Staff

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    Wendy Hunsaker
    6th Grade
    Wendy Hunsaker
    6th Grade

    Wendy Hunsaker is a Wyoming native and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. She has a Bachelors degree from the University of Wyoming in Elementary Education. She has been teaching for 5 years, both in Laramie and Cheyenne. She loves working at PODER and is constantly amazed by the hard work ethic of the students, staff and administrators.

    wendyh@poderacademy.com

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    Brianna Arvizo
    5th grade
    Brianna Arvizo
    5th grade
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    Mary Bugg
    4th Grade
    Mary Bugg
    4th Grade
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    Keri Tetlow
    3rd Grade
    Keri Tetlow
    3rd Grade

    Keri grew up in Washington and moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming after high school. She got her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Valley City State University. Currently, she is working on her Masters in K-6 Mathematics. 

    keri@poderacademy.com

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    Virginia Johnson
    2nd Grade
    Virginia Johnson
    2nd Grade

    Prior to becoming a Kindergarten teacher at PODER Academy in 2018,  Virginia was a Center-Based Special Education Paraprofessional and then taught Kindergarten for a bit. She was born and raised in Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) and moved out to Colorado in 2015. She has a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Masters in Teaching and Learning. 

    She loves to be outdoors as much as possible! Whether she is camping, ATVing, boating, playing tennis, skiing or simply sitting out on the porch, she craves the nature that surrounds her. Some of her favorite things are peach green iced tea, fruity candy, anything to do with cheese, The Green Bay Packers, Target, spending time with her family/friends and teaching our future generations! Teaching is a huge part of her life and she wouldn’t change it for anything! :)

    virginia@poderacademy.com

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    Patrick Bannister
    1st Grade
    Patrick Bannister
    1st Grade

    Patrick grew up in East Chicago, Indiana. He joined the Air Force after high school and served 22 years. He's been working at PODER for 5 years and has loved every second of it. When at home, he enjoys watching all sports, except golf. Seriously, golf is boring.

    patrick@poderacademy.com

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    Pam Hall
    Kindergarten
    Pam Hall
    Kindergarten
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    Andrew Bradfield
    PE
    Andrew Bradfield
    PE
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    Sarah Benefield
    SPED Instructor
    Sarah Benefield
    SPED Instructor

    Sarah attended Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky - Go Knights! She is from Louisville and just moved here to Cheyenne with her husband, Blake, who is a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. She is grateful to be here in Cheyenne to work with the incredible staff and students here at PODER.

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    Rhonda Snavely
    SPED Instructor
    Rhonda Snavely
    SPED Instructor

    Rhonda is excited to be at PODER Academy.  She received her degree at the University of Wyoming. She's lived in California, Arizona and Wyoming and loves to do things with her family on her days off. She enjoys doing crafts and being outdoors, and also enjoys watching movies and reading.

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    Mason Munford
    Interventionist / Substitute
    Mason Munford
    Interventionist / Substitute
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    Stephen Burke
    ESL
    Stephen Burke
    ESL
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    Michelle Andersen
    Nurse
    Michelle Andersen
    Nurse
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    Antonia Becker
    SLP-A
    Antonia Becker
    SLP-A

    Toni Becker, Speech Pathology-Assistant, is excited to return to the academic setting and whatever adventures this 2020-21 school year brings. She maintains Wyoming certification with her B.S. degree in Elementary Education and K-8 Special Education from Concordia University-Nebraska and holds a Speech Language Pathology-Assistant certificate from Colorado University-Boulder.  She comes to us with 20+ years of education and clinical experience. Her interests include reading, gardening, home repair projects, aquatics/exercise, online tutoring, church volunteer activities, and spending time with a large extended family in the Wyo-Braska area.

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    Dominic Martinez
    Chess
    Dominic Martinez
    Chess

    Dominic is the Chess teacher / coach at PODER and P.A.S.S. He has been a Chess teacher for many years and has been in the education field for over 10 years. He loves what he does and loves helping and seeing students grow in a multitude of ways.

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    Austin Fermilia
    Tennis
    Austin Fermilia
    Tennis

    Austin Fermelia is the Tennis Director at PODER Academy. Tennis, teaching and coaching have always been huge passions of his and luckily he gets to do all three at PODER. Some of his other passions are running his general contracting business during the summers, staying fit, and hanging out with his two Shih Tzu's Atlas and Ellie.

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    Jessica Rader
    Social Worker
    Jessica Rader
    Social Worker

    Jessica is a Cheyenne, Wyoming native who attended the University of Wyoming for both her undergrad and graduate degrees. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has experience in various areas of mental health including family therapy; substance abuse; social and emotional disabilities; suicidality and self-harm. She loves spending time with her pets, reading, and traveling the world. She is very passionate about working at PODER and hopes to help in any way she can!

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    Corina Higgins
    PARA
    Corina Higgins
    PARA

    Corina has been working as a paraprofessional at PODER Academy since 2018. She studied psychology at LCCC. She loves being able to work with and get to know a lot of students on a one-on-one basis. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking and working on craft projects of all sorts.

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    Vicky Yorio
    PARA
    Vicky Yorio
    PARA

    Vicky is a country girl from the panhandle of Oklahoma. She loves to craft and read mysteries.

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    Andy Polland
    IT
    Andy Polland
    IT

    Mr. Polland is in his second year of teaching here at PASS. He is from Greeley, Colorado and received his degree in History/Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Being from Colorado, he is a big Broncos fan and watches them every Sunday. He and his wife have called Cheyenne home for the last three years with their two dogs and two cats.

    andy@poderacademy.com

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    Tiffany Davis
    Bus monitor / PARA
    Tiffany Davis
    Bus monitor / PARA
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    Nicole Brinkman
    Bus monitor / PARA
    Nicole Brinkman
    Bus monitor / PARA
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    Michelle Plasencio
    Bus monitor / PARA
    Michelle Plasencio
    Bus monitor / PARA
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    Steve Donker
    Facility Management
    Steve Donker
    Facility Management

    Steve is a 1990 graduate from Chadron State College with a Bachelors in Commercial Music and an endorsement in Education. Over the years, he worked many jobs that include a water tech for Culligan, music teacher, radio DJ, carpenter, upholsterer, custodian, and maintenance person, just to name a few. In his personal life, he enjoys woodworking, mountain man rendezvous, and spending time with his wife of 28 years.  


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