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Mr. Yadon

Charter Administrator

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Mr. Yadon has been a classroom teacher and school administrator for thirty years. His experience in private, West Ada School District and charter schools offers a rich perspective for leadership and learning. He is passionate about engaged student learning and empowering individuals to be their best. Purpose, Passion and Partnerships are the fuels that feed the engines of MTCHS!!

Please contact Mr. Yadon with any questions here.

Ms. Richtsmeier

Coordinator/Career Technical School Administrator

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Hours: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ms. Richtsmeier attended University of North Dakota where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in math and minors in business education and statistics. She completed her M.ED. in Professional Technical and Technology Education from the University of Idaho and Professional Technical Administrative Certificate in December 2008 and her K-12 Administrative Credential in September 2014. Prior to joining the administrative team, Ms. Richtsmeier taught math, computer science and networking. Her hobbies include reading, yoga, traveling, and playing the piano.

Please contact Ms. Richtsmeier with any questions here.

Front Office Staff

Mrs. Claflin


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Mrs. Claflin is an Idaho native and mother of two MTCHS graduates. She is an ardent fan of MTCHS for many reasons, the foremost being the wonderful high school experience and the quality of education her kids received. She loves her job: supporting the staff, meeting the parents, and chatting with any student who wanders into the office. Mrs. Claflin received a Technical Degree in Advanced Illustration and Design from Phoenix Institute of Technology. She enjoys time spent with her family and friends, gardening, cycling, camping, hiking, listening to 80’s tunes, picking huckleberries, and cheering on the Boise State Broncos!

Please contact Mrs. Claflin with any questions here.

Mrs. Green


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Hi, I‘m Mary Helen Green, the counselor. I received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting from Bellarmine College. I obtained my Master of Arts degree in community counseling in 1995 at Eastern Kentucky University. I received my school counselor certification for the State of Idaho via Northwest Nazerene University in 1996. I have worked as a school counselor since the fall of 1995. I started working at MTCHS in the fall of 1999 when we first opened. I am married and my husband is Bart Green. I like the outdoors and enjoy activities such as biking, hiking, reading, skiing, and visiting with friends. My hours at school are 7:15 am - 3:15 pm.

Please contact Mrs. Green with any questions here.

Counseling Resources

Mrs. Steinmetz


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Amanda received a B.S. in accounting online from the University of Phoenix. She knew she wanted to be an accountant at the age of 15 and still enjoys being an accountant to this day. She enjoys playing piano, playing cards, gardening, going to concerts with her daughter, and spending time with her family.

Please contact Mrs. Steinmetz with any questions here


Mrs. Biggs

Math Teacher

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Mrs. Biggs graduated from the University of Idaho in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-Mathematics. She teaches everything from Math 2 to Calculus 2 and loves to share her passion for mathematics with her students. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Biggs enjoys reading, gardening, yoga, mountain biking, camping, and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Please contact Mrs. Biggs with any questions here.

Mr. Bodell

Science Teacher

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Mr. Bodell has been an instructor with the Meridian Charter School since opening in 1999 and has been part of the West Ada School District for over 30 years as a teacher. He earned his BS in Science Education from the University of Idaho and his Masters in Educational Technology from Boise State University.

His hobbies include 80’s music, SciFi Movies and technology.

Mr. Bodell teaches: Earth Science, Physics, Online Biology, and Technology Tools.

Building hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 - 3:00

Please contact Mr. Bodell with any questions here.

Mr. Bushard

Electronics Teacher

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After more than 12 years working in industry repairing electronic devices, Mr. Bushard started teaching at MTCHS in 2018. He enjoys all sports, but baseball is one of his biggest passions. He is also a big fan of Boise State University football and basketball. He is married to his wife, Michelle, and has three children, Jonah, Aria and Evie.

Please contact Mr. Bushard with any questions here.

Mr. Coleman

Social Studies Teacher

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My name is Blayne Coleman, and this is my first year teaching US History and Government as a part of the MTCHS family!

I recently moved to the great state of Idaho from Houston, Texas with my wife, Erin. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here exploring the beauty of this part of the world. In our spare time we can typically be found delving into one of the many outdoor activities Idaho offers or enjoying some relaxing with our four dogs. I’m also a sports fan. In the fall most of my Saturdays involve cheering on my Red Raiders!

I am a 2010 graduate of Texas Tech University with a major in History and minors in Political Science and Secondary Education. I also recently finished my master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Lamar University.

I am excited about this new chapter and getting to work with some of the best students in the Gem State!

Building Hours: 7:00-3:00 Monday-Friday

Please contact Mr. Coleman with any questions here.

Ms. Deitchler

Work Based Learning Coordinator

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Ms. Deitchler has been a teacher and STOR (SkillsUSA) Advisor at MTCHS since 2003. She has earned a Master of Education in Occupational Training Management from Idaho State University and a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming. She supports & promotes career & technical education as a board member of the SkillsUSA Idaho State Board, Career & Technical Educators Of Idaho and the Idaho Career & Technical Education Foundation.

MTCHS Classes: Employment Preparation (Juniors), Senior Seminar & Senior Internship

Building Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Please contact Ms. Deitchler with any questions here.

Mr. Erickson

Computer Science Teacher

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Mr. Erickson started at MTCHS in 2008. He has a Bachelor‘s Degree in Computer Science Education and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science/Technology, both from Eastern Washington University.

Please contact Mr. Erickson with any questions here.

Mrs. Grainger

Math Teacher

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Mrs. Grainger obtained her BBA in Accounting from Boise State University and her MA from George Fox University with a focus on Business Technology, Economics and Math. She worked in finance and industry for over 20 years in various companies including: Hewlett-Packard, Cooper Norman, Simplot, and Cradlepoint. She developed a passion for teaching through volunteering and substituting in various schools. After completing her Masters in Teaching in 2012, she began her second career. Her favorite hobbies include: hiking, travel, gardening, walking, cooking, playing with her dog Lewis, and spending time with her family and friends. She is teaching Highschool Math 1, 2, 3. Her office hours are 7:15 to 3:00 Monday through Friday.
You can reach me by phone at (208) 288-2928 #101 or email.

Mrs. Grell

Special Teacher

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Erica Grell is happily married and has two kids (son is 5yrs old and daughter is 1.5 years old). She has a dog and a cat. She loves to garden, paint, and cook all kinds of food. She is a total DIY’er and very creative. She enjoys traveling, playing in her garden with her dog, and playing dinosaurs or drawing with kids when she has free time. This will be 8 years of teaching for her. She has taught 1st graders through 12th graders. She hopes to inspire the love of learning and to help students lead a happy healthy life. Her door is always open to chat.

Her Degrees are:
Masters of Science (Special Education Mild/Mod) - National University.
Bachelors of Arts (Video Technology) - California State University Northridge
AA (Liberal Arts) - Pierce Community College
CTE certificate in technology (many certs under it)

Please contact Mrs. Grell with any questions here.

Mrs. Heesch

Business Teacher

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Mrs. Heesch began teaching in 2008 after completing her teacher certification at Cal State Long Beach. Prior to that she worked in HR and corporate recruiting in the Los Angeles area. She has a BA in Business Administration and Graphic Design as well as an MA in Education from the University of Redlands. Mrs. Heesch loves to travel and experience different cultures, languages and food and she has been lucky enough to visit 36 countries over the past 18 years. She lived in Taiwan for four years teaching English and trying to learn as much Mandarin as she could. Mrs. Heesch enjoys camping, kayaking, and watching movies with her husband, six year old son Porter and yellow lab Growler.

Please contact Ms. Heesch with any questions here.

Mr. Pence

Spanish Teacher

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Welcome to the beginning of a wonderful school year at Meridian Technical Charter High School! I am Andrew Pence, Sr. Pence to my students, and I have the privilege of working with your son or daughter in Spanish 1/2, or Spanish 3/4, As a teacher, I share your concern for your children. Having learned Spanish myself, I remember what it was like to learn the language. Through my experiences abroad as well as in the University, I have discovered some materials and teaching techniques for language learning that I consider especially useful in the Spanish classroom that I hope to implement. In return, I hope you will share with me your thoughts and concerns regarding your daughter or son’s education.

You can reach me by phone at (208) 288-2928 ex. 211

Please contact Mr. Pence with any questions here.

Mr. Saccomando

IT Admin & Trainer

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James Giacomo Saccomando III graduated from MTCHS in 2016, and went on to major in Information Technology Management, graduating from Boise State University in Fall 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He enjoys the finer things in life, including fighting games, seeing live music, virtual reality, and Dungeons & Dragons.

Please contact Mr. Saccomando with any questions here.

Mrs. Shannon

Special Services

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Mrs. Shannon received a BA in Elementary Education from Boise State University and enjoyed teaching at the elementary level for several years before returning to Northwest Nazarene University to earn her Master’s in Exceptional and an Educational Specialist Degree. Mrs. Shannon has been on the staff at MTCHS since 2010. Mrs. Shannon enjoys swimming, creating art and spending as much time as possible with her young grandson.

Please contact Mrs. Shannon with any questions here.

Mr. Taylor

Media Arts Teacher

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Mr. Taylor graduated from ORU receiving a Bachelor of Science in Communications with an Emphasis in Multimedia Production, and from UofI with a Masters in CTE Education. He has worked in the industry for over a decade doing commercial, television, web design/development, motion design, advertising, and training. He does freelance work in multimedia as well as online course design. He and his wife recently purchased a small acreage and they use their free time doing hobby farming. Hobbies include building, app development, writing, game design, and 3d animation.

Please contact Mr. Taylor with any questions here.

Mr. von der Ehe

English Teacher

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Mr. von der Ehe is originally from Springfield, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in English and a Master’s in Teaching and Learning. He has taught at MTCHS since 2010 and is currently an adjunct instructor at the College of Western Idaho. His passions include everything to do with the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Mr. von der Ehe is married to Jenna, and they have four children- Lacyn, Finley, John and Luke.

Please contact Mr. von der Ehe with any questions here.

Ms. Wiese

English Teacher

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Ms. Wiese holds a BA in English from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. For nearly 20 years, she worked in locally owned small businesses, most recently as a hiring manager for a Boise-based SEO content marketing firm. A lover of all things that require critical, persuasive, and creative use of language, she is currently focused on earning her English as a New Language and Career Technical Education teaching endorsements. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys needle felting and mountain biking with her partner and their springer spaniel.

Please contact Ms. Wiese with any questions here.


Mr. French


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Mr. French has been working here at MTCHS, as the head custodian, since it’s opening back in 1999, and has been a huge help to the staff and students alike. He enjoys hiking in the mountains and hunting. He is also a huge fan of John Wayne and his movies.

Please contact Mr. French with any questions here.