By Jerry House Big Sky School District Supt.

We are pleased with our new employees who bring ample experience and expertise to our district. Each of the new hires is extremely excited to be working with our Big Sky children and their parents. Parents and community members are encouraged to stop in and meet our new staff members. It promises to be a great year!

Ashley Hudson: First grade teacher

Ashley Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master’s in teaching with a concentration in elementary education from Northeastern University.

Experience: Taught third grade at Gallatin Gateway School and second grade at Manhattan schools.

John Hannahs: Second grade teacher

John Hannahs received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Montana State University with a k-12 reading endorsement.

Experience: Paraprofessional and coach at Anderson School in Bozeman.

Katy Thomas: Counselor for grades k-8

Katy Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Montana State University and master’s in counselor education from the University of Montana.

Experience: Counselor at Youth Dynamics, technician at AWARE, Inc., part-time Counselor at Dixon Elementary School in Dixon.

Brenda Yahraes: Program coordinator for grades 9-12

Brenda Yahraes received a bachelor’s in English discourse and master’s in education from Eastern Oregon University and is currently working towards a doctorate in organizational psychology.

Experience: Assistant principal at Summit High School, assistant principal at Crook County High School, assistant principal at Redmond High School, and principal at International School of the Cascades.

Tom Yahraes: Principal for grades 5-12 and assistant supt.

Tom Yahraes earned a bachelor’s in literature and education from the University of Montana, and a master’s in educational administration from Grand Canyon University.

Experience: K-8 principal, assistant principal, and dean of students in Redmond, Ore.; english teacher at LaPine schools in Bend, Ore.; teacher in Bering Strait, Alaska.

Jeri Lynn Coleman: Custodian

Experience: 12 years in Bozeman and Big Sky in the custodial field.

Kevin Tucker: Custodian

Kevin Tucker has lived in Big Sky area for several years and just completed a welding course from Gallatin College.

Nancy Reuter: Bus Driver and Kitchen Aide

Experience: Skyline, Geyser Raft Company and previous experience with First Student in Bozeman.