Sagebrush Back In Action – Meet Our New Faces

Sagebrush Elementary hallways were flooded with students bright and early September 1st. Though the students walked into a learning ready environment, it was all the activity that occurred before the students' first day that made it so welcoming. Sagebrush teachers worked for hours preparing lesson plans, folders, nametags and so much more so the students could hit the books the first day. With much of the staff returning to their Sagebrush home, there are some new faces in the building to kick off the 2015-16 school year.


IMG_1716My name is Brittany Canfield and I feel extremely blessed to begin my journey teaching second grade at Sagebrush Elementary. This will be my eighth year teaching and I am looking forward to another great year. I am originally from Flower Mound, Texas and went to Abilene Christian University where I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I love working with children and being a teacher has been a dream of mine since I was little. My husband, Josh, and I are new residents of Sheridan. We were married in August and are excited to begin our life together in Wyoming. I am preparing for the cold and snowy winters. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, listening to Texas Country, and finding new restaurants to try. We also love going to WYO Football games. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you this year! We are going to have an amazing school year, and I know we will learn so many fun, new, and exciting things. So, put your thinking caps on, this is going to be a great year!

IMG_1719 My name is Deidre Katharine Ditton. I am the newest 1st Grade teacher at Sagebrush. I grew up on the beautiful west side of the state in a town called Pinedale. I have been in and around Sheridan my whole life because I have many siblings who live here and in Gillette. I am the youngest of 12 siblings. We are a very diverse group from many different backgrounds, as almost all of us were foster kids. I went to Western Wyoming Community College and received an Associate of Arts degree. After I graduated there I attended the University of Wyoming and received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. In November 2014 I got married to my husband, Jason Ditton who is still in Laramie finishing up his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. I love working with children in the classroom and aspire to work with them as a coach in the very near future.

IMG_1740My name is Tara Kelley and I am a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and I was able conduct my student teaching at Sagebrush. This year I was given the privilege to work at Sagebrush as a Para-Professional and an After School Program teacher. I am so excited to be here! I have been married for 11 years to my wonderful husband James. He works as a Project Manger for Wyoming Roofing. We have four children. Ashlyn is almost 10 and she is in 4th grade. Her teacher is Mrs. Willson. Breckin is eight years old and he is in 3rd grade with Mrs. Gilbertson. We also have two younger girls, Addy and Ava. Addy is four years old and Ava is three years old. We have lived in Sheridan for just over two years and we love it! We enjoy being a part of such a tight knit and supportive community.  I look forward to working with all of the wonderful kids at Sagebrush!

IMG_1736 My name is Rachel Clemensen and I am the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for SCSD #2. I have three undergraduate degrees from Augustana University. The first of my degrees is in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; birth - 21 years of age. Another of my degrees is in Secondary Education with an endorsement in middle school, and the last is in History. I played rugby in college and still enjoy playing. I completed studies abroad in the Czech Republic at Charles University; studying Central European history. I love the outdoors and country western Dancing (two step, cowboy chat and waltz in particular). I love to travel  throughout the US and Europe. I am happy to be a part of the SCSD #2 staff and very excited to be working with the Sheridan elementary students.

IMG_1713My name is Erin Cummings and I am the new Elementary Orchestra teacher for SCSD #2. I have earned my degree in K-12 Music Education from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, with honors. I have been playing the violin for 22 years and both of my parents are string players as well. I have been teaching orchestra and violin lessons for 10 years and my dad was my inspiration for becoming an orchestra educator. I love to be outside, ride my bike and be with my family. I played the famous Chaconne by J.S. Bach on my senior violin recital. I played a solo with rock violinist Robby Steinhardt from the band Kansas my junior year in college.

IMG_1743My name is Kaylee Nygren and I am the new Math Recovery teacher for Sagebrush Elementary and Highland Park Elementary. I have lived in Sheridan for the last five years. I have a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Chadron State College. I  graduated last December. I have a six year-old son who attends Highland Park. We love to be outside and active, so living in the Sheridan are is perfect all year round. We enjoy snowboarding, paddle boarding, cross country skiing, running, hiking and fishing. Growing up I always pictured myself as a teacher or working with children and families, so I am extremely excited to be working with the families here in Sheridan.

IMG_1744My name is Ashley Cleare. I am a Reading Recovery teacher for SCSD #2. I travel between Sagebrush, Meadowlark and Highland Park schools this year. I have been a teacher for eight years and this will be my second year in Sheridan County. I am married and I have a four year-old son. I love to read and my favorite sports are basketball and track.

IMG_1746Hello! My name is Beth Lenz and I am honored to be one of the new Parent Liaisons for Sheridan County School District #2. This year, our district is adding the Parent Liaison program in addition to the supports we provide to ensure student success.  The Parent Liaison program was designed not only to involve parents, but to actively engage them as partners with us. Liaisons give parents information about school and community resources, answer questions about parenting challenges, and give parents the tools they need to enhance their child's development and ability to learn.  I am excited to serve both Sagebrush and Woodland Park schools as Parent Liaison.  I can be reached by phone at 307-763-7405 or simply stop by Sagebrush on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings to say hello!