Morning News â€“ Leslie Mielke
New teachers at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School are Shalene Summers (on left), Jocelyn Hayes and Katie Sorensen. Devin Larsen (on left) and Matt Green are in the back row.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Five new teachers are at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School.
The five teachers are Jocelyn Hayes, math; Shalene Summers, history; Katie Sorensen, band and music education; Matt Green, language arts and creative writing; and Devin Larsen, science technology.
Math teacher Jocelyn Hayes was born into a military family and spent much of her school age years in England. Idaho, however, has always been her home base.
â€śMy parents are direct descendants of Swedish immigrants and settled in the Snake River valley,â€ť Hayes said. â€śI have always been involved in the education of children.
â€śI coached childrenâ€™s sports long before I had children of my own,â€ť she said.
Hayes has four children, ranging in age from 32 to 7.
â€śI live in Shelley with my youngest son and three cats,â€ť she said. â€śAlong with teaching, my passions are home improvement, quilting and gardening.
â€śI am the happiest when I am physically doing something such as teaching or refinishing a piece of furniture,â€ť said Hayes.
Social studies teacher Shalene Summers has always enjoyed going to school. From snack time to spelling, Hillcrest High School to Idaho State University, Summers knew that it didnâ€™t matter what she was learning or where, she would always have a passion for education.
A recent graduate of ISU in Secondary Education/History with a minor in social studies, Summers was the 2012 recipient of the College of Educationâ€™s Outstanding Student Achievement Award, the highest award a student at ISU can receive.
Summers is the fifth of six children born to Jim and SueAnn Summers of Idaho Falls.
Katie Sorensen, daughter of Lloyd and Janet Rockwood, grew up in Blackfoot and graduated from BHS in 2007. She attended BYU-Idaho and completed her student teaching in Magna, Utah. She graduated cum laude with a degree in music education.
Sorensen said she enjoys teaching music and working with the young musicians at ISTCS.
Matt Green completed his B.A. in English at BYU in Provo, Utah. A short time later, he began studying for a teaching license at Utah Valley State College.
Greenâ€™s first teaching job was in St. Anthony. In 2007, he took a sabbatical of sorts to serve in the U.S. Army in the First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
This is his first year teaching at ISTCS where he teaches language arts and creative writing, coaches cross country and leads an after-school bluegrass class.
Devin Larsen is the new science technology teacher at ISTCS. Larsen is a native of Blackfoot, graduating from BHS in 2005. He attended BYU-Idaho where he studied secondary science education.
Larsen said the science technology position is a good fit for him because he has always enjoyed figuring out how things work and learning the science behind it. He enjoys teaching and working with youth.
Larsen is married and has one daughter.
In his spare time, Larsen enjoys golfing, coaching football, grilling and spending time with family.
The mission of ISTCS is to provide a solid foundation in core subjects, an emphasis on science and technology, opportunities to expand interested in the humanities and arts and a broad program to explore educational career opportunities.
Students work in teams in many classes. This helps them develop communication skills, teamwork and increases learning as they share and work with classmates.
All students at ISTCS learn keyboarding and computer application skills. The school currently has limited openings in sixth through eighth grades.
ISTCS is located at 21 N. 550 W., Blackfoot. For more information, contact the school at (208) 785-7827 or on the web at www.idahoscience.com.