Phone: (208)855-4485 ext.1116
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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 (DRC, Lesotho, and Kenya) working with Mission Aviation Fellowship (which is based in Nampa). I have 4 daughters and 1 son. They range in age from 20 to 12. We enjoy playing cards and other games, having friends over and watching movies together. We were recently given a chicken coop and hope to have 4-6 chickens next spring.
When I am not working, my favorite activities include reading and baking. If it is a really great day I get to do both! My favorite thing to say right now is, "Haba na haba, hujaza ke baba." It is a Swahili phrase that means, "Little by little the pot gets full." We don't always see great big changes but little by little we get there, one bit at a time.
This is my fourth year here at Silver Sage Elementary. I am here Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. Fridays I work 8 am until 12 pm.
Thanks for sharing your children with me!