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Mrs. Tonya Vennell
I decided to become a teacher when I was in sixth grade. I had a student teacher that year who greatly influenced my career path, before that I was planning on becoming an archeologist! I grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Black Hills State University with degrees in elementary education and special education. I taught students in kindergarten through eigth grade in a resource room in Chicago for two years. After that my husband, Tim and I moved to Elizabethton, Tennessee where I worked with children birth to six years old with disabilities. I was the director of an early intervention program and taught preschool for 4 years.
Then I began a new kind of an adventure with my family. We studied French for a year in Quebec, Canada before relocating to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. We spent 12 years living in 3 different countries working with Mission Aviation Fellowship (which is based in Nampa). I have 4 daughters and 1 son. The oldest two are in high school, two are in middle school, and my son is in 4th grade.
I taught part time in the Resource Room at Eagle Hills Elementary last year. It was great to get back in the classroom. This year I have the privilege of working at Silver Sage Elementary part time. It is another new adventure! I am here everyday from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. Thanks for sharing your children with me.