The Methow Valley School District Welcomes its Newest Staff Member, Elyse Darwood!

Elyse Darwood has been hired to fill the position of Middle School Humanities and Study Skills. Beginning next fall, Elyse will be teaching two sections 7th grade Humanities, as well as piloting a middle school CLIMBS class focused on improving organizational and study skills. Both classes are being offered using the feedback provided by students and parents during the Dream Big Event, highlighting a need to “redesign the middle school model.”

For the past eight years, Elyse taught high school English to grades 9-12 in the Pateros School District, including multiple sections of UW College in the High School English. When asked about her new teaching assignment at Liberty Bell, Elyse stated, “I am thrilled to be teaching 7th grade Humanities and AVID at Liberty Bell next year. I am overjoyed to begin this new journey, teaching in the Methow Valley.” When we asked her former Elyse’s former student-teaching advisor and current MVSD school board member, Mary Anne Quigley to share her insights, she replied, “It doesn’t get any better… In my many years of supervising student-interns, I’ve not observed any better than Elyse. She is exceptional teacher, a master at her craft, and will make an immediate impact within our schools!”

When Elyse isn’t in the classroom, she enjoys time spent with family and friends, from one end of the Valley to the other. Elyse and her husband made their home in Carlton, just down the creek from where his family homesteaded in 1889. Their daughter Harper, will be a first grader at Methow Valley Elementary and son, Huck, will return to preschool at Little Star. In their spare time, they enjoy riding horses with our kids and camping in the Pasayten and Sawtooth Wilderness.

Please join us as we welcome Elyse Darwood, LBHS Humanities teacher back home!


Spring Break: Monday, April 3rd - Friday, April 7th - All MVSD schools and the district office will be closed to the public.