Our Special Education Team
Kady Remer, teacher
Mrs. Remer was born and raised in Pocatello, ID. She enjoys teaching in the district that she was educated in. Mrs. Remer has a dual degree in special education and elementary education. Recently she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her passion is teaching in the resource room. She loves teaching in small groups and the individual connection that she has with each student and their families.
Adrianna Lunt, paraprofessional
The Extended Resource Room (ERR)
Avis Pickens, teacher
Mrs. Pickens has a Masters Degree of Education specializing in Literacy and Special Education. She has worked over 20 years as an educator and began her career teaching first and second grades in Blackfoot, ID. After moving to Utah, she continued teaching first grade while her husband completed additional coursework at BYU. For the past 18 years she has been teaching in Las Vegas, NV. While in Las Vegas, she taught fifth, sixth, and seventh grades before completing coursework for an additional endorsement in special education. Since then, she has been teaching in primary and intermediate self-contained special education programs. When asked why she made the change to special education Mrs. Pickens said; "I have a special needs child of my own so the change was quite natural. It is extremely rewarding working with exceptional youth and their families."
Heather Hebdon, paraprofessional
Mrs. Hebdon has worked in education for over two years. She began as a paraprofessional and then moved into personal care paraprofessional. She has teaching history of working with learners on all different levels. She absolutely loves working with learners of all ages. She loves seeing that moment when the learner brings all the social, emotional, physical, and educational learning together and they have that moment of feeling unstoppable. Even if it is only one step at a time and things have to move at a different pace, she absolutely loves it!
Maggie Parker, paraprofessional
Ms. Parker has worked in education for over fifteen years. She has worked in Idaho, California, and New Mexico in elementary, middle, and even high school. When asked why she has continued in this career she happily explained, "I love the children! I get to help them learn different tasks and celebrate success. Seeing the students gain confidence in various tasks, whether it be self care, academic, compassion, friendships, communication, or physical goals is such a priceless feeling." She admits to having challenging days but says that there isn't a day that her students make her smile. Ms. Parker is extremely happy and grateful to be at Gate City in the Extended Resource Room/Developmental Learning Program.
Brenda Peace, paraprofessional
Mrs. Peace has been working for School District 25 for 22 years. In her time with the district, she has found her niche working with children who have special needs. She has transferred between multiple schools and age groups over the years. Currently, she works with 3rd-5th graders in the extended resource room/developmental learning program.
In her role as a Personal Care Assistant, she excels at encouraging positive environments and building relationships of trust with her learners in order to foster their development and maximize their learning potential.
Mrs. Peace is passionate about her job and holds many tools in her educational belt to help facilitate a safe and positive learning environment so learners of all ages can reach their full growth potential. She says, "It's the smallest of accomplishments that may take all year, or longer, to achieve that are the most rewarding." When she isn't with learners, Mrs. Peace enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her grandkids in her spare time.
Angela Van Sickle, paraprofessional
Angie Van Sickle has been employed with the Pocatello school District since 2014. She has been a reading aide, substitute teacher, and is currently a paraprofessional in the Gate City ERR room. She enjoys the classroom setting and thrives on seeing the learners excel. She pays extra attention to detail, focuses on doing the right thing for the right reason, and is passionate about her work.
Our Interventionist team
Molly McCann, teacher
Julie Hunsaker, paraprofessional
Mrs. Hunsaker has worked with children for 17 years. She began as a preschool teacher in 1998 at The Early Learning Center on the ISU main campus. During her tenure at ELC, she had the opportunity to watch many children grow and learn. She remained their teacher from the time they were six-weeks old until they were four years old. As Mrs. Hunsaker's own children grew older, she decided she wanted to continue working with children who were a bit older than the children she worked with at ELC. She began working as a paraprofessional (specializing in math intervention) at Gate City Elementary at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. She loves working and helping children of all ages become more self- confident and become best selves. Mrs. Hunsaker looks forward to the new school year beginning again and to work with each new learner in her groups.
Audrie Gunn, paraprofessional
Mrs. Gunn has worked at Gate City since January of 2007, shortly after Her family moved to the area.
She has held a variety of positions including extended reading and kindergarten paraprofessional, and intervention paraprofessional. Through the years, she has worked with many kindergarten teachers and loves the little learners that come to school for the first time. Their excitement in discovering their letters, sounds, numbers and so much more is one of the parts of the job that Mrs. Gunn loves.
Another part of the job that she loves is the kindergarten Christmas program and graduation. Mrs. Gunn loves music and is thrilled to share her love with the learners. Last year was the first year she didn't get to help with kindergarten graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She always says, "I help with kindergarten graduation, but never graduated!"
Mrs. Gunn is happy. She likes to comfort and help the young learners feel at home and comfortable at Gate City. She wants them to have a positive beginning to their education experience!
Lindell Guerrero, paraprofessional
Lindell Guerrero has worked as a paraprofessional for 25 years in the Pocatello/Chubbuck school district. Lindell started out as a substitute secretary and para for teachers, and after a short 2 years, she was hired full-time. Her positions throughout the years include a librarian, a computer teacher, and a teacher’s aide. She has enjoyed each position and with it has brought many heartfelt memories. Currently, Lindell is a kindergarten para which she has done for the past 15 years. She loves how excited and eager these young students are to learn to read, write and do arithmetic. She also loves kindergarten because teachers and students get to play, paint and do crafts. It’s the best!