Staff

Krista Booher
Mrs. Booher
Ms. Kindred
Mrs. Poore
Ms. Knutson
Kristen Hebert
Mrs. Hebert
Mrs. Born
Melissa Kempke
Ms. Kempke
Carolyn Wieringa
Mrs. Wieringa
“Señora”
Lisa Burrell
Mrs. Burrell

Krista Booher is our lead teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Great Falls. Mrs. Booher lives with her husband, and two daughters in Hungry Horse. They moved to Montana in 2001 and love it more each day. She feels very fortunate to be part of the WGE staff and to be able to work with all of the school’s fantastic students.

Lindsay Kindred teaches kindergarten. She graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Early Childhood. She was born and raised in Powell, Wyoming where she fell in love with the mountains and everything the outdoors has to offer - which is why she feels so lucky that she gets to live and teach in such an amazing place! She enjoys fishing, swimming, playing with dogs, and working with kiddos!

Kimberly Poore teaches 1st grade, and also teaches K-2 music and PE. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Beloit College, a master’s of Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montana State University. She lives in Whitefish with her husband and son. Mrs. Poore loves to read, be on Flathead Lake, and spend time with her family. She loves teaching and so is so excited to be working with the kiddos at West Glacier!

Kati Knutson teaches 2nd grade, and also teaches music and PE. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Salish Kootenai College. She lives in Columbia Falls with her three children. Ms. Knutson loves making music, reading to learn new things, playing outside with her family, and teaching and coaching kids.

Kristen Hebert teaches grades 3 & 4. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Great Falls. She also holds a degree in fine art. Originally from New York, Mrs. Hebert made Montana her home in 1997, when a friend told her it was paradise. She loves the outdoors, her passions include skiing and biking with her husband and two children. She enjoys interacting with children and is thankful to spend her days doing what she loves.

Abby Born teaches 5th grade. She has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Montana. Mrs. Born lives in Whitefish where she loves spending time outside. She loves teaching at WGE!

Melissa Kempke is our art instructor and special education teacher. She also teaches 3rd grade. Ms. Kempke was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Montana in 2012. Ms. Kempke holds a degree in Art Education, a B.A. in Sculpture from the University of Toledo, a B.A in Elementary Education from the University of Providence in Great Falls, MT, and Special Education endorsement from MSU Billings. She enjoys the opportunity to continue her career and life in West Glacier.

Carolyn Wieringa teaches grades 5–6. She has been with WGE for more than 20 years. Mrs. Wieringa earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Montana State University. She loves working with kids.

Heidi Keaster-Blaize (“Señora”) is our Spanish Instructor and Para Educator. Señora earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Anthropology with a minor in Latin American studies from the University of Montana in 2006. She also recently earned her master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and Spanish endorsement from Montana State University. Go Grizz AND Bobcats!?!…is that possible? Señora has three young children and loves to go on Montana adventures with her family. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach Spanish to such a great group of kids at West Glacier Elementary.

Lisa Burrell is our Para Educator and Cub Camp Supervisor. Mrs. Burrell has worked with local children and their families for over 20 years. She lives in Coram with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. Mrs. Burrell loves exploring the outdoors, especially with the students of WGE!

Rachelle Aldrich is our District Clerk.