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Meet the Staff

The staff at Orchard Prairie is dedicated to serving our students, guiding them to become life-long academic learners while nurturing their social and emotional health. We believe in supporting the whole student and their families, while building deep relationships that last years.

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Suzanne Savall

Superintendent 

I am honored to be the new Superintendent of Orchard Prairie. I have lived in the district for 34 years and know what a unique school and community we have. Being a teacher and principal in East Valley for 38 years, I am prepared to work with the staff and families as a team.  Together, we will continue the great work of the Orchard Prairie staff in providing an education in which expectations are set high and  fun and enrichment is a part of our daily schedule.

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I take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously.  Please take time to read the Reopening Plan posted on the website  which outlines the  protocols that have been put into place.

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Heather Roark

Administrative Assistant

I’m Ms. Roark, and I’m the administrative assistant at O.P. I’m actually a former O.P. student, and I attended Gonzaga Prep and SFCC as well. I have a son named Dylan who will be starting high school this fall! I enjoy spending time with friends and family, yoga, hiking, and shopping. I love being able to work at O.P. and be a part of our little community!

Kirsten Schierman

Kindergarten, K-7 Art

I have been teaching Kindergarten at Orchard Prairie since 1996. My husband is Mike and we have three kids, Braeden, Teagen, & Rianna. We spend our family time between club and school soccer, LC Drama (the actual stage kind), volunteering in the community, and even fit in a little camping on the St. Joe River with our dogs Honey & Daisy Jane. I love art, and have taught art K-7 at OP for years. My other passion is teaching children to read and write. OP is where my heart is. ️ Seeing students grow up and come back to visit OP is one of my greatest joys!

Julia Fox

1st & 2nd Grade, ELL Specialist

Hi, I’m Miss Fox! This will be my 5th year teaching first and second grade at Orchard Prairie. I also manage and facilitate our school’s English Language Learner program. When I’m not teaching I enjoy traveling the globe, spending time with friends and family, and getting outside with my sweet pup Sadie. I have a BA in Elementary Education/Reading and MA in  Social and Emotional Learning. I’m so thankful I get to work with some of the best students and parents around!
 

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K-2 Math, Title 1 

Hi! I’m Mrs. Harrington. This is my 10th year at OP. I’ve been married for 16 years. I have two kids that attended OP including a current 4th grader and a 9th grader starting high school this year at Prep. I love our small and unique community and enjoy working with kids across many grade levels. I’m excited for a great year!

Janet Isherwood

5-7 am, 3-4 pm

Reader, traveler, learner, teacher - all words that I would use to describe myself, but perhaps my favorite of these words would be learner. Why? As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Learning never exhausts the mind.” I am blessed to be around children all day - learning new things from kids and teaching them a few new things too. I have been teaching for 30+ years - most of them at Orchard Prairie School.  I began teaching after earning my undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University. After teaching for several years, I earned my Master’s in Education Degree from Whitworth University. During my summers I enjoy traveling. Destinations in North and Central America, Asia, and extensive European locales are all stamped in my passport!

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Kayla Fitting

3-4 am, 5-7 pm

Hello! I'm Mrs. Fitting and I teach reading to grades 3-4, math for grades 4,6, & 7, and 5-7 science. I am a new mama to Titus and wife to James. I have a BA in Literacy and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from EWU (Go EAGS!). When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, graphic design, and hanging with my family! I have been teaching at OP since 2015.

Toree Howe

3 & 5  Math, Title 1

Hi! I am Mrs. Howe. I have taught at OP since 2001. I have been an OP parent, PTO representative, and now a teacher at our school. In my free time I enjoy camping and spending time with my husband, three daughters, and four grand kids at the lake. Looking forward to a great year!

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James Fitting

Resource Room, Physical Education

Hi! My name is Mr. Fitting and I am excited to be at OP! This is my first year as the special education teacher. I received my undergrad degree in Social Studies from University of Idaho and my M.S. from Western Governors University. I am married to Kayla and we have a new little guy in our household named Titus. In my free time I like to play all kinds of games, work out, and spend time with my family. 

Brittany Thompson

Paraprofessional, Bus Driver

My name is Mrs. Thompson. I have taught at OP since 2016. I am the bus driver and paraeducator. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with my degree in Elementary Education and a middle level mathematics endorsement. I completed my practicum at OP in 2015. When I’m not at school, my husband and I enjoy camping, hiking, boating and supporting our Cougs in the fall.

Cynda Weitz

Enrichment Educator

Hi! I'm Mrs. Weitz! I got my BA in International Affairs and spent over a decade working with teachers and students participating in international educational travel.  I LOVE traveling and have visited 19 countries on five continents, and 38 states in the US. I also love theater, music and my dogs.  I am married to a HUGE comic book nerd. We have an adult daughter, boy/girl twins who are entering middle school, and a grandson starting kindergarten this year.  

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