Meet the Board: Greg Heideman

Meet the Board is a new feature wherein we’ll share a bit more about the IMLA board members.  We’d like to be more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 

G HeidemanMeet Greg:

Mr. Greg Heideman is the Principal of Lone Star Middle School and has been part of the administrative team since its opening in 2008 as the Vice Principal.  In 2012, Greg was recognized as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Assistant Principal for the state of Idaho by the IASA/NASSP.  Greg began his career in education at Robert Stuart Jr. High in Twin Falls, Idaho after earning a Bachelor’s in Business Education.  In 2007, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho and began his career at Lone Star Middle School.  In 2005, Greg and his family moved back to Nampa, where he taught computers/technology at Nampa High School and coached softball.  Greg and his wife Joy have two children and are active within the community.

Call for Vendors!

IMLA circle VENDORThe Idaho Middle Level Association is accepting reservations for vendor space at the 2015 Annual Conference. Take the opportunity to reserve your space now and network with 300+ middle level educators from across the State of Idaho.

Date: February 27-28, 2015

Location: Eagle Middle School—Eagle, ID

to reserve your booth space now. Payment due in January 2015.

Contact Micah Doramus for any questions or more information.

Meet the Board: Mikki Nuckols

Meet the Board is a new feature wherein we’ll share a bit more about the IMLA board members.  We’d like to be more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 

f287b3b2-407b-4086-8b1e-6823bb8d6c5aMeet Mikki:

I have been very fortunate to be able to travel all over the world and see the places that are in the books I love to read. I think next to spending time with my family and working in the garden with my two Pugs I love to explore. I also love committee work with my school, the district, and state. I am also a 2007 Milken Education Award winner. Both of my degrees are from ISU but my money went to BSU along with my kids. I hope someday to get my PhD. In literacy from BSU. That is a bucket list item.

Meet the Board: Micah Doramus

Meet the Board is a new feature wherein we’ll share a bit more about the IMLA board members.  We’d like to be more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 


micah-doramusMeet Micah:

I have lived in Idaho for almost my entire life. In fact, I joke with my friends and family that I am “born, bred, and tater fed.” I am a two-time graduate from Northwest Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. Education is in my blood: my father is a superintendent, and a former principal and high school science teacher, my mother is a counselor and elementary teacher and my little sister is a fourth grade teacher. I love my job and I love working with the Eagle Middle staff and our children. I never thought I would work in middle school. Now I can’t imagine working anywhere else.

Meet the Board: Maike Baumgart

Meet the Board is a new feature wherein we’ll share a bit more about the IMLA board members.  We’d like to be more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 


IMG_8049Meet Maike:

I grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. I am the oldest of six children, all girls. My mother is a pre-school teacher so teaching has always been in my blood. I grew up getting lots of help with my math homework from my father who is German, because of this I have an appreciation for those who speak English as their second language and differentiated learning. I have younger sisters who have been my practice for my future classroom. It is always exciting to see something from my classroom help them in theirs. I love to read, so teaching Language Arts has been a wonderful fit for me. I also am huge sports fan so I love discussing sports and watching my students play.

Testimonial: “Flex”

Testimonial is a regular feature of the new IMLA website.  This is where we’ll share reflections from IMLA members about what they’ve taken from our conference and implemented in their schools.

The following Testimonial comes from Zach Dwello, Principal of Nampa Christian Middle School.

Last year at the IMLA conference at Lone Star Middle School, I attended a session about using a “Flex” schedule. A “Flex” schedule is a time during the week where the school tweaks the schedule so that students can break away from the normal aspects of the day and either get extra help or enjoy an activity with their friends. I thought this was an idea that we could implement into our middle school, so I went to our superintendent to discuss our options. After some conversation, we decided to implement a “Flex” day during our Friday advisory. Advisory is a 20 minute period at the end of the day designed to build rapport between students and teachers, provide discussion opportunities, and create more accountability for students.

Our “Flex” day begins when my secretary runs a report that showing which students have a grade lower than 70% in any class. She also runs a report that shows which students have missing or incomplete assignments. If a student’s name is on this list, he/she will go to a specific teacher during the advisory portion of our “Flex” day to get extra help where needed. The students whose names are not on the list are broken into groups to participate in different activities that we plan.

The “Flex” day is working well for a number of reasons. First, it lets students know, on a weekly basis, what assignments they are missing and what class they are struggling in. Second, it allows the student to get extra help from the teacher during the school day. Third, it rewards students who consistently turn in their assignments and keep their grades up. Finally, it motivates students who are in the classroom to get their work done on time so they can socialize with their friends.

The “Flex” day provides a brief reprieve from the academic structure of school. However, it also

provides accountability so that struggling students are not losing, but gaining individualized instruction from the teacher. The “Flex” day has been a great asset to Nampa Christian Middle School.

Way to go IMLA!!

Thank you,

Mr. Zach Dwello


Nampa Christian Middle School

A big thanks to Zach for sharing this with us.  We hope you’ll share your implementations and successes with us, as well.

Cynthia Tobias: “Straight to the Source”

We thought we’d share another video from our 2015 Keynote Speaker Cynthia Tobias, who reminds us that we can’t simply assume why our students make the choices they make; if we really want to get inside the brains of our middle schoolers, we need to go straight to the source.


Meet the Board: Valerie Doherty

Meet the Board is a new feature wherein we’ll share a bit more about the IMLA board members.  We’d like to be more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 

Meet ValerieValerie.Doherty:

I started my adventures in education at Idaho Digital Learning (IDLA) in which I have been a part of since its inception in 2002. During this time I have served in many roles but most notably as Registrar and Communication Specialist. Prior to IDLA, I worked in the technology sector as a Personnel Specialist at Micron Technology and SAP Coordinator at Weyerhauser.
I am an Idaho native who enjoys spending time in the mountains of McCall getting my hands dirty, kayaking, and relaxing with my husband, Terry.  I enjoy all creative arts including music, painting and digital multimedia but my passion is photography, especially capturing a rare wildlife moment. I’m always on the hunt for a moose.

Meet the Board: Bev Bradford

Meet the Board is a new feature wherein we’ll share a bit more about the IMLA board members.  We’d like to be more than just a bunch of pretty faces. 

Meet Bev:

photoHello to all you middle school/junior high folks. I was one of the founders of the Idaho Middle Level Association (IMLA). We are starting our 26th year.

I started in education in 1968 as a teacher in the McCall-Donnelly School District. I taught three years and then spent twelve years as a junior high principal. After fifteen years in McCall, I moved to the Treasure Valley where I spent four years as an Intermediate School principal, eight years as a middle school principal and eight years as a district office administrator. I retired in 2003. I have worked, part time , for Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) for nine years as a Regional Coordinator in Region 3.

I live in the Treasure Valley during the winter and in McCall during the summer. I love the mountains and its animals. I always hate closing up for the winter and am more than anxious to get back in the spring.

I love to travel and have been fortunate to travel many places in the world as well as here in the United States. In a couple of weeks, I travel to New York City and then take a cruise up the New England coast, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

I hope your year is off to a great start and I look forward to seeing everyone at our conference the end of February.