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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.

Joseph Beckford

Superintendent 

@orchardprairie.org

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Heather Roark

Administrative Assistant

hroark@orchardprairie.org

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

kschierman@orchardprairie.org

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

jfox@orchardprairie.org

Hi, I’m Miss Fox! This will be my 6th 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 

mharrington@orchardprairie.org

Hi! I’m Mrs. Harrington. This is my 11th year at OP. I’ve been married for 17 years. I have two kids that attended OP including a current 5th grader and a 10th 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!

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Cynda Weitz

5-7 ELA, Science, Social Studies Teacher

cweitz@orchardprairie.org

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 in first grade this year.  

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Kayla Fitting

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 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

thowe@orchardprairie.org

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

jfitting@orchardprairie.org

Hi! My name is Mr. Fitting and I am excited to be at OP! I am the special education teacher here at the school. 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 son named Titus. In my free time I like to play all kinds of games, work out, and spend time with my family. 

Anne Jones

Paraprofessional

Kelli Paine