Locations

Moscow

Bridge Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3086
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3086
Phone: (208) 885-6205
Fax: (208) 885-2825
Email: bridgeidaho@uidaho.edu

Lapwai

Bridge Idaho
Lapwai High School
404 S. Main
Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Phone: (208) 843-2241

Orofino

Bridge Idaho
Orofino High School
300 Dunlap Road
Orofino, Idaho 83544
Phone: (208) 476-5557

Kamiah

Bridge Idaho
Kamiah High School
1102 Hill St
Kamiah, Idaho 83536
Phone: (208) 935-4067

Kooskia

Bridge Idaho
Clearwater Valley High School
4643 Idaho 13
Kooskia, Idaho 83539
phone: (208) 926-4511

Our People

Michael Highfill - Director
Michael has been directing Bridge Idaho's programming since 2005. Originally from Springville, California, he received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Montana before earning his Master's in History from University of Idaho. Michael has worked with his team to create and develop Bridge Idaho in order to address college access and attainment issues for Idaho's citizens and serve as a signaling device to our institution regarding the importance of supporting low-income and first generation students. Michael is a member of the President's Diversity Council focusing on Student Recruitment and Recreation.
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Stacey Smith - Assistant Director
Stacey began working for Bridge Idaho in the Spring 2007 as a project specialist and later as the Administrative and Retention Coordinator. Stacey is the advisor to The Alliance for Low-Income Students, and is a member of UI ACADA and the President's Diversity Council. Originally form Crawfordsville, Indiana, Stacey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Idaho, and is pursuing a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Being the first in her low-income family to attend college, Stacey maintains a very personal connection to Bridge Idaho's mission and is dedicated to helping low-income, first generation students succeed in achieving their educational aspirations.
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Randall Bennett - Program Coordinator
Randi began working for Bridge Idaho in the winter of 2006. He's a graduate of the University of Idaho with a B.A. in Secondary Education. Randi has worked in the communities of Lapwai, Kamiah, Orofino and Kooskia and is now dedicated full time to Lapwai, serving the community where he grew up. He has been instrumental in providing dual enrollment opportunities for Bridge Idaho students through a partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe. Randi has also spent the last two seasons serving as an assistant basketball coach for the Lapwai Boys Basketball team.
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Megan Bircher-Craviatto - Program Coordinator
Megan was born and raised in Idaho’s beautiful Silver Valley. After graduating from high school she attended North Idaho College and received an Associate of Arts Degree before continuing her education at the University of Idaho where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Communications. During this time, she worked with youths with developmental disabilities, focusing on teaching social, communication, and life skills. After graduation, she continued in this field as a Program Coordinator for Tesh Inc. further developing her passion for working with children and families. Megan returned to school to enhance her skills by earning a Master’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Through this program, she continued working with youths and their families in a variety of contexts including spending a summer assisting in an orphanage in China. In her spare time, Megan enjoys travel, hiking, camping, and yoga.
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Teara Lyons - Mentor & Administrative Assistant
Teara has worked for Bridge Idaho since 2009 when she first enrolled at the University of Idaho. Prior to that she was a student participant from Kamiah High School and, therefore, has a deep understanding of where Bridge Idaho’s students are coming from and what it takes to be successful in higher education. She is currently pursuing her degree Architecture and really enjoys mentoring students, providing an environment where they can be themselves and helping them take advantage of opportunities.
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Jayde Payne - Program Coordinator
Jayde grew up in a small town outside Spokane. She graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in History and from there went on to recieve her MAT in Secondary Education with an emphasis in social studies at Eastern Oregon University. During her studies she worked closely with a diverse student population in an after school setting focused on a variety of topics, such as: tutoring, teaching science classes, and facilitating service learning. Jayde also had the unique experience of working as an Alternative Education Teacher during the 2012-2013 school year. For fun, Jayde enjoys reading, playing tennis, and being crafty. Jayde is the Coordinator for Kamiah and Clearwater Valley high schools.
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