Mrs. Carolyn Flynn, Mr. Jeff Snyder, Mr. Spencer Olmsted and Mr. Chamberlain
Pioneer Elementary School
Pioneer Fifth Grade
Mr. Snyder was born in February of 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spent
his younger years participating in sports and enjoying his annual trips
across town to watch the Indy 500. He received his B.S. from Ball State
University in Muncie, Indiana and his M.A. from the University of Northern
Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Mr. Snyder moved to Olympia in 1979 and
started his teaching career. He has taught at the WA HE LUT Indian School,
the Olympia School District Options Program, the Olympia Community School,
and currently enjoys team teaching with Mr. Olmsted and Mrs. Flynn at Pioneer.
He also taught SCUBA diving and sea kayaking for The Evergreen State College
Leisure Education Program. Mr. Snyder's daughter, Rose graduated from
Capital High School in 2005 and the University of San Diego in 2009. Mr.
Snyder likes to spend time with Rose, his partner Suzanne and their Old
English Sheepdog Wally.
Mr. Olmsted was born in March of 1973 in New York City. His family then moved
to San Francisco where his sister was born. Shortly after that, they moved
back east and settled in Connecticut about an hour outside of New York City.
He attended Pitzer College in Claremont California where he majored in Art and
Environmental Studies. In 1997 he moved to San Francisco and became a
computer programmer. Olmsted met his wife in 2000 and they moved to Bozeman
Montana together where he returned to school to become a teacher. After
graduating from MSU, he moved to Olympia to begin his new career. He taught
5th grade at L.P. Brown Elementary for three years before coming over to
Pioneer. In 2012 Olmsted earned his Master's Degree in Math Education at The
Evergreen State College. Mr. Olmsted loves hiking, camping, and surfing with
his wife, and he plays Ultimate Frisbee with a team here in Olympia. In
December of 2010 we welcomed Nico Olmsted into the world... our lives have
been completely different ever since.
Mrs. Flynn was born on April 22, 1965 in Seattle Washington. She moved to
Olympia in 1988 when She married her husband, Tim. She met Tim while
attending school at the University of Washington, where she obtained a
Bachelor's Degree in Communications. She attended Saint Martins University
here in Olympia for her Teaching Certificate. She has two children: Breanne is
20 years old and is a Junior at Gonzaga University (Go Bulldogs!). Her son
Cody is a Senior at Olympia High School (Go Bears!). Mrs. Flynn enjoys walks
with Tim and her dog, Heidi, reading, cooking/baking, and traveling.
Mr. Chamberlain was born on October 8, 1987 in Missoula Montana. He moved to
Olympia in 2003 and graduated from Capital High School in 2006. He attended
The Evergreen State College and graduated from there with a liberal arts
degree in March of 2010. He has worked as a paraeducator with the Olympia
School District for the last two years. Mr. Chamberlain is very passionate
about sports and fitness in general and is considering getting certified to