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Shannon Harris

Shannon grew up in Shoshone, Idaho, graduated from Shoshone, and after college, was hired by the Shoshone School District in the administrative office. She and her husband Mark raised two daughters that also graduated from Shoshone School. The whole family while attending school competed in sports, including rodeo, which took them on many special adventures, and now the adventures continue with following grandchildren that are competing in many sports and activities, all the while maintaining high honors academically.

Shannon and her husband live in Gooding, Idaho at the present time. Her husband has been a self-employed farrier, oldest daughter is the SLP for Gooding School District and youngest daughter is a High School English Teacher for Shoshone School District. She and her oldest daughter have a greenhouse where they raise heirloom vegetables organically. Gardening is a large part of her life, and chasing grandchildren from ages 5 to 15, along with a rigorous work schedule. It all keeps life full of healthy energy!

She is excited to be a part of The Syringa Mountain School!

Daniel Edwards

Daniel grew up in rural southern Idaho. He attended CSI and started his journey majoring in Computer Engineering. He has held a multitude of jobs across the spectrum from website programming, call center tech support, and even a Level 2 Quality Assurance Tester for a game company in southern California.

Daniel now fixes all things technical at Syringa Mountain School as well as holding the front desk down, and helping with typing, literacy, and math. If you or your child has had an issue with a device at Syringa, Daniel has probably fixed it. He is most likely fixing something right now. Don’t mistreat your Chromebooks!

Fun Facts about Mr. Daniel:
•He graduated valedictorian and scored a perfect 36 on his Science ACT.
•He is passionate about his grizzly beard!

Christi Thompson

Christi loves being a part of the Syringa Mountain School team. She has lived in the Wood River Valley for the past 17 years. She has 4 boys and was first introduced to the Waldorf method when she enrolled one of her sons in Syringa. Christi’s organizational approach and commitment to process help create space for the teachers and students to thrive.

She was raised in rural southeastern Idaho before marrying Bradley Thompson and becoming a full-time mother. After her children were all in school, she returned to the workforce.

She has her AAS Administrative Assistant/Office Manager Degree, BA in Applied Management, Special Education teaching certification, and Master’s in Educational leadership completed in May 2022 (putting herself through school while working full-time).

Christi has participated in over 40 hours of Waldorf training and is committed to Syringa continuing to build and exist as a Waldorf-inspired public school.

Fun fact: I LOVE sports anything from watching them to coaching them. I am currently one of the WRHS Track coaches where I specialize in coaching Pole Vault and hurdles.

Kristin Funk

This native Idahoan, Kristin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University and a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho. She taught for the Twin Falls School District for 12 years. Additionally, Kristin has developed curriculum and taught undergraduate math, reading and basic computer courses for the College of Southern Idaho. She volunteered for the American Red Cross teaching lifeguarding, water safety instruction, and CPR/First Aid courses. Now, inspired by the teachers at The Mountain School and Syringa Mountain School, Kristin eagerly adds the Waldorf philosophy to her ongoing educational instructional development. She is pictured here with the after school knitting club. Kristin is such an asset to SMS in every area she is supporting behind the scenes for us.