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Toni Thurman-Munsey


My name is Toni Munsey and I am your Riverview School Counselor!  I’m pleased to start another year at Riverview.  This is my 16th year in the Desoto school district.  My previous 18 years were spent in the Kansas City, Kansas school district.  I received my Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State and my Masters in Counseling from Emporia State where I also completed K-12 building level Administrative certification.  I’ve taught in the classroom for eight years before becoming a school counselor and am excited about being a school counselor.  The counselors’ role is to help students be successful in academic achievement as well as social and emotional health.  I will be teaching counselor lessons in the classroom at each grade level for a total of one hour each month. I will also be available for small group and individual counseling. The counseling curriculum consists of Peer relations, decision making , problem solving, friendship skills, Bullying Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, and social/emotional wellness just to name a few.  I am an advocate for all students and a resource for staff and parents.  Please feel free to contact me anytime if there is anything I can help with.  My phone number is 441-0808 ext. 2823 and my e-mail is  

Courtney Boyd


Phone: 913 441 0808 x 3611

Hi! I’m Courtney Boyd and I am so excited to be the new resource teacher at Riverview! I grew up in Texas and graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. After graduating, I completed a 2 year dyslexia training program while  I was an elementary resource teacher & dyslexia language therapist for 2 years in Texas. My husband, Cody, and I moved to Kansas after that and I was an elementary resource teacher here in USD232 at Horizon Elementary for 1 year and was the elementary SED self-contained teacher for 3 years at Horizon Elementary. For the past 7 years, I have been an elementary behavior specialist in the Shawnee Mission School District. We have two children, Easton (7),who will be in 2nd grade, and Presley (5), who will be in kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year! I am so excited to put my energy, passion, and love for helping kiddos grow and learn into our own community here at Riverview! 

Julia Coelho


Phone: 913 441-0808 x 3640

My name is Julia Coelho, and I am so excited to be a new Resource teacher at Riverview this year! I grew up in Overland Park Kansas, so I am quite familiar with De Soto. I went to MidAmerica Nazarene University for my bachelor’s in Elementary Education and am currently at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) for my Master’s in High Incidence Special Education. I have two years of teaching experience in second grade.

Outside of the classroom I enjoy teaching karate to littles, painting with friends, and playing with my mischievous cat Poe! 

I am so excited to learn and grow with you this year!

Elizabeth Biron


Phone: 913 441 0808 x 3654

My name is Elizabeth Biron. I am looking forward to being here at Riverview! I grew up just a stone’s throw away in the Shawnee Mission School District. I went to Pittsburg State University for both my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and my Master’s Degree in Special Education. I spent about 8 years teaching in different Special Education classrooms in the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. While there, I worked in both elementary and middle schools. I have taught in both minimal support classrooms and self-contained classrooms.

Outside of school, I teach swim lessons. I also enjoy playing board games with my friends, going to musicals, and playing with my dog, Bucky!

Mackenzie Mayfield


Phone: 913 4410808 x 3126

This is my 5th year of teaching, but my first year as Riverview’s Reading Specialist. Previously, I taught 1st grade & 3rd grade. I absolutely loved my time in both of those grades because of the huge transitions students made to become independent & accountable learners. I absolutely love watching my students make progress! I know that my new role as Reading Specialist will be full of opportunities to connect with students & guide them as they grow!!!

  • I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019. I graduated with my master’s degree in literacy in 2022.
  • I grew up and still live in Western Shawnee. RE definitely feels like home!
  • I love to read, watch TV, go out to eat, & travel. I also have a mild obsession with my family’s Golden Retriever, Rigley.

Chelle Praska


Phone: 913 441 0808 x 3608

Hi! My name is Chelle (pronounced like "Shelly") Praska, and I am the new School Psychologist for Riverview. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2018. I graduated with my Education Specialist degree from the University of Kansas in 2023. I completed my practicum experience within the DeSoto School District during the 22-23 school year. I loved my time in the district so much that I knew I had to stay! I am so grateful to complete my internship and start my career in such a supportive district. I look forward to serving RE as the school psychologist! 


Amber Kuykendall


I graduated in 2004 with my bachelor’s in psychology, and 2007 with my master’s in social work. I have been a social worker for over 16 years with experience working in juvenile justice, legislative advocacy, community mental health, hospitals, and Medicaid. This is my 4th year in the district as a school social worker, and I am so happy to be here. My children also attend elementary and middle school in the district. I live at home in Western Lenexa with my husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats, and one bearded dragon. I love coming to school and working with your kids- they are my why! Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us.

Angela Coleman


Hello there! My name is Angela Coleman. I was born and raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.  I attended the University of Kentucky and earned a bachelor’s as well as a master’s degree in secondary education. I taught high school civics, world culture, and United States history for 10 years at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky (go Cats!).

 We moved to Kansas in 2011 and we have loved it here!  I have two girls (Sarah 12th) and Leah (8th) who both attended Riverview.  I have a deep love of this school and am thankful for the great memories my kids made. My youngest was a part of the Riverview Voyager’s program. Her love of the program inspired me to begin the process of earning a gifted endorsement at Fort Hayes State University so I can begin inspiring the next generation of Riverview Voyagers!

When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me traveling, singing, reading, walking our Corgi Lucy, and attending concerts of all kinds (from choir, symphony, to folk, and even rock!).

Renea Blom


My name is Renae Blom.  I am excited to be the Speech Language Pathologist here at Riverview this year.  I have been with the DeSoto School District for 13 years at Starside Elementary and a few years at LTMS as well.  I have been a practicing SLP for 32 years practicing in both educational and medical settings.

My family moved to Shawnee Kansas from Sioux Falls South Dakota 14 years ago.   My husband and I have three daughters.  Emma is a Senior at Pittsburg State University and is in their Nursing program.   Our middle daughter, Madeline, just graduated from DeSoto High School and will be attending the University of South Dakota for Accounting.  Our youngest is a Junior at DeSoto High School.

I am looking forward to this year at Riverview Elementary!

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