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Chamber welcomes new TF teachers


August 29, 2019

Annie Wooden

WELCOMING TEACHERS - At the chamber of commerce luncheon last week, new Thompson Falls kindergarten teacher Amber Yates told of how becoming a teacher was always a dream for her.

The Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce welcomed new teachers in the school district during the chamber's August luncheon last week.

"We welcome all the new teachers and we applaud you for coming to Thompson Falls," said chamber member Rita Lundgren of Lundgren Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

Amber Yates is a new kindergarten teacher in the district. The first-year teacher from Ennis has a special connection with another new hire. Band and music teacher Neil Harbel noted at the luncheon that Yates was one of his first students when he taught at Ennis. Kim Lakko joins the school as a special education teacher. "This has been a great move for my family," she told the chamber members. "We're very grateful. There's no better place than Montana."

Teachers from the elementary to the high school were introduced at the luncheon. "We always aim to hire great people," elementary principal Len Dorscher said. "These are all great people and great teachers."

Gigi Comer with the Thompson Falls Chamber said they are working on getting information together for the Fall/Winter edition of the Fun, Facts and Folklore publication and chamber president Michael Scharfe noted that the chamber is working to plan bi-monthly after hours social events to the community.

Thompson Falls students went back to school this week. High school principal Rich Ferris noted that the homecoming celebration will be Oct. 7-12 and the annual Blue Hawk Athletics Fundraiser is set for Saturday, November 23. A complete calendar of school events is available at and more information on the chamber can be found at


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