The Spring Hill School District welcomes 18 new teachers and two additional staff members to its ranks, as the 2010-11 school year approaches. In addition, the district recognizes two other staff members who came aboard during the spring 2010 semester. The new staff includes:

Tracey Burhenn becomes a member of the Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES) staff and will serve as a kindergarten teacher. Burhenn has bachelor’s degrees from Manhattan Christian College and also Ottawa University.

Micah Colgrove will serve as a fifth grade teacher at Prairie Creek Elementary School (PCES). Colgrove has a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University. She has previously served as a long-term substitute at PCES as well as having other teaching experience.

Cara Eckstein joins the Spring Hill School District as an occupational therapist. Eckstein has nine years of experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University and her master’s degree from Rockhurst University.

Rebecca Fawcett joins the Spring Hill High School (SHHS) staff as the library media specialist. She has 16 years of library experience, and three years teaching experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and her master’s degree from Emporia State University in 1997.

Lindsey Gross will serve as an early childhood teacher at SHES. Gross received her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Kansas State University.

Rebecca Hapke will serve as a special education teacher at SHES. Hapke earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas.

Traci Johnson joins the SHHS staff as a counselor. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and Xavier University. She previously provided guidance services to students in the Grandview, Mo., School District.

Joanne Kaechele becomes part of the Spring Hill Intermediate School (SHIS) staff and will teach fifth grade. Previously, she has served as a long-term substitute teacher for the district. Kaechele has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and also a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University.

Anna Kearns, a SHHS alumnus, returns to the school as an English and journalism instructor. Kearns received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2009, and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

William Meier joins the SHHS science department and will serve as a biology instructor. He is a recent graduate of Kansas State University.

Christine Morlan becomes part of the SHES staff and will serve as an early childhood teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Upper Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She has eight years of experience.

Kathy Mueller will serve as a Spanish teacher at SHHS. She graduated from Kansas State University in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

Tamar Pratt joins the SHIS staff as an instructor for fifth grade. Pratt has a bachelor’s degree from Baker University, and also a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University.

Sarah Schreffler will serve as an early childhood teacher at SHES. Schreffler earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and then received her elementary education teaching licensure from Ottawa University.

Katy Seibold becomes a member of the PCES staff and will teach fifth grade. She received her bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University, and has several years of teaching experience.

Rod Sprague became the SHIS principal effective July 1st. He was chosen out of a pool of 90 applicants for the position. Sprague has significant experience as an elementary school principal as well as professional development for staff.

Lindsey Sturman will serve as a family and consumer science instructor at SHHS. In May 2010, she received her bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University.

Malissa Torrez joins the Spring Hill Middle School staff as a science teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Kansas State University, a specialist degree from Baker University, and a master’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Shawn Turner has accepted the position of agriculture instructor at SHHS. Turner, a magna cum laude graduate, received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2009. He replaces Micheal Strohschein, who is now serving as the high school’s CTE instructional teacher.

Amy Washington will serve as a second grade teacher for SHES. Washington earned a bachelor’s degree from Greenville College and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She was named the Elementary Substitute Teacher of the Year for the 2009-10 school year in the Spring Hill School District.

In addition, the district recognizes two other staff members who came aboard during the spring 2010 semester:

Emily Thomas joined the SHHS staff as a theatre, debate, forensics and drama instructor in early 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University, and has significant experience with all aspects of theatrical productions.

Rachel Thomas-Kai serves as a school psychologist for the Spring Hill School District. She has a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.