As Powell students return to school this month, they will be greeted by familiar faces as well as new ones. The following new employees were hired as certified staff members, beginning in the 2020-21 …
As Powell students return to school this month, they will be greeted by familiar faces as well as new ones. The following new employees were hired as certified staff members, beginning in the 2020-21 school year:
Samantha Anttila is joining Powell High School as a special education teacher. Originally from Arkansas, Anttila received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from College of the Ozarks. She then received her special education degree from Montana State University – Billings. Anttila has worked as a teacher in Montana for the past 11 years, the last six of those being in Joliet.
After working as a para-educator in the Park County School District No. 1 for the past seven years, Karlyn Brence will be a half-time Title I teacher at Westside Elementary School this fall. Brence graduated from Grand Canyon University in May with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She completed her student teaching at Southside Elementary School.
Kristin Cuddy will serve as a K-12 district-wide school psychologist. Cuddy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University, and then went on to the University of Colorado to get her education specialist degree in school psychology. Cuddy worked as a school psychologist for two years in Mississippi, two years in Colorado, and the past four years in Billings. Cuddy worked as a Title I para-educator at Powell Middle School during the 2015-16 school year before taking the job in Billings.
A graduate of Powell High School, Tessa Eller will teach kindergarten at Westside Elementary School this fall. Eller worked as a para-educator at Westside for two years before resigning to complete her student teaching at Parkside Elementary. In December, she was hired to finish the school year for Kaylyn Ramsey as a kindergarten teacher at Parkside. Eller received her degree in elementary education from North Dakota State University.
MiRanda Foley is returning to the Powell school district as a fourth-grade teacher at Southside Elementary School. Foley worked for the district from 2014-18, serving one year as a para-educator at Southside and then teaching fifth grade at Westside for three years. She then taught in Whitehall, Montana, before returning to Wyoming last year to teach in Basin. Foley received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis on reading from Montana State University. She taught in Caldwell, Idaho, for five years and was then a contact teacher with the Idaho Distance Education Academy for the next seven years.
Kayla Galindo will serve as a half-time Title I teacher at Parkside. She has taught fifth grade for the past five years in Rock Springs. A graduate of Buffalo High School, Galindo received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in elementary education with a minor in reading instruction.
Originally from Powell, David Galindo is returning to the community and will teach fifth grade at Southside Elementary School. After graduating from PHS, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in elementary education. For the past seven years, Galindo has taught sixth grade in Rock Springs. He was named the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 2020 District Teacher of the Year and was in the top five for Wyoming State Teacher of the Year.
Caitlyn Hinshaw will serve as a half-time Title I teacher at Southside Elementary School. Hinshaw has been a para-educator in the Powell school district for the past two years, and worked for three years in Big Horn County School District No. 1 in Burlington. She graduated with her degree in elementary education from Valley City State University in 2016.
David Holland was hired to teach special education at Powell High School. He is originally from New Mexico and taught there for two years before moving to Wyoming. Prior to accepting the position in Powell, Holland taught for two years in Rawlins and one year in Cody. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from the University of New Mexico and his master’s degree in special education from New Mexico Highlands University.
A PHS graduate, Susie Mann is returning to Powell as a special education teacher at the high school. Mann received her bachelor’s degree in K-12 special education from Montana State University – Billings and her master’s degree in literacy from Lesley College. She has taught a combined 19 years in Cody and Meeteetse schools. For the past six years, she taught in Kasilof, Alaska.
Keegan McLain is joining Parkside as a fifth-grade teacher. A PHS graduate, McLain received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education through the University of Wyoming in May. She completed her student teaching in Sheridan in the spring.
Southside Elementary School’s new kindergarten teacher Amanda Oliver is coming to the Powell school district from Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in elementary education from Longwood University. Oliver has taught kindergarten for three years in Locust Grove, Virginia.
Mary Ann Sapp
Mary Ann Sapp is joining Parkside Elementary School as a special education teacher. She has 27 years of teaching experience, with all but three of those years being in Wyoming. Her most recent position was in Worland for the past 18 years. Sapp’s education is lengthy: she received her bachelor’s degree at Montana State University in elementary education in 1993. She completed endorsement programs in English as a Second Language and reading instruction from the University of Wyoming. Her first master’s degree came from Grand Canyon University in reading curriculum and instruction, and she received her second master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in special education.
Originally from Basin, Rachel Schoessler is the new choir/vocal music teacher for Powell Middle School and Powell High School. Schoessler has her bachelor’s degree in music education from Montana State University – Billings. She has taught the last three years as a 6-12 choir teacher in Lovell.
Allison Winckler will serve as the new district-wide physical therapist. Winckler received her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in exercise science, and then went on to receive her doctorate in physical therapy at Chapman University. She worked one year at a rehab facility in South Dakota, and the last five years at Gottsche Rehab and Wellness in Powell.
Jenne Wittwer is joining Parkside Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. Wittwer received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Utah University. She taught four years in Utah, and another two years in Nevada. Wittwer served as a substitute teacher in the Powell district last school year after moving here because of her husband’s job transfer to the area.