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Tara Lyons goes over all of the supplies she has gathered for her classroom in July 2016 at Sawtooth Elementary School in Twin Falls. Lyons said she discovered her passion for teaching while coaching athletic teams in high school.

Here’s the latest list of school employees leaving and getting hired at Twin Falls School District  campuses, as listed in a the Jan. 24 school board packet:

Retirements (for next school year, 2018-19)

  • Allyn Reynolds, health teacher at Twin Falls High School
  • Pamela Day, first-grade teacher at Sawtooth Elementary School
  • Mandie Snow, second-grade teacher at I.B. Perrine Elementary School

Extracurricular resignations (for next school year, 2018-19)

  • Kristi Ursenbach, assistant swimming coach at Canyon Ridge High School
  • Tara Lyons, volleyball coach at Robert Stuart Middle School
  • Allyn Reynolds, head varsity football coach and high school athletic trainer at Twin Falls High School


  • Silvia Renova-Gaxiola, counselor at Vera. C. O'Leary Middle School (requesting to be released from contract)
  • Ana Paula Cunningham, paraeducator at South Hills Middle School
  • Debbie Asher, playground aide at Morningside Elementary School
  • Genja Leitch, food service — cook at Canyon Ridge High School
  • Cassandra Buffalo, food service — cook at South Hills Middle School

New hires

  • Amanda Crist, paraeducator at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Dylan Huffaker, paraeducator at Oregon Trail Elementary School
  • Dickiesue Cates, paraeducator (literacy) at Rock Creek Elementary School

Extracurricular hires

  • Desiree Montoya, middle school department coordinator at South Hills Middle School
  • Caleb Worley, middle school boys basketball coach at South Hills Middle School
  • Tara Lyons, JV assistant volleyball coach at Canyon Ridge High School


  • Dawn Hentrup, food service — manager at Sawtooth Elementary School
  • Sandy Seymour, food service — cook at Twin Falls High School

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