Michael Wilbur

Michael Wilbur

The Methow Valley Community School in Twisp will add kindergarten and expand its primary grades crew for the 2016-17 school year, Executive Director Crystal Bacon announced recently.

“The interest in enrolling kindergarteners and a large number of first- and second-graders was high enough for us to need to add a new teacher,” Bacon said.

Bacon said that Kari Bown, the part-time enrichment teacher who worked in conjunction with the full-time core content teacher Sabrina Freedman, announced in the spring that she would not be returning. That led to the search for a teacher for the multi-age primary crew, Bacon said. Michael Wilbur has been hired to fill that position, she said.

Wilbur brings “a perfect mix of experience and ability where young learners are concerned, and graduate studies in education,” Bacon said.

Wilbur taught at the Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop for two years before returning to school to earn his master’s degree at Western Governors University in Utah. Wilbur is also the Liberty Bell High School baseball coach, which, combined with his food experience from Glover Street Market, “round out what he can offer,” Bacon said.

“I am thrilled to be joining the staff of the Community School for the upcoming year,” Wilbur said. “It is such an important part of the educational landscape of our valley.”

Bacon said that registration is open for grades K-6, and scholarships are available. For more information call 997-4447 or visit www.mvcommunityschool.org.