As a parent or guardian of a student attending a school receiving Title I-A funds, you have the right to know:
- Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grade(s) and subject(s) assigned?
- What is the college major of my child’s teacher(s)?
- What degree or degrees does my child’s teacher(s) hold?
- To request the state qualifications for any of your child’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s), please contact the school office.
- If you would like more information about the school’s Title I-A program, feel free to contact us.
You will be notified if your child is being taught by a teacher over four or more consecutive weeks who does not meet state licensure requirements for the teaching assignment.
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Idaho
B.A. Elementary Education, University of Montana
PPCS Founding Teacher
7053 - School principal (Pre-K-12)
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
Teaching and Learning Specialist
M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Washington
B.S. Health Management & Policy, University of New Hampshire
Hello Palouse Prairie Families! I am thrilled to be part of the PPCS CREW in the new role of Teaching and Learning Specialist. I have been part of the Palouse Prairie Community since 2011when I joined the crew as an Americorp volunteer. Between then and now, I've been our school's Math interventionist, Kindergarten Teacher, Middle School Math Teacher, and Data and Assessment Coordinator. This new role gives me the opportunity to draw on my teaching and learning experiences to support Ms. Branen and our staff in ways that ultimately improve outcomes for all students at our school. When I'm not thinking about curriculum, instruction, and data, I'm spending time with my family exploring the outdoor magic of the Pacific Northwest.
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
8320 - Mathematics - Basic (6-9)
M.L.S. Emporia State University
M.S. Accounting, Dana College
PPCS Startup Coordinator
I have a background in accounting and information services and have had the privilege to work in a variety of places including as an accountant in a CPA firm and a large corporation, and as an information specialist with the Colorado State Department of Education and the WSU Libraries. When the school’s founding board was looking for assistance in the spring of 2009, I was thrilled to join the crew. While I may answer the phone, my main focus is supporting the amazing Palouse Prairie staff through sound financial reporting and management, so they can do their great work with our students.
I have a passion for supporting education and personal growth both at the school and in the community. You might find me teaching parenting classes or empowering people through life coaching support when I’m not at the school. I am the proud parent two young men, one of whom is a PPCS graduate, now at the University of Idaho. I am grateful for the qualities of character that were nurtured in him at the school, along with the academic rigor.
M.S., B.S. Biological Systems Engineering, University of Idaho
B.A. Theatre, University of Utah
I was raised in southern Idaho and spent my youth and young adulthood in the performing arts. I performed in musical theatre productions and with modern dance companies in Salt Lake City, Tucson, Chicago and New York. After returning to Idaho I pursued another passion and eventually received degrees from the University of Idaho in Biological Systems Engineering. Moscow, marriage and parenthood have changed my goals, but not my dreams. I find myself doing meaningful work supporting adults I respect and admire, and kids I cherish, in an environment of fun, challenge, and compassion. Who could ask for more?
Special Education Teacher
B.A. Child, Consumer and Family Studies, Washington State University
B.S. Special Education, University of Idaho
Greetings and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach in such a wonderful school community. Although I grew up in Western Washington State, I have lived on the Palouse for the past 29 years. I have been married to my wonderful husband, for the past 20 years and we have made our home in the north eastern part of Latah County. My family is small, having only myself, husband and our red heeler dog named Mick. Mick is my baby and I love spending time playing with him. When I am not working, I enjoy gardening, reading, and relaxing near a body of water. I recently acquired a boat and can't wait for spring and summer so that I can go boating on the many lakes and rivers in our area. Before coming to Palouse Prairie I was fortunate to spend 7 years teaching on the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation in the public school system. I love Native American culture and was blessed to be a part of the community. Previous to my time in Plummer, Idaho I worked for the Moscow School District for a total of 10 years working at Lena Whitmore and at the middle school when it was still a junior high.
7029 - Exceptional Child Generalist (K-12)
B.S. Early Childhood Development and Education, University of Idaho
M.S. Special Education, University of Idaho
Hello! I was raised in Moscow and attended the University of Idaho out of high school where I gradated in 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation I headed out to western Washington to be with my husband, who was serving in the U.S. Navy, and spent a year and a half working with young children with developmental delays. We moved back to Moscow after my husband fulfilled his duty to the Navy and I started teaching special education to preschool aged children. In the summer of 2020, I graduated from the University of Idaho with a masters in special education, focusing on behaviors. I have loved the population of students I have been working with but always knew my passion was in a general classroom, which is what brought me to Palouse Prairie!
I have two children, two dogs, and a husband at home that I love to spend time with. We enjoy camping and swimming in the lake with our boat in summers and playing in the snow (sledding or skiing) in the winter. I am very excited to be at Palouse Prairie!
1st Grade Teacher
B.A. English, Gonzaga University
M.Ed Educational Leadership, Eastern Washington University
My name is Alissa Klemencic and I am originally from Bishop, California. Growing up in the Eastern Sierra I was spoiled with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. After graduating from Gonzaga University (Go Zags!) I spent a few years teaching outdoor education. I spent many summers at a camp near Lake Tahoe facilitating a challenge course and sharing my love of rock climbing with campers. I lived in North Carolina where I taught environmental education and discovered how much I love bugs. Taught coastal and forest ecology on the central coast of California where I made friends with raptors and learned the art of falconry. With these experiences in experiential and outdoor education it became clear that Expeditionary Learning was the model of education that I was most passionate about and where I knew I needed to be as an educator. This brought me to Moscow and Palouse Prairie. I am grateful to have been welcomed into this wonderful school community. I love seeing the ownership that our students take over their own learning and getting to facilitate meaningful learning opportunities for them. Watching the students grow as they face challenges throughout the year and the excitement they have to share their learning with the world around them continues to drive my teaching and excitement for what primary students are truly capable of.
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
2nd Grade Teacher
M.A. Education, Oregon State University
B.S.Ed. Sport Science & Health Education, University of Idaho
Greetings! I am Moscow born and raised. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2006 with degrees in Sport Science and Community Health. After graduating I moved to the woods of New Hampshire where I fell more in love with the outdoors and teaching children science through experiential learning. I came back to the West Coast and attended Oregon State University to get my M.A. Teaching. I enthusiastically returned to Moscow ready to jump into schools and incorporate my background in experiential education. I began working at Palouse Prairie in the Fall of 2013, and have loved the opportunity to work with second graders who are enthusiastic about learning and more compassionate than people twice their age (or older!). I enjoy challenging my students and giving them real-world opportunities to share their learning with the world. I am excited to continue working with Palouse Prairie and learning from our community of wonderful staff, students, and families.
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
7126 - English as a Second Language (K-12)
3rd Grade Teacher
M.A. Education, University of Washington Bothell
B.A. English Teaching, University of Washington
B.A. Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sport Management, Washington State University
After graduating from W.S.U with a Sports Management degree, I started working at a Rec Center in Seattle. After a few minutes in the after school program, it became clear that education would be my career.
I started at Edmonds Cyberschool in Edmonds, WA as a technology teacher. Cyberschool (which has undergone more than a few name changes) was a public school program designed to support parents who homeschool their children. After 5 years there, I went to a public university in Seattle that shall remain nameless to obtain my teaching certificate and Master’s Degree. I worked in a traditional public school as a 3rd/4th/6th grade teacher in Kenmore, WA. for 11 years. Some of the roles I undertook include organizing the district Math Olympiad, track coach, Summer Reading Program Director, WEA member of the Achievement and Accountability Workgroup for OSPI,and local union Vice-President.
I’ve been fortunate to experience innovative school cultures, strong school community tied to the greater local community. These experiences, and learning from my students the great importance on developing character and successful habits, drew me to the vision of Palouse Prairie School and EL Education.
And shared W.S.U. roots with my wife Mary drew us back to Pullman when we decided to move from the Seattle area in search of a vibrant, welcoming place to live with less population density after taking a year off to travel and remodel our home.
As an educator, I want to make sure that students know themselves as learners, develop their interpersonal skills, take risks, problem solve creatively, think critically, and are valued for their abilities and contributions to our community.
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
4th Grade Teacher
Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of Idaho
M.S. Nutrition, Cornell University
B.S. Nutrition Science, University of California
I initially became involved with PPCS in 2008 as a volunteer for the board in the process of starting the school. I helped recruit the first Palouse Prairie students by calling families in the Moscow area to tell them about the Expeditionary Learning (EL) model and the new school that was soon to open. Since then I have been involved in the PPCS community in many ways. Since 2014 I have volunteered for the climbing club to help teach middle school students how to face challenges with grit and self-compassion. In teaching Art and Diversity in the middle school in 2016 I was continually impressed with how students approach difficult issues with curiosity and compassion. Over the years I have also supported students in presenting high quality expedition final products throughout the local community. In all my work in public health, nutrition, natural resource management, and the nonprofit sector in Latin America and the U.S., I have continually sought opportunities to be involved in education. I have fifteen years of experience teaching, advising and mentoring students. My K-12 experience includes co-teaching tenth grade Accelerated Biology at Moscow High School for the 2013-2014 school year, developing and teaching a Qualitative Research and Art course for the Northwest Nations Upward Bound summer program at the University of Idaho (UI) in 2009, leading an after school English as a Second Language program for K-5 students in 2001-2002, and developing a 5th grade curriculum for the University of Idaho REACCH project to teach the influences of changing climate on agricultural practices throughout the Inland Northwest. I have also developed and taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at Universities in the U.S. and Chile. When I’m not teaching, I spend my time backpacking, climbing, running, mountain biking, cooking, laughing with friends, and appreciating the beautiful world. As the fourth grade teacher at Palouse Prairie Charter School I aim to help students enjoy learning content by engaging in processes that help them more deeply understand themselves, each other and the world we live in. I am excited to join my students in their lifelong journey of self-discovery!
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
B.A. double major In English (creative writing) and Spanish from Eastern Oregon University
Masters in Teaching from George Fox University
From a southern Oregon sheep farm originally, I have found a home in the Palouse and love the opportunities this area provides! This will be my fourth year in Moscow, and my ninth year teaching, and I am so excited to spend it reading, learning, and exploring with students at Palouse Prairie! My previous teaching experience includes three years teaching in Arizona on the edge of the Navajo (Diné) Nation, two years in a rural Oregon school, and three years at Pullman High School. I am passionate about finding effective and meaningful ways to teach reading and writing, and have explored implementation of workshop structures within my high school classrooms. It was this interest in project learning and workshop methods that drew me to Palouse Prairie, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to learn and grow with such a wonderful grade level.
Outside of school, I enjoy training my German Shepherd, reading, photography, learning French, and exploring different art mediums, but most of all, just being outdoors with my husband and toddler.
6-12 English Language Arts, 6-12 English as a Second Language, Elementary Endorsements in progress
Middle School Social Studies
B.A. Marine Biology, Sonoma State University
M.A. Teaching, Eastern Oregon University
I am so excited to be a part of the Middle School team at PPCS! I have been teaching at PPCS for 5 years now and can honestly say I’ve never taught the same year twice. I started out as the K-8 PE teacher, then switched to teaching 6th grade, and am now part of the 6-8 Middle School team. Outside of teaching, the way that I experience the world, and center myself, is through rock climbing. My partner and I have traveled all over the western states on climbing trips and have climbed everything from desert towers in the Southwest to technical peaks just shy of 14,000ft in the high Sierras. Two years ago I began to share my love of the vertical world with a few middle school students at Palouse Prairie and this eventually evolved into the Palouse Prairie Climbing Club. As climbing club and its members progressed we saw a real need to expand those opportunities and so I created the Outdoor Leadership course series for our middle school. I am so excited to continue fostering a love for adventure, the outdoors, and the journey of self. I believe there are many ways of helping a middle school student discover these things, and I am thankful every day that I get to do it in a way that I am so passionate about!
7010 - All Subjects (K-8)
8220 - Social Studies (5-9)
8421 - Biological Science (5-9)
Middle School Science
M.S. Science, University of New Mexico
B.S. Science, Oregon State University
I grew up in Spokane, WA with a boisterous family of five kids. After high school and living abroad in Germany I ventured to Oregon State University for my geology undergraduate. Then I attended the University of New Mexico for my MS in geology. From there I lived in Alaska, Montana, and Hawaii before settling in Moscow. I have lots of years of professional experience working as a field geologist, water and environmental specialist, university instructor, and working with children. I am a parent of two boys who attend Palouse Prairie, and I have been affiliated with Palouse Prairie School since it’s founding. I am proud of my rich content background and am intrigued by the many different ways people learn. I love understanding the world and people around me. I also enjoy anything outdoors, especially backpacking, skiing, and running. My favorite description of education is Howard Gardner’s vision of education for all human beings: “a world citizenry that is highly literate, disciplined, capable of thinking critically and creatively, knowledgeable about a range of cultures, able to participate actively in discussions about new discoveries and choices, willing to take risks for what it believes in.” I think Expeditionary Learning excels at supporting this vision of education, and I am excited to be part of the talented and committed PPCS Crew.
7320 - Mathematics - Basic (6-12)
7420 - Natural Science (6-12)
7451 - Earth and Space Science (6-12)
B.S. Secondary Education, Social Studies
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
I grew up in a family of educators, my dad is a high school vice-principal, my stepmom is a preschool teacher, and my mom is a textile art teacher. So, naturally, I grew up wanting to pursue any career that was not teaching. As I became older however I realized that teaching encompasses everything that I am passionate about, service to my community and country, and being a positive influence in young people's lives. So, much to my younger self’s chagrin, I began my journey as an educator at the University of Idaho.
I was lucky enough to find myself in Rebekka Boysen-Taylor’s classroom during one of my practicums, and I came to value Palouse Prairie and the EL Education model. I stayed involved with the school through a research project I worked on with Rebekka, and eventually I did my student teaching with Greg Pierce. After going back to the University of Idaho to obtain my Master of Education, I find myself once again back at the school that helped shape me so much as an educator.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy running track, fly fishing, skiing, camping, and playing disc golf with my wife Kendra.
7200 Social Studies (6-12)
7221 History (6-12)
Math Teacher, 6th and 8th Grade
I am excited to be invited to join a truly innovative, and high achieving math program here at Palouse Prairie. This year you will find me teaching Middle School Math 1, and 3. Having worked in various temporary teaching and administrative support roles over the last two years for both Moscow School District and Palouse Prairie, I already know many Palouse Prairie parents and students, and am eager to get to know those I haven’t yet met.
Over the years, my volunteer work has included supporting programs which supply adaptive technologies to disabled veterans, coordinating events honoring fallen service members, and providing scholarships to military spouses, as well as being involved with Parent Crew and other school Parent teams.
Our family has just returned from a year living near our nation’s capital. Having lived in Virginia, Florida, California, Washington, and Idaho, I can fairly say that there is no better place to live, work, and educate children than right here in Moscow.
I am married, with three sons, ages 12, 10, and 4, along with our beloved Old English Sheepdog Sofie. When outside of the classroom, you can find me exploring the great outdoors or crafting in a multitude of media and methods to include knitting, cross-stitch, watercolor painting, confection, and baking.
Physical Education and Adventure
B.S. Recreation, University of Idaho
Originally from New York City, my family and I relocated to the PNW (Seattle) when I was 5 years old. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2017 with a B.S. in Recreation. After college, I began working at McDonald elementary school in Moscow, ID as a SPED paraprofessional while working towards my teaching certificate through ABCTE; and in the fall of 2019, I earned my certificate in all subjects K-8. Last school year, I was working in the Lewiston School District as the computer lab teacher at McGhee elementary school.
I have been coaching high school sports since 2015 at both Moscow High School and Lewiston High School. I spent 5 years coaching basketball and 2 years coaching football at Moscow High School. After moving to Lewiston in 2020, I began coaching basketball at LHS. I have a deep love and passion for coaching kids in a variety of sports and activities and love to watch my student athletes excel on and off the court/field.
I am so excited to begin my first year teaching Physical Education and Adventure at Palouse Prairie Charter School! I believe that the EL Education model helps shape all of our students for success in school and in all aspects of life.
When I am not teaching, I love to play golf, watch sports, take my dog Duke to the river and spend time with my wife Karlee.
Completed ABCTE program
7010 All Subjects (K-8) Certification in progress
I am a creative mix of mother, teacher, nature explorer, photographer, barista, author, and artist.
I am excited to offer music class to the Palouse Prairie community.
My classes are colorful, fun, bright, engaging, interactive, and educational.
After graduating from the University of Idaho with dual majors in music education and Spanish, I have spent the last ten years also teaching English as a second language, private music lessons (piano, guitar, & singing) and Spanish.
I also love being active in our community by performing concerts at our local coffee shops, teaching a baby music class, and writing music picture books and coloring book songbooks with my business Colorfully Playing the Piano.
When I’m not coming up with the next creative music idea or project I have in mind, you can catch me drinking coffee and playing with my kiddo or taking photos of the beautiful nature the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
It is a joy to now have this opportunity to bring music to your kiddos and as a result to your homes!
Title 1 Teacher
B.S. Child Development and Family Relations, University of Idaho
I am a native Idahoan. I grew up in Buhl Idaho. Outside of school I love to craft and garden. I have three wonderful children Josh, Hallie, and Rieder, and a grandchild, Lincoln. Even as early as second grade, I developed a strong desire to become a teacher. It was my love of reading the “Dick and Jane” books, that inspired me to help others learn to read. I worked for six years as a paraprofessional for the Meridian School District supporting students with special needs in the classroom environment. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations. I was a preschool teacher at The Community Childcare Center in Pullman for three years and decided that I wanted to go back to a school environment teaching children skills to be lifelong learners. This is my fourth year as a Title One Teacher at Palouse Prairie Charter School. It is the proud smiles and celebrations of learning that make it all worthwhile.
M.Ed Counseling and Human Services, School Counseling Emphasis, University of Idaho
B.A. Journalism, South Dakota State University
I am the school counselor at Palouse Prairie School, and I am thankful to be part of this amazing educational community! I have lived in the Moscow area for many years and earned my master’s degree from the University of Idaho. I have worked as a family support specialist and youth mentor coordinator with the Moscow School District and worked as a school counselor on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana and as a school counselor in St. Maries Idaho.
My other experience includes my time at the University of Idaho as a learning disability specialist providing academic coaching and accommodations to students with disabilities. My experience in the mental field includes counseling and supporting adults and children as a psychosocial rehabilitation counselor as well.
In my free time, I enjoy yoga and exploring nature with my dogs and husband. I love to camp, hike, bicycle, canoe and spend time with friends and family.
I am thrilled to be here to provide support and encouragement to all students as they learn, grow, succeed, and become their best selves.
Idaho Pupil Personal Certificate, School Counseling K-12
Lunch and Janitorial
I grew up on a western Montana farm and graduated from Thompson Falls High School in 1966. I attended college at Western Montana College in Dillon, Montana, graduating in 1970 with a double major in Business and Social Science. I taught 28 years in public education in Troy, Stanford, and Sidney Montana. I coached basketball 28 years, track 25 years, and football 8 years.
My wife and I managed an apartment complex for 20 years and ran a motel for almost 10 years. In summers I worked in food service as a cook and in customer service. I have been married for over 50 years and have 2 sons and 5 grandkids. The last 5 years at Palouse Prairie Charter School working in the lunch program for so many young people have been some of the most rewarding. To most I am called Ed, but some know me as Superman.
Mr. Seth’s roots are in the midwest, but he has lived in Moscow with his family for the better part of the last 15 years. He has worked with individuals with disabilities for most of his professional career, and has also worked in a variety of educational settings, including as a classroom teacher, as a one-on-one tutor, and in curriculum development. Mr. Seth also coaches soccer for the Moscow/Pullman Surf Soccer Club.