Patty Staglund grew up in Iowa and received her BA in Marketing and Finance from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. After college, she was a marketing director in the insurance and computer software industries. Patty and her family moved to Sandpoint in 1994. She is involved in the Sandpoint community and the schools in the

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A fourth generation native, Tom Puckett was born in 1974 at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. Tom completed his secondary education through the traditional school system and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1993. The following year, Puckett joined the U.S. Navy for a 3-year term on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). After

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Matt Mire is a Sandpoint native, graduated from Sandpoint High in 2001, and married his high school sweetheart Jenny in 2004. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Business Administration and a major in General Management and Finance. Matt worked with Mountain West Bank for 10 years, and now serves

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Julie Reister-Keaton is a retired educator whose career spanned 39 years, 36 of which were dedicated to the students of Lake Pend Oreille School District. Julie earned a BA in Special Education at Central Washington University and an MA in Elementary Education at the University of Idaho. She taught grades kindergarten through high school and

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Brent Eacret is the owner of Alpine Shop in Sandpoint along with his wife Nicole. Prior to owning Alpine Shop, Brent spent 13 years in employee benefit sales with the most recent role as director of sales for a large regional insurance carrier. An avid skier and boater, Alpine Shop was a natural next career

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Author:  Kathleen Mulroy   Superintendent Shawn Woodward has been greatly impressed by the Lake Pend Oreille School District’s new instructional coaching program: “Instructional coaching is having a powerful impact on teaching and learning in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Our coaches are able to work one-on-one with teachers, as well as work with small

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Author:  Kathleen Mulroy   “The event I wrote about was ‘Halloween Night!’” five-year-old Jacob says proudly. This Hope Elementary School kindergarten student not only understands what an “event” is, he also knows how to sequence when writing a sentence. “First I went to a parade. Then I went trick or treating. Last I went to

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Author:  Kathleen Mulroy   Water quality is a subject that many north Idahoans feel passionate about. So when 250 Sandpoint Middle School seventh graders recently participated in the Outdoor and More science field trip to the University of Idaho’s Sandpoint center on Boyer Avenue, they were excited to don rubber waders and get involved in

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Author:  Kathleen Mulroy   “I learned so much about teaching my baby the skills she needs to do well in school, and I had so much fun!” exclaimed a Sandpoint mom after attending a READY! for Kindergarten workshop in September. The IdahoSTARS project recently affirmed READY! for Kindergarten’s important contribution to improving early childhood literacy.

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READY! program helps kindergartners start ahead, stay ahead What could be better than tots learning in the lap of those who love them most? That is the essential idea behind READY! for Kindergarten. After four years of creating success for pre-schoolers, READY! launches its fifth year of free classes for parents of young children this

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