Mr. Bodensteiner-7th and 8th Grade Social Studies, We the People
My name is Todd Bodensteiner and this is my tenth year at Swope Middle School. I have taught the social sciences for thirteen years, three in Las Vegas before moving north to Reno. I studied at the University of Nevada and Sierra Nevada College and carry a Master's Degree in education and history. My true passion is U.S. and World History with an emphasis on the relationship between sociology and history. I am also a Thomas Jefferson scholar and aspire to publish a book on Jefferson. I currently coach basketball at Swope Middle School and have previously coached men's varsity basketball at Wooster and Damonte Ranch High Schools as an assistant. I played varsity basketball at Reno High School and played one season at the Junior College level. I am married to Amy Carling Bodensteiner who is a school psychologist here in Washoe County. We have two daughters who we love and cherish, and plan on raising our family in Reno and will be in the district for at least twenty years.
Ms. Hanzlik-Wilcox-6th Grade Math, Integrated I, and Math Support
Mrs. Hoy-7th and 8th Grade GT Challenges, and 8th Grade ELA
I started my professional life with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. After several years spent in the business world, I discovered my true passion and mission in life was to be the teacher I wanted my children to have and earned my teaching credentials through the Sierra Nevada College Teacher Certification Program in 2001. I earned my GT endorsement in 2009 and joined the Magnet program during its inaugural year (2011) after having taught English at Vaughn MS for ten years. As a third generation educator, I’m continually working toward my goal of being ‘the toughest middle school teacher ever’ by joining the Northern Nevada Writing Project, winning a few teaching awards, serving on various educational advisory councils and running a marathon all in the spirit of engaging students in the joys of the written and spoken word. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, taking photos of my animals, traveling to exotic places, and working out.
Ms. Ross-Algebra I and II, Integrated II; Math Counts Elective
Mr. Shader-6th Grade ELA, Science and Social Studies; Financial Literacy and Journalism Electives
This is my 14th year as a teacher in the district and second year as a GT teacher at Swope. I've had lots of jobs over the years like bartender, construction worker, pizza cook and several different 'careers' like musician, meteorologist, golf professional, and stockbroker but in a way, they've all led me to where I am today. I moved to the wonderfully unique environment known as Reno in 2000 to become a golf/ski instructor but after a home purchase and dip in the stock market, I decided to get a 'real' job, or at least one that was more stable. I attended the University of Phoenix where I was able to complete my Master's degree and obtain a teaching credential in 2003. I feel like I've really found my niche in the GT program and look forward to many years of challenging and enlightening young minds to develop life-long learners who are curious, engaged, and productive citizens of the world!
Ms. Wilbrecht-7th and 8th Grade Science
Hello! My name is Kristine Wilbrecht and I will be your students’ science teacher this year. This is my nineth year teaching, and this will be my third year at Swope. I have a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Ecology from Sierra Nevada College, where I also obtained my Masters in Teaching. I will begin work towards a doctorate this autumn. When not teaching, I like going on walks and hikes with my son and daughter, skiing, paddle boarding and riding my bike. I also like knitting, quilting, along with other fiber crafts. I am very excited for this school year.
Miss Yancey-6th GT Challenges, 7th Grade ELA, and Creative Writing
My name is Rachel Yancey, and I am excited to join the Swope team! I will be teaching 6th grade writing, 7th grade reading, and a few creative writing classes. I received my degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English and taken GT endorsement classes. I have been working in WCSD for the past two years. Last year, I was an itinerant GT teacher and before that, I was a substitute teacher. I've chosen to stay within the GT community because I enjoy working with those who think abstractly and have a wide range of interests. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with my family.