Meet Us In the Middle!

As the year is coming to a close, many of us take a focus on the coming year and start preparing for the changes we’d like to make.  Some of us focus on instructional changes we’d like to make, some of us focus on management.  Some focus on curriculum, and some of us make movements to other positions within our schools or other districts.

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.14.43 PMThe IMLA board members make the same changes as well, and we’d just like to take this moment to emphasize that the IMLA board represents the broad diversity Idaho has to offer. Our board is comprised of teachers, principals, and superintendents for middle school students in public schools, alternative schools, charter schools, and a Christian school representing rural and urban districts across the state of Idaho.  We’re proud to represent all of our member schools and educators as we work to meet the middle across the state of Idaho.

This year we made big changes to our annual Conference, and you’ll see even more surprises we have in store for the 2016 conference.  If you know of schools, teachers, parents, or any educational supporters you think would like to be members of our organization, please have them contact their regional representative for more information.

Meet the Board: Ace Marcellus

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. 

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Meet Ace:

After 16 years of teaching science to middle school students I have moved into administration. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with middle level teachers across the state as part of my IMLA responsibilities.  I am looking forward to many more years of helping make things work in the middle.

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. 

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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.

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.

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. 

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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.
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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.

Bev

Hi there!

welcomematWelcome to our new website!

We’ve made a few changes recently, and our website is just one of them.  We hope to keep you up to date with the freshest news from Idaho Middle Level schools, students, and teachers — to showcase the work our students accomplish through their teachers and mentors, to examine the work of Idaho’s educational leaders, and to offer professional development opportunities concerning best educational practices.