Hi everyone, My name's Kimberly and new here at White Pine. Some background of myself, I moved here from Iowa 3 years ago with my husband and our 2 amazing kids. We all love the outdoors, camping, kayaking, hiking, fishing, hunting, you name it. I especially love the snow, my dream is to live in Alaska when we retire. Hobbies I love is to read books before movies. I have Stephen King's entire collection of books. We love to travel. I have over 2 years experience with being a paraprofessional and I also was a preschool teacher before joining the White Pine Family. I love helping our future kids succeed.
STEM Academy Assistant Food Service Manager
Middle School Teacher
I’m originally from Edmonton Alberta, Canada. My family and I moved here 2 years ago from Rockville Maryland, where I taught in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, computers for 33 years. Being in such a small school I wore many hats. From Admin, lunch and aftercare supervisor to scheduler and all-around tech coordinator. My first years in Idaho Falls I worked at Lincoln High School, but I wasn’t teaching and missed it. I was very excited when I was asked to teach here at White Pine STEM because I LOVE teaching and especially in a small school/community like this one. This was my first year here at White Pine STEM. I love the atmosphere and the close community. From the time I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I come from a long line of teachers. My Dad, 2 sisters, a brother and 2 of my grandparents all taught. My husband and I have been married for 45 years. We have 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, biking and being with my family doing whatever they are doing. Favorite food would be Mexican. I guess my hobby would be cleaning my house and yard. I love to clean and organize anything.
I love STEM and WP's curriculum. My kiddos have been here at WP since Kindergarten seven years ago. I've been working at WP for three years. I love gardening, hiking, camping and gaming. Love good food, good music and good conversation. My favorite thing being at WP is learning from the students and helping them succeed.
I studied Chemistry Education at BYU-Idaho before transferring to Western Governors University. I am an enthusiastic and dedicated first-year teacher who will bring my love for Taylor Swift, Harry Potter, and a myriad of creative hobbies to the classroom. I have passion for knitting, crocheting, and baking, I try to seamlessly weaves my artistic talents into the world of science education. As a science teacher, I am driven by a deep desire to ignite a passion for scientific discovery in my students. I try to foster an environment where students are inspired to explore, question, and learn.
Special Education Teacher
Ms. Norviel graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2012. Soon after she began volunteering in her children's school and fell in love with helping kids learn to read. She quickly began working on her teaching certification. In 2016 she came to White Pine to teach first grade, which is where she has spent the last 7 years. This past year, she was Awarded the Milken Educator Award. She is currently earning a Master's degree in Special Education.
Ms. Norviel likes to camp and spend time in the mountains. She enjoys starry nights near a camp fire and often likes to poke the fire with sticks. She especially enjoys spending time in the mountains with her 3 boys, who make camping extra adventurous.
Community Outreach Coordinator
I grew up in Pocatello and attended Idaho State University for my bachelor's in Social Work. After working with adults and children with disabilities and teaching English in Taiwan I knew I wanted to continue working in education while utilizing my social work background. That's when I decided to get my Master's in Social Work from Idaho State University so I could be a school counselor. This is my 4th year with White Pine. I love it here! When I'm not at school I like to read, spend time outdoors- walking my dog and kayaking, go thrift shopping, and travel.
Director of Academic/Teacher
Mark Olsen grew up in Idaho Falls, graduated from BYU, and served a mission in Chile, Antofagasta. His first teaching job was with Yu'pik Eskimos in Eek, Alaska. He taught in California for 19 years where he and Shannon Olsen, currently the elementary school special education teacher, raised their five children before becoming the principal at the STEM Academy. Mark has a Masters of Education Administration from Cal State Bakersfield and a Masters of Teaching English from Columbia University.
Director of Schools
I have loved every minute of my more than two decades in education. Starting as a teacher in a private high school in NH where eventually I became department chair then administrator has allowed me to bring a myriad of experiences and ideas that I hope will benefit this very special place - White Pine - that in June of 2021 I began calling home.
With a BA in Fine Arts and certification in Art Education k-12 and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership I am privileged to have worked in both teaching and leadership capacities in the top school in NH and now bring an ambition for excellence and high standards to White Pine where I am fortunate to work with some of the best faculty and staff in East Idaho.
I am brought to East Idaho by my two daughters one of whom permanently resides in Ucon and the other who is living in Utah. With family being the most important facet of my life I am blessed to be near them as they are starting their own adult lives and families.
My free time is enjoyed with my wife as we continue to explore this beautiful area in taking road trips, hiking, camping, and horseback riding in the mountains. We also enjoy traveling back east to see family and friends.
To those in this beloved White Pine community - thank you for being part of something wonderful and for supporting our drive to define 'success for every student' in a partnership with home.