Our Teachers

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Erika Almskaar

 Grades K - 2 Teacher

I was raised in Bellingham WA and did the rest of my growing up in Portland, OR. I earned my B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University and my Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. I have taught kindergarten, first and second grades at a handful of progressive independent schools, most recently in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

I am excited to teach these three grades together as I believe mixed-age learning is powerful and reflects real life. I value play, curiosity and divergent thinking and develop meaningful relationships with the children in my care.

 

I'm happy to be back home in the Pacific Northwest where I enjoy exploring the mountains and rivers. I also appreciate life's cozy pursuits: reading, writing, and snuggling my silly puppy, Oslo.

Crystle Durham

Grades 3 - 5 Teacher

I grew up on a small farm in Husum, and graduated from Columbia High School.  After high school, I studied Language Arts with an emphasis on education at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.  A husband and three boys later I received a Post Graduate Teaching degree from Western Governors University.  As well as teaching, I enjoy DIY projects, arts and crafts, animal husbandry and family life.

Jennifer Talbott

Grades 6 - 8 Teacher

Having begun my teaching career at Mill A School, I am very excited to be back again! I taught for 14 years here, then moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where I taught preschool in Centennial, Wyoming, third grade in Laramie, and 2-6th grades for Wyoming Virtual Academy. The last five years, I spent completing Montessori Upper and Lower Elementary (Elementary I and II) training and teaching at Laramie Montessori School.

 

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming and with a Master’s Degree from University of Portland. In May of 2017 I earned my Montessori Elementary I and II certification.

 

Currently, I am living in Underwood with my husband. We have two children, Heather and Dalton, who are alumni of Mill A, although we moved to Wyoming before either reached eighth grade. I love to read, draw, and paint. In the future I hope to have a hobby ranch with miniature Highland cattle, miniature horses, and possibly miniature donkeys.