Director: Sandy Valadez
School Psychologist: Stephanie Carpenter
Aide: Jonah Bourcy
Aide: Amber Howell
Aide: Melissa Newell
Aide: Lisa Oliver
I have enjoyed working for Fruitland School District for 17 years. I started as a special education para-professional at Fruitland Middle School. I loved my 14 years there working in the classroom, helping with the after school programs and summer school. Three years ago I decided that a change might be nice. I requested to come to the elementary level when there was an opening. I love all ages of children and I truly believe that they have taught me so much. The staff and children I work with continue to inspire me.
Speech & Language Pathologists:
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication at Northwest Nazarene University in 2001, and went on to obtain my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Idaho State University in 2004. Since that time, I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist with a total of 13 years of experience. I hold an Idaho Education Credential in Pupil Personnel Services and I am a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with an extensive background in helping students return to school after a concussion or brain injury. I began working at Fruitland Elementary School in 2016, and I work with approximately 40 children ranging in age from preschool through second grade. I love this population of younger students. It is rewarding for me to be a part of the process that helps improve their confidence and quality of life as their communication skills increase. I live in Meridian with my husband of 16 years, Justin, who is a PE teacher in the West Ada School District, and my two children, Jenna (age 9) and Jace (age 5). I enjoy reading, traveling, mindfulness practice and being outside in nature.
Speech Aide: Rachel Essinger
My name is Rachel Essinger, and I have worked for the Fruitland School District as a para-professional in the Speech and Language Department since October 2016. I went to Fruitland schools through middle school and high school, graduating in 2002. I graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, specializing in technical and professional writing. I live in Fruitland with my husband, Josh, and our two children, Zoe and Kolby. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing games, reading, drawing, and painting. I love working with students of all ages and helping them to be the best communicators that they can!