December 21, 2014

Spring Hill School District welcomes new teachers, other staff to school

FRONT ROW: Rebekah Young, Lynne Boyette, Madelyn McGowan, Carly Roberts, Lauren Merrill, Lisa Dooley, Jessica Newell. BACK ROW: Sierra Crask, Paul Carter, Ryan Baxter, Wes Book, Brandon Olney, Ben Gehring, Chelsey Mersbergen. Submitted photo

FRONT ROW: Rebekah Young, Lynne Boyette, Madelyn McGowan, Carly Roberts, Lauren Merrill, Lisa Dooley, Jessica Newell. BACK ROW: Sierra Crask, Paul Carter, Ryan Baxter, Wes Book, Brandon Olney, Ben Gehring, Chelsey Mersbergen. Submitted photo

The Spring Hill School District welcomes 30 new teachers and staff members to its ranks for the 2014-15 school year, including:
Patricia Barra will be a first grade teacher at Prairie Creek Elementary School (PCES). She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Ryan Baxter will serve as an English teacher at Spring Hill Middle School (SHMS). He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (English) and his master’s degree in English literature from Emporia State
University.
Anne Berry will be a fourth grade teacher at PCES. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kansas State University.
Wesley Book joins the Spring Hill High School (SHHS) staff, and will serve as a physical education teacher. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and recreation from Emporia State University. In addition, Book will be the school’s head boys basketball coach.
Lynne Boyette joins the SHHS staff as a counselor. Boyette has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/physical education from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition, she has a master’s degree in counseling from Wayne State University as well as a master’s degree in administrative studies from Baker University. She also has 13 years of counseling experience.
Paul Carter will be a social studies teacher at SHMS. He has a bachelor’s degree in middle school education (social studies and geography) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

FRONT ROW: Patricia Barra, Kelly Murakami, Katheryn Gordon, Sheila Fowler, Amy Ladhawala, Cynthia Zara, Amanda Krause, Kaylee Ingenthron, Amie Musselmen. BACK ROW: Anne Berry, Alyssa Thomas, Hannah Ozier, Jennifer Schenk, Wes Edmondson, Brittany Kidd, Kristy Mader, Jennifer House. Submitted photo

FRONT ROW: Patricia Barra, Kelly Murakami, Katheryn Gordon, Sheila Fowler, Amy Ladhawala, Cynthia Zara, Amanda Krause, Kaylee Ingenthron, Amie Musselmen. BACK ROW: Anne Berry, Alyssa Thomas, Hannah Ozier, Jennifer Schenk, Wes Edmondson, Brittany Kidd, Kristy Mader, Jennifer House. Submitted photo

Sierra Crask joins the Spring Hill School District staff as a speech-language pathologist. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, and her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Rockhurst University.
Lisa Dooley comes aboard as a physical therapist for the school district. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical science from University of Southern California, and master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas. In addition, she has 12 years of experience.
Wes Edmondson is a new kindergarten teacher at PCES. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Pittsburg State University.
Sheila Fowler will be a kindergarten teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES) as well as a part-time paraprofessional. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University as well as two years of teaching experience.
Benjamin Gehring joins SHMS as a social studies teacher. He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Washburn University. In addition, he will assist with coaching football at SHHS.
Katheryn Gordon will be a second grade teacher for Wolf Creek Elementary School (WCES). Gordon earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University. In addition, she was tutoring and teacher assistant experience.
Jennifer House will be a fourth grade teacher at SHES and assistant girls basketball coach at SHHS. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Western State University. Previously, she was a student teacher and paraprofessional at SHES.
Kaylee Ingenthron will serve as a kindergarten teacher at SHES. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Washburn University. Ingenthron has three years of experience teaching.
Brittney Kidd joins the WCES staff as a special education teacher. Kidd received her bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Park University, and her master’s degree in special education from Rockhurst University.
Amanda Krause is joining the PCES staff as a first grade teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the Pittsburg State University, and Krause has one year of experience.
Ami Ladhawala is now special education teacher at PCES. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Madhya Pradesh Bhoj University, and her master’s degree in special education from Washburn University. Ladhawala also has eight years of experience in schools.
Kristy Mader joins the WCES staff as a special education teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan University. In addition, Mader has more than 10 years of experience in teaching and administration.
Madelyn McGowan will serve as a Spanish teacher at SHHS. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish (secondary education) from the University of Nebraska.
Lauren Merrill joins the SHMS staff as a special education teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Emporia State University. Merrill also has two years of teaching experience.
Chelsey Mersbergen is the new Spanish teacher at SHMS. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Augustana University. She also has three years of teaching experience.
Kelly Murakami will serve as a special education teacher at SHES. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kansas State University.
Amie Musselman is joining the SHES staff as a first grade teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fort Hays State University.
Jessica Newell will serve as a school psychologist for the Spring Hill School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washburn University, and an education specialist degree in school psychology from the University of Kansas. In addition, Newell has six years of experience.
Brandon Olney will serve as a special education teacher for SHMS. He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Emporia State University.
Hannah Ozier joins the WCES staff as a first grade teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the Kansas State University.
Carly Roberts is now an occupational therapist, as part of the school district’s staff. She has a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. In addition, she has more than a year of experience.
Jennifer Schenk is a new second grade teacher at PCES. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rockhurst University.
Alyssa Thomas is a new fifth grade teacher at WCES. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Baker University.
Rebekah Young is a new sixth grade social studies teacher at SHMS. Young has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as several years of experience in educational roles.
Cynthia Zara joins the WCES staff, as a fifth grade teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kansas State University.

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