8th Grade Team

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Social Studies


Mr. Way

David WayI have been a teacher for 27 years. 23 of the years have been at Riverside Middle School.I love teaching and watching my students learn and grow. My wife teaches 3rd grade next door at KSE. I have 17 and 15 year old daughters, both of whom came through Riverside. You might see me out of school riding my bicycle, playing golf, or waiting tables at Sammy’s in Rifle. Phone:  970-665-7805
Email:  [email protected]

Mr. Miner
DeWayne Miner

I’ve been a teacher for 17 years and love it.  Teaching is one of my greatest passions next to loving my wife and family.  I have a 10 year old son, John, and 12 year old daughter, Grace, who are amazing kids. My incredible wife, Karen, works in orthopedics at Grand River Health in Rifle.  I grew up in a large family (7 brothers and sisters) in rural America. I have been a competitive runner for most of my life and still really enjoy it.  If I can’t be reached it’s probably because I am out in the mountains exploring and adventuring in the great outdoors.

Phone:  970-665-7849
Email:  [email protected]

Mrs. Murchison
 Kim Murchison

My name is Mrs. Murchison.  I’ve been teaching Science here at Riverside for 18 years.  I have a bachelor’s degree in science from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in education from Mesa University.  I’m married and have one son, Alex, who is in the 11th grade.  My passions are my family, teaching and my Shire draft horses. 

Phone:  970-665-7813
Email:  [email protected]

Mr. Bland
Ryan Bland
Hi!! My name is Mr. Bland.  This is my first year teaching Science here at Riverside.  I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in education from Colorado State University.  I spent some years teaching in Nagoya Japan in Aichi prefecture.  My passions are my family, music, exercise, hunting, fishing, and reading.

Phone: 970-665-7813 Email:  [email protected]


Mrs. Plummer

Billie PlummerI am Mrs. Plummer and I teach 8th-grade math. This will be my 17th year teaching at Riverside:) I have taught 7th grade math for ten years and this will be my seventh year teaching 8th grade math! Outside of school, I am married with four kids.  This year I have two college Seniors, a seventh-grader, and a fifth-grader! They are the light of my life and keep me busy! In addition to my four kids, we also have four dogs and a cat so there is never a dull moment! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, baking, cooking, playing games, and I enjoy painting. Phone: 970-665-7817 Email: [email protected]

Amy Roberts Amy RobertsI am Amy Roberts and this will be my third year teaching math at Riverside! I have taught 7th. grade math for one year and this will be my second year teaching 8th grade math! Outside of school, I am married with three kids. This year I have a High School Sophmore and senior and one who graduated two years ago. They are the light of my life and keep me busy! In addition to my kids, we also have a sheep ranch which keeps us really busy! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, camping, watching sports, and visiting my house in Florida.
Phone: 970-665-7821

Email: [email protected]

Language Arts

Mrs. Peskuski
Roxy PesuskiHi!!! My name is Mrs. Peskuski. This will be my 4th year teaching and my first year here at Riverside. I grew up in Manitou Springs, CO and have lived in the valley since 2008. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. I am married and have two dogs and two cats. My passions are family, friends, my animals, and teaching. You can reach me at the following:
Phone: 970-665-7832 Email:  [email protected]

Mrs. Zawel
Marie Zawel

Marie Zawel was born in Wisconsin to a sixth grade teacher and a mom who worked at Hazelden Clinic. Marie attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls after high school, receiving a B.S. in English. She moved to California after college, staying for a year in beautiful but expensive Marin County. From 1997 until 2020, Arizona was home. Marie began her educational career in September 1997 at a private school where she was an administrative assistant. She continued working in education, earning her teaching license in 2008. In twenty-five years, Marie has been lucky to gain much expertise in many facets of educating youth. Along with her love of teaching and children, Marie adores reading, watching her beloved Green Bay Packers, traveling with her husband, snuggling her Birman cat, and visiting her daughter and other family in Arizona and Wisconsin. She is blessed to be working with an incredible crew at Riverside Middle School this upcoming school year. Go Packers! 
Phone:  970-665-6774

Email:  [email protected]