Faculty Grades 7-8

Mr. Baker

Natural Sciences
tbaker@compasscharter.org

I am excited to be back at Compass Charter for another year. I have taught in the Meridian and Vallivue school districts in my twenty years of teaching. Over the years I have taught various subjects but I always seem to come back to my favorite subject – science. This year I will be teach 7th grade life science and 8th and 9th grade physical science.

In my first year at Compass I learned about what it is to be a Compass student. I was impressed by the work ethic, ingenuity and kindness shown by the average Compass student. I loved it and now look forward to what else I can learn from the students here.

On a personal level I graduated from the College of Idaho, where I met my wife, Stephanie. We met while playing soccer for the college. Now I am the head coach for the Coyotes men’s soccer team (which now has a Compass alumnus on it). My daughter, Taylor, will be a junior at C of I and swims on the swim team. Maybe next year my son, Cole, will go there as well! In my spare time I love to play sports, watch live sports, as well as coach and officiate sports.

Ms. Balliett

Social Studies

Hello and welcome to another school year! My name is Michelle Balliett and I have the pleasure of joining the teaching staff at Compass Charter School.
Compass is an excellent school and the scope of opportunities that Compass presents not only to its staff, but students, parallels my education philosophy. I teach 7th and 9th grade Social Studies and am very excited! I love encouraging, watching and helping students navigate through this new and sometimes challenging adventure.

I am a Boise State University graduate with degrees in both History and Social Science Secondary Education. Along with teaching, I love history, sports and my family.

I am enthusiastic for all the opportunities that this new school year brings! I look forward to working with each of you this year. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get a hold of me. I look forward to meeting you! Happy Learning!

Mr. Deidrick

Math

While traveling this summer, I was once again observing how the world works. Whether it is the rate at which a river flows, the path of an object that is thrown in the air, the music to which we choose to listen, or patterns we observe around us, most everything has mathematical components to it. This is why I love to teach Algebra and Geometry. While ensuring students attain traditional mathematical skills, I want students to gain a deep conceptual knowledge of mathematics and understand the relevance to their lives now and in the future. My ultimate goal is for students enjoy and be able to use mathematics to solve problems and to learn to think logically.

I have worked as a professional educator for over 15 years. This will be my first year at Compass Public Charter School. Teaching at the Junior High School, high school and the college level for many years, I have developed many different methods to differentiate my instruction and activities to present math in a straight forward manner so that students are challenged but are able to develop the skills and confidence to meet those challenges. I believe that a math classroom is an active working atmosphere where the students and teacher collaborate to become problem solvers. My classroom is a busy, hands-on environment where students learn to solve relevant situations and I am there to support and help them in the process.

Personally, I am married and have a son and daughter, 9 and 4 respectively. I love spending time with my family. After spending several years as a college basketball coach, I also enjoy being a casual sports fan. I also like to travel, hike, jog and bike.

Mrs. Fast






Ms. Keys

English - 7th Grade

Hi everyone, I’m Cathy Keys. This is my first year teaching at Compass Charter School. I teach seventh grade English Language Arts. I am very excited to be here! I also have experience teaching at Idaho City High School, where I taught seventh, eighth, and tenth grade English Language Arts for three years.

I am currently working on my Masters of Arts Degree at Boise State University in Teaching English Language Arts. I received my English Teaching Bachelors of Arts degree from Boise State University in 2011. Go Broncos!

I am also a Boise State Writing Project teacher consultant, and am very proud and thankful for my continued experience with the Boise State Writing Project.

As most would guess, I love to read and write! I also love to travel and spend time with my husband and two cats.  I am excited for all the adventures this new school year brings!

Mr. Sauer

Life Science 7 
bsauer@compasscharter.org

Hi!  My name is Brett Sauer.  Last year, teaching 6th grade at Compass Elementary, I saw firsthand the accelerated learning and high character development that is taking place at Compass.  I feel privileged to get to know and work with Compass students at the Junior High and High School this year.  I look forward to teaching life science and physical science and being a part of their achievements.  We will accomplish great things.

I earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and completed a 5th year education program at Southern Oregon University.  I recently completed a Master of Education in Special Education at Boise State.  I taught 6th grade science in the Nampa School District for 5 years.  Prior to teaching, I spent 12 years working in residential construction.  I spent about 3 years working in Redwood National Park monitoring spotted owls and working in Suisun Bay and San Pablo Bay on a telemetry project studying contaminant uptake in diving ducks.  One of my favorite jobs, while I was going to school, was working as a choker setter on a helicopter logging crew in Southern Oregon (where I grew up) and Northern California.

Some of my favorite activities in life are hunting, camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, gardening, building things, and participating in athletics.  It is hard for me to believe, but my precious daughter Maisen will be a sophomore in high school this year (parents, spend your time wisely investing in your kids, they will be grown up before you know it).   

Mr.Stadtlander

English Grades 8 & 9

jstadtlander@compasscharter.org

My name is Jon Stadtlander, and I have the honor and privilege to teach at this great educational school where students are encouraged to show kindness, to exhibit self discipline, and to push themselves to new heights. I know of no other school I would rather teach at than Compass! My daily desire as a teacher is to grow as a teacher. I am constantly looking for better ways to improve my craft. I am passionate about reaching all of my students and pushing them to achieve their goals. In short, I love to teach!

On a personal level, I am blessed to be married to Melissa. We are grateful for our three children who bless us daily! Melissa and I have the honor to lead worship at Ustick Baptist Church. We love to use our gifts from God to glorify Him. 

If I am not teaching or leading worship, I love to spend time with my family! What a joy it is to grow in my relationships with my wife and kids! I also enjoy spending time on the golf course! When I golf, I find the courses peaceful and beautiful. 

If at any time, you need to reach me, please feel free to email me.  I look forward to meeting you!

Mrs. VanPatten

Math - 7th Grade

gvanpatten@compasscharter.org

Hello Aviators! Welcome to seventh grade math. I would like to introduce myself…

I grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, and attended college at the University of Idaho (Go Vandals!) Graduating with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, my first teaching position was as the founding second grade teacher for what is now Riverstone International School in Boise. I then moved on to teach fourth grade, and later became a full-time mom to our four children, Mitchell, Mackenzie, Jasper, and Casey. During those years I owned a private tutoring business. When my youngest son entered the first grade I began substituting at Compass, and that position quickly turned into an RTI position. I then taught 8th grade math apps for a year. From there I moved on to two years of teaching sixth grade, and now I am settling into seventh grade math.

While not teaching, I enjoy reading and digital scrapbooking. My family spends many weekends camping, hunting, fishing, and riding ATV’s. Due to my children's activities, I spend much of my time at shooting matches, volleyball games, and hockey practice.

I look forward to getting to know each of you…Together, we will make it a fantastic year!