Teachers

The Selle Valley Carden School team consists of four amazing teachers who share the joy of learning with the students. Our staff is highly qualified, meeting the teaching requirements from the Carden Foundation and each is certified in first aid and early education qualifications. Each teacher attends ongoing, continuing education classes to ensure they are continuing to improve their teaching skills.

Stacey Rief

I am a native of Sandpoint, the oldest of four children and was raised on the ranch where Selle Valley Carden School is located. I feel very fortunate to give to the students some of what I enjoyed as a child.

I attended NIC where I received my Child Development Associates Certificate. I love that I am able to grow up with my students, work closely with parents, and bring structured lessons that follow the specific interests of our class into the already highly individualized Carden Curriculum. Watching the children grow throughout the years and seeing their amazement and excitement makes me confident that I have made a positive difference in each of their lives. I am honored to have this opportunity as a teacher.

Melissa Peck

I spent my childhood playing and working hard on the very ranch that Selle Valley Carden School sits on. I grew up exploring the outdoors, always looking for a new adventure, and could only imagine what our next discovery would be. Today I get to share some of that with my students.

I have been teaching now for 10 years and enjoy watching the children as they take the journey of learning. I love watching the little light bulbs pop on as they begin to understand and witness the excitement in their eyes, it is a truly amazing sight.

Angie Cates

I was born and raised in the Selle Valley, on the Wood V-X Ranch, where I grew up loving the outdoors. Being raised on a ranch and in a large family has been a huge blessing in my life and has taught me many life lessons that couldn’t have been learned otherwise. I am excited that at Selle Valley Carden School we are able to give other children those same opportunities I had.

I graduated from Boise State University in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. Since having my first child in 2008, I have found a joy in teaching and unlocking the potential of children. I am very excited about the Carden curriculum and look forward to watching your child bloom!