Qualifications and Awards

 INL Grant

 Maeck Grant

 Qwest Grant


Publication of Wake-Up Brain series in 2000 that reinforces skills in world geography, spelling punctuation, language arts, map skills, and mathematics (ESC Learning Systems, San Antonio, TX)

Publication of Brown Bag Science series in 2003 that uses a hands-on approach to teaching science, while improving comprehension skills with thematic literature studies (ESC Learning Systems, San Antonio, TX)

Participated in writing the language guides for first grade for the Idaho State Curriculum Web Site

Participated in writing the reading guides for third grade for the Idaho State Curriculum Web Site

Recipient of “8 Who Makes A Difference Award” in 2001 for community service for Eastern Idaho

Nominated four times for “Teacher of the Year Award” through the Post Register

Nominated six times for “Sylvan Learning Teacher of the Year Award”

Nominated for “Walt Disney Teacher of the Year Award”

Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005 and 2007

Fulbright receipient to Prague to write curriculum about the Czech Republic, Summer 2005

Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, 2008

INL Grant receipient for visual projector and “Insects Larger than Life” exploration,2009

Maeck Grant receipient for T-shirts, JetPress Tranfer for T-shirts, Flip Camera, and printer to enhance educational plays,2010

Qwest Foundation recipient for 11 iPads and apps to teach “Out of this World, Out of the Ordinary,” space unit and enhance technolgy in the classroom,2011

Completion of 14 marathons throughout the United States


Boise State University 1974-1976

University of Utah 1976-1979 Bachelors of Science Degree 3.78/4.0


Idaho Falls Schoo1 District, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Kindergarten Teacher 1981-1982 1984-1996

Multi-age Teacher 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades 1996-2011

Bonneville School District, Idaho Falls, Idaho 1980-1981

Third Grade Teacher

Davis County School District, Salt Lake City, Utah 1978-1980

Third Grade Teacher


Dona Applonie, Assistant  Principal, appldona@d91.k12.id.us

Sarah Browning,  Resource Teacher, browsara@d91.k12.id.us

Jen Tuck, Pace Teacher, tuckjeni@d91.k12.id.us

Susan Holmes, School Counselor, sueholmes@cableone.net

Karen Andersen,  Kindergarten  Teacher, andekare@d91.k12.id.us