Moving Parts: MVSD Announces Expansion of Educational Programs, Reduction of Class Sizes, and Staffing Changes

As we continue to prepare for the full reopening of our schools in the fall, we wish to provide you with yet another staffing update, briefly outlining some of the internal staffing changes taking place in preparation for our full return in the fall.

These changes, driven by the district’s continued efforts to initiate “innovative and flexible” educational programs, expand after-school enrichment opportunities, and reduce class sizes, include:

Katharine Bill

Katharine Bill and daughter with mountain view in the backgroundCurrently serving as the MVE Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Katharine Bill will be joining Meridith Dufresne and Libby Foley as a 2nd grade teacher next fall. Katharine’s past work includes over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and teaching work for Outward Bound and the Teton Science School.

Katharine has been working at MVE for the past 6 years, first as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator, and then as Family and Community Engagement Coordinator (including afterschool programs, learning pods, the REACH homeschool program and internships). When asked about her new position, Katharine stated, “I have a strong interest in hands-on experiential education, and looks forward to continuing to find ways to connect community expertise and enthusiasm to our MVE school community.” Katharine and her husband Flash have lived in the Methow Valley since 1996, and they have two students at MVE (going into 2nd and 6th grades). In addition to her passion for public education, Katharine loves exploring the North Cascades region (by foot, bike and ski), and also loves to look deeply at how people are shaping our future world.

Libby Foley

MVE Teacher Libby Foley and family near a riverLibby Foley, current MVE Kindergarten teacher will be joining Meridith Dufresne and Katharine Bill as a 2nd grade teacher next fall. Libby and her husband Brett moved to the Methow Valley over a decade ago. They quickly put down roots after the birth of their two children, Charlotte and Gilon. Libby has taught in the early primary grades for over 18 years, with 9 of those years being at Methow Valley Elementary School. When asked about her move to 2nd grade, Libby stated, “I feel grateful to work for the Methow Valley School District and to have the opportunity to raise my children in this beautiful valley. While I’ve loved serving as a Kindergarten teacher, I am excited to spread my wings and stretch myself professionally in second grade next year. I also look forward to teaming with Meridith Dufresne and Katharine Bill, two teachers whom I love and admire.”

Jonathan Stratman

MVE student learns to tie flies from Jonathan StratmanJonathan Stratman, current 3rd grade teacher will be joining Tiffany Surface and Andy Miller as a 4th grade teacher next fall. Having taught in the Skykomish School District for several years, Jonathan is nearing the completion of his 6th year with the Methow Valley School District. When asked about his new position, Jonathan replied, “I have had the good fortune to be a member of our 2nd and 3rd grade teams at Methow Valley Elementary. I’m looking forward to taking on a new challenge next year as a member of our 4th grade team.” When Jonathan’s not in the classroom, you’ll likely find him outdoors, in all seasons, exploring our amazing valley.

Please join us as we congratulate Katharine Bill, Libby Foley, and Jonathan Stratman!