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First Grade Team

Lilly Arbon
Miss Arbon started teaching in 2018 at Van Buren. In 2018 she taught third grade and started teaching first grade in 2021. She grew up in Caldwell and has loved continuing to live and teach in the district where she went to school. Away from school, Miss Arbon enjoys spending time with her family, friends, traveling, and working on her online clothing boutique.
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Natalie Billquist
I have been teaching since 2006. I have always taught first grade at Van Buren have enjoyed each year. I love teaching kids to read and watching the light go on when something clicks. First grade is so fun because the kids learn and grow so much in one short year. I am getting married this spring and will get to be the mom to 2 incredible girls. I also have a dog who loves to cuddle and beg for treats. When I'm not teaching I love to read, be with my family, and travel. I also love camping, swimming, and pretty much anything in the water.

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Amy Gonzalez
I started teaching in 2002, took a couple of years off to have babies, and then started at Van Buren in 2006. My sweet husband and I married in 1998 and have 3 children who have grown into hardworking, fun adults. We also have 2 dogs who are our hearts' delight! I have a passion for reading, crafting, going for (easy) hikes, going to concerts, and being with my family. I enjoy traveling, but I relish being at home. Though I have only taught first grade, no two years have ever been the same. Each year has its own challenges and successes.


Tessi Lindley
Mrs. Lindley has been teaching at Van Buren since 2003. She has 5 amazing children and 15 wonderful grandchildren and loves to make quilts and sock monkeys for them. Mrs. Lindley also loves to spend time in her garden and taking care of her many chickens.
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Katelyn Farnworth
I started teaching in 2020 and started teaching 1st grade at Van Buren in 2021. My husband and I just recently moved to Idaho from Colorado and love it here! I like all things outdoors, coffee, and crafts. I love teaching because of the little people I get to work with everyday, watching them grow, and seeing the wonder of learning through their eyes!!