728-2400 X8048Hi! I am am one of the Basic Life Skills teachers in the Special Education Department here at Big Sky. I also teach the Exceptionalities class offered to the Gen Ed students. I am lucky enough to be the teaching partner of Matt Laidlaw and Shelby Lipp. We run an awesome program with the help of our para-educators and amazing peer tutors! This is my 28th year at Big Sky. Before that, I taught in Helena, Billings and Tioga, ND. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Minot State University (yes, I am a North Dakota girl). I teach American Heart Association CPR and First Aid for the District.My husband, Randy, and I will have been married for 36 years in January. We have two children, Alyssa (2006 Big Sky graduate) who is an RN at St. James in Butte and Weston, (2013 graduate) who is trying out different options for his working life! We have 2 dogs, Maddie (Border Collie) and Scout (Mini Australian Shepard). We have two grandchildren, Avery Lee Canape (3) and Colton Craig Canape ( 3 months). I am a gushing grandmother and always have photos available! :)Special Olympics is my greatest passion after my family. I have been involved with Special Olympics Montana for .....a very long time! I am one of the local program coordinators for the Missoula High Schools team and am involved in athlete training and competition for 3 seasons.When I have free time, I love to spend time with my family, read trashy novels and cook!Contact me anytime if you have questions about our program or if you would like to help with Special Olympics events.
Welcome to all! I am looking forward to the new year..we have lots of new staff and lots of room number changes ( my room is now room 2, formerly room 26), but hugs are still available and free to anyone who needs/wants one!Just a reminder that Special Olympic basketball practice will start on September 12th at Big Sky in the auxiliary gym. Practices will run from 3:30 to 5:00 on Wednesdays thru November 7th.