Phone: (208) 350-4315 ext 1108


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Arts Elementary Education Masters Degree- English as a New Language

Mrs. McNamara

My Why

I believe all kids should feel loved, safe, cared for, and successful. Seeing their smiles and moments of clarity and victory when they understand a new concept, figure out a difficult problem, or reach a goal they've been working towards brings me such joy. During the school year these kids are not just my students, they are MY KIDS. I work hard to develop trusting relationships with each of my students and let them know how much I care about them. I strive to figure out what motivates them and encourage them to always do their best. When students feel cared about and have the motivation to be successful, it is amazing to see the growth they can make throughout the year! (The amount of hugs and "You're the best teacher ever!” notes I get make it even more worth it!)

My Background

I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University in 2006. Prior to coming to Summerwind, I taught at another Title I/EL magnet school for 10 years and graduated with my master’s degree in English as a New Language. This is my sixth year at Summerwind where I have taught both first and second grades. I absolutely LOVE being a part of the Summerwind STEM Academy community! 

My Interests

When I am not teaching, my husband and I are busy with our two kids- my daughter (6) and my son (4). My daughter is with me here at Summerwind in first grade this year, so that has been fun. Most of my time away from school is spent being a mom. We enjoy being outside at the park or taking family bike rides on the greenbelt. They surprise me every day with how much they learn and are of course always keeping us on our toes!