M– married to my husband for 14 years, we have 4 great kids
R– reading, cooking, gardening, and laughing are among my favorite hobbies
S– saying that I live by “Work hard, be nice”
D-dislike complaining, arrogance, and the smell of cheap perfume
E– educator for 11 years, pre-k, and grades 3-8th
L– languages I know include Enlgish and Spanish
E-earning my Masters degree in Literacy from UNR
N– native Nevadan, born and raised in Fallon
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Oasis Academy team. I look forward to a wonderful year with great students and families!
Hello, my name is Shayna Byrd! I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007 and have been teaching ever since. This is my second year at Oasis Academy and I couldn’t be happier. I truly love the students and staff I get to work with each and every day.
I met my husband while playing volleyball at a Junior College in Coos Bay, Oregon and convinced him to come live in my hometown of Fallon. Since then, we have made this place home again with a beautiful property that I am trying really hard not to turn into a complete zoo. (I love animals, what can I say.) We also have two little Byrds running around, Braylon (six) and Maddie (three) that keep us on our toes. In my spare time I enjoy going backpacking, taking pictures, and being with my family. Thanks for taking the time to find out more about me!
I was born and raised right here in Fallon. After graduating from UNR I completed my teaching certification at Sierra Nevada College; I also received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from SNC. I have taught grades 3-8 at 8 different schools and have learned so much at each level and at each school. Most recently, I taught 4 years in North Carolina before moving home. Teaching is a passion of mine and I truly feel at home at Oasis Academy. Moreover, teaching 7th and 8th graders is something I look forward to every day.
My favorite thing in life is my family. I have been married to Patrick for 23 years and have 3 beautiful daughters, Maggie (19), Ellie (16) and Sadie (13). There is nothing I enjoy more than being with them. Being back in Fallon has enabled me to also have the opportunity to spend more time with my parents, brothers, and sister in law, and to watch my beloved niece and nephew (aka Hazel and Fenn) grow up.
Jake Lewis grew up in Fallon, Nevada and graduated from Churchill County High School in 2000. While in high school, he enjoyed playing sports especially baseball, where he pitched all through his Senior year. After numerous major changes, and college changes, Mr. Lewis graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics in Dec. 2008, from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. After graduation, Mr. Lewis and his family moved back home where he began teaching 4th grade at EC Best Elementary school. After a year of 4th grade, Mr. Lewis began teaching Middle School and has never turned back.
When he isn’t teaching or talking about math, Mr. Lewis enjoys spending time with his wife of 15 years and his two children.
“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics”
~ Dean Schlicter
Words of Wisdom
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.