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First Grade Team

Natalie Billquist
Miss Billquist has taught Van Buren first graders for 14 years. She likes to read and travel as well.

Haylee Skaggs
Mrs. Skaggs (formerly Miss Burnham) played basketball for the College of a Idaho for four years during her undergraduate coursework. She just recently graduated with her Masters of Arts in Teaching. This is her 4th year teaching and all of those years have been here at Van Buren. She enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her family. 

Amy Gonzalez
Mrs. Gonzalez is currently enjoying her 16th year in 1st grade.  She delights in learning from her 1st graders and creating resources and opportunities to enhance their learning.
When she is away from school, Mrs. Gonzalez loves to create memories with her family (which includes her dog), and let books take her on adventures.  


Tessi Lindley
Mrs. Lindley has been teaching at Van Buren since 2003. She has 13 wonderful grandchildren and loves to make quilts for them. Mrs. Lindley also loves to spend time in her gigantic garden and tends three different flocks of chickens. 

Baili Bender
Baili Bender (or Miss Bender) has been teaching at Van Buren for 3 years. She is currently teaching first grade and loves every part of it! In the summertime when she isn’t teaching, she’s enjoying time on farm/hay fields and also taking care of cattle. All of her prior students know how much she loves dogs, especially her dogs Koda and Dixie.