Principal's Message

Dear JBE Community,

Welcome to the John Brown Elementary community! It is my great honor to serve your family as JBE’s new principal!

My husband and I raised our three children in Rathdrum and are proud parents of JBE, Lakeland Junior and Senior High School alums. I have dedicated my career to serving the educational needs of our community’s children and families. I have served as an Idaho public school teacher since 1988, and have been continuously employed by the Lakeland Jt. School District since 1991. For sixteen years I wholeheartedly served JBE as a students with disabilities teacher, instructional coach, or education assistant to the principal. I have volunteered in my children’s classrooms and served alongside many parents on our Parents & Teachers United group. I am deeply committed and passionate about teaching and learning! Some of my life’s most joy filled moments are when I watch former students walk across the stage at graduation!

JBE teachers and supporting staff know and understand the power of instruction that is engaging, rigorous, meaningful, while maintaining high expectations, and creating a safe learning community where all students feel valued. To nurture a greater sense of belonging, all of our classes this year will be holding daily class meetings where students will get to know their teachers and classmates better. We will focus on building students’ empathy for each other and resiliency skills that will help them become successful students.

I invite you to come and be a regular visitor and volunteer. We value your participation at all JBE events. We have lots of ways for you to become involved; including monthly Parent & Teachers United meetings, our annual Dr. Seuss inspired carnival “A Seussational Celebration” on March 1st, and new this year, our Student Led Conferences on March 7th. We truly believe it takes a village to raise our children, please come be a part of our village!

Again, welcome to all new and returning JBE families; I look forward to meeting all of you and working together with you to provide your children a well-rounded education.


Ana Vazquez Schnepf