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New Staff Members

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Myckenzie Downs

Hello! My name is Myckenzie Downs and I will be joining the 1st grade team this year! This is my very first year teaching and I am so eager to begin the journey! I graduated in May from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. 

I am from Laramie, Wyoming and just moved to Evanston this month. Although it is a big change, it seems like such a wonderful community and I’m excited to be here! In my free time I love camping, snowmobiling, playing Yahtzee, watching the Minnesota Vikings with my family and spending time with my puppy Milo. 

I look forward to working with the UME team this year!

Katie Gomez

Hey everyone!

My name is Katie Gomez, and I will be on the 5th grade team this coming school year. I will be starting my fourth year of teaching. My first two years of teaching I taught 5th grade at Farr West Elementary in the North Ogden area. Last year, I taught 4th grade part-time at Aspen Elementary. I received my degree at Weber State University where I also met my husband.

My husband is Colby Gomez and he works at the hospital as a physical therapist. Colby is a local Evanston boy, and I am mostly from Utah. We have no children, but have a pug puppy named Dexter. We just moved into our first home at the end of March. Colby and I love to fly fish, camp, play softball, golf (mostly Colby), grill good food, play cornhole, and overall have a fantastic time. I have heard so many wonderful things about UME over the past year, and I am stoked to be a part of your team! GO EAGLES!

Vicky Kelm-Foy

Hello Everyone,

I am a Colorado native and moved to Wyoming in 2012. I am excited to work at UME and be part of such a positive place! I conducted my social work internship in 2017/2018 here, so some of you may recognize me.  I have family in the area, to include my son who just turned 18. He's a senior this year. My family loves to hunt, fish, and be outdoors. I also enjoy snowshoeing and hiking. I love art, to include watercolor and sketching.  We have two cats and about to get our first dog in a couple of weeks (a Shiba Inu).

I love social work and helping people. I am looking forward to serving our UME students and families.  I have a variety of experience in the mental health field, along with previous work history in law enforcement and the military. I am eager to learn from all of you and be part of a team! 

P.S. I am terrible with names!😛

Victoria Kelm-Foy, PCSW, EMDR Trained

Taylor Limoges

Hey! My name is Taylor Limoges and I will be the new Learning Lab teacher at UME! My family has always been heavily involved in music and athletics. I participated in volleyball, basketball, and track and I played the French Horn and trumpet in various music groups. I graduated from Lyman High School and played volleyball at Eastern Wyoming before transferring to Chadron State College to finish my teaching degree. I love camping, fishing, hiking, rafting, quilting, and watching football with my family. 

I’m very excited to start my career at UME and to get the chance to work with a fantastic support group and staff. 

Stephanie Peterson 

Hey there, everyone! 

I’m excited to be joining the Kindergarten team here at Uinta Meadows. Go Eagles!

I’m coming back to the public school setting after about eight years of teaching preschool in my home. It has been so fun getting to know many Evanston families through this outlet and I will miss that fun phase of life for sure! 

Prior to teaching preschool here in Wyoming, I have had over twelve years cumulative experience with preschool, kindergarten and first grade in both private and public settings in Utah and Arizona.

My husband and I grew up in St George, Utah, completed our bachelor degrees at SUU, married, and began our family there, too. Although we love the desert life, we’ve grown to  appreciate the benefits of small-town mountain life with awesome opportunities for our kids. We have four boys, ages nineteen, seventeen, ten and six. 

We are all very excited about my new opportunity to serve the youngest children here at UME and look forward to the BEST YEAR EVER learning and growing together. 

Michelle Rex

Hello! I am Michelle Rex and I have lived in Evanston for many years while being raised and raising my family. My three daughters are all grown up now and on their own adventures in life, so I thought I would try my hand at teaching. This will be my 14th year working for Uinta County School District #1 and my first year as a certified teacher. I am the new K/1 resource teacher. I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to work with students, parents, and my fellow co-workers in this capacity. I am very excited that I am able to remain at Uinta Meadows since I have been working here since 2009 and was previously a student here myself. It’s gonna be an amazing year! Go Eagles!!

Robin Walton

Hello!  I am Robin Walton and I will be joining the 3rd grade team at UME this year!  I am the wife to my best friend, Dave, and mother to three great young people, Garrett, Hannah, and Colter.  I am entering my 30th year in education. Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun! I have taught second grade through eighth grade in Wyoming and Nevada, been an instructional coach here in Evanston, and most recently taught third grade at Aspen Elementary.  

My family and I love to hunt, camp, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.  We also have a dog, cat, and 4 chickens. You can often find me at a yoga class, hanging with my family, or  walking my dog, Oliver, at the river. I am a person who welcomes challenges and am looking forward to a new chapter teaching at UME!


Support Staff

Laura Cook

Hi! My name is Laura Cook.  I am re-joining the UME team as a paraprofessional in Amy Dean’s Fourth Grade Class.  I will also be helping in the Second Grade.  

I have lived in Evanston for about 5 ½ years and lived most of my life in Oregon.  So yes, green is my favorite color and I miss it! I have a Bachelor’s in Criminology and have spent a lot of time as a volunteer victim’s advocate.  We are down to six children at home now and they know how to keep us busy.

I love to cook, watch football, read, hike, and garden.  

I look forward to the many adventures in this new school year!

Kassie Crapo

Hello! My name is Kassie Crapo. I will be joining UME as a paraprofessional in the third grade. I am 33 years old. I was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho. My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We have 3 children who will be in kindergarten, fourth and fifth grade at UME this coming year. I have a love for art, photography, sports, traveling and spending time with family. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Art and Photography from BYU-Idaho. After my husband and I both graduated, we moved to Philadelphia for a few years where my husband attended grad school to become a Physician Assistant. We eventually made it back west and he now works for Arrowhead Family Medicine. We have been here since January and we are still adjusting to our new life here. I am excited to get started at UME!

Mike Crichton

Hi, my name is Mike Crichton. I’m an aide at UME.

Prior to moving to Wyoming, I was a cop in southern California for thirty years. 

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education so after retiring from law enforcement, I taught elementary and middle school in California. It was the kiddos who started to call me ‘Mr. C’ rather than trying to pronounce my last name.


Since 2014 I have been a paraprofessional and substitute teacher at UME. Last year I took a year off. I am very glad to be back! This year I will be assisting Mrs. Seale with math and the WIN groups.

Michaela Dawson

Hello! My name is Michaela Dawson and I am joining the UME team as a paraprofessional in Lonna Holt’s Fifth Grade Class as well as working with Kindergarteners and First Graders on establishing art skills.

I’m originally from Evanston and graduated from EHS in 2014. I am excited to be back home and closer to my family after having been away for a few years. I graduated from the University of Wyoming this past May with a Bachelor’s in Geography and Natural Resource Management. While going to University I worked in an after-school program with Big Brothers Big Sisters and realized just how rewarding and fun working with kids can be.

Along with teaching children; I enjoy spending time with family, reading, backpacking, hiking, and traveling. This new opportunity is exciting and I look forward to the start of a new school year!

Jenna Gauger

Hi! My name is Jenna Gauger and I am so excited to be working as a paraprofessional in Mrs. Gomez's 5th grade classroom. My family moved to Evanston last year and have enjoyed getting to know everyone in our community. My husband, Chris, is the district mental health coordinator for Uinta County School District #6 and we have twin boys that will be starting 6th grade at Davis Middle School, a daughter in 4th grade and another son in 2nd grade, both at UME. I spent time last year as a substitute for the district and am happy to be working in an Elementary school where there is such a fun and positive energy. We love to spend time as a family in the great outdoors, almost as much as we love to watch and play sports. I am looking forward to a fantastic year as a UME Eagle! 

Kenna Jones

I am super excited about starting this new adventure at UME! I have lived here in Evanston pretty much my whole life. My husband (Kipp) and I have been married for 3 ½ years. We have 4 girls Ashlyn Pacheco (12), Tenlei Pacheco (9), Kerrington Pacheco (6), and Brexlee Jones (3). 

I graduated cosmetology school almost 2 years ago and work at L.A. Hairport doing hair and nails after ”work”. I enjoy being outside, so I love the summertime! I love watching football, and running. 

My husband Kipp works at Union Tank. He is the lead man for the maintenance department. He loves golf and spends all his free time at the golf course. 

Katie Morrison

Hey everyone! My name is Katie Morrison, and I am the new media aide at UME. My husband’s name is Brad and we have 4 kids: Brady (10), Asher (7), Mila (5), and Brooks (3). We also have a Golden Doodle named Ollie! I was born and raised in Macclenny, Florida. Before moving to Evanston 4 years ago, our family lived in Charlotte, NC, where I worked as a Nanny while pursuing my Degree in Business Administration. After moving to Evanston, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Preschool Teacher at TLC Preschool and a Para at DMS. Aside from hanging out with my family, I love watching football (Go Gators!), playing tennis, and exercising. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work where my children attend school! As a parent, I have always loved UME, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the UME family! 

Hannah Sowers

Hello! My name is Hannah Sowers and I am so excited to be joining UME this year. I will be helping Jamie Liechty out in first grade, and Robin Walton in third grade. I’ve lived in Evanston all my life. I recently graduated from Evanston High School where I played volleyball and basketball. I love to spend time with my family and friends. We like to go camping, hiking, and boating. I love being outside and I take my two dogs everywhere I go. Their names are Luna and River. I enjoy cooking and doing crafts. My favorite season is fall. I will be getting married this October! I am looking forward to a great year here at UME.

Amber Young

Hi! My name is Amber Young. My husband Ryan and I have pretty much lived in Evanston our whole lives. We have four children ages 6 to 17. I enjoy crafting and hanging out with my family. I have had the pleasure of staying home with my children for the last 15 years. Now am excited to start a new adventure as a Para in Mrs Linfords class.