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Dawna  Alexander
Dawna Alexander
 
5th Grade Teacher

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
As a student who had learning disabilities going through school, I was inspired by the way my 6th grade teacher made me feel. She taught me that nothing is impossible to those who try, which lead me to become an educator. After graduating from Idaho State University, I taught one year in Bangkok, Thailand and then took a ten year break to raise my three boys. I love teaching 5th grade and sharing my passion for learning with my students. My husband of almost 21 years is a great support and is a counselor at Canyon Ridge High School. As a family we love Idaho. Born and raised in Idaho, I have learned to have a passion for everything outdoors. We spend our summers hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, backpacking, and traveling. In the winter we hit the slopes with our boys and support them in their various sports. I love being a part of the positive Rock Creek family and teaching students to never give up. I want them to leave my classroom confident and inspired to see themselves through any challenge.

5th Grade Teacher
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Andy Arenz
Andy Arenz
 
5th Grade Teacher

Andy Arenz has been teaching in the Twin Falls School District for 16 years. During that time, Arenz has taught fourth grade, science block, and finally fifth grade. While it is hard to be smarter than a Rock Creek fifth grader, Mr. Arenz does his best to stay a step ahead of the students. “We have amazing students, and it’s fun to see where their learning takes them,” Arenz said. He has four kids with his wife, Raquel. While not teaching, you may find Andy on hiking trails, visiting his grown children in Boise, or making pizza. In a previous life, Arenz was a local journalist.

5th Grade Teacher
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Rebecca  Austin
Rebecca Austin
 
Secretary
Secretary
Secretary
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Eric Bauman
Eric Bauman
 
Physical Education Teacher
Specials Teacher
Specials Teacher
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Melissa Belliston
Melissa Belliston
 
4th Grade Teacher
4th Grade Teacher
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Marilu Brewster
Marilu Brewster
 
Computer Teacher
Specials Teacher

Marilu grew up in Twin Falls and graduated from Twin Falls High School. She is married to Jeff. They have two kids, Valerie and Kaden, who keep them very busy with sports and after school activities. Marilu says, “I love being part of Rock Creek!”

Specials Teacher
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Mysti Brown
Mysti Brown
 
Special Education Paraprofessional
Special Education
Special Education
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Bedford Brown
Bedford Brown
 
Security Aide
Resource
Resource
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Annette Brown
Annette Brown, Bachelors and Master's Degree from ISU
 
2nd Grade Teacher

Annette grew up in the Twin Falls School District, going home each night and pretending to be a teacher. She is so proud to now actually teach here. She has been teaching second grade since 2007.  Annette  graduated from Idaho State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Several years later, she returned and completed her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Training and Development. Mrs. Brown enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family, and enjoys having several of those family members attend Rock Creek Elementary.

“I am excited to be a Rock Creek Raptor!”

2nd Grade Teacher
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DickieSue Cates
DickieSue Cates
 
Literacy Paraprofessional
Resource

Mrs. Cates moved to Idaho in 2010. Before that, she lived in Los Angeles and worked in the education field and film industry. There, she met her husband David. She has 2 grown sons, David and Daniel.

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Pauli Connelley
Pauli Connelley
 
5th Grade Teacher

Pauli Connelley graduated from College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University with an Elementary Education Bachelor’s Degree. She has been teaching since 2006. Pauli has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. She has two children, Tayson and Trevyn.

5th Grade Teacher
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Tiffany Corn
Tiffany Corn
 
4th Grade Teacher

I graduated from Wendell High School, and then attended Boise State University to obtain my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.  I eventually decided to go back to school, and earned my Master of Science through Walden University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading & Literacy.  I have taught 4th and 5th grade. I live with my husband, Tyler, and my 4 boys; Trenten, Tyten, Treysen & Tate.  We have a beta fish named T.T.  We enjoy being active, playing sports, going on adventures, as well as just hanging out together as a family!

4th Grade Teacher
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Kristie  Corujo
Kristie Corujo
 
ERC Paraprofessional
ERC
ERC
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Shari Cowger
Shari Cowger, Masters in Educational Leadership
 
Principal
Principal
Shari has been in education for over 20 years. She was an elementary vice principal at Oregon Trail and Perrine for 2 years and then the principal at Oregon Trail for 6 years. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho.
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Julie  Dayley
Julie Dayley, MS, CCC-SLP
 
Speech and Language Pathologist
Resource

Julie has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past 8 years, before that she taught special education preschool for 3 years.
She has 7 kids, and loves to sew outside of work.

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Julie Delia
Julie Delia
 
5th Grade Teacher

Julie Delia moved from Minnesota to Twin Falls to begin her teaching career in 1985.  She taught Title One Reading, 2nd grade, and 4th grade at Lincoln Elementary School.  When Oregon Trail Elementary School was built, she was part of the 1st year staff teaching 4th graders.  Eventually Julie transferred grade levels to teach 5th graders.  With the opening of Rock Creek Elementary School, Julie decided to make the move to another new school.  Ms. Delia enjoys going to work each day.  She loves the challenges and learning opportunities that go on each day in the classroom.  Her fellow Twin Falls teachers and administrators have inspired her to continually learn and try new teaching strategies.  Julie Delia is very thankful each day that she has an occupation that she enjoys and a school district that has challenged her to become a better educator.

5th Grade Teacher
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Holly Dickinson
Holly Dickinson, B.A. from Boise State University
 
Kindergarten Teacher

Holly has been teaching for 23 years. 10 years at Robert Stuart in 8th grade and 12 years in Kindergarten.

She is married and has 2 children, Braeden and Emma.

Kindergarten Teacher
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Susie  Dunn
Susie Dunn
 
Behavior Paraprofessional
Special Education
Special Education
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Kate Dutcher
Kate Dutcher
 
1st Grade Teacher
1st Grade Teacher
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Megan Egbert
Megan Egbert
 
ERC Teacher
ERC
ERC
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Caleigh  Fallows
Caleigh Fallows
 
Playground Paraprofessional
Playground Paraprofessionals
Playground Paraprofessionals
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Heather Francis
Heather Francis
 
Instructional Coach
Instructional Coach
Instructional Coach
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Steve Fullmer
Steve Fullmer
 
4th Grade Teacher
4th Grade Teacher
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Diane Fullmer
Diane Fullmer
 
Playground Paraprofessional
Playground Paraprofessionals
Playground Paraprofessionals
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Kristie Hafer
Kristie Hafer
 
ERC Paraprofessional
ERC
ERC
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Nicole Hall
Nicole Hall
 
3rd Grade Teacher
3rd Grade Teacher
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Nicole Hansen
Nicole Hansen
 
Special Education Clerk
Special Education
Special Education
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Jennifer Harwick
Jennifer Harwick, Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education
 
2nd Grade Teacher
2nd Grade Teacher
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Anissa Hayes
Anissa Hayes
 
ELL Paraprofessional
ELL
ELL
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Kristie Henkelmann
Kristie Henkelmann
 
Kindergarten Teacher

Kristi grew up in Sherwood, Oregon. She moved to Idaho in August 2012 to start her first teaching position, teaching first grade in Shoshone. In 2015, she went to Perrine Elementary and taught second and then third grade. In 2018, she had her daughter Lucy and now teaches half-time kindergarten, here at Rock Creek.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, doing projects around the house, crafting, and kayaking.

Kindergarten Teacher
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Lori Hinton
Lori Hinton
 
3rd Grade Teacher

I began teaching my teaching career in 2002. I graduated from CSI in 1999 and then BSU in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degee in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Bilingual Education. I then graduated from NNU with my Master’s degree in reading in 2008. Throughout the course of my career I have taught every grade except kindergarten and have enjoyed each for the uniqueness that comes with each grade level. Knowing that I had a role in helping kids feel confident, successful and loved makes my job the very best! My husband of 33 years, Roger and I enjoy camping, fishing, gardening and spending time with our grandchildren.

3rd Grade Teacher
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Lisa Honas
Lisa Honas
 
Vice Principal
Vice Principal

A Jerome Tiger alumni, Mrs. Honas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University in 2009. She taught kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary for nine years. In 2015 Mrs. Honas was named Teacher of the Year by the Twin Falls Education Foundation. She graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho in 2017. In her spare time she likes to travel, shop, and spend time with family and friends. She has a husband, two children, Jamison and Ryan, and two dogs. Mrs. Honas’ favorite part of being the assistant principal at Rock Creek Elementary is the interaction and relationships she has with the students. Go Raptors!

Vice Principal
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Krystal Howe
Krystal Howe
 
4th Grade Teacher

I am a true Twin Falls girl. I was born and raised in Twin. I went to elementary school at Morningside…go Mustangs! I graduated from Twin Falls High School in 2003. From there I attended to the College of Southern Idaho. After graduating from CSI, I was able to go to Idaho State University. I have been a teacher for the last 8 fabulous years!

My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have two beautiful daughters. Our daughters are Hadley and Halle. We love to spend our free time on the water, swimming and kayaking.

4th Grade Teacher
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Justine Johnson
Justine Johnson
 
Crossing Guard
Crossing Guard
Crossing Guard
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Margie Knowles
Margie Knowles
 
Cafeteria Manager
Cafeteria

Margie was born and raised in Twin Falls. She is married and has 3 children. Margie is an animal lover and has 4 dogs and 2 cats. Her favorite thing to do is kayak on the beautiful Snake River.

Cafeteria
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Bobbi Larson
Bobbi Larson
 
ERC Paraprofessional
ERC

I am married and have 2 kiddos, Eli and Zane. I love my job. I have been a paraeducator many years. I have worked for the Twin Falls School District since 2015.

ERC
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Cassandra Legg-Schuyler
Cassandra Legg-Schuyler
 
ERC Paraprofessional
ERC
ERC
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Irma Leonard
Irma Leonard
 
ERC Paraprofessional
ERC
ERC
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Michelle Lythgoe
Michelle Lythgoe
 
1st Grade Teacher
1st Grade Teacher
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Darcy Martin
Darcy Martin
 
Literacy Paraprofessional
Resource
Resource
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Wendy  Maughan
Wendy Maughan
 
Cafeteria Staff
Cafeteria
Cafeteria
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Michelle McMurdie
Michelle McMurdie
 
Playground Paraprofessional
Playground Paraprofessionals
Playground Paraprofessionals
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Sabrina  Naranjo
Sabrina Naranjo
 
Cafeteria Staff
Cafeteria

Mrs. Naranjo graduated from the California School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu program in 2001. She moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 2013. She has worked for the school district since 2015. Mrs. Naranjo lives with her husband, Jaime, and their two children, Alyce and Charles. When shes not working she loves spending time with her family and baking!!!

Cafeteria
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Katrina Nebeker
Katrina Nebeker
 
Special Education Teacher
Special Education
Special Education
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Sheri Owens
Sheri Owens
 
Kindergarten Teacher

Sheri grew up in El Dorado Kansas.  She moved to Idaho in 1992 and graduated from Idaho State University in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.  She began teaching 1st grade at Oregon Trail Elementary in 1995.  Since then she has been in several different states and in the Caribbean, each destination has generated new teaching experiences. 

Sheri has 2 daughters, Natasha and Natalie.  She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys being outside doing pretty much anything during the spring and summer months.

Kindergarten Teacher
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Sarah Pehrson
Sarah Pehrson
 
Counselor
Counselor

A graduate from the University of Montana with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Counseling, Mrs. Pehrson moved to Twin Falls in 2007 and has worked in the Twin Falls School District since then. She has worked as both a Student Assistant Specialist at O’Leary and Robert Stuart Middle School, and a School Counselor at Robert Stuart MS, Canyon Ridge HS, and most currently, Rock Creek Elementary. Being an elementary school counselor has been a life changing experience and one that she enjoys immensely. Mrs. Pehrson lives with her husband, Justin and their three children. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, making earrings, reading books, and shopping! She loves working with the students, staff, and parents at Rock Creek. One of her favorite quotes is: “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” – Maya Angelou

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Paula Perry
Paula Perry
 
2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Perry received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She has taught every elementary grade but 4th grade where she did her student teaching. Mrs. Perry was born and raised in West Texas. She met her husband, Sid, at Snyder High School where they both graduated. After living in Texas, she moved to Ft. Collins, CO for her husband to go to graduate school. While in Ft. Collins, she became the mother to Allison and Brooks. Their family was relocated to Kansas in 1994. 2013 brought another move to the Perry household. This transfer was to Twin Falls, ID. Allison and her husband, Phil, moved to Twin Falls in 2014 to be closer to grandparents. They have 3 girls. Violet, 6, Maggie, 3, and Daphne, 1. Their son, Brooks, lives overseas and is a teacher in China.

2nd Grade Teacher
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KoLei Pettingill
KoLei Pettingill
 
Librarian
Specials Teacher

KoLei was born in a small town, Downey Idaho, and grew up & graduated in Jerome. She married her high school sweetheart and has been happily married for 14 years. They have 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy, 1 gold fish, 5 beta fish, and a bearded dragon. She grew up helping her mom with their in-home day care, was a nanny a couple of times, and worked in a couple daycares. When she had her first child, she decided to be at home while raising her children. She opened an in-home daycare for about 6 years. KoLei took the position as Rock Creek Librarian when the doors opened in 2016. She has always loved helping children learn and grow.

 

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Michelle Reinke
Michelle Reinke
 
1st Grade Teacher
Michelle is married to Jeff. They have two children, Josh, a college student in California and Gabi, their red-headed firecracker! They also have a dog, Max, and a cat, Buttercup. 
This is Michelle’s 24th year teaching and this 1st grade class at Rock Creek Elementary is definitely her favorite class at her favorite school!
Here are a few of Michelle’s favorite things: 
1. Places to visit: 
    Hawaii, Puerta      
    Vallarta, Lodi, CA 
    (my hometown)
  1. Hobbies: Reading, photography, line dancing, shopping 
  2. Food: Seafood and Mexican food 
  3. Candy: Skittles, Starbursts, Reese’s, Peanut M&M’s, Tootsie Rolls, Red Vines, Snickers (I could go on…?)
 
1st Grade Teacher
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Kelly Rider
Kelly Rider
 
Cafeteria Staff
Cafeteria

Kelly Rider is married and has 2 children who attend Rock Creek Elementary. She has her associates degree in health administration. Before coming to work at Rock Creek, Kelly worked in home care for the elderly and disabled. Kelly loves spending time with her family camping, playing card games, and having BBQs. Some of Kelly’s favorite foods are tacos, pizza, shepherd’s pie and cheesecake.

Cafeteria
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Vee Rodriguez
Vee Rodriguez
 
Night Custodian
Custodian
Custodian
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Cami Rush
Cami Rush
 
Music Teacher
Specials Teacher

Mrs. Rush has been a teacher for over 10 years.  She graduated from Northern Arizona University with her B.S. in Elementary Education in 2003 and M.Ed. in 2008.  She is married and has 4 kids (3 at CRHS and 1 here at Rock Creek).  When she isn’t singing her heart out or playing the ukulele, she likes to bake, read, and go shopping.  

Specials Teacher
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Roberta Sheltra
Roberta Sheltra
 
1st Grade Teacher
1st Grade Teacher
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Amber  Sklavos
Amber Sklavos
 
Special Education Paraprofessional
Special Education
Special Education
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Renay Skov
Renay Skov
 
ELL Teacher
ELL
ELL
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Erica  Staker
Erica Staker
 
Night Custodian
Custodian
Custodian
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Christy Swafford
Christy Swafford
 
3rd Grade Teacher
3rd Grade Teacher
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Angela Van Hofwegen
Angela Van Hofwegen
 
3rd Grade Teacher

Hello my name is Angela Van Hofwegen and I teach 3rd grade at Rock Creek Elementary. I feel in love with teaching when I was in High School. I knew after a semester of shadowing a 6th grade teacher that I would be an educator for life! It has been a dream that has come true. I went to CSI for two years and then on to Boise State, Go Broncos! It is at BSU that I fell in love and got married after graduation. I got my first teaching job in Kuna, Idaho! My young husband decided to go into education as well. He finished his college degree just as we had our first child! After two years of teaching Kindergarten in Kuna, Idaho I stayed home with my two kids for two years. Then I got a Kindergarten position in Buhl, Idaho where I stayed for four years. I love teaching, my family and I am truly a woman of faith! I feel blessed to truly love my job and what I do. Go Raptors!

3rd Grade Teacher
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Ann Vera
Ann Vera
 
2nd Grade Teacher

I have been teaching for 14 years.  This is my second year teaching Second Grade at Rock Creek.

2nd Grade Teacher
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Terilyn Victor
Terilyn Victor
 
2nd Grade Teacher
2nd Grade Teacher
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Robert Watkins
Robert Watkins
 
Head Custodian
Custodian
Custodian
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