Staff

Krista Booher
Mrs. Booher
Ms. Kindred
Kati Knutson
Ms. Knutson
Melissa Kempke
Ms. Kempke
Kristen Hebert
Mrs. Hebert
Ms. Carlson
Carolyn Wieringa
Mrs. Wieringa
Mr. Nuckles
“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!

Kati Knutson co-teaches grades 1–2 with Ms. Kempke, 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.

Melissa Kempke is our art instructor and special education teacher. She also teaches 2nd grade Reading, Math, and Writing. 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 currently holds a provisional Special Education endorsement license while finishing the requirements for the SPED endorsement through MSU Billings . She is excited to continue her career and life here in West Glacier.

Kristen Hebert co-teaches grades 3-4 with Ms. Carlson. 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 Carlson co-teaches 4th grade with Mrs. Hebert. She has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Montana. Ms. Carlson lives in Whitefish where she loves spending time outside. She is excited to teach at WGE this year!

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.

Brock Nuckles co-teaches 6th grade with Mrs. Wieringa as well as several other classes. He is an Ohio native who moved to Montana a year and a half ago. Brock went back to school to get a teaching certificate as an older student while living in Wyoming and is very happy to be joining the team at West Glacier. He is a dedicated dad who can be found a few times a week having ice cream with his two year old daughter, Violet. Brock's wife is named Kerry and they have a rescued corgi/golden retriever named Brass (Nuckles).

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.

Christy Baker is our District Clerk. Ms. Baker is from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Western North Dakota. She holds a B.A. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, Bozeman, and a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana, Missoula. She lives in Coram with her husband and two children. She enjoys all outdoor activities with her family, and spends much of the summer months living in the North Fork.

Robin Bissell is our School Counselor.