By Andi Bourne

Inspiring learning for more than 20 years


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Ovando School Teacher Leigh Ann Valiton joins in the final dance routine at one of the May Day Teas presented by the Ovando students. Valiton loved producing the May Day Teas and Christmas plays with the students.

OVANDO – "I love having the ability to affect students' lives," Ovando teacher Leigh Ann Valiton said. "I don't care what affiliation, wherever your families' beliefs are, I want you to understand the facts. I just like it when I see the light bulb go off. That is the best gift of teaching."

After working at Ovando School more than 20 years, Valiton retired this spring from teaching. While she will maintain her position as chair of the school board and hopes to continue helping when needed, she is shifting her focus to her family business the Blackfoot Commercial Company and other communi...

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