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

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!

Dannielle Ramos

Dannielle Ramos

Kindergarten Teacher

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First Grade

Johanna Dunn

Johanna Dunn

First Grade Teacher

After graduating from the University of Oregon I spent a decade teaching English as a second language in different parts of Asia. In 2016 I joined Americorp and served at a public school in sunny Las Vegas for 3 years, teaching third and first grade. In 2019 we happily moved back to Oregon where I joined the first grade team at Buff elementary in Madras. I’m grateful to live in Prineville with my young family and teach at our awesome school; I absolutely love it.

Jaylyn Smith

Jaylyn Smith

First Grade Teacher

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Second Grade

Lacey Wilson

Lacey Wilson

Second Grade Teacher

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Reagan Shelley

Second Grade Teacher

I am originally from Central Oregon, and glad to be back! I attended Western Oregon University where I earned my degree in Elementary Education and Educational Psychology in 2022. I am very honored to start my teaching career in Crook County, at Steins Pillar Elementary! 

More about Reagan Shelley

I was born in Redmond and went to part of my elementary school in Culver, before moving to John Day. Small communities have always held a special place in my heart so I am glad to be a part of Prineville and its wonderful community. I enjoy hobbies such as outdoor adventures, volleyball, baking, reading, and traveling!


I love to be creative, and being able to bring that quality into the classroom, especially at Steins Pillar, is so exciting! I believe in educating the whole child and thoroughly enjoy working with children to enhance their love for learning!

Third Grade

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Kelsey Dzierzak

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

Jeannine Countryman

Third Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade

Kerry Barney

Kerry Barney

Fourth 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

Janice Espinola

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Fifth Grade

Heather Mattioda

Heather Mattioda

Fifth Grade Teacher

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Jenny Brouhard

Jenny Brouhard

Fifth Grade Teacher

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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.

More about Mrs. Deedon
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.

More about Mr. Lysne

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!

Literacy Interventionist and Support Teacher

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Cindy Ziesemer

Literacy Interventionist and Support Teacher

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School Counselor

Patty Schmitz

Patty Schmitz

School Counselor

Office of Administration

Brian Kissell

Brian Kissell

Principal

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Michelle Powers

Michelle Powers

Dean of Students

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Jenna Bese-Vilante

Jenna Bese-Vilante

Lead Secretary

Shelby Warren

Shelby Warren

Secretary

Custodians

Sulema Orozco-Villagomez

Custodian

Cafeteria, Instructional Assistant, and Media Tech

Allison Fahlgren

Allison Fahlgren

Instructional Assistant II

Jenny Barker

Instructional Assistant II

Raquel Middaugh

Instructional Assistant II

Carrie Rosvold

SPLA

Emma Mashburn

Emma Mashburn

Instructional Assistant II 

Kate Selph

Kate Selph

Instructional Assistant II Kindergarten

Lisa Simono

Lisa Simono

Instructional Assistant II ERC

Erin Miller

SPLA

Brett Cameron

Custodian

Steins Pillar Elementary

640 NE Third Street

Prineville, OR | 97754

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