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“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.
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.
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!”
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!”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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.
- Hobbies: Reading, photography, line dancing, shopping
- Food: Seafood and Mexican food
- Candy: Skittles, Starbursts, Reese’s, Peanut M&M’s, Tootsie Rolls, Red Vines, Snickers (I could go on…?)
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.
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.
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!
I have been teaching for 14 years. This is my second year teaching Second Grade at Rock Creek.