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Muldown teacher moves into curriculum role for district

by WHITNEY ENGLAND
Whitefish Pilot | July 21, 2021 1:00 AM

Muldown Elementary teacher Lisa Bloom is set to serve as the interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Whitefish School District.

She is leaving her teaching position and also stepping down as president of the Whitefish Education Association teachers union, a role she’s held since January 2020.

The school board last week approved hiring Bloom after the previous curriculum director Ryder Delaloye recently resigned.

In speaking about the union, Bloom said she appreciated the connection and collaboration between the board and the union that had formed in recent years and hopes to see that continue for years to come.

“I believe together we have begun to build a strong foundation of working together in the district,” she said. “My hope is that it continues in the future.”

She gave the board advice to reach out to teachers often and visit the buildings as much as possible to continue forming relationships with teachers.

Megan Pepe, Whitefish Middle School social studies teacher who has been serving as the WEA vice president, will be the new WEA union president. Pepe expressed she was looking forward to serving in the new role and thanked Bloom for the work she has put in over the past few years.

“In general WEA just hopes to continue cultivating the positive relationships and collaboration and the trust that Lisa has worked so hard to try to establish,” Pepe told the board. “And also we really want to keep those lines of communication open with all of you as trustees. I hope I can be, not just a representative for our teacher members, but also a resource for you all.”

The trustees thanked Bloom for serving and for giving detailed information at all board meetings.

“On behalf of all of us, Lisa, it's just been such a treat to get to hear on a regular basis what’s going on in the schools and highlights from every grade level,” Board Chair Katie Clarke said. “I just want to thank you for being that teacher-voice and connection for all of us.”