngest son is married and a Junior this year at the U of I. They have blessed us with our first grandchild; a granddaughter who just turned two years old in September. Our daughter is a Sophomore at the U of I this year. My hobbies include yard work, boating, fishing, horseback riding, and reading to my granddaughter, plus any kind of sports imaginable; football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, ping pong. I love to be outdoors especially in the summer time. I hope to retire soon so I can enjoy my granddaughter more and then buy a RV so we can do some traveling around the states.
In 1982, I graduated from The College of St. Catherine with a B.A in Music Performance in voice and piano and a Music Education degree with an endorsement in K-12, vocal and instrumental. After graduation, I studied German and voice. I then taught elementary music and reading at St. Thomas Elementary School in Minneapolis where I began an elementary choir. After moving to Idaho, I completed my student teaching credential and I began teaching elementary music in the Moscow School District at West Park in 1990.
Most of my youth was spent playing on the banks of the Mississippi River where summer swimming and winter skating took up most of my free time. After graduating from Washington State University, I spent the next 12 years teaching in a small private Christian School. During that time I got married and gave birth to two boys. I have been teaching in the Moscow School District since 2007. Currently we contribute to the 501 people residing in the town of Deary. For recreation our family spends time around the water swimming, fishing and tubing.
My name is Debra Stephens and I am the Special Education teacher for grades K-2 here at Lena. My husband and I moved to Moscow from Florida in the summer of 2011 because of a great job opportunity at the University of Idaho. We have two teenage boys, Daniel and Ryan. Daniel is a sophomore at the University of Idaho and Ryan is also a sophomore at Moscow High School. We love the small town atmosphere here in Moscow and hope that we can make this our home for years to come!
I obtained my Masters Degree in Education and Special Education Endorsement from Central Michigan University. I have taught 3rd grade as a classroom teacher and grades K, 1, 2, and 4 as a special education teacher. This will be my 5th year of teaching and I am truly excited about teaching your child as well as developing a partnership with you to help them be successful!
Please feel free to stop by anytime before or after school. I would love to meet you! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the school or email me. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband and I moved to Moscow this summer from Cheney, Washington. We are here to be closer to our family. I spent the past 21 years working at the EWU Children’s Center as the lead teacher in the Pre-K classroom. I am excited to be working at the elementary level here at Lena in the newly started K+ Program. I love the great outdoors and all it has to offer us. I am looking forward to walking Moscow neighborhoods and hiking Moscow Mountain and the many local trails.
I love my job! There is no better way to connect with children than through books! I feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many cool kids and caring teachers here at West Park. I grew up in a tiny town on the Canadian border, in Minnesota. In 1993, I graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of MN-Morris (English major with secondary education licensure). Also in 1993, I had the opportunity to do my student teaching overseas, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. My husband and I moved to Moscow in 1998, after he joined the faculty in the psychology department at the University of Idaho. We have two children: my daughter, a West Park alum, is a 7th grader at the jr high, and my son is a 3rd grader here at West Park.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a certification in grades K-8 from the University of Idaho. My classroom experiences include a practicum and an internship with second- and fourth-grade classes, as well as two years as a paid work-study intern in the West Park kindergarten. I'm thrilled to be returning to West Park as a kindergarten teacher. Kindergarten is so much fun!! Though I've lived in Idaho most of my life, from August 2010 through October 2012 I lived in Kumamoto, Japan where I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to students as young as 3 and as old as 70! The time I spent abroad was an amazing experience that has strengthened my ability to serve emergent readers no matter what language they speak at home. My family consists of myself; my husband Ryan; our two cats, Razzi and Charlie; and our newest member, one-year-old Alora.
I have been working with children for almost 20 years, ranging in ages from 4 years old at Head Start to high school students. My husband has always said I was crazy, because I liked being knee deep in kids. I worked with 2 autism kindergarteners in Washington, after that experience I became interested in special education. I already had my Elementary Education degree from University of Idaho, so I started my Special Education degree and at Lewis and Clark University and finished 4 years ago.
I have been married 24 years to my husband, Curt, who I met while living in Anchorage Alaska. We have 3 children, Jenn, who lives in New Your and trains dogs at the American Kennel Club. Daniel, lives in Lewiston with his wife Ashley, they are both working on degrees from Lewis and Clark State College. Dan wants to be a computer technician and Ashley is working on her teaching degree. Jason my youngest is in Lewiston with me and my husband; he is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.
Some of my hobbies are walking with my dogs, playing softball and gardening. But my favorite hobby is walking on the Oregon Coast beaches and looking for “Treasure.” The treasures I like to find are shells, rocks, new beaches and of course anything that looks interesting to me. I pack it all up, bring it home and display all my treasures around the house.