Special Education

Director: Sandra Valadez

School Psychologist: Stephanie Carpenter

Special Education Teacher: Jordan Atnip

Special Education Teacher: Kathy Taylor

 I am Kathy Taylor. I was raised on Vashon Island, in Washington state, just west of Seattle. My husband and I moved to Idaho in 1984. I graduated from Boise State University in 1991. I have been a special education teacher ever since. I taught for 26 years in the Boise School District before moving to Fruitland. I have known since I was 15 years old that this was my calling. My husband and I raised 5 children in Boise who all still live in the area. We also have 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, with more grandchildren on the way.   We were also foster parents for about 10 years. In that time, we had approximately 40 children in and out of our home, ranging in age from newborn to 18 years old. We think about them often. 
     In my spare time (what’s that?!) I love to sing in choirs and play the flute.  I also like to read mostly inspirational stories of people overcoming challenges.  I’ve never been out of the country (other than to Victoria,BC) but we’ve been to several states including Alaska and Hawaii.
     I look forward to seeing the students’ sweet faces every day. That is the best part of my job! I always welcome parents and other visitors to come in and see what we are working on and 
 to volunteer. Please feel free to email me or call the school if you ever have questions, concerns, or great ideas to share!

Aide: Jonah Bourcy

Aide: Chelsi Chadwell


Aide: Melissa Dinucci

I started working at Fruitland Elementary in August 2017 as a paraprofessional in Special Education. I graduated from Parma High School in 2002. I graduated High School as a CNA. In 2004 I became a certified phlebotomist with BSU. I met my husband in 2005 and we married in October 2008. We have our son, Anthony, who is still in elementary school. I enjoy being outdoors. I love to fish, hike, run and camp. I love working in Special Education. The kids amaze me everyday. I have hope to further my education in Special Education/Elementary.

Aide: Pinky Edl

I’m Pinky Edl, and I work in the Special Education department. I have been here for almost a year. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Phillipines.

Aide: Aubrey Griffith

I was raised in Fruitland and graduated class of 2002. Afterwards I attended T.V.C.C. and ran track for them. I have been happily married for almost 13 years and we have 5 kids. Before here I ran an in-home daycare for 11 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors camping, fishing & biking. I also enjoy crafts, painting, baking and cooking.

Aide: Andria Hainey

I was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in Layton. I attended Snow College, BYU & TVCC and I have a Banchelors of Science degree. I am currently working on my Masters Degree and hoping to enroll in Occupational Therapy School.  My husband is Sam Hainey & we have 2 boys, 16 & 8 and a daughter who is 13. At home we have 2 dogs and 8 chickens. When I am not working in Special Ed. I enjoy painting, reading, shickens, exercising/running. This is my first year with Fruitland Elementary and before here I was in pre-school for 20+ years.

Aide: Hannah Hezeltine

I started working at the elementary school August 2017. I feel privileged to be a part of such an incredible school district. I absolutely love the kids I get to work with! And I also really love popcorn Friday’s

Aide: Melissa Newell

I was born in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho. I grow up in Kellogg Idaho also know as the Silver Valley. I went to Kellogg High school and I graduated in 2005.  I have been with my hubby since we were in high school. I have two boys. My family has 2 dogs and 15 chickens. I like to cook , fish and be outdoors with my family. What I am looking forward to is how far the kids will come in their academics.

Aide: Evelyn Owens

Aide: Ken Parker

I was born & raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Rick’s College, The University of South Carolina and Northeast Louisiana University. I received my MEd in School Counseling and my MA in Family Therapy. I have worked with special needs people for 20 years and was inspired to apply here at Fruitland Elementary. I love my wife of 35 years. We have 10 children. At home we also have dogs & cats. My goal this year is to learn all that I can and I am looking forward to being a contestant on “The Price is Right”.

Aide: Sheila Raymond

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.


Aide: Ron Rich

I was born in Ontario, OR & grew up in Payette, ID. I have lived in Fruitland since 1980.I attended college at Boise State University. I am married to Debbie and we have 4 grown sons & 1 grown daughter. I have taught Special Education in Fruitland.

Aide: Cindy Tuning

I was born in Caldwell, Idaho and raised right here in Fruitland ,I have been with Fruitland School District for 13 years. I came to the Elementary from the Middle School. I was an army wife and lived all over the world for 21 years. I have 2 grown sons, Derrick and Brandon. I felt that I could make a difference and embarked on my journey in Special education. When I am  not here changing lives, I can be found curled up with a good book, or thrift shopping. 

Aide: Doug Uyeki

Hi. I have a great amount of admiration for the administration and staff at Fruitland Elementary. I am especially thankful that the Superintendent and the Special Education Director support Bal-A-Vis-X throughout the district.