Rebecca Ortuno, Para-pro
Bud Bitonti Para-pro
Adeline VanBrunt Para-Pro
H VanBrunt Para-pro
I have worked at PSIS for almost 13 years. I have my B.A. in Radio/Television Business from Eastern Washington University ....... when it was known as Eastern Washington State College. Hobbies include: showing the JV's the finer points of chasin' cows. Coaching Volleyball with my daughter. B-B-Qing. Paying guitar in an aging Rock Band. Traveling with my wife. I came to PSIS as a substitute Para and after I taught my first kid to read using SFA, I was kinda hooked on helping the students learn. My hope for PSIS is that PSIS becomes such a prestigious school that you have to take a number and hope you are selected.
Michelle Seyemor Language Teacher
Lead Salish Instructor
Tashina Gorr Language Intern
I have worked at PSIS for Twelve years
2007-2008: SPed para (through Tribal OJT)
2008-2010: Residential Assistant Sub
2010-2015: SFA (Success For All) para- Reading Group/Tutor
2015-2018: Salish Language Para
2019: Salish Language Intern
My educational background includes:
High School Diploma: Omak High School
WSU Upward Bound: Washington State University (2 summers)
Early Childhood Education Program: Spokane Falls Community College & Ashford University (online)
Praxis test: WA ESD (AA equivalency test)
Internship: Salish Language Program (currently in pursuit of certification)
When I’m not at work, I especially love traveling. Whether if it’s for a Pow-Wow, Stickgame, or just a weekend of shopping and visiting family. Some of my favorite places to go are Vancouver, WA and Spokane, WA. I also like to play board games with my family, I am a Monopoly champion. And I love playing card games.
I was a student at PSIS in the 90’s and appreciated the family-like atmosphere. I felt like all of the staff cared about my successes, not just my classroom teacher. I remember learning the Salish language and doing cultural activities. As an adult, I like to be a part of passing that cultural education to our students. I enjoy using the Salish language as much as I can, while also encouraging students to find an interest in the language and their culture.
My hopes for PSIS is similar to that of one of my previous teachers/mentors, Debbie Simpson. It is a goal that someday PSIS will be an academy that students will work hard to attend school here. That our student count will be high and competitive, and we are educating students all the way up to 12th grade, and to see our own students graduating.
Cody Saint, Language intern
Ryan Bourgeau, Residential Staff
Michele Matt Nasis Coordinator/Home Liason
Della Peters ISS
I worked at PSIS in the mid 80’s, move to Oregon then came back & worked from 1999-2005, then came back again in 2017.
I have an AAS from Wenatchee Valley College and a BA from WSU in human development, focus was family studies and minored in psychology.
My family is as diverse as a family can be! My parents; Eddie and Katie Moomaw. Mothers maiden name was Michelsen. Her family was one of the first settlers on Pogue Mountain. My father’s family came from the Colville and Umatilla reservations. Half of his siblings were enrolled Colville the other half were enrolled Umatilla. As I understand it, there were many reasons for this split. There was always an underlying fear or question as to which Tribe would survive with the best interest of the members, so, my grandparents split the difference- so to speak.
I have 3 adult children, 8 grandchildren and quite a few grand nieces and nephews. (they call me grandma)
I love huckleberry picking! Being in the mountains, in the quiet with my basket and berries is the ultimate happiness for me. I also like fishing and camping.
I chose PSIS because I feel a closeness and belonging. I feel like I am able to understand the students and the students definitely know me. I want the kids to feel happiness in learning and a complete sense of self. I love the fact that our kids can be culturally who they are. I want the children to be proud and conscious of who they are and be cognizant of the options for their lives; that they don’t have to settle on any one preconceived notion of who or what they want to be in their lives.