Anser Charter School

Faculty Bios

Kindergarten Teachers

Sarah Gorringe – AAYC Teacher
sgorringe@ansercharterschool.org
Sarah Gorringe has her BA in Elementary Education and holds an Endorsement in Early Childhood Education. She has followed Anser since its beginning and was thrilled when her twins names were drawn in the kindergarten lottery.  All three of her children now attend Anser. Getting to work with kindergartners now is icing on the cake! Speaking of cake… before teaching at Anser, Sarah made custom cupcakes and cakes out of her kitchen. She loves all things creative and tackles any creative challenge that comes her way. Her favorite times with her husband and kids include camping, enjoying Boise’s parks and events, riding bikes, and making art.

Sarah Wilcox –  AM/PM Kindergarten Teacher
swilcox@ansercharterschool.org
Sarah Wilcox is currently teaching a.m. and p.m. Kindergarten. She graduated with her BA in Elementary Education in December of 2010. She is working on her Master’s in Literacy and Reading, and plans to be done in the Spring of 2013. Outside of school she enjoys hiking, biking, spending time with family, and has just discovered a love of yoga! She would also like to mention her love of cats. She currently has three, and aspires to become a bonafide cat lady in her old age.

Early Childhood Teachers

Jennifer Trople
jtrople@ansercharterschool.org
Jennifer Trople joined the EC team at Anser during the 2009-2010 school year. She previously taught for nine years in Washington state, and two in Munich, Germany. While in Germany, she and her husband, Dallas managed to visit 18 countries. They decided to move back to Boise, where Jennifer grew up, to be closer to family. When she is not inhabiting school, Jennifer can be found riding her bike, hiking, creating art, or on her couch reading or plotting her next adventures with Dallas and their jungle cat, Mowgli. Jennifer currently holds a Master’s in Education, as well as National Board Certification in Early-Childhood Literacy.

Jessica McGinnis
jmcginnis@ansercharterschool.org
Jessica McGinnis graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in American Indian Studies in 1994.  She taught dance and homeschooled her oldest son for many years before returning to the classroom.  “I believe education can be a transformational experience and see myself as a life-long learner.  I enjoy the intellectual and emotional challenges and rewards of being an educator.  I am so thankful to have a job where I can be joyful and curious each and every day.”  In her free time Jess enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, biking, experiencing live music, writing poetry, and playing the ukulele badly but with gusto.

Kelly Selvage
kselvage@ansercharterschool.org
Kelly has been an Anser crewmember since 2008.  She is on the Early Childhood team (multi-ages 6 and 7 years). Her B.A. degree was earned from Boise State University in Elementary Education. Kelly worked as a Title I Teacher in elementary schools for more than five years. Kelly enjoys a busy life outside of teaching by keeping pace with three children, a fishing husband and the family dog. Kelly’s interests include reading and cooking and discovering new hobbies.

Middle Childhood Teachers

Heather Banuelos
hbanuelos@ansercharterschool.org
Heather received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Certified Kindergarten through 8th grade from Boise State University. Her teaching experience includes preschool as well as elementary and middle school students. Heather began her teaching career in her home running a preschool and broadened her experience working with preschool and school-age students at the YMCA, writing and implementing curriculum for various programs there. She has been working at Anser since 2011 as the Community Based Curriculum Director and Junior High Electives Coordinator for two years.  She is excited to be part of the Middle Childhood teaching crew and to continue her teaching career here at Anser.  Her biggest accomplishment is her family, husband Sal and two beautiful daughters Sydney and Olivia, who inspired and supported her in her return to college to finish her teaching degree late in life. She enjoys a busy life outside of Anser by keeping pace with her girls, a busy husband, a dog, and three chickens. Heather’s interests include camping, reading, cooking, sewing, and spending time with friends and family.

Michelle Dunstan
mdunstan@ansercharterschool.org
Michelle has been connected to Anser Charter School since 2005 by student teaching in the Anser Jr. High, then serving as the Community Based Curriculum Director for two years. At that time, she went on an adventure with her family to the southwest and taught 4thand 5thgrade children from the Ute and Navajo Reservation. Fall 2010 brought her back to Anser to teach on the Middle Childhood team.  She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with a full reading endorsement and a M.A. in Education Leadership through Boise State University. She has a passion for reading and inspiring readers, plus a passion to support teachers in their craft! Michelle enjoys her family, reading, having coffee with friends and riding her bike in Boise.

Nicole Pape
npape@ansercharterschool.org
Nicole joined the Anser crew in the fall of 2008, and is currently an MC crew leader.  Before coming to Anser, Nicole taught literacy and other education classes at Boise State University; supervised student teachers in areas schools; and taught elementary and high school in Idaho. She earned a B.A. both in English and in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Education/Reading from Boise State University. During her leisure time Nicole enjoys running in the foothills, reading, drinking coffee, eating chocolate and spending time with her husband and two daughters, Emily and Laura.

Upper Childhood Teachers

Dolly Higgins
dhiggins@ansercharterschool.org
Dolly Higgins joined the Upper Childhood teaching team in 2009, after several years of teaching arts-based electives and CBC’s at Anser. Dolly brings a background in counseling and research psychology to our school. She earned her BA from Harvard University, but feels she’s learned the most from the loves of her life—her husband Brian and their four children. When she’s not busy at Anser, Dolly enjoys traveling, creating art and needlework, watching old movies, acting silly and gardening.  She is also completing a Master of Education with an Endorsement in Mathematical Instruction through the Developing Mathematical Initiative at BSU.

Giselle Isbell
gisbell@ansercharterschool.org

Giselle Isbell joined Anser in the fall of 2000 as the Upper Childhood teacher. She has a B.A. from Tulane University and a Master in Public Administration from Boise State University. She has previous teaching experience in New Orleans and at St. Mary’s School in Boise. She enjoys reading, skiing, cooking, gardening, spending time with her husband, and laughing with her two boys.

Jia Acree
jacree@ansercharterschool.org
Jia joined the Upper Childhood crew in 2012. Jia received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Boise State University, as well as an endorsement in Literacy Education. She enjoys teaching UC because the students are at a pivotal age, learning who they are and who they want to become. The Anser vision is truly what drives her teaching. While not at school she enjoys skiing, swimming, biking, reading, and being creative with her son.

Junior High Teachers Teachers

Allyson MaynardScience
amaynard@ansercharterschool.org
Allyson joined the Anser crew in 2012. After teaching 7th grade science in southern Vermont and Maine, she made a big move to Boise, and she is looking forward to learning more about Idaho and the mountain west region.  Allyson received her undergraduate degree at Bates College, ME, and after a few years of traveling and teaching from the east coast to Oregon to Costa Rica and back, she completed her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and certification in Middle Grades Science at Antioch University New England, Keene, NH.  Allyson loves to hike, Nordic ski, and kayak – all perfect ways to get to know a new place and new landscape. She is happy to be a member of the Anser community and proud to call herself a crew leader in the junior high.

Diane Williams – Social Studies
dcwilliams@ansercharterschool.org
Diane Williams has been a teacher at Anser Junior High since its inception. She teaches Social Studies, a little writing and social justice. Diane has her Masters of Reading from Boise State University, is a Boise State Writing Project Fellow, a founding member of the Holocaust Educators Network, a Fulbright Fellow, American Pioneer Teacher of the year, recipient of Fund for the Teachers Grant, and an Idaho Human Rights Educator of the Year. She’s married to the most patient and wonderful husband in the world, and has joyfully raised two uniquely diverse children. When not at school, you ca find Diane walking the foothills and greenbelt with her delightfully spoiled pooch, RUdy.

Kelly Mcleod – Math
kmcleod@ansercharterschool.org
Kelly joined the teaching team at Anser in 2004, after having been a parent from the first years. Previously, Kelly worked for the Discovery Center of Idaho, running a variety of educational programs. Kelly graduated with honors from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; she also has her Master’s in Educational Technology from Boise State. She is the proud mom of three Anser graduates: Connor, Ethan and Lauren. She and her husband Mike love to be outdoors with their kids, where they pursue skiing, camping, hiking, fishing and white-water rafting. She feels so very fortunate to be part of Anser and admires the passion and excellence her colleagues bring to their profession

Shannon Twenter– Language Arts
stwenter@ansercharterschool.org
Shannon Twenter joined Anser in the 2013-14 school year as the Junior High Language Arts teacher. She is thrilled to be teaching at an Expeditionary Learning school and to join the professionals of Anser who have a proven track record of success with their students and this model. She received her undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Sociology and Anthropology, with a minor in International Studies. She also received her Master’s Degree in Education from George Mason University in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Literacy.  She has taught for 8 years – 3 with the KC Public School System and 5 with the Baltimore City Public School System. She also was involved with other non-profits that worked on education in diverse ways like the Baltimore Urban Debate League and Sylvan Beach Foundation.  She is an avid kayaker, outdoor enthusiast, and arts/dance lover. She looks forward to finding how these exist in Boise.

Dani Zepplin – Spanish
dzepplin@ansercharterschool.org
Dani joined the Anser crew as a first year teacher in 2012.  She teaches Spanish to students in kindergarten through grade eight.  She is a Wisconsin native and recent graduate of Marquette University, WI where she holds B.A. degrees in Elementary Education, Spanish and a certificate in Bilingual/Bicultural Education.  When not in the classroom, Dani can be found exploring the outdoors by bike, skis, kayak or on foot.  She is proud to be part of the Anser community.

Specialists

Anne Moore C3-Visual Arts Instructor
amoore@ansercharterschool.org
Anne teaches Visual Arts within the C3 program, a role which she feels very passionate about. Anne joined the Anser Crew in 2003, where she taught kindergarten for 11 years. She also spent time as a technology teacher and created a visual and performing arts program for our kindergartners called the AAYC (Anser Arts for Young Children), so the transition into Visual Arts Instructor was an exciting possibility and easy decision. Anne received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University. She has a son, Myron and is married to David. As a family they enjoy; music, art, hiking, camping, biking, gardening and reading.

Emily Barnett C3- CBC Coordinator
ebarnett@ansercharterschool.org
Emily started working at Anser with the C3 program as the Community Base Curriculum Coordinator and Junior High Electives Coordinator in 2013.   She is a Licensed Master Social Worker with an emphasis in mental health.  She has extensive experience working in a hospital setting with all ages, as well as networking with other agencies in the community.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, running,  and working in her garden.

Traci Lyn Thomas C3- Performing Arts Instructor
tthomas@ansercharterschool.org
Traci Lyn Thomas is thrilled to be joining Anser Charter School as the new Performing Arts Teacher. Traci Lyn graduated with a BFA in Music Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University and went on to spend 25 years as a professional actress in New York, on 2 national tours, in several regional theaters and in South America. She has spent the last 11 years focusing on teaching ages 3 to 63 everything she knows about music, theatre and dance. Sharing her love of theatre is what draws her to education on every level.  A native Texan, Traci Lyn enjoys spending free time with her husband, two children and two dogs looking for adventure in their new home state of Idaho.

Alyssa Goade-MunchPhysical Education
amunch@ansercharterschool.org
Alyssa has been teaching P.E. at Anser since 2002. Prior to that, she taught P.E. and health in Twin Falls, ID, Lolo, MT and Boise. She loves watching her kids play sports, running, teaching aerobics, and being with kids. She is married and has three lovely children: Ollie, Edie, and Emme. She teaches classes at the YMCA as well.

Jennica Navarro- EC and MC Math
jnavarro@ansercharterschool.org
Jennica teaches math to EC and MC students. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Boise State. Being a Colorado native Jennica has a true passion for outdoor activities and often enjoys hiking in the foothills. When she isn’t exploring the great out outdoors, Jennica enjoys getting lost in a book as well as experimenting in the kitchen. She is truly enjoys being a part of the Anser community.

Exceptional Child Services Staff

David Mathews, Exceptional Child Services Teacher (UC)
dmathews@ansercharterschool.org
David recently moved from Cortez, Colorado where he was a Resource Reading and Math teacher for K-3rd grade and has taught students all the way up to 8th grade.  David enjoys cycling and floating the river.  He has 2 dogs, Dweezle and Ruby, and a wonderful wife, Meribeth, who is also an educator.  David has a degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Grand Canyon University and a degree in Special Education and K-6 General Elementary from Northern Arizona University.  David is helping coach the Junior High Cross Country team this year.

Kari Kerfoot, Exceptional Child Services Teacher (Kindergarten-MC)
KKerfoot@ansercharterschool.org
Kari has been an Anser ECS crew leader since 2012.  She is also the proud parent of EC student, Marcus and new baby girl, Bria.  She is excited for another great year at Anser!  Kari graduated from BSU and is certified in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Kari has special education experience in other Idaho school districts and at various levels of support.  Kari will also assist in coaching the Anser girls’ basketball team(s) and has had several years of coaching girls of all ages.

Nancy Lumpkin, Execptional Child Services Paraeducator
nlumpkin@ansercharterschool.org
Nancy returned to Boise after teaching art and ceramics at North Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon.  She earned her B.A. in Education from Boise State University in 1998.  She is currently attending Northwest Nazarene University’s online Master’s of Education, in Reading program.  She is a proud mom of three daughters and a very special granddaughter, Isabella.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and trips to the Oregon coast with her family.

Sara Anderegg, Exceptional Child Services Teacher (JH)
sanderegg@ansercharterschool.org
Sara joined the Exceptional Child Services team in 2013. Prior to coming to Anser, Sara worked as the Outreach Coordinator with the Payette Children’s Forest and as a field instructor at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Sara served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Vanuatu for two and a half years. During her service, Sara taught at a Junior High level and worked to increase literacy by running workshops and opening libraries for the local community. Sara has collaborated extensively with non-profits such as Save The Children and The Rotary Club to increase disability awareness and advocate for disability rights. Sara graduated with a B.S. in Special Education from Georgia College and State University in 2009 and graduated with an MEd in Special Education from the University of Idaho in May 2014.

Terry Wibbels, Junior High General Education and Special Education Math Teacher
twibbels@ansercharterschool.org
Terry is married to Mark Wibbels and has two sons, Mac and Leo, who are both in college.  She began her professional career as an applications engineer (BSEE ’82, Cornell) teaching workshops in the US and Europe until 1988 when she joined the Peace Corps where she taught secondary math and physics in Fiji.  She started at Anser as a parent in 1999, when Mac was a second grader and thoroughly enjoyed watching both my boys grow up and graduate 8th grade from Anser.  Throughout our time at Anser, she has volunteered in a variety of roles, and taught part-time technology, math and Spanish.  Last year she completed her teaching certificate after student teaching at Boise High in Algebra II and English 12, and is on track to complete her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from NNU in May 2014.  She loves living in Idaho where we have so many opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure.  She is delighted to be back at Anser working with this remarkable community of learners and looking forward to an exciting year of pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.

Boise School District Professional Crew

Molly Nance, School Psychologist
molly.nance@boiseschools.org
Molly is joining the Boise School District this year with several years of experiences in Educational Psychology. A well thought of and experienced psychologist, she brings a depth and breadth of expertise to help us discern student needs and identify how best to support them.

Natalie Butz, Occupational Therapist
natalie.butz@boiseschools.org
Natalie is a graduate of the master’s program for occupational therapy at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. She received her B.S. in Health Science at Boise State University. She moved back to Boise in 2012 to work in the Boise School District as a school-based Occupational Therapist. She is a nationally certified occupational therapist through NBCOT. Natalie is passionate about the educational process and ensuring every child is able to access their educational environments and curriculum. She is excited to be working as the OT at Anser this year.

Amy Zuroff, Speech & Language Pathologist
amy.zuroff@boiseschools.org
Amy relocated to Boise in 2012.  Prior to providing speech-language pathology services for Boise Independent School District at Anser and South Junior High, Amy lived and played in Salt Lake City.  She worked as a speech-language pathologist in number private schools in the surrounding Salt Lake and Park City areas from 2005 to 2012.  She received her B.S. (2001) and M.S. (2003) from Portland State University, but is originally fro Montana.  She completed her fellowship through Oregon Health and Science University LEND training program, working on multidisciplinary teams in the clinics of autism, cleft palate and communication disorders.  She is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist though ASHA.  She is passionate about ongoing education and has received the ACE award through ASH for completing continuing education credits beyond the national requirements for speech-language pathology.  She appreciates a child and family-centered approach, in which children’s academic and communication needs can be met in a supportive community, empowering children to identify and meet their own communication goals.  Amy enjoys skiing and floating with her husband and outdoor adventure with her son and daughter.

Administration

Suzanne GreggPrincipal/Education Director
sgregg@ansercharterschool.org
Education Director/Principal Suzanne Gregg is a founding member of Anser Charter School. She began her career at Anser as an Early Childhood Crew Leader. Her role then transformed into one of Instructional Guide. She currently serves as the Education Director/Principal. Suzanne has her BA both in Speech Pathology from Southern Colorado State University and Elementary Education from Mary College. She received her master’s degree in School Administration from Western New Mexico University and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in school renewal from Boise State University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Suzanne has taught pre-school through college level, conducted workshops locally and statewide and has been a presenter at several national conferences. Hobbies include interior decorating, painting, reading, and spending time with her husband of 39 years; their three adult children and four grandchildren.

Heather DennisOrganization Director
hdennis@ansercharterschool.org
After ten years as an Anser parent, three years serving on the Anser Community Board and four years on Family Council Heather joined the Anser staff in August 2010. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Developmental Psychology. Her career has spanned the non-profit sector at organizations such as the Early Childhood Autism Project, Community Living Opportunities where she served children and adults disabilities to the Center for Community Change, a national non-profit dedicated to social justice issues. She feels very fortunate to have joined the Anser staff where she can continue to dedicate her time to creating positive change for families and her community. Born and raised in Idaho she enjoys camping, snowboarding and spending time with her husband and three children.

Tiffany Keeley, Fiscal Manager
tkeeley@ansercharterschool.org
Tiffany joined Anser as Fiscal Manager in 2014. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Boise State University. She grew up in Oregon, but loved Boise so much she never left. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys watching her kids play soccer and basketball, running with her dogs in the foothills, and listening to Dave Matthews Band music.

Angie Temple, Office Manager
atemple@ansercharterschool.org
Angie Temple was born and raised in Boise, ID. She has three beautiful children and has spent the last 8 years raising her children and volunteering on many levels at Anser Charter School. She loves gardening, camping and most of all spending time with her kids.

Denice McPhillips, Office Manager
dmcphillips@ansercharterschool.org

Jessie Deason, School Support Staff
jdeason@ansercharterschool.org
Jessie began as a parent volunteer at Anser in 2012 when her oldest son started kindergarten. Volunteering has evolved into a wide variety of staff positions. Jessie is currently a crossing guard, the caretaker of the Anser school library, and the school lunch program coordinator. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, and spoiling her two cats, Zito and Posey.

Nancie Swanke, School Support Staff
Nancie began working at Anser in September of 2011 as a School Support Staff person. She helps with the lunch program, the facility and keeping our students safe at drop off and pick up time. She enjoys sewing, cooking, “puttering” around her house and long walks with her two children.