Not only will there be new teachers, but Elk Ridge Elementary students will be enjoying an expanded building by spring 2019. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Not only will there be new teachers, but Elk Ridge Elementary students will be enjoying an expanded building by spring 2019. Photo by Kevin Hanson

White River welcomes 41 new staffers to school district

Check out who’s new at White River schools.

With the coming of a new school year, the White River School District is welcoming 41 new teachers, administrators and specialists.

• Mountain Meadow Elementary School

Laura Akins, fourth grade

Samantha Austin , second grade

Casey Dowling, art

Tara Kaelin, fifth grade

Kayla Morgan, first grade

Stacy Swensrud, third grade

Makenna Taylor, resource room

Madison Walden, kindergarten

Foothills Elementary School

Whitney Herrick , first grade

Scott Kurtti, music

Shelby Lyon, second grade

Courtnie Rederick, resource room

Elizabeth Schuster, special education

Caroline Siewert, first grade

Kristin Weisheyer, third grade

Elk Ridge Elementary School

Aubree Axelson kindergarten

Jody Dixon, fifth grade

Mallery Killingsworth, third grade

Rebecca Shol, music

Sarah Thompson, third grade

Shannon Williams, fifth grade

Wilkeson Elementary School

Jacob Dixon, fifth grade

Rebecca Lathrop , health and fitness

Jennifer Werner-Molina, school psychologist

Glacier Middle School

Mishele Barnett, humanities

Jessica Brandon, English/language arts

Leisha Gedde, math

Brandie Hicks, special education

Natalie Miller, English/language arts

Andrew Reierson, social studies

White River High School

Chris Birzer, math

Stephanie Kraft , assistant principal

Danielle Locken, English

Cheryl Pierce, health/biomed, CTE

Megan Schodron, chemistry

Angelina Thornsley, math


Mallory Goodwin , English Language Learner teacher

Steven Leifsen, director of equity and achievement

Connie Martin, director of student support services

Walt Szklarski, technology (teacher on special assignment)

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