Meet the Team!

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Joy Kane

Lead Teacher for the Preschool/Kindergarten Outreach Program at Ponderosa Elementary.

Hello, my name is Joy Kane. I am the Lead Teacher for the Preschool/Kindergarten Outreach Program at Ponderosa Elementary. I teach Listening and Spoken Language and Common Ground Kindergarten where we provide supplemental kindergarten support to all modes of communication, I have worked for Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind 15 years. I am a licensed Visual Phonics Trainer for the State of Idaho and use this tool in our program. I have taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade.. Currently, my responsibilities are split between teaching kindergarten and administrative and supervisory duties. I absolutely love what I do and am excited to see the students eager to learn. Providing students with the support needed to access their education leads to phenomenal gains. Teaching within the deaf education environment is about making a difference for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, so that they have the same opportunities and access to their education and peer interactions as their typical peers in the general education environment. I believe that deaf education provides a unique opportunity for early intervention with explicit instruction in language, pragmatics, self-advocacy, auditory training and pre-academics. Through engaging activities and explicit instruction, I strive to provide the necessary instruction to create a successful and confident student.

Ms. Kim

IESDB Para-Educator

Hi, my name is Kim Cunningham, the kids call me Ms. Kim. I moved to Idaho in May 2000 and stayed at home with my 3 kids (Kane, Cameron and Carli) until Carli was in Kindergarten. I was lucky enough to see that IESDB was hiring and I thought perfect, same schedule as my kids’ schedule. I started working for IESDB in February 2006. I have enjoyed working with the children in the Preschool program; they are special individuals, never two the same. They keep you on your toes and there never is a dull moment. I am excited to start another year to greet the children back and to meet the new children starting this year.

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Tonia Reagan

Lead Para-Educator

My name is Tonia Reagan I started with IESDB in 2013 and I feel blessed to come to work every day to work with children. I work with our Common Ground Kindergarten program getting these bright young stars ready for the future. I was born and raised in Eastern Idaho. My Family moved to Boise in 2005 and now call Boise home. I have three children Joyce, Jason and Jacob they continue to keep me busy even as adults now. My family and I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, and just about all that Idaho has to offer. I look forward to another great year at IESDB and working with these amazing kids.

Deanna Stubbs

IESDB Para-Educator

Hello families my name is Deanna Stubbs. I am starting my 6th year in the IESDB preschool program as a signing paraprofessional. I love working with “my” deaf kids I never gave birth to. I have 6 hearing children who I love. After raising my children, I started working as a substitute for the West Ada ERR, DHH and ASL classrooms for 5 years. Then opportunity presented itself for me to work in the Preschool classroom. The best job ever to work with the kids. I always had a part of IESDB in my heart since I was a preschool student there. IESDB is a great team to work with. I just graduated with my BA degree in General studies with emphasis in Behavior. I am also studying to become a certified deaf interpreter (CDI). I currently interpret as a DI in the community in various settings. When I acquire full accreditation, my goal is to specialize in interpreting for young deaf kids. One of my other side jobs I love is private tutoring ASL to families. Can you tell… I love all “my” deaf kids and their families! I look forward to another great year teaching “my” kids.

Emma Kinzel

IESDB Para-Educator

My name is Emma Kinzel I attended and graduated from North Carolina School for the Deaf. I moved to Idaho after graduating and worked for Micron for 15 years before staying home with my two amazing children. I started working at IESDB as substitute then was hired as a paraprofessional. I have worked there for over 15 years. Also, I used to have a second job working at Gap and Graples home decoration. I do some mentoring after work teaching deaf kids sign language and communication skills. I have really enjoy working with deaf kids in the classroom. I love to see the light in their eyes when they have light bulb moments.

Julie Tobin

M.S., CCC-SLP IESDB LSL Preschool teacher

Hello! I am Julie Tobin and I love being a part of the IESDB preschool program! I am originally from Wisconsin (Go Packers!), completed my undergraduate degree at University of Minnesota, and received my graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology from Idaho State University in Meridian. I have since moved around the country with my husband and we relocated back to the Treasure Valley summer 2019 with our two young boys. I am the preschool teacher in the Listening and Spoken Language classroom, and I am so excited to be part of this team for the upcoming school year!

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Renae Birkby

IESDB Para-Educator/Educational Sign Language interpreter

Hello! My name is Renae Birkby. I am a Paraprofessional/Educational Sign Language interpreter working in the IESDB preschool at Ponderosa Elementary School in Meridian, ID. I have a four-year bachelor’s degree in Educational Sign Language interpreting, and an Associates of Science degree in Sign Language Studies, and I am a qualified educational sign language interpreter K-12. I am lucky to be able to work with every one of the kids, and I am always eager to watch them learn and grow! I look forward to meeting your kids and getting to know them.

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Bekki Boslau

IESDB Para-Educator

Hi! My name is Bekki Boslau. I have 10+ years of being a para educator for 3 different school districts including IESDB. I started in the classroom a few years after I graduated High School. I worked for West Ada a few years before working at Phoenix Day school for the Deaf in Arizona. I moved back home and was a Stay at Home Mom for 9 years raising three beautiful children before starting as a sub. I now work for IESDB and would not have it any other way. The students are amazing and the staff is incredible. I enjoy working with every single child I have the opportunity to interact with. I love the progress that the students make and help open a new world of language.

Shelia Robertson

MEd., NIC-Adv – TC Preschool Teacher

Greetings Families! My name is Shelia Robertson and I am beyond thrilled to partner with you and your child. I feel honored to be your teacher in the “Total Communication” program here at IESDB. I’ve been fortunate to live and work within Deaf Education and the Deaf Community for more than 20 years. It’s been quite a journey! It started for me as a teacher on the IESDB campus for four years. Then I became a Consulting Teacher in the West Ada School District. After one year, I was charged with spearheading the development of quality educational program options for our D/HH students. Bringing together our families, the community, and professionals, we removed language barriers. This allowed us to capitalize on the student’s strengths using that as a launch pad into a more accessible and successful school experience. While working at West Ada, I also worked as a freelance ASL/English interpreter. My path split and I took a hiatus from education for four years to focus full time on interpreting. Fast forward to now, I happily find myself “home” in the classroom. I’ve been married for 21 years and have an amazing, adventurous son. We love to travel and explore this big beautiful world we all share. I look forward to being part of our shared journey.”