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Samantha Ahern
Samantha Ahern
 
Teacher
4th Grade
4th Grade
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Rebecca Anderson
Rebecca Anderson
(208)733-6507
Teacher
Kindergarten
Kindergarten
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Danielle Ashby
Danielle Ashby
(208)733-6507
Teacher
Specialists

This is my first year in the Twin Falls School District and I am very excited about the opportunity!  I have been in education for the past 12 years, teaching 5th grade.  I am currently working at Morningside and Oregon Trail as the Math/Science and Literacy Block Teacher.  I love being able to work with Kindergarten through 5th grade students at both schools!

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Judy Black
Judy Black
(208)733-6507
K-3 SpEd
Resource
Resource
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Michelle Brewer
Michelle Brewer, BA, MA
 
Vice-Principal
Administration
Administration
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Kathy Dobbs
Kathy Dobbs
 
ELL Teacher
ELL

I have been a teacher with the Twin Falls School District since 1987.  That seems like such a long time but I think that being around such wonderful kids every day makes me feel younger each year!  I have taught 5th grade, 3rd grade, science block, and now I’m working with English Language Learners (ELL).  Besides being a teacher, I also love to learn. I earned my Associate’s Degree from CSI, my Bachelor’s Degree from ISU and my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in helping English Language Learners from BSU.  Every day my students teach me about our world, cultures, and language.  Together we learn about living in America, our English language, and being compassionate human beings.  My favorite quote to live by is, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Mauna Eller
Mauna Eller
(208)733-6507
Teacher
1st Grade
1st Grade
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Teresa Finch
Teresa Finch
(208)733-6507
Teacher
5th Grade
5th Grade
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Renee Freeman
Renee Freeman
(208)733-6507
Teacher
1st Grade
1st Grade
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David Gibson
David Gibson, BME, MS
 
Music Teacher
Music

Mr. Gibson is a K-5 Music teacher in Twin Falls, Idaho, and has been teaching since 1993. He earned a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology degree in 2013. Since then he has added teaching technology-based courses to teachers and businesses to his repertoire. Mr. Gibson has also been a Certified Trainer for the Idaho Education Association since 2015.

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Aleathea Gingell
Aleathea Gingell
(208)733-6507
Teacher
2nd Grade

I moved to Twin Falls last year from the small rural town of McGill, Nevada where I taught for 21 years. I spent 13 years teaching and working in the field of Early Childhood Education. In 2007 I began my elementary teaching career where I taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and Special Education. I have a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Social Science, and Early Childhood Education. In 2008 I decided to go back to school and obtain my Masters of Science in Special Education. When I am not teaching I spend my leisurely time swimming, writing, and spending time with my family. I am loving life here in Idaho and look forward to many more years of teaching at Morningside.

2nd Grade
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Carol Hill
Carol Hill
 
Teacher
PE

Mrs. Hill teaches PE at Morningside and Perrine Elementary Schools.  A graduate of the University of South Carolina and a teacher in Twin Falls for 14 years, Mrs. Hill currently serves on the board of SHAPE-Idaho, and is a member of SHAPE America.  She aspires for the best for her classes and devotes much time to research and developing best practices for physical education.  She has received many grants each year to build a strong and inviting PE program.  Mrs. Hill is married to her best friend and together they have raised five children.  Currently they have three dogs and two cats.   In her free time, she enjoys traveling, sewing and crafts, gardening, and drag races! She owns and operates a hair salon as well

PE
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Raelene Hohnhorst
Raelene Hohnhorst
 
Teacher
1st Grade
1st Grade
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Steve Hoy
Steve Hoy
(208)733-6507
Principal
Administration
Administration
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Rene Isaacs
Rene Isaacs
(208)733-6507
Teacher
5th Grade
5th Grade
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Gayle Johnston
Gayle Johnston
(208)733-6507
Secretary
Office

I was born and raised in a small town in northwest Montana with the Flathead Lake as my back yard.  I went to college at Faith Baptist Bible College and studied Secretarial Science for two years.  I married the man of my dreams when I was 22, and had 2 kids-a boy and a girl, we lived in Missoula, Montana.  In 2002, we moved to Twin Falls, kicking and screaming, but now we wouldn’t have had it any other way.  I started working for the TF school district as a sub in 2002, then at Morningside as a playground aide in 2003.  In 2008, I got my dream job as secretary at Morningside Elementary, where I still am today.

Office
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Shelly LeBlanc
Shelly LeBlanc
(208)733-6507
Teacher
Kindergarten
Kindergarten
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Amy Lent
Amy Lent
(208)733-6507
Teacher
1st Grade

I am a native of Twin Falls, Idaho. I attended Lincoln, RSJH, TFSH, CSI, and BSU.  I taught 2nd grade and 1st grade at Harrison Elementary for 26 years and moved to Morningside Elementary this year. I love it already! I love kids of which I have approximately 600 or more. I have attended games, graduations, marriages and other special events. I have even taught children of my children. I love to read books, write a bit, fish, read books, camp, ride motorcycles, walk and enjoy beautiful fall days. I am very happy to be here at Morningside and feel so welcomed by all. Thank you and I look forward to having a great year in First Grade!

1st Grade
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Emily Martin
Emily Martin
(208)733-6507
Teacher
4th Grade

I’m a native of Twin Falls and love to teach.

4th Grade
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Janel Myers
Janel Myers
(208)733-6507
Teacher
2nd Grade

Hello Second Graders!  This is Jazz, classroom 6’s brave knight who watches over you while you read, write, create, sleuth, and use your math brains. It may help mom and dad to know Miss Myers graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has a Masters of Education from Lesley  University, Boston, MA.  She l-o-v-e-s to tie science and art into weekly lessons and always, ALWAYS wants to know your thoughts and opinions. When she isn’t in school, she likes to write, read, swim, and garden.

2nd Grade
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Carol Olson
Carol Olson
(208)733-6507
Teacher
1st Grade
1st Grade
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Misty Olson-Roche
Misty Olson-Roche
(208)733-6507
Teacher
3rd Grade

My name Misty Dawn Olson-Roche. I have three beautiful children. I was born and raised in McGill, Nevada. I enjoy reading, crafting and anything to do with the outdoors. I have had the desire to teach since I was eight years old and I feel extremely blessed that I get to teach everyday.

3rd Grade
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Sandy Paul
Sandy Paul
(208)733-6507
Teacher
4th Grade
4th Grade
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Julie Price
Julie Price
 
Teacher
5th Grade

Julie Price has been teaching for 29 years and is enjoying her fourth year at Morningside Elementary School. She was born and raised in Twin Falls and attended Morningside Elementary, the old O’Leary Junior High School and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1980. Mrs. Price attended Morningside as did all three of her sons. Mrs. Price’s favorite grade level to teach is fifth grade.  When she is not teaching, her favorite thing to do is spend time with family. Two of her sons are married and her eldest son and his wife have two sons.  Julie Price and her husband, Robert, enjoy their two grandsons.  Julie also loves scrapbooking, family history, and many different kinds of creative arts and crafts.

5th Grade
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Robert Price
Robert Price
 
Head Custodian
Custodial
Custodial
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Stephen Rahe
Stephen Rahe
(208)733-6507
Teacher
4th Grade
4th Grade
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Jana Sato
Jana Sato
(208)733-6507
Teacher
3rd Grade
3rd Grade
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Kaitlyn Sommer
Kaitlyn Sommer
(208)733-6507
Teacher
5th Grade

Moved from Colorado to teach in Twin Falls. She aspires to inspires and fills her class with books to help students imagine endless possibilities.

5th Grade
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Terri Speicher
Terri Speicher
(208)733-6507
Teacher
3rd Grade

I have lived in Twin Falls since 1982 and have been teaching since 1985.  I have three grown daughters and 6 grandchildren.  I like to read, walk, camp, travel, teach, love Jesus,  and spend time with my family. I am truly blessed!

3rd Grade
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Tina Tauszik
Tina Tauszik
(208)733-6507
Teacher
3rd Grade

I have had the privilege of teaching 1st grade at Morningside Elementary for the past five years.  This year I have embarked on a new adventure.  I am now teaching 3rd grade.  Although I loved teaching 1st grade, I find I am enjoying teaching 3rd grade as well.  I am happily married with four grown children and two young grandsons ages 2 and 5. My favorite seasons are autumn and spring. My hobbies include, cooking, reading, and horseback riding.

3rd Grade
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Tessa Waterman
Tessa Waterman
(208)733-6507
Teacher
2nd Grade
2nd Grade
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Chelsey Wilson
Chelsey Wilson
 
Resource Teacher
Resource

I am the upper grade resource teacher here at Morningside. I graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with my Associates degree in Elementary Education. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Lewis Clark State College. This is my fourth year teaching, but my first year being a Morningside Mustang. I love teaching, and watching my students learn and achieve. I believe in the impossible, and that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself. Learning should be fun, and I strive to inspire my students to be life-long learners.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

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