Welcome to Ms. Van Slyke's Page
Phone: (208) 578-5030 Ext. 2319
Degrees and Certifications:
BA: St Lawrence University, Sociology MA: Boise State University, Bilingual Education Masters: Saint Michael's College, Education
Ms. Van Slyke
It seems I have spent most of my life in school either being a student or a teacher. I was born into a family of educators. My mother was an elementary teacher and my father was a math teacher and then an administrator. Perhaps the writing was on the wall. I love school and teaching.
I graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY with a B.A. in Sociology. I later attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, and earned a Master’s in Education. Many years later I attended Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, and earned another Masters in Bilingual Education. To help communicate more effectively with my students, I have also taken Spanish classes and have traveled abroad to improve my Spanish and to learn about my student's native cultures.
I have taught several different grade levels in an elementary setting for 9 years. I have also taught several subjects in the middle school setting. I have taught classes for physical education, math, and English to students with native languages other than English. As an ENL Specialist, I have Co-Taught with 6th grade Language Arts and Math classes to assist with Academic Language acquisition for English Language Learner (ELL) students. Currently, I am one of the 6th grade Mathematics teachers.
I love living in Idaho. I enjoy the winters even more than the summers. I ski, play hockey and snowshoe. In the summer I enjoy hiking, swimming and spending time in the mountains. My husband and I have a dog and a cat to keep us company and entertained.
B.A., St. Lawrence University, New York. (Sociology)
M.Ed., St. Michael's College, Vermont. (General Education)
M.BLED, Boise State University, Idaho. (Bilingual Education)
Elementary Teaching Experience:
New York: Six years, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 3rd/4th grade gifted multi-age.
Colorado: One year, 2nd/3rd grade gifted multi-age.
Middle School Teaching Experience:
Hailey, ID: Two years, 4th Grade Dual Immersion.
Hailey, ID: 3 years as a Middle School Physical Education coupled with 7th and 8th-grade mathematics.
Hailey, ID: Eight years, 7th and 8th grade Middle School Mathematics.
Hailey, ID: Eleven years, Middle School English as a New Language Teacher. Four of the eleven years have been Co-Teaching as an ENL co-teacher with math and ELA at WRMS.
Hailey, ID: Currently, 6th Grade Mathematics at WRMS.