Specials/Electives Faculty

Mrs. Allen



My daughter transferred to Compass as a student last year, and when I learned that the school was in need of a Drama teacher, I jumped at the chance!
I have a Master of Arts degree in Theatre & Film from Brigham Young University, and have been teaching Theater, Film, Humanities, and Education classes for almost thirteen years at Boise State and CWI.

I've been involved in performing arts since I was a child. Throughout my school years, I participated in music, theater, and dance classes and performing groups, and enjoyed being in the cast of musicals such as L'il Abner, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and Westside Story.

I've been living in Boise with my husband, two kids and two dogs for the past ten years--my husband grew up in McCall, Idaho, so we consider Boise our home. I've also lived in Utah, Indiana, Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida, Japan, South Carolina, and Colorado.

Besides theater, film, and music, I enjoy reading, yoga, tennis, traveling, interior decorating, Asian and Italian food, and spending time with my husband, kids, dogs, friends, and family. I greatly enjoy teaching and learning, and am so glad for the opportunity to be a part of the Compass staff!

Mrs. Blanco

Elementary P.E.

Hello, my name is Lorie Blanco. The 2016-2017 semester will be my 11th year as a PE teacher, but my 2nd year at Compass Public Charter School. I am so excited to be working with Mr. Pinkerman and your children at the Cherry Hill campus. Being fit and healthy is important and 

can be achieved through fun games and setting personal fitness goals. We will play exciting games from around the world, learn of their origin and history, and discover some things we never knew we could do! I believe it is important to promote learning and personal growth in a 

safe environment. Every student has potential and can realize it if they feel safe in the classroom. Love and Logic fits with my teaching style, which includes setting high standards, believing in my students, and holding them accountable as they show respect and kindness to 

others on their way to achieving their goals. This is going to be a great year.


I come to you from the great state of Arizona with its beautiful sunsets and buttes. My family and I loved living in the high country of Prescott and Chino Valley for 30 years. I have been married 

to my wonderful husband for 37 years. We have 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl, and have been blessed with 7 grandbabies. They have all settled in the Northwest, so we are moving closer to 

them and to other family members (my Mom and Dad live in Sandpoint, Idaho). We are looking forward to discovering the great state of Idaho. I love to hike, jog, and ride my bike, and hope to 

learn to kayak in all this great water!


After an enjoyable career of being a flight attendant for ten years flying around the United States and Europe, I chose to transition into the more fulfilling and rewarding career of a full-time 

mother once my husband and I started to have children. When my last child was in middle school, I went back to school to complete my B.A. in education at Prescott College.  A couple of years ago I 

became highly qualified in Physical Education, and was honored by my prior district to be nominated teacher of the year. 

Mrs. Choate



Hello! My name is Brenda Choate and I teach vocal and instrumental music classes for grades 1-12. I have been teaching since 1985 and have worked with students from Kindergarten through college and beyond. I hold a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree and Teaching Certification from schools in Kansas where I lived and taught for many years. I have been the Music Instructor at Compass since it began and I love going to work everyday! My husband and I have four boys and two "daughters-in-love" (I think that sound so much better than "daughters-in-law":) who keep me very busy with various activities year round. I am a "Granny" and love playing with my grand kids!  Oh, what fun!!! (I could probably find a picture or two if you would ask) :) As a family, we love to fish, camp, golf, and hang out around the pool. I am so excited for this school year - it will be one of the best ever!!!

Mr. Cosio

Secondary Spanish

¡Hola y bienvenidos! I’m Bryan Cosio and I am elated to start my teaching career at Compass Public Charter School! This year, I am teaching Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and 7th/8th grade Spanish culture. My hope is that through Spanish, students not only learn to communicate in a new language, but that they also embrace and learn from the vibrant and rich culture of Spanish speaking countries. In my classroom, we will learn through various activities such as group work and discussions, games, music, and even food.

This is my first year teaching in my own classroom. Before Compass, I student taught and substitute taught in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, focussing on English, Spanish, and English as a Second Language.

On a personal note, I grew up in Eden, Idaho where I lived on a farm with my parents, brother, and numerous pets. My parents are from Mexico, so Spanish is my first language. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, drawing, and--I hate to admit it--but binge-watching Netflix series.

I am so excited to teach and learn from such inquisitive and ambitious students! Feel free to stop by to say hello or contact me at any time with any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Herrell

s - 1st & 2nd Grade

Mrs. Novick


I am looking forward to a great second year teaching here at Compass. I will be teaching art using multiple mediums to both the secondary as well as 5th and 6th grade students. Prior to teaching here, I student taught at both Boise High and Hillside Junior High. I graduated Boise State University with a BFA in Illustration and recently completed their Graduate College to obtain my teaching certification.

I believe that the skills obtained in the arts are essential building blocks for success. By teaching students to apply their creativity, we strengthen their abilities! Art is everywhere – in every culture, building, and design.

I am passionate about teaching art and fostering the divergent thinking to witness the different outcomes that every student comes to with their final pieces. Along with art making, we will have regular class discussions, mini art critiques, and other related activities that delve into various styles of art and movements that changed the art world. I will focus on deep understandings of concepts related to artistic movements as well as what individual artists were trying to convey to the world. By obtaining a deep understanding, students achieve intent, creative thought, and build confidence in their abilities. The ability to take risks, make use of constructive criticism, be presented with a multitude of ways of accomplishing a goal, utilizing mistakes, and tapping into unknown talents and intelligences make up the meat of the arts.

On a more personal note, I have been married to the love of my life -- who was my high school sweetheart -- since 2003 and we have 3 wonderful kids together. Any free time I have I like to spend outdoors: playing basketball or tennis with my husband, at the playground with our kids, swimming, or simply unleashing my own creative genius!

Mr. Henderson

Broadcasting/Audio-Visual/IDLA Site Coordinator/Yearbook/10th Gr Computers

Born in Edmonds, Washington right outside of Seattle, which would explain his undying dedication to the Seattle Seahawks & Mariners. Phil grew up in Payette, Idaho about 50 miles northwest of Meridian. He knew at a very young age that he wanted to be in broadcasting, particularly radio, and he persistently pursued that interest until he landed his first radio job at KFXD in 1986 at just 17 years old. After that, he worked at KSRV in Ontario, Oregon, attended National Broadcasting School in Seattle, and started working in television in the Treasure Valley around 1991. Since that time, he has worked for various radio & television stations in the area, even hosting his own 3-hour talk show on KBOI. Phil has freelanced and continues to freelance for ESPN, CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, Root Sports, as well as several others either running camera or audio for college football & basketball, rodeos, and many other events. In 2006, he traveled to Baja, Mexico to cover the Baja 1000 for Micron Technology. During that same year, Phil acquired his Professional Technical Education certification to teach Broadcasting & Video Technology in Idaho. He met his beautiful wife, Cassie, in 1985 and they married in 1988. They live in Meridian with their two children, Phil Jr. and Piper.

Ms. Leavitt

Elementary Computers 

Welcome Compass parents and students! I cannot express the level of gratitude I feel for being a part of the wonderful world of Compass. I worked for three years at a public school in another state and, while I cherish that opportunity and the relationships I forged, my experience at this school greatly exceeds previous educational experiences. I feel blessed that my life path led here.

I find great joy in teaching, interacting with and serving others. My love of people and learning prompted me to choose a career in education. That same love of learning was the driving force behind my recent study of massage therapy. Other hobbies of mine include basketball, photography, 4-wheeling, gardening, piano, singing, eating and sleeping!

I’m excited for a great year at Compass. It only took one day of interacting with these students this year to be reminded of how impressive these kids are. I admire the attitude of respect, religious conviction, optimism and overall courtesy that the students at this school emit. I see this as a reflection of excellent parenting. Success begins in the home and it is apparent that we have many families who are united and parents who care. Together we can accomplish great things!

Mr. Lechner

Mrs. Long

Foods & Nutrition

Mrs. Nagy

Mrs. Nagy
Career Exploration
Secondary Counselor

Amanda Nagy spent her first 20 years in Texas raised by parents who were educators. She insisted that she would never go into education because she knew how hard and time consuming it was so she directed her continuing education towards psychology because of her intrigue in human behavior and the desire to help others. In 2001 the family moved to Idaho for a change and challenge where she continued and completed her college education. After spending a few years after college exploring what direction to go with her psychology background, Amanda couldn’t deny the teaching genes and in fact ended up in education (“Never say never!”).

Amanda Nagy started working at Compass Public Charter School in 2007 as an Educational Assistant for the Junior High and the Special Education program. In 2009, she created the curriculum for Career Exploration and began teaching Career Exploration classes for the 6th – 8th and 10th grade. She also developed and supervises the Apprenticeship Program and the Dual Credit Program for Compass Honors High School. In 2012, Amanda added the position of School Counselor for K-12. She also is an adjunct psychology instructor with the College of Western Idaho.  She received a B.A. in Psychology with an Interdisciplinary emphasis in Sociology and Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University.  Through NNU she presented her experimental research to the Western Psychological Association in Portland, OR and completed her internship at St. Alphonsus Psychiatric Center with an Art Therapist. Amanda received her M.Ed. in School Counseling at Liberty University. She is a licensed School Counselor in the state of Virginia as well as in Idaho.  She is an active member of the American School Counselor Association, the Idaho School Counselor Association, and the Idaho Career Development Association.

Amanda enjoys hanging out with her husband, parents, and Henry, her dachshund fur-kid. She loves to crochet, watch TV and movies, listen to 80’s and American Standards, and learn more about holistic health and nutrition.

Mr. Pinkerman

Elementary P.E.
Secondary P.E. Electives

Mrs. Tschikof

Elementary Science  

Hi all. My name is Ann Tschikof and I’ve been with Compass since Day One. I have adored spending my day with children, as they continue to energize and challenge me to be the best teacher I can be. The education I bring includes a BS in Elem Ed, with full credentials in Special Ed and Bilingual Ed and a Masters in Ed Psych (Special Education). Since 1981, I’ve gained experience by teaching 3-yr-olds through college, with an emphasis on MS and HS math, science and language arts. Along with teaching, I’ve spoken at several conferences and have run up to 2-day workshops training teachers in the world of Special Education. Nine of those years were spent at a school for high potential, dyslexic students and 11 were devoted to administration.

The focus of my life is my faith in Christ and my devotion to my family. My husband, Randy and I have been married since 2007 and divide our time among our collective five kids (my own two children, Kelly and Tyler, are now 20-something- college graduates), five grandkids, two dogs, our church family and friends. When we have time to ourselves, we enjoy plays at the Morrison Center, travel, dinners, walks, and playing and watching sports.

As a result of my interest in human health, I’m certified in CPR, First Aid and Advanced First Aid and my interest in healing through healthy eating leads me, among other paths, to involving students in our school garden to learn about the benefits of homegrown food.  The worlds of science (Biology and Chemistry), medicine and health fascinate me and draw me to learn all I can, but babies and puppies are still my favorites of all God’s creations.  

I’ve trained, worked with and supervised many teachers over the years and can say with assurance that my colleagues at Compass are among the most talented teachers of high moral character with whom I’ve ever had the privilege of teaching. I look forward to our coming year with energy and excitement. See you all in August.