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Third Grade Team

Gary Johnson
Hello! I began teaching at Van Buren in 2021. I graduated in 2019 from Boise State University. I was born in California but have lived in Idaho since I was three years old. I currently live in Boise with my fiancée and our cat, Goob. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy cooking, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family.

Tricia Jacob
Mrs. Jacob has been teaching at Van Buren since 2016. She loves teaching math to her students since it was also her favorite subject in school. Mrs. Jacob enjoys spending the weekend with her husband and son taking walks outside. She also loves superhero movies, lemonade, breakfast food, and Target!
Tricia Jacob

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Becky Rigsby
Mrs. Rigsby has been teaching since 2010, and has been teaching 3rd grade at Van Buren since 2011.  She enjoys skiing in the winter, and hiking and traveling in the summer.  She is an avid reader, and lives in Nampa with her husband and two puppies

Rachel Mahnke
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Hi, I'm Mrs. Mahnke! I moved from Northern California to Idaho in 2021 to begin my first year teaching at Van Buren Elementary. Before moving to Idaho, I taught Kindergarten for a year. I did my student teaching in 3rd grade and I'm so happy to be back teaching my favorite grade! 3rd graders are the best! I got married to my high school sweetheart in October 2021 and we absolutely love living in Idaho. Most of my family moved to Idaho as well and I love spending time with them, especially with my sweet little niece and my 4 nephews. I also enjoy traveling, baking and watching movies.