8th Grade Team

8th grade team

Social Studies

Mr. David Way
D. WayDavid Way teaches 8th grade social studies. He is entering his 26th year at Riverside Middle School, and 30th overall. His wife teaches over at KSE. He is the father to two amazing daughters. He spent his summer traveling, riding his bicycle, and playing golf.

Contact Mr Way:
Phone:  970-665-7805
Email:  [email protected]

Mr. DeWayne Miner

DeWayne MinerI’ve been a teacher for 18 years and love it. Teaching is one of my greatest passions. I’m married to an amazing woman and have an 11 year old son and 13 year old daughter who are the center of my world. 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. I coach XC and Track at Riverside. If I can’t be reached it’s probably because I am out in the mountains exploring and adventuring in the great outdoors.

Contact Mr. Miner:
Phone:  970-665-7849
Email:  [email protected]


Mrs.  Kim Murchison
Kim MurchisonMy name is Mrs. Murchison.  I’ve been teaching Science here at Riverside for 19 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 12th grade.  My passions are my family, teaching and my Shire draft horses. 

Contact Mrs. Murchison:
Phone:  970-665-7813
Email:  [email protected]

Mr. Ryan Bland
Ryan BlandHi!! My name is Mr. Bland.  This is my second year teaching 8th grade science here at Riverside Middle School.  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.

Contact Mr. Bland

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


Mrs. Plummer

Billie PlummerHello! Thank you for sharing your child with me this year!  This will be my 18th year teaching math at Riverside:) Outside of school, I am married with four kids.  This year I have a College Senior, a daughter who is starting her first year of teaching 3rd grade, an eighth-grader, and a sixth 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 fifth year teaching math at Riverside! I have taught 7th grade math for one year and this will be my fourth year teaching 8th grade math! Outside of school, I am married with three kids. This year I have a High School Junior and College Freshman and one who graduated a few 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 me 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 Ms. Peskuski. This will be my 5th year teaching and my second 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. My passions are family, friends, my animals, teaching and baking. You can reach me at the following:
Phone: 970-665-7832 Email:  [email protected]

Mrs. Zawel
Marie Zawel

Marie Zawel was born and raised in Wisconsin. Most of her family still live in Wisconsin or Minnesota. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; after graduating with an English degree she moved to California for a year. In 1997, Marie moved to Arizona. She lived in Phoenix, Sedona and the Verde Valley for twenty-three years. Marie is married to Justin Zawel, a mechanic, and has a twenty-nine year old daughter who lives in Phoenix and works in the medical field. In 2020 Marie and her husband finally had enough of the heat and moved to Glenwood Springs. Marie has been working in education for twenty-seven years, receiving her teaching license in 2008. This is Marie's second year at Riverside Middle School. 
Phone:  970-665-6774

Email:  [email protected]