Meet your third grade teachers!

 Mrs. Spellman            


Hi, I am Emily Spellman! This is my ninth year teaching at Potlatch Elementary School and my seventh year teaching third grade. I graduated with my Masters in Education from the University of Idaho in 2007. I have an endorsement in reading as well as in teaching gifted and talented students. After I earned my degree I taught reading in Moscow for 5 years, then I began to teach here in Potlatch. I run my classroom with Love and Logic, learn more at I am committed to creating a love for life long learning that will follow students into adulthood. I combine my compassion and enthusiasm in the classroom. I am passionate about teaching children and developing relationships with them that will build a sense of confidence and enable them to grow as learners in a safe environment. I work hard to help every student meet their individual growth goals. I love to teach.

I am 35 years old. I have been married for 11 years to Jeff. Jeff works for the City of Moscow as an accountant. We have a wonderful daughter named Maya Lu and an energetic son named Reid.  We also have a 14 year old mutt dog named Xena and a puppy named Cubby.
I am an avid volunteer at our local animal shelter. I love to teach, hike, travel, run, walk the dogs and watch my kids grow (inside and outside of school).

Maya Lu


Xena and Cubby


Contact Mrs. Emily Spellman

       Work 208-875-1331

       Home 208-596-6224

 Mrs. Dawes

Hi! I’m Debbie Dawes. This is my tenth year teaching third grade at Potlatch Elementary. I taught Kindergarten for one year before graduating to the third grade. I graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in Elementary Education and Art Education. I love to teach all subject areas and especially love to teach math and art to my students.

I live in Princeton with my husband, Denny, and our dogs Mac and Keeni. My daughter, MacKenzie lives in Palouse, WA and my son Levi lives in Moscow. I have lived in Idaho since 1977. I have also lived in Alaska and I grew up Pennsylvania. My hobbies are quilting, camping, and watching baseball.

Contact Mrs. Dawes

Work 208-875-1331
Home 208-875-0872

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