Ronda Mazo

I grew up in western Washington, but have been living in Idaho since 2009 when I went away to college at the University of Idaho. While there I earned my B.S. in Elementary Education, tutored, and volunteered in schools. After graduating I substituted and taught small groups for reading intervention. I have grown to love Idaho and have now lived in Moscow, Boise, Rupert, and Meridian.

So far I have taught second and fifth grade. I am excited to get to teach math to all of our fourth graders this year. I have always enjoyed math, even though it can be challenging! I hope to instill this enjoyment in my students by making math more than just solving problems on paper.

When I’m not at school I like to read, go to the movies with my husband, and visit family.

Some of my favorite things are coffee, tea, books, cartoon foxes, and office supplies!

One of my favorite quotes is, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” by Oprah Winfrey, who coincidentally, shares a birthday with my little brother. I like this quote because it reminds us to focus on the positive. I’m looking forward to a very positive year! 

Loretta Rost

I am one of “those” transplanted Californians! My parents moved to Idaho when I was five. I attended schools in Caldwell (where I had excellent teachers) and graduated from Caldwell High School. I live with the love of my life for the past 15 years, David Brown. I have two sons and a daughter, son-in -law and granddaughter all living in the area. My extended family includes a step-son, his wife and three granddaughters and a step-daughter, her husband and a grandson also all living in the area.

I attended Boise State University where I received my Bachelors of Art degree in Elementary Education. Go Broncos! I My first year of teaching was completed in Utah where I taught a combination class of third and fourth graders. I moved back to Idaho, taught fourth grade at Notus Elementary for five years and fifth grade for one. Wanting to be a part of a larger grade level team, I began teaching at Marsing Elementary twelve years ago, where I have taught third, fourth and a fourth-fifth combination. Later, I attended Northwest Nazarene University where I earned my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I enjoy and embrace the challenges as a negotiator for the Marsing Education Association.

Currently I am teaching the grade level I love - Fourth!!! I teach at the after school program, Academy and I teach fourth grade summer school in Homedale and Marsing. I have also taught enrichment cooking and science classes in Marsing to second, third, fourth and fifth graders.

I love to read, swim and “hang out’ with my family, sisters (4), mom and friends. I like to travel, spend time at our cabin, and fish. I like to go for walks and I like to work in my yard and flowerbeds. I also own my own business as a Mary Kay consultant.

Some of my favorites are: chocolate chip cookies w/nuts, tacos, lasagna and pecan pie.

I am passionate about teaching. I accept all students for who they are and I want students to know that they can do anything they set their mind on.

My current favorite quote is by Pope Francis, “Who am I to Judge”.

Carol Dewitt

I first taught third grade in 1997- and I loved it!  This is my fifth year at Marsing where I fulfilled roles as math intervention teacher, educational assistant, and the seventh grade ELA teacher.

Third grade is where students begin to establish their learning habits and decide what they like and dislike about learning and school.  I am proud to be a part of that development and very excited to help students maintain their LOVE for learning and exploring knowledge- crucial for success in school and life.

I am thrilled to be the lead math teacher for third grade because math is part of everyday and everything.  We will explore math concepts and practice math skills ALL DAY- to assist students in realizing the importance of knowing and understanding how to work with and manipulate numbers, and gain awareness of how/when/where math influences our actions and activities throughout our daily lives.

ALL communication for third grade will be through the email system “Class Messenger” using “Buzz” that Mr. B describes above.  As the school year progresses, I will add math links and related information such as current units of study, assignments, and test dates.  Many “thanks” to Mr. B and the rest of the staff- for all of their great welcoming and support in joining the third grade team.  I am humbled to be working with such excellent, motivated, and professional people at Marsing Elementary.

I have three lovely daughters and two grandchildren.  We enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and being “rock hounds”.  I have a passion for cooking and creating art- always very messy activities.  I also enjoy puzzling, reading a good book, gardening, and trying anything new. 

My MOTTO: “CHANGE is not just good, but excitingly unexpected- welcome and embrace it!”

Parents/Guardians: “Thank YOU” for the opportunity to teach and learn with your wonderful children.

Sincerely, Carol A. DeWitt