Skyview English Department
Skyview High School's Mission
Learning through action. Honor through achievement. Strength though relationships.
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Skyview English Department
Staff & Contacts
Questions or concerns?
Please email the course instructor
or a department chair:
Ms. Bridgett Paddock & Mrs. Jill McKnight
Mr. Alex Bedford
My name is Alex Bedford and I am an English teacher here at Skyview High School. As a former graduate of Skyview, it was only fate that I would come back and teach at my old school. I graduated from Montana State-Bozeman in 2015 with a degree in English education. I love teaching here at Skyview, and love that I get to *hopefully* impart a lifelong enjoyment of reading and learning on these students.
Mrs. Kate Cordes
Kate Cordes is a National Board Certified English Teacher with over nineteen years of experience as an educator. She received her undergraduate degree in English, psychology, and medieval studies from St. Olaf College and spent a year at Oxford University studying Anglo-Saxon and 20th-century British literature. After working briefly in the corporate world, Kate returned to Montana to pursue an M.Ed. degree. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she works as an AP Reader and educational leader for College Board and the National Education Association. In her free time, Kate spends time with her pet cows, reads, writes, and travels.
Mrs. Stace Hersh
Mrs. Tatia Hill
Tatia Hollowell received her degree in English education from Rocky Mountain College. In addition to English, she also teaches theatre and coaches the freshman girl’s basketball team at Skyview.
Mr. Dan Johnson
A Billings native, Dan Johnson earned his M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University and his BA in Secondary Education--English from Rocky Montana College. He is currently completing his EdD at Montana State University. Additionally, Dan serves as an Elk River Writing Project teacher consultant. During his 9 years of teaching, he has taught as every classification of school in the state of Montana with his move to Skyview. Dan focuses much of his classroom practices on emphasizing student choice in writing and reading and focuses on building a strong foundation of skills in these areas. Beyond just this, he also has a strong passion for argumentative writing in his classroom, and Dan has been heavily involved in speech and debate at every school he has been at.
Mr. Scott Mackenzie
Mrs. Jill McKnight
B.A. English, University of Wyoming
B.A. Secondary Education, Crichton College
19th year as an English educator
NWP teacher-consultant, Elk River Writing Project
English Department Co-Chair
Mrs. Maggie Melvin
Maggie Melvin holds a BA in English with a teaching endorsement, as well as a BS in Elementary Education. She has taught in School District 2 since 2013 and has had the opportunity to teach at various grade levels, but most enjoys working with high school students. Building relationships with her students in order to share her love of literature so that they may likewise develop a love for education is her focus. A former graduate of Skyview, she is life-long Billings resident and strives to improve her community by working to educate its youth.
Mr. Erick Meyer
Erick Meyer received his degree from Montana State University - Billings. He has been teaching at Skyview High School for 8 years. He is a newly certified traffic education instructor as well. When not in the classroom, he is usually spending time with his bride, Katie, and their son, Reece. Erick's current focuses for his classroom are collaborative learning and application of logic in rhetoric. His drive is for students to find the human connection in writing with each other to navigate the world after school.
Ms. Bridgett Paddock
Bridgett Paddock is an English Language Arts teacher at Skyview High School. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master's in Education and is in her 11th year of teaching. A recipient of the Billings Public Schools Golden Apple Award, Bridgett is also a teacher-consultant for Elk River Writing Project and Co-Chair of the Skyview English Department. Her focus is on creating positive relationships with her students and colleagues in order to help them to be as successful as possible and to create successful, contributing citizens of our communities.
Ms. Kathy Pfaffinger
Kathy Pfaffinger graduated from University of Montana Western with a B.S. in Secondary English Education, earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Idaho, and is a National Board Certified teacher. She has taught for 31 years in all secondary levels of English Language Arts, including drama, speech and debate, and journalism. She sponsors Key Club and actively advocates for student involvement in community service. She participated in the development of the Montana Common Core Curriculum for English Language Arts and the HiSET exam. English and literature for communication and basic understanding of one another is Kathy's passion. Knowledge of foundational skills provides a way to improve our day-to-day lives and the lives of those we touch.
Mrs. Wendy Tyree
Wendy Tyree received her M.Ed from Montana State University-Billings and her BA in English (Teaching) from The University of Montana. She is an Elk River Writing Project teacher consultant and has been teaching ELA students since 2005. She focuses her classroom on helping students identify and develop authentic voice in their reading, writing, & speaking while implementing Montana Common Core Standards. Wendy encourages her students to write for real audiences and is eager to collaborate with community, university, and local writers to better serve her students. Wendy also works as a technology integration specialist at Skyview.