MVSD Selects Leanna Mortland to Serve as Secretary to the Director of Operations

Leanna MortlandThe MVSD has selected Leanna Mortland to serve as the Secretary to the Director of Operations.

Replacing Pearle Quigley, Leanna will be providing secretarial services in support of the Transportation, Food Services, and Custodial-Maintenance Departments. When asked about her new position, Leanna stated, “I’m very excited to begin this new chapter in her life here at the Methow Valley School District in service and support to others.”

Leanna was raised here in the beautiful Methow Valley along with her three older brothers and extended family. Leanna enjoys living in the quaint little town of Carlton with her children Isaac and Layla, her partner Nick, and of course, their adorable dog Lucy.

When she’s not working, Leanna and her family enjoy travelling, camping, river floats, and exploring all that the Methow Valley has to offer.

MVSD Selects Katherine Bautista to Serve as the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent

Katherine Bautista and husband JuanThe MVSD has selected Katherine Bautista to serve as the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent.

Replacing Patty Barker, former Executive Secretary to the Superintendent, Katherine Bautista joins the MVSD with nearly two decades of administrative experience. With a strong background in medical administration and business management, she is looking forward to applying her skills within the school district.

Katherine is described by others who have worked with her as someone who is passionate about working with people and providing exceptional service in support of others. When asked about her new position, she stated, “I’m very excited to work with and for the MVSD, the local community, and to help support the families of the Methow Valley.”

Outside of work, Katherine and her husband Juan enjoy spending time with their two dogs and cat.

MVSD Welcomes New Custodial-Maintenance Staff Member, Charles Myers

Charles Myers2011 Liberty Bell graduate, Charles Myers recently accepted a custodial-maintenance position with the MVSD.

After having spent several years attending school at Whatcom Community College and working in Bellingham, Charles stated, “I’m excited to return home to the Methow Valley where my family has lived for over a 100 years.” He also added, “It’s great to be in a position to give back in support of those who have given so much to me.”

When Charles isn’t busy maintaining the school district’s facilities, Charles enjoys spending his time with his two dogs, Lily and Marley, working on cars, and playing outside.

Ray Sanders Selected to Serve as Methow Valley Elementary School’s 2nd Grade Teacher

Ray Sanders and FamilyThe MVSD has selected Ray Sanders to serve alongside Hana Baker and Jonathan Stratman as a 2nd grade teacher at Methow Valley Elementary School (MVES). Ray will be filling the position vacated by Katie Hover, who will be serving as a MVES Literacy Support Specialists and Dyslexia Coordinator.

Ray is thrilled to begin teaching at Methow Valley Elementary School! Ray moved to the Methow 9 years ago with his wife Dani Reynaud, Director of Little Star, who grew up here in the Methow Valley. Ray earned his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certification from Western Governors University and spent last year teaching kindergarten at Brewster Elementary.

While he loved his position and the opportunity to work with students in Brewster, Ray stated, “I’m excited to return to the Methow Valley, be a part of an exceptional team of teachers, and be closer to my wife Dani and two Lion Cubs, Marcel and Rainier.”

It’s clear that Ray loves this community, especially the children. When he’s not in the classroom, he can often be found somewhere outside playing with kids. Living, working, and being closer to his family, he looks forward to beginning his teaching career at MVES and being able to give back to the community he loves by coaching again — baseball, soccer, wrestling — he loves it all!

Please join us as we welcome Ray Sanders, MVES 2nd grade teacher!

Moving Parts: MVSD Announces Changes in Staffing Assignments

As we prepare for the 2019-20 school year, we want to share a few staffing changes taking place within the MVSD. They include…


3rd Grade Teacher, Tirzah Quigley
Tirzah Quigley with StudentsAs mentioned earlier this spring, we are excited to announce the selection of Tirzah Quigley as the new MVES third grade teacher! Transferring from her current position as the REACH Coordinator and Literacy Support Specialist, Tirzah brings a wealth of teaching experience, creativity, and excitement about returning to the classroom.

When asked about her new position, Tirzah stated, “While I have thoroughly enjoyed working as the REACH Coordinator and reading teacher over the past eight years, I am looking for a new challenge.” When asked about being a part of a team, she went on to state, “I’m excited to become a part of this amazing third grade team and am looking forward to my new role in 2019-2020.”


Literacy Support Specialist and Dyslexia Coordinator, Katie Hover
Katie Hover Holding FlowersKatie Hover has been selected to serve as MVES’s new Literacy Support Specialist and Dyslexia Coordinator. Katie has worked at Methow Valley Elementary in a variety of roles over the past 10 years. During her tenure, she has served as a second grade and kindergarten teacher, reading specialist, early childhood specialist, extended school year teacher, Cub Club instructor, and AAU basketball coach. Prior to getting her masters in teaching, she graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications/journalism.

For several years she worked in Seattle at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a special events coordinator, fundraising and creating awareness about this genetic disease that affects children and young adults. In her new role, Katie will not only be providing literacy support, but will also be working alongside classroom teachers to support the continued development of a structured literacy program in support of elementary-age students identified as dyslexic and/or struggling with similar literacy-based learning challenges. When asked about her new assignment, Katie stated, “I am excited about the direction our district and school is going in the area of literacy and look forward to stepping into this new position!”


Family and Community Engagement/REACH Program Coordinator, Katharine Bill
Katharine Bill and FriendHaving served as the MVSD’s Early Childhood and Childcare Coordinator, LBHS Internship Coordinator, and more recently, as the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Katharine will be adding the coordination of the REACH program to her long list of duties. Some of Katharine’s recent work has included the initiation of an exceptional after-school childcare and enrichment program serving approximately two-thirds of the Methow Valley Elementary School students and the development of a rapidly growing community-based internship program for high school-age students attending Liberty Bell.

These programs serve as just a couple examples of her exceptional work that is positively impacting the students, parents, and the community we serve. We anticipate the same will be true as she looks to build upon the great work facilitated by former REACH Program Coordinator, Tirzah Quigley.


World Language Teacher, Eveline Wathen
Evelin Wathen at the Great WallIn an effort to provide increased levels of flexibility and support in the area of world languages, Liberty Bell World Language Teacher, Eveline Wathen will be expanding her services from a part-time to a full-time position.

Our students are so fortunate to have access to an exceptional teacher who speaks several languages!



Please join us as we acknowledge Tirzah Quigley, Katie Hover, Katharine Bill, and Eveline Wathen for ensuring every student can shine!

Adriana Vanbianchi Selected to Serve as MVSD’s New School Nurse

Following in Adriana Vanbianchithe footsteps of Laura Brumfield, recently retired MVSD School Nurse, Adriana Vanbianchi has been selected to serve as the MVSD’s new School Nurse.

A nurse and a paramedic, Adriana is excited to be working in support of her community in a position that combines her healthcare related experience with her love for working with children.

Adriana, often referred to as “Adri,” was born in Kingston, Washington. She began her career as a swift-water rescue swimmer on the rivers surrounding Portland, Oregon. Since, her experiences have included working on an ambulance, as a responder to Hurricane Ike and Gustav, in the inner-city of St Louis, Missouri, and for Aero Methow Rescue Service here in the Methow Valley. Most recently, she has been serving as a clinical nurse at the Winthrop Family Clinic.

In addition to her twelve years working in the field of healthcare, she has worked for a public middle school as a Spanish translator and one-to-one para-educator for a special needs student. Adri has also served as a guide for international education programs and spent extended time in the backcountry working in Wilderness Therapy.

Adri and her husband, Justin Porter have lived in Twisp for five years and have two kids who are three and eight. They attend Little Star and Methow Valley Elementary School. When she’s not working, Adri loves swimming, ice hockey and making a costume entry for the annual Trashion Fashion show! When asked about her new position, she stated, “I am excited and honored to become part of the Methow Valley School District Team.”

Please join us as we congratulate Adriana Vanbianchi, MVSD’s School Nurse!