about Mrs. Munns


I was born in Canada and raised in the small town of Bonner Ferry in Northern Idaho.    Bonners Ferry is a timber industry town, and my family worked for several generations as “loggers”.  I was the second of eight children who grew up playing and exploring in the outdoors as much as possible. Our family loved music, and I learned to play the piano, saxophone, and guitar.  I have a great appreciation and love for music and the arts.

I graduated from Ricks College in 1976 with my associates degree and was married the same year to Douglas Munns of Rexburg.  I spent the next 22 years as a full-time mom to my 5 children.  All of my children graduated from Madison High School (which is now Madison Jr. High School).

When my youngest child was in kindergarten, I returned to school to work on my lifetime goal of becoming a teacher. I graduated from Lewis Clark State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1998. I taught 7th grade social studies and language arts at Midway Middle School in Rigby for 7 years. During this time I continued my education and in 2005 graduated from Lesley University with a Master’s Degree in Literacy and Curriculum Design.  In 2006 I began teaching at Madison Middle School, and for the next 5 years  I taught 6th grade language arts, social studies, and math. My first college major was history, so I am currently in the 5th year of my dream job, teaching American history and humanities to 8th graders at Madison Jr. High.

I enjoy reading, music, traveling, and spending time outdoors with my husband, 5 children, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren.  I have visited Norway, Sweden, England, and Peru, as well as many of the historically significant sites within the United States. I love learning and especially enjoy sharing the things I have learned. I have been able to take groups of MJH students to Washington D.C. Travel experiences such as this really highlight our in class learning. Ask me about the travel experience available to visit our nation’s capitol this coming spring!

Teaching wouldn’t be much fun withouts students. The classroom is a social environment that changes everyday because kids bring so many personalities and experiences with them. It is never boring! I am excited to meet and interact with new kids every trimester. If there are any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me. My email is munnsd@msd321.com and my phone number is 208-359-3310 ext. 2107