Our Staff

Kindergarten

Jordan Marciel

Kindergarten Teacher

I started my teaching career in 2015 at a preschool in Portland, where I discovered my love for educating young children. In 2017 I began student teaching in first grade in the David Douglas school district and finished my Masters degree in elementary education through Warner Pacific College. When I moved back to Central Oregon I became a substitute teacher for the Crook County school District where I was later blessed with the opportunity to teach Kindergarten at Barnes Butte elementary the past two years.

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I grew up here in Prineville and live here with my husband, our two dogs and two cats. My husband works for the City of Prineville and we coach middle school basketball together. We enjoy cooking, movies, working out, being outside with our dogs, hunting, and camping. I also love to read, plant flowers, and I have a twin sister who teaches math at the Crook County high school. I love living and working in such a close-knit community.
Next year at Steins Pillar, I hope to share my love for learning, creativity, and laughter with my students and their families. I strive to provide a fun, safe, and communal space where all students feel valued and loved. I hope to form students that feel ready to take on challenges, learn from their mistakes, and create!

Ashley Smith

Kindergarten Teacher

I am a 2007 graduate of Crook County High School. After high school, I attended and graduated from Oregon State University where I majored in Elementary Education and Spanish. My husband and I moved back to Central Oregon after I graduated and I attended OSU-Cascades and received my MAT. When I graduated, I spent one year teaching pre-K, one year subbing and have spent the last 6 years teaching Kindergarten for the Crook County School District, back in my hometown!

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My husband and I have been married since 2011. We have two awesome kiddos, a son and daughter, that keep us on our toes. In addition, we have two dogs and a cat. We are so lucky to be in Prineville around both of our families.

In my free time, I really enjoy exercising; I am a part owner of the Jazzercise studio in town and have been an instructor for 5 years. I also really enjoy a good cup of coffee and a book, gardening, playing board games, paddleboarding and camping.

Next year at Steins Pillar I hope to create a positive community and culture with our staff, students and families. This is such an amazing opportunity to give a different kind of education to our students and meet everyone’s needs. We are all going to be learning so much together along the way and I am so excited for the ride!

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Dannielle Ramos

Kindergarten Teacher

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First Grade

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Johanna Dunn

First Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Thran

First Grade Teacher

Began teaching as an Educational Assistant in a Special Education classroom. Graduated from OSU Cascades Campus in 2018 with a Masters in Teaching. Have taught one year of kindergarten and one year of first grade in Jefferson County School District.
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I currently live in Redmond with my Husband Jake, and dog Remi. I love to be outside working in my garden, paddle boarding, or finding new hikes in central Oregon. In my free time I enjoy reading, exercising, and making yummy food!

It is my goal to share my passion for learning with the students and families of Steins Pillar and increase the amount of joy in the classroom. I strive to create a classroom family where each of my students feels empowered to do hard things and continuously grow!

Second Grade

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Lacey Wilson

Second Grade Teacher

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Reagan Shelley

Second Grade Teacher

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Third Grade

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Kelsey Jenkins

Third Grade Teacher

I am a graduate of Northern Arizona University. There I received my bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, which has allowed me to work with a wide range of school age students. My teaching career began in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. I taught 4th grade for four years then made the decision to move down and teach Kindergarten for a year. During my year in kindergarten I earned my Masters in Leadership and Administration through Concordia University. After 5 years of living in Phoenix I decided to make the move up to Central Oregon.

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In my 4 ½ years living here I have had the opportunity to work for a Head Start program and substitute for districts in the area. Subbing is what brought me to Crook County. After subbing for a year I landed a long term substitution position that resulted into a permanent spot. I love teaching in this district and community. I have always felt welcomed and supported. For the past two and a half years I have been working as a 3rd grade teacher at Barnes Butte and am looking forward to continue my teaching career at Steins Pillar.

When I am not teaching I love exploring the outdoors. Camping, hiking and biking are my go to outdoor activities. I also enjoy cooking and baking on the weekends. Traveling is also a passion of mine. Not having any family in Oregon I spend most of my breaks visiting family in Texas and Arizona.

This next school year at Steins Pillar my goal is to create a community within my classroom that fosters the needs of all my students. We will be learning through exploration and creation. I am excited for this next chapter of my teaching career and look forward to developing my skills even more.

Jeannine Countryman

Third Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade

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Kerry Barney

Fouth Grade Teacher

I graduated from Lakeview High School in 2008. I attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, where I earned a degree in Educational Foundations and spent two years as an infant and wobbler teacher. I moved to Central Oregon to earn a Master’s in Teaching. I taught for 6 years at Barnes Butte Elementary in first, second, and third grade dual language classrooms. I spent a year in Washington as a TAG teacher and then returned to Crook County, this time at Steins Pillar. I now teach fourth grade. I love guiding my students on their Quest-based learning adventures! 

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Janice Espinola

Fouth Grade Teacher

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Fifth Grade

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Heather Mattioda

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Katrina Cross

Fifth Grade Teacher

I am proud to say that I am Crook County at my core. I graduated from CCHS, went on to get my Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Oregon, and then a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Oregon University. As Steins Pillar Elementary opens I will begin my 18th year teaching in Crook County. I have taught kindergarten, 2nd grade, and I am happy to be adding 1st grade to my experiences this year.

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Family Life: The Cross Family 5! My husband and I have 3 beautiful daughters. Our oldest is out pursuing the world as a grown young lady, while the 2 younger and my husband and myself try our hand at a small hobby farm. We have a lot of fun with a few farm animals, and love the quiet successes of growing things and working hard.

Hobbies: In my rare free time I love to read, bake, work in the garden with flowers and vegetables, and be with my family in any capacity. I also LOVE to watch DUCK football!

Next year at Steins Pillar I hope to grow and help grow. It will be my goal to help my students, teammates, and families experience the best educational experience possible, in a caring and supportive environment where every child knows that they are important and able to learn at the highest levels.

Art Teacher

Janelle Deedon

Art Teacher

I am currently finishing my 21st year of teaching. During my time in the classroom I have taught many grades. I started teaching at a private school in Eugene where I taught 7th/8th grade all subjects, high school geography, girls PE, and elementary music. I then moved to kindergarten and fell in love with working with elementary students. I moved to Prineville in 2003 and feel very honored to be teaching in Crook County. While in Crook County I have taught K, 1, 2, 3, and 4. I went to Lane Community College, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Pacific University.

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I was born and raised in Eugene and still love the rain! My husband and I are raising two amazing kids here in Prineville. As a family we love camping, fishing, watching a good movie, and just being together.

When I have a few extra minutes I love to craft and be creative. I enjoy playing trumpet with my son and listening to live music when possible. When we are able to get away I like taking family drives to explore our beautiful state.

I am so excited about our new adventure at Steins Pillar and the unique learning opportunity it will provide for the students. My goal is to provide a hands-on approach to learning centered around deep exploration. I am excited to share my passion for learning in a loving, safe, and fun classroom. I feel very fortunate to be part of this new experience.

Technology/Lego/Robotics Teacher

Connor Lysne

Lego/Technology Specialist Teacher 

Graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in Education and a focus in Earth science in 2019. Taught one year at Barnes Butte Elementary in 4th grade.

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I grew up in the town of Lakeview, Oregon. I currently live with my sister who is a teacher at Barnes Butte Elementary. We drive to school together everyday and enjoy talking about how we can be better teachers!

In my free time I like to learn new skills or explore new places. Some of my hobbies include 3d wood carving, jewelry making, foundry work, rock hunting, programming, and hiking to name a few.

Next year at Steins Pillar I hope to create an environment where students see the connections between what we learn in the classroom and the real world. I want to create a place where creativity, adventure, and learning are all fused together!

ERC Teacher

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Mona Boyd

ERC Teacher

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District Math Coach

Shannon McCaw

Shannon McCaw

District Math Coach

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We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Shannon McCaw, as our half-time math coach for all Crook County Schools.  Shannon will be working with math teachers in our district to
improve all aspects of our math instruction, data analysis,
assessment, and standards alignment.  Shannon has been the preeminent math consultant in the state of Oregon with over
20 years of consulting experience and curriculum development.
She’s worked with over 300 districts and has overseen dramatic improvements in student outcomes.  Shannon also happens to be
the author of “Oregon Focus on Math” our current middle school textbook for math instruction. 

Shannon will continue providing staff development, such as our summer math work (details coming soon), along with her partners –
Jen Hunt and Laura Nelson – for math teachers at all levels. Her office will be located at Crook County High School. Shannon has recently re-located from the Willamette Valley to Powell Butte with her family.

School Counselor

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Patty Schmitz

School Counselor

Psychologist

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Rex Allison

Psychologist

Office of Administration

Jim Bates

Principal

I am so excited to be your principal at Steins Pillar Elementary.  This is my twenty-fifth year with Crook County Schools.  I’ve been privileged to teach at Ochoco Elementary, Paulina Elementary,  and Crooked River Elementary.  I was Principal at Cecil Sly Elementary for eight years and then at Barnes Butte Elementary for five years.  The best part of my job is watching students grow up and enjoy seeing them as successful citizens years later.

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My wife is a teacher too. We have four adult children and a grandchild on the way. All of our kids graduated Crook County High School and they are very successful thanks to their teachers and our community who shared in raising them. I love Prineville and enjoy being a part of this magical place.

I’ve been riding back-country Oregon on my motorcycle for eleven years with good friends. If I’m not on a dusty trail, my wife and I are in the RV with our dog Juno out camping along the river or forest. I also enjoy fly fishing, reading, gardening and cooking on the smoker grill.

Opening the Steins Pillar Elementary school means a lot to me. I want to be a part of offering a place where students, parents and community members work together to construct a modern learner through adventure, art and technology.

Sarah Klann

Academic Coach

I am proud to serve as an academic coach for the Crook County School District. I am currently in my 19th year of education. I’ve taught first and third grades, served as a University Supervisor for OSU Cascades students, and I also taught elementary methods courses for OSU Cascades. I graduated from Bend High School and earned my undergraduate degree at Linfield College and master’s degree through Eastern Oregon.
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Our family of four live on a small hobby farm in Prineville. Our farm is called Prineville Honey Bee Haven. The menagerie of animals we care for includes cattle, horses, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs, cats, and of course our beloved honey bees.

I am a pollinator advocate and cherish the time I get to spend in our large garden. I love playing games with our two beautiful children, reading books, and adventuring in our motorhome whenever we can sneak away from the farm.

Next year at Steins Pillar I hope to help create a one of a kind theme school. I am eager to establish our Steins family and I am honored to be involved in helping to construct a community of modern learners.

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Jenna Bese-Vilante

Lead Secretary

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Tara Coffe

Secretary

Custodians

Jean Anderson

Building Engineer I

Kasey Gernert

Custodian

Brian Van Alstine

Custodian

Cafeteria, Instructional Assistant, and Media Tech

Allison Fahlgren

Instructional Assistant II

Jenny Barker

Instructional Assistant II

Raquel Middaugh

Instructional Assistant II

Emma Mashburn

Instructional Assistant II 

Lisa Simono

Instructional Assistant II ERC

Steins Pillar Elementary

640 NE Third Street

Prineville, OR | 97754

P (541) 416-4230

F (541) 416-4231