Mrs. Harrell

Rebecca Harrell


Rebecca George Harrell is a Texas native who received her bachelor degree in music education with choral emphasis at Brigham Young University in 1990 and her M.M at Boston University in 2010. She has performed as member and soloist with a variety of choirs such as the BYU Concert Choir, Women’s Choir and the Mormon Choir of Washington DC, taught private/group voice and conducted numerous choirs. She is the mother of six amazing children and the wife of the equally amazing Jack Harrell.

General Music Course Description: Students will sing, play instruments, listen to and evaluate music, learn basic music notation and understand music in relation to history and culture. One in-school performance required per trimester.

Choir Course Description:  Students will sing a varied repertoire of unison and two part songs, know and demonstrate the principles of singing and develop sightreading and eartraining skills.  At least one concert performance outside of class time is required per trimester. 


Mrs. Blackwood

Susanna Blackwood



5th Grade Band Course Description: This is our beginning band. Students will learn how to play an instrument of their choosing from the Woodwind family (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone) or Brass family (trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, tuba). Students will also learn the basics of music reading, music theory, and performance. Students are required to practice outside of class and will perform in an evening concert each trimester. Students should rent or buy an instrument from a local music store and keep their instrument in good repair. The school also has a limited supply of instruments that may be rented. Students should have their instrument by the second week of school. Required book (may be purchased at local music stores or online): Tradition of Excellence Book 1.

6th Grade Band Course Description: This class will build upon the basics learned in 5th grade band. While most students in this band have already played for a year, this class is open to all students, including those who have not played previously! Students will focus on learning skills that will improve instrumental performance and help them work together as an ensemble. This class includes the Percussion family of instruments. Percussion enrollment is limited, so students interested in percussion should talk with Mrs. Thackery about the audition process during their 5th grade year. Students are required to practice outside of class and will perform in an evening concert each trimester as well as in a band festival in April. Students should rent or buy an instrument from a local music store and keep their instrument in good repair. The school also has a limited supply of instruments that may be rented. Required books (may be purchased at local music stores or online):Tradition of Excellence, Book 2 and Foundations for Superior Performance. Students should bring their instrument on the first day of school.

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Mrs. Loveland

Ariel Loveland





Ariel Loveland is a passionate musician and educator. She has performed in many venues in countries including Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada as an orchestral violinist. She is also an experienced chamber musician and soloist. She began playing in the Idaho Falls Symphony at age sixteen and is currently the Second Violin Principal of the Idaho Falls Symphony. Ariel attended Brigham Young University-Idaho on a music scholarship. During her studies she was a student of Ted Ashton’s and had many other wonderful mentors. She was a Concerto Competition winner and a Concertmaster at BYU-Idaho. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and enjoyed teaching Orchestra and Choir in the Shelley School District for three years. Ariel has had the opportunity to share the stage with countless professional musicians as a violinist and conductor. In 2015 she became the first Assistant Conductor of the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony. In November of 2015 she released a professional album that has been downloaded worldwide. She is thrilled to become the Madison Middle School/Junior High Orchestra teacher and is grateful for the continual love and support of her husband and three children.


Mr. Goodwill





Young Engineering

Course Description:  In Young Engineers, students will learn basic computer science and programming concepts while they work on the Raspberry Pi Linux computers. They will be introduced to basic electronics on solder-less circuit boards, and be able to work with Lego Mindstorm robots near the end of the course. 5th Grade students will work with the program Scratch (version 1.4), while 6th Grade students will work with Python and Arduino programming languages.


Miss Bone





Mrs. Peterson

Emily Peterson



Art 1

Course Description:  Students will be engaged in a variety of different art mediums, cultures, and creative expressions. The art programs seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of community through collaborative projects and activities. Each student will learn the basic elements and principles of design through inquiry and discovery methods of learning. Students will develop a deeper sense of art appreciation by creating personal meaning and application.


Ms. Fausett

Kiara Fausett




Kiara Fausett is pleased and excited to be joining the Madison Middle School Team as an Encore teacher! Kiara is originally from Southern California. She is a student at BYU-Idaho, where she is studying Dance, Sports Medicine, and Health Psychology. Kiara is very passionate about mental and physical health. Ms. Fausett is looking forward to a great year of learning with the students at Madison Middle School.


Course Description:  As part of the Encore Health Course, she is excited to be teaching a variety of materials including stress management, basic anatomy and body awareness, nutrition, and making healthy choices.




Mr. Ferguson


Greg Ferguson




Course Description:  Students will deliver morning announcements to their peers through our very own morning broadcasting show. Students in the broadcasting class will perform research and write scripts, determining what news will be shared with their peers. Students will also become familiar with technology associated with broadcasting, including camera, microphones, lighting, and teleprompters, all while using a live editing program called Switcher Studio.




Mr. Valles

Hector Valles








Mr. Valles

I was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, where I was able to learn in a well-balanced bilingual and bi-cultural environment. At the end of this year (2018), I will be completing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in both Teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish from BYU-Idaho. My passion is to help others grow and develop their abilities so that they can improve the quality of their lives. I really believe that education can make the world a better place to live in. For over a year and a half, I had the great opportunity of being part of a team that created English as a Second Language curriculum for BYU-Idaho and BYU-Pathway Worldwide, and I loved it. I am very excited to work in Madison Middle School as a Spanish teacher!




Course Description:  Students will learn the basics of the Spanish language and Latin American culture.

Students will be able to:

  • identify general topics and some basic information
  • communicate in spontaneous spoken and written conversation
  • present information
  • interact at a survival level


in both very familiar end everyday contexts. They will also be able to identify products and practices to help them understand perspectives. 


Mrs. Miles

Debbie Miles



Physical Education

My name is Debbie Miles and I will be teaching Physical Education at Madison Middle School. I was born in San Jose, California and have had the privilege of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Brookfield, Connecticut; and Hollister, California.  I graduated from BYU - Provo with my Physical Education degree and Spanish teaching minor. My husband, Matt, and I met in college and we have four children.  We are a very active family in sports and in the community.  It is my pleasure to know many of the children in the district since I have taught P.E. for the past ten years at the following elementary schools:  Archer, Burton, Lincoln, and Kennedy.  Additionally, I taught part-time at BYU-Idaho for the past four years in the Education Department and coached soccer for fifteen years. Currently, I serve as the President of Rexburg Soccer and a member of the City's Recreation Advisory Board. My philosophy is simple, "Be a friend and get active!" I would like to lead students in activities that are fun, inclusive, highly active, and integrate academic and wellness concepts. Our school is a strong advocate of the Fuel up to Play 60 program that encourages and provides opportunities for our students to make better nutritional food choices and to be active for 60 minutes a day.   


Course Description:  This course is designed to provide students with a positive movement experience that will last a lifetime. Instructional emphasis will meet Idaho and National Physical Education Content Standards. Areas of focus will include fitness challenges from the five health-fitness related components: flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength & endurance and body composition. Additionally, this class is designed to help students apply motor skills, gain appreciation and understanding for personal wellness behaviors including social skills.