MVSD Selects Jeremiah Wicken to Serve as ILC Advisor

Jeremiah WickenWith continued growth in student enrollment at the Independent Learning Center (ILC), coupled with the feedback provided by last year’s graduating seniors, suggesting the need to provide higher levels of content-based support in the areas of math and science, the MVSD has hired Jeremiah Wicken to serve as an Advisor alongside Sara Mounsey and Kim Odell.

Most recently, Jeremiah has been serving as a math and science teacher at Omak Middle School. Prior to doing so, Jeremiah served as an Educational Support Professional at the ILC while pursuing a degree in science education.

A former drama and theatre major, Jeremiah stated that he became increasingly Intrigued by his science coursework, cultivating a curiosity about the world, and how it works. Jeremiah’s love of science, math, and interest in working with students fueled his decision to pursue a degree in education with a focus in the area of science.

When asked about his new position as an Advisor at the ILC, Jeremiah stated, “I’m thankful that I’m being granted the opportunity… and excited to continue to learn and grow as an educator.”

When Jeremiah is not teaching in the classroom, he competes in powerlifting competitions, serves as a strength and conditioning coach, and is a self-described, “avid baker.”

Please join us as we welcome Jeremiah Wicken, ILC Advisor!

Welcome Back Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members!

I hope each of you have been able to enjoy the relaxed rhythms of summer, time spent with family and close friends, and the smoke-free air! My family and I have enjoyed a nice balance of work and play.

Venable kidsNow, like many of you, we find ourselves shifting gears as we look toward the arrival of fall and the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. In doing so, I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. Not just in the form of days, weeks, or months, but years… I think someone once stated, “The days go by slowly, but the years go by fast.” I’m guessing they might have been a parent. In fact, it was six years ago that my spouse, Annie and I arrived in the Methow Valley with our two children, Ingrid and Elliot. Ages one and four at the time, they were roughly the size of pumpkins.

Now, entering my seventh year of service as the superintendent of the MVSD, having spent much of my time throughout the summer, reflecting upon where we’ve been, where we are at, and where we’re headed, appreciating the vision and wisdom displayed by our school board, celebrating our many accomplishments, acknowledging our challenges as opportunities, welcoming the aspirations and boundless energy of our newly hired staff, embracing the collective wisdom of our returning staff, strengthening our relationships with our ever-expanding list of community partners, welcoming students and families new and old, pondering our next steps forward, honoring the limitless possibilities reflected in each of our students… I’ve never felt more hopeful, optimistic, and energized than I do right now.

I am forever grateful to serve as your superintendent and look forward to what promises to be an exceptional new school year!



Upcoming Events

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the upcoming events.

Friday, August 30th – Kinder (and newly enrolled 1st graders) Orientation Camp
Beginning at 9:00 am on Friday, August 30th, our incoming “Class of 2032” and newly enrolled 1st graders are invited to participate in our Kindergarten Orientation Camp. The half-day camp taking place at MVES is designed to promote a welcoming experience for our youngest learners.

Friday, August 30th – MVES Meet and Greet
The MVES staff will be hosting a one-hour “Meet and Greet” from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at MVE. Much like our Kindergarten Orientation Camp, the Meet and Greet is designed to acquaint our new and returning students with MVES staff, find their classroom, and celebrate some of the recent improvements to our facilities – library, playground, and greenhouse…

Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day
No School for Students and Staff. All Schools and the District Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 3rd – First Day of School
Welcome back students in grades 1 – 12!

Wednesday, September 3 – 5th – Kinder Conferences
During the first week of school, our kindergarten teachers will be facilitating conferences with the parents and each incoming kindergarten student.

Friday, September 6th – Professional Development Day
No School for Students.

Monday, September 9th – First Day of School for Kinders
Welcome MVSD graduating class of 2032!

Wednesday, September 11th – LBHS Open House
Previously scheduled to occur on Wednesday, September 3rd, the LBHS Open House has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 11th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at LBHS.

Date to be determined – MVES Open House
The MVES staff will be facilitating an Open House in late September on a date to be determined. More information about this event will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions about the upcoming events or activities involving your child, please don’t hesitate to contact your school’s secretary.


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!