Snowy Range Academy

SRA Teachers & Aides

We seek out highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals who are ready to partner with you in educating your children.

Kindergarten

Ms. Amanda Toll
Kindergarten A
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About Ms. Amanda Toll

Ms. Amanda Toll graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2014 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in early childhood. She taught for one year in Colorado and has been teaching kindergarten at Snowy Range Academy for three wonderful years. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog and riding her horse. 

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Mrs. Shelly Donner
Kindergarten B
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About Mrs. Shelly Donner

Mrs. Shelly Donner has been teaching at Snowy Range Academy since it opened in 2002. She has taught in kindergarten and second grade here in Wyoming and in Colorado. Shelly graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor degree in civil engineering, which is where she got her love of spreadsheets and schedules. After working for an engineering firm she went back to school at University of Colorado at Denver to get her masters in education. If you have time to stop in kindergarten, Mrs. Donner would love to have you visit or volunteer.

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Ms. Anna Skonieczny
Para-K
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About Ms. Anna Skonieczny

 Ms. Anna Skonieczny graduated from Front Range Community College with a associate’s degree in early childhood education. She recently moved from Denver, Colorado and enjoys exploring the Laramie area. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, exploring the outdoors, watching football, and reading.

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1st Grade

Mr. Gilbert Lowrey
1st Grade A
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About Mr. Gilbert Lowrey

Mr. Lowrey is enjoying his second year at Snowy Range Academy and loves teaching first grade. He also coaches the high school hockey team and enjoys playing hockey. With his free time Mr. Lowrey enjoys walking his dog, working on his house, and exploring Laramie. 


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Ms. Stefani Yarger
1st Grade B
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About Ms. Stefani Yarger

Stefani Yarger was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2016 and is excited to be able to stay in Laramie, a city she has grown to love. The 2017-2018 school year will be Stefani's first year of teaching. She's thrilled to be spending her days doing what she loves and helping children unveil their limitless potential. 

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Ms. Raeanon Casias
Para-1st
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About Ms. Raeanon Casias

Ms. Casias started at Snowy Range Academy last year as substitute teacher before coming on full time as the 1st grade paraprofessional. She is continuing her education in elementary ed and has a background in criminal justice and psychology. Ms. Casias enjoys cooking, ice fishing, and spending time with her two spectacular children.

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2nd Grade

Mrs. Megan Smerud
2nd Grade A
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About Mrs. Megan Smerud

Megan has been teaching second grade at SRA since 2011. She earned her B.A in elementary education from the University of Wyoming and a M.S. in education with an emphasis in elementary math from Walden University. When not at school Megan enjoys spending time outdoors and being at her family cabin.      

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Ms. Bobbi Huston
2nd Grade B
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About Ms. Bobbi Huston

Bobbi Huston graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She worked in the Albany County School District #1 as a paraprofessional and a substitute teacher prior to teaching pre-kindergarten for two years at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic School. Upon the closing of St. Laurence, Ms. Huston joined the Snowy Range Academy staff as a paraprofessional. In 2017 she accepted a 2nd grade teaching position at Snowy Range and is looking forward to a great school year! In her spare time Bobbi enjoys attending UW events and spending time with her children.

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Mrs. Jenny Stevens
Para-2nd
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About Mrs. Jenny Stevens

Jenny has a degree in German studies from the University of Manchester, England. She moved to Laramie in 2000 and has been a paraprofessional at SRA since 2015. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, hot power yoga, swimming, and trying new recipes.

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3rd Grade

Ms. Megan Switzer
3rd Grade
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About Ms. Megan Switzer

Ms. Megan Switzer is the third grade teacher at Snowy Range Academy. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and an emphasis on cultural diversity. This will be Megan’s fourth year teaching and third year here at Snowy Range Academy. If you ever find yourself in the market for an exotic pet, Megan and her hedgehog Hammy would love to educate you on the ins and outs of hedgehog care.

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Ms. Courtney Paulson
Para-3rd-4th
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4th Grade

Mrs. Jane Raulston
4th Grade
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About Mrs. Jane Raulston

Jane began teaching 4th Grade at SRA in 2016. She is certified in elementary education k-6 and has a k-8 reading endorsement. She enjoys teaching, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Jane loves being part of the SRA family!


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5th Grade

Ms. Kristy Palmer
5th Math, Science
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About Ms. Kristy Palmer

Ms. Palmer teaches 5th grade math, 5th grade science, math 8/7, and pre-algebra. She has been a science and math teacher at Snowy Range Academy since 2012. Before becoming a teacher, she was a wildlife biologist. She is a Laramie native with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Furman University in Greenville, SC. She studied pikas (Ochotona princeps) for her master’s degree in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming. She is currently finishing her second master’s degree in teaching middle level math and working toward becoming a national board certified teacher. Ms. Palmer holds Wyoming teaching certifications in middle level math, middle level science, secondary biology, and health.

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Ms. Meghan Sullivan
5th Language Arts, Social Studies
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About Ms. Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan has been teaching at Snowy Range Academy since 2016. She teaches 5th grade language arts and social studies. Meghan is a Wyoming native and a University of Wyoming graduate. In 2009, Meghan earned a B.S. in marketing from the UW College of Business. Shortly after, she entered the post baccalaureate teaching certification program. She attained her teaching certificate in 2013. Meghan has a passion for history and the outdoors.   

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6th–8th Grade

Ms. Samantha Cripps
6th-8th Math
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About Ms. Samantha Cripps

Samantha Cripps has been a teacher at Snowy Range Academy since 2009. A Wyoming native, she attended college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota where she received degrees in business education and math education. She currently teaches technology, Algebra I, and geometry. In her free time, she enjoys going to the mountains, quilting, and reading.

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Mrs. Kadria Drake
6th-8th Science
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About Mrs. Kadria Drake

Kadria graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 with her degree in chemistry education. She has been teaching for five years and is looking forward to helping our students grow in their science education. When not in the classroom, Kadria enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family.

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Mr. Karsten Hiser
6th-8th Social Studies
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About Mr. Karsten Hiser

Mr. Hiser has worked at Snowy Range Academy (SRA) for many years. Mr. Hiser has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in secondary education with an emphasis in history. Mr. Hiser is also the school's Lego robotics team coach, which competes annually in the state competition. Outside of SRA, Mr. Hiser coaches basketball at Laramie Middle School.

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Ms. Kristy Palmer
6th-8th Math
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About Ms. Kristy Palmer

Ms. Palmer teaches 5th grade math, 5th grade science, math 8/7, and pre-algebra. She has been a science and math teacher at Snowy Range Academy since 2012. Before becoming a teacher, she was a wildlife biologist. She is a Laramie native with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Furman University in Greenville, SC. She studied pikas (Ochotona princeps) for her master’s degree in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming. She is currently finishing her second master’s degree in teaching middle level math and working toward becoming a national board certified teacher. Ms. Palmer holds Wyoming teaching certifications in middle level math, middle level science, secondary biology, and health.

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Mr. Eric Wright
6th-8th Language Arts
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About Mr. Eric Wright

After serving in the United States Army’s 25th Infantry Division for four years in the late 80s, Eric Wright returned to his home state of Wyoming and began working as a journalist. He was a features and news writer for nearly a decade, reporting for several state papers, including the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and the Casper Star-Tribune. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in English in 2005 and an MFA in creative writing, also from UW, in 2007. He has been the language arts teacher at SRA since 2008. Also, he volunteers as a ski patroller at Snowy Range Ski Area and a firefighter/EMT with the Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

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Specials

Mrs. Jessica Arnold
K-5th Spanish
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About Mrs. Jessica Arnold

Señora Arnold has been working as Snowy Range Academy’s elementary Spanish teacher since they opened their doors in the fall of 2002. She also teaches 3rd through 5th-grade character education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the University of Wyoming, a K-6 M.Ed from Western New Mexico University, and a K-12 M.Ed from Montana State University. Señora Arnold specializes in making the second language learning a success.

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Mrs. Andrea Bloom
Speech/Language
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Mr. Reynold Candelaria
Physical Education
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About Mr. Reynold Candelaria

Reynold Candelaria is a life-long Wyomingite who grew up in Laramie, Wyoming before attending the University of Wyoming. Mr. Candelaria graduated in 2004 with a BS through the UW kinesiology physical education teacher education program. “Mr. C” has been working at Snowy Range Academy since 2005. In his free time, Mr. C spends time with his wife, Megan, and two year-old son Maxx, as well as the family’s two dogs and a crazy cat affectionately nicknamed ‘the Monster.’ Mr. C loves sports (both watching and playing), reading, and spending time outdoors.

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Ms. Samantha Cripps
Technology
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About Ms. Samantha Cripps

Samantha Cripps has been a teacher at Snowy Range Academy since 2009. A Wyoming native, she attended college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota where she received degrees in business education and math education. She currently teaches technology, Algebra I, and geometry. In her free time, she enjoys going to the mountains, quilting, and reading.

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Ms. Anne Hedderman
6th-8th Spanish
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About Ms. Anne Hedderman

Ms. Hedderman teaches middle school Spanish and ESL (English as a second language) at Snowy Range Academy (SRA). She developed a passion for Spanish and Spanish speaking cultures while living in Patagonia, Chile teaching English and conducting tours for English speaking visitors. After returning to the United States, Ms. Hedderman completed the Spanish MA program, the ESL endorsement program, and post baccalaureate certification program in modern language and social studies education at UW. When she is not teaching Spanish and ESL at SRA, Ms. Hedderman loves to explore new places and spend time outside with family and friends.

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Mrs. Patricia Jacobsen
Library
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About Mrs. Patricia Jacobsen

Mrs. Jacobsen is a Wyoming native and graduate of the University of Wyoming.  She holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education and has completed graduate courses and training in reading instruction and intervention. She has a passion for teaching literacy and is currently working toward a school library media specialist endorsement from Montana State University. Mrs. Jacobsen joined SRA in 2010 as the literacy interventionist, then taught first grade for six years before becoming our school librarian. Her three favorite things are children, books, and coffee!

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Shelly Shepherd
Occupational Therapist
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About Shelly Shepherd

Shelly Shepherd received her degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University and has practiced for several decades. During this time Shelly has worked in school districts, early intervention, home health, therapeutic horseback riding, long-term care, and hospital rehabilitation. Her specialty area of practice is pediatrics working primarily with children from 3-21 years of age. Shelly also received her master’s in counseling from the University of Wyoming in 2007. She is licensed in the State of Wyoming and nationally board certified in both occupational therapy and counseling. In addition, she is PTSB certified in counseling k-12. At this time Shelly is employed part-time as an occupational therapist for the district, is contracted at a private agency as a counselor, and teaches a graduate school counseling course for the University of Wyoming. Shelly is married and has four grown children.

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Mrs. Angela Sholty
Art
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About Mrs. Angela Sholty

Since 2004 Angela Sholty has taught at Snowy Range Academy (SRA). She teaches art, yearbook, and advises the student council. Mrs. Sholty received a BA in secondary education, with an emphasis in art, from the University of Wyoming in 2003. Her passion for creating started in elementary school, and in high school she was inspired to become a teacher by her art teacher. She loves watching the students at SRA grow and develop as artists.

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Mrs. Marilyn Specht
Literacy
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About Mrs. Marilyn Specht

Marilyn Specht is the literacy specialist and instructional facilitator for Snowy Range Academy. She is originally from Aurora, Colorado but has lived in Laramie for the past eleven years. She has a masters in elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Specht enjoys reading and playing music and is always ready to learn new things! 

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Mrs. Roxane Todd
Resource Room
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About Mrs. Roxane Todd

Mrs. Todd has been the special education teacher at Snowy Range Academy for four years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Western Governors University. Recently, she earned her master’s degree as a special education generalist. Mrs. Todd is married and has three adult children.

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Mrs. Amy Wright
Music
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