Mrs. Hanson's class at the pumpkin patch

K-3rd grade classes visited the Beal Pumpkin Patch

Mr. Lepley's class at the pumpkin patch
Students picking blueberries at a local farm

Students pick blueberries at a local farm (Kings Valley Gardens) that they will turn into smoothies and muffins in their classes!

Group of students displays their 4-H Wildlife Stewards Awards- Reserve Champion at County and State Fair

Congratulations for a job well done!  Reserve Champion at the Benton County and Oregon State Fair, 4-H Wildlife Stewards:  Microinvertebrates

Students display their award ribbons for Grand Champion at the county and State Fairs, 4H Wildlife stewards

Congratulations!  Grand Champion at the Benton County and Oregon State Fair, 2019.  4-H Wildlife Stewards: Marine Science- Sharks and Lamprey

Students perform a class song at Morning Meeting

At the monthly "Morning Meeting" students perform for the whole school, practicing their ability to present to a larger audience and sharing their talents and skills. 

student models of the rainforest along with creative writing

Student Rainforest Projects decorate the hallway outside the grade 4/5 classroom- The class read "The Great Kapok Tree," then made their own rainforest models and wrote stories about them. 

Collage of students participating in Project Day activities

Students participate in Project Day classes led by staff and volunteers: sewing, flag making, chess, wilderness skills, games, cross stitch.  Sign up to lead or help next month!

Students in the KVCS garden
Adult walking with student down a country road

Walking down the driveway at Bellweather Wool Company.  Lois's farm has lots to discover!

Student holding an apple snack that looks like a monster
World Peace Game Board image

World Peace Games in Ms. Zaback's class

Students buying and selling at Economics Fair 2018

Applying economic principles (advertising, marketing, supply & demand), as well as creativity at making products at the Economics Fair!  Grades 3-5 sell their products to grades K-2 (who apply their counting and money skills)

Felted wool wall hanging of forest, river, animals made by grades 4 and 5

Felted Wool Art made by grades 4/5 and Mrs. Lois (with the donation of wool from her sheep)

Students listening to a presentation by road workers about their tools and machines
Students working with Snap Circuits
Students listening to an electrical safety presention
Student learning to use hammer, nails, clamps and other tools
Students sitting on a large fallen log in the woods
Oil paintings of mountain scenes, with trees, moon and stars

Students learned to paint landscapes with oils in Mrs. Kohanek's class.

Kindergarteners celebrating 100th day of school
Mr. Ellingson and students examine salmon eggs in an aquarium at KVCS

Mr. Ellingson and students observe salmon eggs being monitored by Ms. Zaback's class. When the eggs mature, they will be released by students into a local stream. 

students playing soccer on a beautiful day

Students playing soccer during PE on a beautiful day in Kings Valley!

Our Classrooms

Grades K-1

Teacher - Maxine Hanson

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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


Grades 1-2

Teacher - Jannet Kohanek

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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

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Grades 2-3

Teacher - Kevin Lepley

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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

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Grades 3-4

Teacher - Athena Lodge

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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

Grades 4-5

Teacher - Stacey Zaback

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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.

Elementary Programs


Teacher: Lua Siegel 

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See what's growing at our

Kings Valley Community Garden Facebook Page!  

Congratulations to Ms. Siegel and our gardening program, which was awarded a grant for fencing from the

Philomath Community Foundation

and was featured in their June Annual Report! 

Read about it here.


Teacher: Grant Choitz

Mr. C earned a Bachelor's degree in Music from Oregon State University in June 2019.  

"I'm a musician primarily specializing in percussion with some choral experience, I enjoy music in film and other art mediums. I like to bring humor into education, to promote energy in my students, and most importantly: to create a long-lasting love of music learning for all."


Physical Education

Teacher: Sue Aldine

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students playing soccer on a beautiful day

Students play soccer in PE on a beautiful day in Kings Valley!


Teacher: Michael Chung

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Mr. Chung grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, came to Oregon in 2012, has worked/volunteered in the Central School District and KVCS, is a Chinese Interpreter, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from WOU. 

Chinese Lanterns hang across the classroom

Students celebrated the Moon Festival in Chinese class by making lanterns and eating moon cakes.


Project Day

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. 

Collage of students participating in Project Day activities


BOOST (Reading Support)

Lois Olund

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Andrea Davis

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