Teacher - Maxine Hanson
Mrs. Hanson earned a Bachelor's of Science in Education from Western Oregon University, has 30+ hours of post-graduate work, has taught early education in rural schools since 1991, and likes to read, hike, fish, and spend time with family when not at school.
Instructional Assistant - Poppy Mitchell
Teacher - Jannet Kohanek
Mrs. Kohanek has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Teacher's License from Corban College, taught at KVCS for 4 years, worked in schools for 11 years, been a foster parent to more than 70 children, and worked as a therapeutic care provider for children with emotional and behavioral disturbances. "I am passionate about teaching well. Helping students discover their hidden potential is one of the most meaningful things a person can do and I get paid to do it. I am truly fortunate! In my spare time, I enjoy running with my daughter's wolf dogs, hiking with my nephew to such places as the summit of South Sister, going to garage sales with my husband, and gardening in my backyard as my Pomeranian looks on."
Instructional Assistant - Nancy LaMunyon
Teacher - Kevin Lepley
Mr. Lepley has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human and Consumer Sciences from Ohio University, a Master's Degree in Teaching from EOU, and has worked in Elementary classrooms in the Albany and Central School Districts. "I believe mistakes are opportunities to learn. I make deliberate efforts to encourage kids to take risks in the pursuit of their education while providing a supportive environment to help them back up if they fall."
Instructional Assistant - Elke Wiethorn
Teacher - Athena Lodge
Mrs. Lodge earned her Master's Degree in teaching from George Fox University. From there, she spent a few years as a substitute teacher around the Corvallis area. She joined Kings Valley in 2010. Mrs. Lodge also has her Reading Endorsement and has attended specialized dyslexia trainings to offer support to teachers, parents, and students.
In her time outside of school, she loves to spend time with her family, read, play soccer, hike, and ride bikes.
Mrs. Lodge is also the Head Teacher for the Elementary Grades
Teacher - Stacey Zaback
Ms. Zaback earned a Master's Degree in Education from Montana State University.
"This is my 6th year at KVCS. Previously, I taught for three years at the Good Samaritan School in Corvallis as a fourth and fifth grade teacher. I have many years of volunteering in my children's classrooms, volunteering with "Chefs in the Classroom" for 3 years, and as a mentor for Lego Robotics for 3 years. I really enjoy partnering with other agencies to provide students with authentic, place and project-based learning."
Stacey also teaches Art to our Middle and High School students.
In Nov. 2019, Ms Zaback was awarded the "Outstanding Leader Award" for Wildlife Stewards from Benton County 4-H. Read about the program in the OSU Extension Service "Growing" Newsletter and the Corvallis Gazette Times.
Ms. Field earned her degree in English in Aberdeen, Scotland. After twenty years of baking, making ovens, homesteading, home- schooling and being a massage therapist, she finally discovered what she really LOVES to do is share music with kids (and adults). A recorder player since the age of seven, she has a deep love of the simplicity and beauty of the instrument (she now has over 30....).
She also has a deep love of singing, for the way it can bring joy and strength, teach history, build community and encourage a broad appreciation for many cultures and places. She is excited to share this love of music with KV elementary kids, and feels like she gets to give a gift that will be with them the rest of their lives Realizing not all kids love recorder, she is learning now to play various stringed instruments so as to broaden the range of music making opportunities she offers to KV kids.
Project Days are monthly and are led by parents, community members, and staff. They are a great way for students to learn a new skill or make a craft. We are always looking for people to help lead or assist with a project day, so contact Michael Chung if you are interested! All volunteers must have a background check on file.