Stories about the employees of Vancouver Public Schools.

Welcome to #TeamVPS

In the past few months, we welcomed the following brand-new certificated employees to the district. These new staff members will perform a variety of crucial roles related to teaching, counseling, administration and special services.

Elementary

  • Kimberley Astle, fifth-grade teacher, Hazel Dell Elementary
  • Sara Bergthold, special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Kelsey Bristow, behavior specialist, Ogden Elementary
  • Mary Brown, special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Jacquelyn Buechel, special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Sarah Cherry, special education teacher, Minnehaha Elementary
  • Camille Duez, special education teacher, Lincoln Elementary
  • Pamela D’Zurilla, special education teacher, Sacajawea Elementary
  • Isaiah Ephraim, fourth-grade teacher, Minnehaha Elementary
  • Jordyn Geenty, fourth-grade teacher, Eisenhower Elementary
  • Erica Godell, second-grade teacher, Felida Elementary
  • Lacey Lavin, fifth-grade teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary
  • Marian Lindner, early childhood special education teacher, Hough Elementary
  • Garrett Noah, fourth-grade teacher, Minnehaha Elementary
  • Madison Shaw, fourth-grade teacher, Walnut Grove Elementary

Secondary

  • William Ashlock, math teacher, Fort Vancouver High School
  • Amber Beardmore, associate principal, Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Jeffrey Causey, counselor, Discovery Middle School
  • Luisa Childers, Spanish teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Ingrid Dahl, Science teacher, Gaiser Middle School
  • Nick Davies, associate principal, Columbia River High School
  • Morgan Deklyen, English teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Mara Friedland, art teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Brierly Harris, English/social studies teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Andrew Johnson, math teacher, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
  • Maria Kidder, science teacher, Skyview High School
  • Nicholas Legambi, special education teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Jesus Marcial Garcia, board-certified behavior analyst, Hudson’s Bay High School High School
  • Morgan Money, career/technical education guidance counselor/International Baccalaureate coordinator, Columbia River High School
  • Jacob Mumford, special education teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Claire Neely, math teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Katie North, special education teacher, Skyview High School
  • Michael Patten, English teacher, Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Gregory Peavey, career/technical education teacher, Hudson’s Bay High School
  • Katherine Pedersen, special education teacher, Alki Middle School
  • Sheri Schneider, English learners lead, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
  • Savanah Sirois, career/technical education teacher, Vancouver Flex Academy
  • Jamie Smith, career/technical education teacher, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
  • Christopher Stekhuizen, science teacher, Discovery Middle School
  • Jackson Stellfox, science teacher, McLoughlin Middle School
  • Xin Tu, Mandarin Chinese teacher, Jason Lee Middle School
  • Lisa Ventrella, dance/PE/visual art teacher, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
  • Carlee Walker, science teacher, Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
  • Lisa Zeta, Spanish teacher, Discovery Middle School

Special services

  • Leayh Abel, psychologist
  • Madison Donnelly, special education teacher
  • Shauna Guinn, psychologist
  • Naomi Kotkins, speech language pathologist
  • Adam Lemucchi, board-certified behavior analyst
  • Connor McCroskey, special services manager
  • Lisa Mellman, speech language pathologist
  • Maria Meza, speech language pathologist
  • Nadia Noid, occupational therapist
  • Alexis Sales-Paragola, psychologist
  • Katrice Thabet-Chapin, psychologist

Young historians advance to national contest

Vancouver students demonstrated their knowledge of the past at the 2019 Portland regional History Bee competition held at Columbia River High School in late March. Fifteen Vancouver students qualified for the National History Bee after battling through four rounds of history questions. Seven also qualified for the U.S. Geography Olympiad.

Eighth-grade division

  • Dylan Kopitzke, Alki Middle School: qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Ian Levitre, Alki Middle School: qualifier for Bee
  • Padraic O’Shea, Jefferson Middle School: qualifier for Bee and Olympiad

Seventh-grade division

  • Joshua Wuethrich, Alki Middle School: finalist and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Shaylin Murphy, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics: qualifier for Bee

Sixth-grade division

  • Maxwell Houston, Vancouver iTech Preparatory: finalist and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Ethan Martillo, Jason Lee Middle School: qualifier for Bee

Fifth-grade-and-younger division

  • Aaron Barron Pintor, Walnut Grove Elementary School: champion and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Owen Sawyer, Harney Elementary: runner-up and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Jonathan Kunz, Lake Shore Elementary: finalist and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Jace Hastings, Felida Elementary: finalist and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Alexander Hardin, Walnut Grove Elementary: finalist and qualifier for Bee and Olympiad
  • Greg Blau, Lake Shore Elementary: qualifier for Bee
  • Jerod Zhao, Felida Elementary: qualifier for Bee
  • Reagan Fieweger, Felida Elementary: qualifier for Bee

Columbia River teacher Dave Douglas is the director of the regional competition.

The 2019 National History Bee and Olympiad will be held in Rosemont, Illinois, in June.