District welcomes new principal, teachers

New Teachers:

New teachers to the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 district for the 2018-19 school year gather for a photo Tuesday morning, August 14. Pictured are FRONT ROW (L-R) Keyanna Kocher, Marshalla Allen, Tresa Burger, Nicole Mann and Johanna Brockhoff.

Johanna Brockhoff

Family and Residence: In the country, west of Hiawatha.

Education History: I went to Hiawatha High School and graduated from K-State with degrees in English and secondary education.

Teaching History: I taught English for one year at Junction City Freshman Success Academy.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I decided to become a teacher because I was inspired by some of the wonderful teachers I had in school. I have always loved literature and wanted to share that with my students.

What led you to USD 113? I applied at USD 113 because I grew up going to a small town school and knew I wanted to teach at one. There is such a strong sense of community here and I’m excited to get to know my students and their families.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching Sophomore English, Advanced Senior English and Academic Resources [at Sabetha High School].

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? I will be coaching Scholars Bowl.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to working with the staff, who have already been so welcoming.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I have enjoyed reading since I was very young and still do. You can learn a lot from a good story and I’m excited to pass that knowledge on to my students.

Tresa Burger

Family and Residence: I live in Sabetha with my husband Scott, and 17-year-old son, Jesse. My son Josh and his wife Jenny live in Sabetha; my son Jason and his wife Brooke live in Lenexa; and my daughter Jenna lives in Auburn, Neb.

Education History: I graduated from Sabetha High School, and earned my bachelor’s degree in education from KSU. Later, I earned my master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Mary.

Teaching History: I taught fourth grade for two years right after college, then took 12 years to stay home with our four children while they were young. I did some substitute teaching, and worked as a teacher assistant at Sabetha Elementary School for three years. For the past 11 years, I have taught fifth grade science and social studies at Everest Middle School.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I am a curious person and I love to learn. Whether it is a new hobby, interest, or skill, I continually strive to learn. I enjoy guiding students to ask questions, learn content, and develop the life skills they need to be successful in life.

What led you to USD 113? USD 113 is an exceptional district, with strong educators, students and community support. I have been personally invested in our school system since the time I grew up going to school in Sabetha, and through the years my children attended. I love teaching science, and am excited to work with the staff and students at SMS.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? Seventh- and eighth-grade science at SMS.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? Not at this time.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to many things. I am excited to get to know the students and staff, attend SMS activities, and become familiar with the newly adopted science curriculum.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I love science because it encourages students to ask questions, and learn the process of discovering answers. I enjoy hands-on experiments and activities, integrating science with reading and math, and completing projects. The middle grades are a time of tremendous growth and development. I enjoy watching and taking part in the students’ progression to becoming responsible and independent young men and women.

Nicole Mann

Family and Residence: Husband, Jeff; Daughter, Liliana (3-1/2 years old)

Education History: Sabetha High School (2000); Fort Hays State University, bachelor’s degree, elementary education (2004); Fort Hays State University, master’s degree, special education (2006).

Teaching History: Kinsley – St. Nicholas School, third/fourth combination classroom (one year, 2004 -2005); Russell – Elementary Special Education Teacher (one year, 2006 – 2007); Kaw Valley School District (St. Marys), Preschool, Kindergarten, first grade, second Grade, third grade, fourth grade, special education (a variety of grade levels, some combination classrooms). Most recently, three years in first grade. I have been in that district for the past 11 years (2007 – 2018).

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I have always wanted to be a teacher. When I was a young girl, I would always play school with my siblings or dolls. When I graduated high school, I went on to pursue my dream of being an educator. I wanted to inspire students and help them grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

What led you to USD 113? My husband and I recently decided to relocate to Sabetha from St. Marys. We purchased my grandparents’ house and are enjoying updating it and making our own memories there. I wanted to work at USD 113 so that I could remain close to my family and be a positive role model for the students in the Prairie Hills district.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching Early Childhood Special Education at Sabetha Elementary School. I will also work with preschool students with special education at the Axtell and Wetmore schools.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? No

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to getting to know the students and families that I will be working with. I am also excited to get to know my new coworkers.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I love how excited the little kids are when they come to preschool. They are usually eager to learn and ready for the fun activities that will be planned.

Marshalla Allen

Family and Residence: Spouse, Greg Allen; Children, Russell, Dustin and Sabrina; Centralia

Education History: Graduated from Clay Center High School in Clay Center; bachelor’s degree, family and consumer science from KSU; master’s degree, adaptive special education from Emporia State University; graduate certificate, autism spectrum disorders from KSU

Teaching History: Onaga Middle School, Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Manhattan.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I love working with children. Teaching is like a puzzle. Once you figure out a child’s interest, the pieces of that puzzle fall into place and learning begins and never ends. This is an exciting journey to follow and enhance and extend.

What led you to USD 113? I have been teaching the last five years at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Manhattan, Kan. Prior to Manhattan I had lived in the country near Centralia. My husband and I decided that a city was not for us and we returned to our family farm to live and enjoy the slower pace of a small town and country living.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching special education at Axtell.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? If so, please detail. I am not at this time, but plan to become more involved once school starts.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I want to get to know the students, families and community. I also look forward to school events and community activities and enjoy what a small town has to offer.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? Reading is my passion. I will teach core subjects, but want to instill the love of reading to all students.

Keyanna Kocher

Family and Residence: Axtell

Education History: Onaga High School; Kansas State University, bachelor’s degree in science – chemistry

Teaching History: This is my first year teaching. I did my student teaching at Junction City High School.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I had many good teachers during my time as a student who impacted my life. I wanted to have an impact on other’s lives.

What led you to USD 113? I wanted to teach in a smaller district where I would be able to teach a variety of classes. I grew up in the area and was familiar with the area and knew how close the community was.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? Axtell Public School physical science, eighth grade science, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology and physics

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? If so, please detail. Not this year.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to meeting all of the students and people in the community and getting them interested in science.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I enjoy science because it relates to real life experiences as well as other content areas. Science has math, reading, writing, and engineering.

 

New Principal: David Glynn

David Glynn

Family and Residence: Wife: Kerry; Children: Ellen and Henry

Education History: Bishop Miege High School, Washburn University (bachelor’s degree), Fort Hays State University (master’s degree)

Teaching History/Administration History: I have facilitated sophomore English, senior English, and academic resource at Sabetha High School for five years.

Why did you decide to become a teacher/administrator? I was led to the field of education through a variety of life experiences. Family members encouraged my desire to teach and my time as both a scout leader and youth formation facilitator inspired me to dedicate my time and talents toward assisting young people. Throughout this transition from teacher to administrator, my focus will remain on striving to better the lives of all learners who call Sabetha High School home.

What led you to USD 113? I was fortunate to secure a position in our district and in the town of Sabetha.

Our students, teachers, administrators and all who are served by USD 113 make up the reasons I am thankful every day to work in this school district.

What and where will you be the administrator for USD 113? I will be serving as principal of Sabetha High School.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to your position as administrator? Currently, there are no plans for me to perform any extracurricular duties other than attending events and cheering on our Bluejays.

What are you looking forward to in your first year in your new position with USD 113? I am most looking forward to working with the expert teachers at Sabetha High School and interacting with all of amazing students on a daily basis.

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