Mountain View Elementary School

Proud Home of the Eagles

Specials Teachers

Faye Botkin

PE Teacher


What made you decide to become a teacher?My elementary PE teacher was my role model and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up! She made learning so much fun. I like being physically active while playing a wide variety of sports and when I was younger, I would always pretend to play teacher with my cousins when they would come over to visit. Combining these things together made becoming a Physical Education teacher a great choice!

What brings you joy while teaching?

Seeing students work, play, and sweat while having fun being physically active. I enjoy seeing students try new skills and grow in their confidence as they master activities that were once challenging for them!

What is one fun fact about you?

I can do an awesome can opener off the diving board!

Where did you get your teaching degree?

James Madison University

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

That it is a school filled with caring people who want to work together to make the time spent here the best it can be.

Heather Cherry

Challenge/STEM Teacher



What made you decide to become a teacher?

Teaching runs in my family! I'm a third generation teacher and have always enjoyed working with kids.

What is one fun fact about you?

I love to travel! In college, I studied abroad in England. Some of my favorite places are Scotland, Cape Cod, and Maine!

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

The awesome kids and our amazing faculty and staff.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

Bridgewater undergrad and JMU for MAT

Jo Enke

Music Teacher


What made you decide to become a teacher?

I love teaching music to young people. Music is a part of the everyday world around us!

What brings you joy while teaching?

It brings me great joy to see a kid get excited about something we are doing in class. I have a super fun job.

What is one fun fact about you?

I play a lot of different instruments.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

Salisbury University

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

I love how the school is part of a larger community. It is a school where parents value Arts Education as part of a learning environment.

Jill Langridge

School Counselor (Part-Time)


What made you decide to become a teacher?

I love working with MVES students! They are fun to be around, kind to their peers, creative and give the best hugs!

What brings you joy while teaching?

As a counselor, I love providing a listening ear and a kind word of encouragement to our students.

What is one fun fact about you?

I have been to 3 countries in Africa, all over Europe, 4 countries in South America and all but 6 states in the US. I love to travel!!

Where did you get your teaching degree?

JMU. Go Dukes!

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

The Students!!!

Carolyne Payne

School Counselor


What made you decide to become a teacher?

I wanted to make a difference in students' lives. Now as I counselor, I still want to help students individually but also provide support and resources to families and teachers.

What brings you joy while teaching?

I love when kids are able to overcome obstacles and learn something new about themselves or others. I also love being able to see the growth a student will make from PreK/Kindergarten to 5th grade.

What is one fun fact about you?

I'm a huge sports fan especially for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

I received my teaching degree from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. I received my counseling degree from Liberty University.

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

I love working with ALL students at Mountain View. They are kind, eager to learn, and give the best hugs! I also love how we make learning fun with school spirit days.

Lisa Schiffres

Librarian


What brings you joy while teaching?

I love to see the excitement kids have for learning! As a specials teachers, it is fun to watch them grow over the years, as well.

What is one fun fact about you?

I have a dog that is a Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug mix) named Bug.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

ODU

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

The people! We have a supportive staff and amazing students!

Mary Shaffer

Art Teacher


Do you have any Nicknames that students call you?

Mrs. Art Teacher!

What made you decide to become a teacher?

I love Art, and wanted to share that love with my students!

What brings you joy while teaching?

Seeing kids become excited and engaged in the projects that we are doing in the Art room!

What is one fun fact about you?

I am a huge Star Wars fan!

Where did you get your teaching degree?

JMU

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

I love all the people at MVES- the students and the staff!