Meet our Teaching Team

 

Camie Palmer, Kindergarten

I grew up on a ranch in rural northern Utah. I learned quickly that hard work and perseverance were vital for success. This has clearly been the case in my teaching career. I have successfully taught grades K-2 for the past 44 years. Through my experiences, I found teaching five year olds was a passion. Five year olds are delightfully curious and enjoy learning through movement and exploration and a variety of hands-on activities. My philosophy is to educate the total child academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.

I was mentored by two amazing women, Joan Bowden and Alice Chase, that encouraged me to be honest and forthright when collaboratively working in an early childhood environment. After graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies, I realized that my love for five year olds required an Early Childhood degree. I completed an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Dance. My love for movement has been an important part of daily curriculum in a kindergarten setting. I was the classroom host teacher for Artsbridge (Reading in Motion) program at Utah State University, which led me to become an Artsbridge professional mentor.

I am jumping into the CCID educational family with enthusiasm and experience that will give students the foundation they need to become successful active learners!

camie.palmer@ccidschool.org

 
 

Kim Hebert, 1st Grade

As an educator, I am passionate about ensuring the best possible success for every child. My experience, both academically and professionally, has provided a unique perspective on how children learn and develop throughout their educational career. My educational philosophy focuses on the process of learning, instilling a sense of curiosity, flexibility, and creativity that will inspire lifelong learners. Cultivating an exciting and engaging classroom environment is key to success. The most successful kind of learning happens when you are having fun, exploring something new!

I am originally from Colorado, but I have had the privilege of calling Logan my home for the past 5 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies Education with a minor in Linguistics. When I am not at school, you will find me baking, hiking, or on a plane ready to be immersed into a new cultural experience!

Kimberly.hebert@ccidschool.org

 
 

Mickie Rigby, 1st Grade

From the time, she was little, Mickie knew she always wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Weber High School in North Ogden, Utah, she moved to Cache Valley to attend Utah State University. Mickie fell in love with Cache Valley during her time at Utah State and decided to make it her home. Her desire to educate the whole child in authentic ways is what attracted Mickie to CCID. Mickie graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and early childhood education. When she’s not at school, Mickie enjoys quilting, playing with her nieces and nephews, being outdoors with her friends, and playing the piano.

mickie.rigby@ccidschool.org

 
 

Chantal Greenwood, 2nd Grade

Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I enjoy playing volleyball and racquetball, as well as reading. I love traveling and learning more about new places, people, and cultures. I especially enjoy spending time with my family and my fiancé and am excited to be getting married to him this summer!

I graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in social studies and recently returned from Italy where I had the opportunity to complete part of my student teaching. This is my first year as a teacher and I am excited to be joining CCID. I have wanted to be a teacher ever since third grade when I had a teacher who believed in my potential and encouraged me to challenge myself. I want to encourage my students and instill that same sense of confidence and belief in my students to help them reach their full potential. I believe in the importance of teaching the whole child and helping to prepare students to be successful not only in their academics but in their lives.

chantal.greenwood@ccidschool.org

 
 

Molly Olson, 2nd Grade

Molly is a proud wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to two adventurous boys who both attend CCID. She graduated from USU with a degree in Natural Resources. She loves to spend her time exploring nature, creating, gardening, or learning new things. She grew up the daughter of a teacher who believes in meeting a child where they are at and walking with them through their education. She loves spending time with others and tries to see each person for the amazing individual that they are.

molly.olson@ccidschool.org

 
 

Whitni Hesselgesser, 3rd Grade

Whitni was born and raised in Saint George, Utah. She enjoys riding horses, playing pickleball, reading, scrapbooking, and gardening. Upon graduating high school, she attended Brigham Young University and later decided that Cache Valley was the place she needed to be. Whitni finished her degree at Utah State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Spanish. She completed her student teaching in Oklahoma. She recently married her husband a year ago in June and has enjoyed all the adventures they have had. Whitni has enjoyed working as an aid at CCID and loves the hands on, student lead environment that is incorporated at this school. Whitni is excited to teach students the necessary skills needed to be a successful student, leader, citizen, and friend.

whitni.hesselgesser@ccidschool.org

 
 

Rachel Larsen, 3rd Grade

Rachel is a Cache Valley native, and proudly claims Wellsville as home. As a child, Rachel developed a love for music, playing the piano and singing in choirs throughout middle school, high school, and college. She also enjoys running, hiking, and lots of Zumba.

Rachel obtained her associate’s degree from BYU-Idaho, and later became a proud Aggie, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Having completed her student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom, she is thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade at CCID!

Rachel is passionate about helping every student feel accepted and understood, and strongly believes that students learn best when given opportunities to collaborate, create, experiment, and explore.

rachel.larsen@ccidschool.org

 
 

Jade Yardley, 3rd Grade

Jade grew up in Blanding, a small town in Southeastern Utah. Her childhood was spent outdoors, and it was there she learned the value of hard work. She grew up loving and becoming proficient at hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, and camping. Along with these outdoor activities, Jade spent endless hours in the gym or on the field playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. She truly loves getting out and playing the game.

Upon graduating from high school, Jade knew that the next chapter in her life was to become an elementary school teacher. After her first year of college, she married her sweetheart, Josh. With his support, she graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Elementary Education and an Elementary Education License. Jade is truly grateful for her experience at USU as it provided her with the necessary tools and experiences she needs to guide the students at CCID.

She is thrilled to be working with the great group of professionals at CCID. Her teaching philosophy is constructed on the fundamental principle that the goals of the teacher and the goals of the students can equally be met through an effective teaching environment. In this positive learning environment, students can gain a sense of community, personal empowerment and self-worth, communication and problem-solving skills and will be full contributors in their academic experience. The following could sum up her teaching philosophy; this is not my classroom, but our classroom.

jade.yardlye@ccidschool.org

 
 

Jake Grossman, 4th Grade

I strive to create a classroom environment that expects student success. I do not wish to shape students into what I want them to be, but empower them with tools and skills so they can be successful and shape who they want to be. Students will accomplish many things if they dare to learn and grow, to fail, and fail forward. I aspire to engage students to be curious and wonder; to reflect and want to know how things work and why; and, more importantly, what the implications are. I do not want them to be content on another’s hearsay. If we can challenge them and support them, they may find the solutions to issues facing their families, communities, and even the world.

I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Psychology. My wife and I love to travel, we’ve been to several western states, and as far as Southeast Asia. We delight in the natural scenery here, and are fond of the arts and shows at USU, as well as the theatres in Logan.

jake.grossman@ccidschool.org

 
 

Tesia Lehman, 4th Grade

Tesia Lehman grew up in Grantsville, UT. She went to BYU-Idaho for an Associate's degree then graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education emphasizing in Mathematics and Social Studies. Tesia is passionate about learning and wants to share that enthusiasm with her students. She is thrilled to be at CCID where she can stay true to her educational philosophies of establishing a positive, collaborative, and real-life applicable learning environment.

Tesia Lehman has been married for a few years. She and her husband enjoy listening to audio books, exploring outdoors, and trying new things.

tesia.lehman@ccidschool.org

 
 

Carly Dursteler, 5th Grade

Carly was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2010, earning two Bachelor degrees—one in Education and the other in Human Development and Family Sciences. Since graduating from Oregon State, Carly has worked in classrooms of all ages, from preschool through high school. She also taught at the Child Development Center at Nike World Headquarters, and has been a mentor and coach of college students as well.

Carly has a growth mindset and a passion for motivating her students to develop strong communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. She strives to help her students expand their individual talents, and to connect with and respect the world around them.

Hiking, yoga, snowboarding, running and exploring nature are some of the ways Carly enjoys spending her time. She also loves listening to music, cooking, watching movies, and reading. In her spare moments, Carly enjoys pampering her two sweet cats, Bella and Sophie.

carly.dursteler@ccidschool.org

 
 

Melia Balls, 5th Grade

Melia grew up in South Jordan, Utah. She moved away to attend college at USU. As she was finishing up her Bachelor’s degree, she met her sweetheart Bryce. Together they have three amazing children. Melia has taught students from pre-school to college. She loves seeing the sense of wonder and discovery as students learn something new. There is something magical about the look in a student’s eye when they finally understand that keeps bringing her back to the classroom.

Melia is an Aggie at heart. Once moving to Cache Valley, she has never left. She loves learning and has a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership and is working on a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on STEM education. When not studying or writing papers, Melia loves being with her family as they explore the outdoors on horseback, four-wheelers or just hiking. She loves camping and traveling. She is excited for the opportunity to teach at CCID.

melia.balls@ccidschool.org

 
 

Alyssa Burdett, 6th Grade

I grew up in Lehi and moved to Logan to attend Utah State University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. Ever since I was little I wanted to be a teacher and am ecstatic to be teaching at CCID!

I'm passionate about hiking and spending time outside. I also enjoy writing, reading, and playing my modge podge collection of musical instruments. I love learning about other cultures and various eras of history. In addition, I have an ice cream addiction and "cleaned the sink" at Angie's many times!

Most importantly, I’m a strong advocate for all children.

alyssa.burdett@ccidschool.org

 
 

Sarah Cochran, 6th Grade

Sarah was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from University of Texas- Tyler with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizing in Early childhood through sixth education, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. After teaching in Texas for a year, Sarah relocated to Colorado Springs where she taught at a STEAM school for several years. She loves teaching in beautiful Cache Valley! She is excited to have found a school that aligns with her teaching philosophy and has a STEM focus. When Sarah isn’t snuggling with her kitties, she loves to read, play piano, paint, and learn new things.

sarah.cochran@ccidschool.org

 
 

Megan Lonsdale, 7th Grade

Megan comes to CCID from multiple states. She was born and raised in Ohio, then went to Smith College for a Bachelor's in Engineering Science. She was then accepted in to Teach for America and spent the first five years of her teaching career as a 7th grade math teacher and robotics coach in Mississippi. Megan then moved to Memphis, TN and taught 8th grade math, algebra 1, and STEM. During this first six years of teaching, Megan earned her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Math and is currently pursuing a Master's in Math Education with Mt. Holyoke College. Megan strives for a learning environment where students are learning from discovery and exploring their own interests/talents.

When not at school, Megan enjoys all things outdoors, cooking, and reading. She is very excited to be part of the CCID family and to live in the Cache Valley!

megan.lonsdale@ccidschool.org

 
 

Katelyn Yates, 7th Grade

Katelyn Yates grew up on the beaches of California before moving to Logan to attend Utah State University. After seven years of living in the valley, she has finally decided to call it home (though the mountains still scare her). She graduated USU with a Bachelor's Degree in English and minored in Folklore.

Katelyn has spent two years teaching preschool with the Logan City School District, where she discovered her great love of teaching. Teaching has become the most fulfilling path for her passion and enthusiasm as she has watched her students grow not only brighter, but also kinder.

Katelyn Yates has been married for five years, and in her free time can be found writing fiction, playing games, participating in theater, or picking up another new craft.

katelyn.yates@ccidschool.org

 
 

Rob Christensen, 8th Grade

Mr. Rob is a father of 8 children. He has become a student advocate who believes that every child has the potential to contribute to society in his or her own way and style. His objective as a teacher is to find within each student that which is his or her passion and then help them drive that passion. Mr. Rob is a mathematician with a master’s degree in education. "I look forward to being engaged alongside your children in their educational pursuits and passions.”

rob.christensen@ccidschool.org

 
 

Sean Wallis, 8th Grade

Teaching is in Mr. Wallis’ blood, his grandma, grandpa, and Father have all taught in various forms, from Middle School, College, and even private lessons. Mr. Wallis discovered his love for teaching after he had already graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in History. After teaching in various forms post college, he realized that he wanted to make secondary education his career. He went back and got a second Bachelor’s in Education.

Mr. Wallis has taught 7th and 8th grade for the last six years. His focus is on the student. Mr. Wallis believes that education comes down to student engagement and enthusiasm and that student choice is the major influence in these things. Mr. Wallis also believes that a safe environment, where every student feels secure and respected is imperative, as well as making his classroom a fun place that kids want to be.

Along with this, Mr. Wallis is an award winning oil painter that shows in galleries and museums across the country. Mr. Wallis will be working closely with the art department to integrate the arts into his curriculum.

Mr. Wallis is very excited to be a part of the CCID family!

sean.wallis@ccidschool.org

 
 

Holly Conger, Art Specialist

With a professional background in fine art, theater, dance, and as a performing musician Holly believes that the arts and the creative process are a critical part of utilizing 21st Century skills. She considers the ability to think creatively and to express ourselves in genuinely unique ways to be what sets us apart from artificial intelligence in the future workforce. Holly strives to inspire students at CCID to unlock their unique creative potential and to have confidence in expressing themselves.

Holly earned her BS in Art and her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from USU. Before coming to teach at CCID Holly worked in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services for 7 years. In that time she was the program coordinator of USU ArtsBridge, she developed and taught an arts integration course to elementary education majors, she was the assistant to the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair, and a professional development partner with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.

Holly currently paints, sings and plays guitar in the local band “Juniper Junction.” She and her husband Ryan are parents of two daughters, a dog, and a cat.

holly.conger@ccidschool.org

 
 

Christine Burningham, Music Specialist

Christine graduated in 2012 from Utah State University where she earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Music Therapy with an emphasis in Music Education and a minor in French. She has additional certifications in Orff Schulwerk and Kodály methods of music education for children. Her clinical internship was held at Sunshine Terrace in Logan, Utah where she helped individuals with varying needs from ages 3-99. She is currently finishing her Master of Arts in Music Therapy degree from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Christine has 5 children, one grandchild, and over 20 years of experience working with children in the home, some with special needs, and helping in the school environment. She has volunteered over the past 15 years in Head Start classrooms, Elementary School classrooms, and a Special Needs Institute class. She is the Historian for the Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and in her spare time Christine enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking, scrapbooking, walking, reading, knitting, and playing the Native American Flute.

christine.burningham@ccidschool.org