Director – Kim Piggins – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim and her two daughters, Kendall and Madison, relocated to the Wood River Valley and PCBW from San Diego, California on New Year’s Day 2010. Along with her deep Christian faith, Kim brings with her a strong background in Preschool leadership and teaching from the Baldwin Academy and Francis Parker School in San Diego, California. Over her 20+ years of experience, she has worked in virtually every capacity with every age group in the Preschool/Elementary School setting….Aide, Pre-K Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, Reading Resource Teacher, Tutor, and Director. She moved over to the Administration side of Education in 2005 and has thoroughly enjoyed combining her love of children, calling to teach, and business/organizational skills in the school office environment. Kim and her girls are loving the mountain lifestyle with the hiking, biking, skiing, and rafting and are filled with gratitude that they get to call Big Wood School their “home away from home”!
Sharks Pre-K Teacher – Susan Chizum – email@example.com
Susan started teaching Big Wood School’s two year old Silly Monkey class in 2007. In 2015 she switched to the Sharks Pre-K class and has revolutionized it! Susan has a passion for teaching and enjoys incorporating various disciplines, creating a diverse educational experience, and pursuing continuing education any chance she gets. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2005, with a BA in Sociology, she moved to the Valley and has never looked back. When Susan is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, Eric, and their son, Ethan. They love to spend time outside riding bikes, hiking and camping! After two years of receiving Bronze Teacher of the Year, Susan was awarded Best of the Valley – Gold – for Teacher of the Year in 2020.
Bears Pre-K Teacher – Beth Inouye – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Beth received her BA in English from the University of Washington and did her post-baccalaureate work in Elementary Education. Beth taught Kindergarten, First and Second grades in Princeton, New Jersey; Richland, Washington; and Morgan Hill, California. She retired from public school teaching and moved to Sun Valley in 2015. She started working at Big Wood School in the fall of 2017. Beth has been married to her husband, Mark, for 37 years and they have 3 adult children whom they adore! Her favorite season is winter, because she loves snow and alpine skiing. She is currently obsessed with skate skiing, which she is determined to master! In summer and fall she loves to hike and ride her bike. She also enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and playing games (especially with her kids, these days on Zoom). But her favorite thing of all is just to be outside, in any season and any weather!
Koala PreK Teacher – Jen Silva – email@example.com
Jen received her BA in Sociology from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. She later obtained her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount in California. She taught kindergarten for 10 years in California then relocated to the Wood River Valley in 2011. Jen substituted around the valley for a few years and began working at Big Wood in 2015 as an assistant to the Pre-K classes. She is married and has two children, Bridgette and Peter. When she is not at Big Wood she enjoys Nordic skiing, ice skating and gardening!
Badgers PreK Teacher – Morgan Shay – firstname.lastname@example.org
Having discovered her passion for education, Morgan moved from San Francisco to Star, Idaho to teach. After 3 years of teaching Kindergarten in Ada County, she decided to move to Ketchum and is thrilled to be teaching at Big Wood School! When she is not working she enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, and spending time with friends and family in Stanley. Morgan is rarely seen without her dog Tatonka by her side.
Kind Cats Three Year Old Class Teacher – Nicole Williams – email@example.com
Nicole joined the Big Wood team in 2015 and led the two year old Silly Monkeys class before moving up to the three year old Kind Cats. She has a passion for early childhood education and this age group in particular. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Early Childhood Education from Cal State Northridge. When Nicole is not at BWS, she is out having fun with her husband, Jim, and their three lovely ladies, with ages ranging from college to Elementary school. She enjoys exploring new places and raising her children, chickens, cats, dogs, and rabbit. Nicole feels incredibly blessed to work at BWS and loves when people stop to say hello, either in the classroom or around town.
Ladybugs Three Year Old Class Teacher – Linley Fraser – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Linley moved to the valley in 2001 after the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College. She grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and took many ski trips with her family. This ultimately drew her to the Sun Valley area. Linley came to Big Wood School in 2006 and immediately knew she had found her calling. She continued her education by working towards a Masters in Elementary Education. She currently teaches the Ladybug Class and loves everyday she gets to spend with all their wonderful personalities. Linley and her husband, Cam, have two awesome kids, Hayes (11) and Jennings (9). They like to spend their time doing anything outside! They love to ski during the winter and camp during the summer. In her 16 years of teaching, she has clearly found her passion. Every day she spends teaching is filled with love, exploration, and magic!
Little Llamas Two Year Old Class Teacher – Nora Roebuck – email@example.com
Originally from Lima, Peru, Miss Nora moved to the Wood River Valley 20 years ago. She loves working with children! Nora has worked with students of all ages, from middle school to high school to Kindergarten and nursery. Currently, she teaches the Little Llamas, one of our two year old classes. As a child, she saw her mom’s dedication as a teacher and principal and always dreamed of becoming a teacher herself, which ignited her passion for working with children. Although she changed careers throughout the years, she is glad she decided to return to teaching. Being bilingual has also been a benefit for her in the classroom because she thoroughly enjoys singing the Spanish songs she sang as a child with her Little Llamas…and they love it!
Narwhals Two Year Old Class Teacher – Fernanda McLaughlin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fernanda is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. It was there that she received her teaching credential in Physical Education. After finishing her education, she got married and moved to Switzerland for almost 9 years. In Switzerland, she worked as a kindergarten aid, and later as a Physical Education teacher to kids aged 3 to 12 years old in an International School. During her time in Switzerland, she had two children. Her husband, R.J., grew up in Ketchum. So, they were excited when they had the opportunity to move to the Wood River Valley in 2019. She loves outdoor activities such as surfing in the summer and skiing in the winter. Her daughter, Agnes, and son, Mateo, are both attending Big Wood School. They feel very blessed to be part of this wonderful community. She loves kids and really enjoys teaching them! They sure have lots of fun together.
Chipmunks 18 Month to Two Year Old Class Teacher – Candace Stonebraker – email@example.com
Miss Candace has been a teacher at Big Wood School since 2010. She is currently the teacher for the 18 months – two year olds in the Chipmunks class. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement Area. Candace and her husband moved to Idaho from Tennessee in 2008. Prior to that, she retired from teaching in Tennessee with 30 years of service, with 23 of those years teaching Kindergarten. She says being a teacher keeps her young and she loves to watch her little ones learn and grow! She also enjoys hiking, hanging out with her grandsons, and spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite things about our school is that she gets to introduce Bible Lessons to our little ones and relate them to their lives.