USD No. 113 welcomes new faces

USD No. 113 welcomes new teachers for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured are (L-R) Megan Peabody, Heidi Heiniger, Abby Kohake, Michelle Keim, Michael Glatzcak, Trenton Cox, Celi Merino, Brooke Stallbaumer and Mitchell Engelken. Not pictured is Bailey Lierz.

Trenton Cox

Family and Residence: Married to Katie Cox, live in Sabetha.

Education History: Graduated from Sabetha High School, graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in construction science and management.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I love working with kids, and teaching industrial arts will allow me to share my passion with the kids in the community.

What led you to USD 113? The school reached out to me, and I am an alumnus of USD 113.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? Woodshop in both the high school and middle school in Sabetha.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? Getting to know the staff at Sabetha better, as well as getting to know the kids interested in learning about carpentry and cabinetry.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I love woodworking, it gives me a chance to make something special out of lumber, as well as share my passion with students who are interested in furthering the career or passion in carpentry.

Mitchell Engelken

Family and Residence: Seneca

Education History: B&B High School, Highland Community College AA, Kansas State University BS

Teaching History: Solomon High School – Middle School Social Studies

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I was blessed to have had very positive and impactful teachers when I was in school and always wanted to make an impact on young adults the way my teachers had impacted me. Growing up, my aunt was my high school Social Studies teacher and having a caring family member as a teacher also led me into the field of Education.

What led you to USD 113? I went to Baileyville for High School and grew up on a farm just outside of St. Benedict, only a few miles from Seneca. So overall, it was an easy choice to join the district because I was literally coming home.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? High School Social Studies grades 7-11 at Axtell Public Schools.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? In addition to teaching, I will be helping coach football, girls basketball, and junior high track.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I’m really looking forward to teaching High School students for the first time since student teaching.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I’m biased to the country I live in, and my favorite subject to teach is American History. I really enjoy teaching about the many different eras of American History.

Michael Glatczak

Family and Residence: Seneca

Education History: Graduated from Centralia High School in 2012, attended Butler Community College and graduated with an Associates in the Fall of 2013, transferred to the University of Kansas and graduated with a Physical Education/Health degree in 2016. In 2018, I completed my Masters in Administration at the University of Kansas.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to make an impact on students. It was an easy decision as both my parents have been in the education system for more than 20 years.

What led you to USD 113? For the last two years I was HS PE/Weights teacher at West Franklin High School in Pomona. I was also Head Boys Basketball coach for 1 year and assistant Football and Track for two years.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching K-12 Physical Education at Axtell Schools.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? I will be Head Junior High football and track and also High school assistant boys basketball, at Axtell.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to working with awesome students and staff at USD 113. I have heard many great things about this district and I am excited to be a part of it.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I enjoy keeping my students active throughout the class period. I want my students to enjoy being active in the everyday lifestyle and will want to stay active once they move on.

Heidi Heiniger

Family and Residence: My parents are Cory and Shelia Heiniger. I live south of Fairview.

Education History: I graduated from Sabetha High School. I attended Marshall University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences. I am currently enrolled in the Transition to Teaching Program at Fort Hays State University.

Teaching History: First year.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I decided to become a teacher because I thought it would be great job experience and a good way to make connections with the people in the community. The ability to give back to a district that helped to shape my education was also another reason.

What led you to USD 113? The district contacted me to see if I would be interested in teaching science at Wetmore because they knew I had recently graduated college with a biology degree.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? Science for grades 7-12 at Wetmore.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? I will not be doing any extracurricular activities this year.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to getting to know the students as well as helping them grow and learn throughout the year. I am also excited to see what the students will teach me along the way.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I enjoy science because it is applicable to all aspects of the world and life. I look forward to teaching grades 7-12 because the students will be older and beginning to look at what they would like to do in the future.

Michelle Keim

Family and Residence: Married to my husband Daniel Keim. We have two boys Fenton, 4, and Tucker, 2. We reside in Sabetha.

Education History: I graduated from Sabetha High School in 2008. After graduating, I went to Washburn University where I received my Bachelors in Education in 2013.

Teaching History: 2013-2019 first grade at Holton.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I always wanted to become a teacher since I was a student at SES. I have always loved working with students and making a difference in their lives.

What led you to USD 113? I grew up in Sabetha and always wanted to teach in my hometown. My two children will be attending Sabetha schools in the near future and I wanted to be teaching here while they were attending as well.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching first grade at Sabetha.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? As of right now I will not be doing any extracurricular activities but I would like to get more involved in the future, once my boys are older.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I am looking forward to getting to know more families and becoming more involved in my community.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I have loved teaching first grade the past six years and I am excited to continue teaching it at SES. I am passionate about teaching students how to read. First grade is where students grow so much in reading from August to May. I love seeing the students excited and become proud of themselves when learning new things.

Abigail Kohake

Family and Residence: My parents are Joseph and Denise Kohake. I live in Centralia.

Education History: Centralia Schools (K-12), Kansas State University (Bachelors of Science: Elementary Education)

Teaching History: First year!

Why did you decide to become a teacher? After moving from a small town to a city (Manhattan), it was eye-opening to see the amount of impact my previous teachers had in preparing me for my future. I instantly knew that I wanted to make as much of an impact on future generations as they had done to me.

What led you to USD 113? After four years in Manhattan, I knew it was time to head back to Nemaha. After talking with one of my mentors, I was told USD 113 was a great district to work for, therefore I applied. Here I am!

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching 3rd/4th grade at Wetmore Academic Center.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? (N/A)

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? During my first year of teaching, I am looking forward to building relationships with each of my students and my colleagues. As a teacher, there is never a moment to stop learning. With that, I am excited to see how much I will learn from the ones who have years of experience!

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? What I most enjoy about this age group is how each student is developing their own personality, along with becoming independent. It is exciting to help them embrace their differences and continue to help them grow into the young adults they strive to be.

Bailey Lierz

Family and Residence: Husband is Colin Lierz and we live in Baileyville

Education History: High School- Nemaha Central, College-K-State with a Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education Unified

Teaching History: This will be my first year teaching. I student taught in the Vermillion Preschool.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I enjoy working with children and helping/watching them grow.

What led you to USD 113? I decided to go to USD 113 because it is located near my residence and the position that was available was exactly what I wanted.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be teaching Special Education for preschool across the district.

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 meeting all of the students and their families. I am also looking forward to working with so many of the other great teachers in USD 113 to better shape the minds of the preschool students.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I enjoy seeing the children grow. The students learn so much during the year.

Megan Peabody

Family and Residence: I grew up in the Northeast Kansas area and many of my immediate family members remain in the area. My fiancé and I moved back to Northeast Kansas after we both graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2017.

Education History: I graduated Sabetha High School in 2013. I earned my bachelor’s degree in social work from Pittsburg State University in 2017 and have recently completed my master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas in May.

Work History: I completed my practicum experiences at the Department of Children and Families and Northeast Kansas Infant-Toddler Services. I also have three years experience working in a mental health preschool in Southeast Kansas.

Why did you decide to become a social worker? I have always enjoyed helping and guiding others in need through their life experiences or current situations. I chose social work because it challenges me to solve new and different problems each day and I have the opportunity to work with many different clients as well as a variety of professionals.

What led you to USD 113? After completing my master’s degree in social work, I was eager to find a position that involves working with children and families in a collaborative setting with other professionals. USD 113 will provide me with the opportunity to work with and learn from other professionals from different backgrounds and to be directly involved in the development of children’s social and emotional development.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? I will be serving as the Student and Family Liaison for Sabetha grades K-12

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I look forward to helping develop this new position for the school district and to bring additional social emotional development experience to the staff, students, and families. I look forward to collaborating with teachers and families to continuously develop positive social emotional-emotional development in students through their various learning environments.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I enjoy getting to know each student and/or family individually and creating plans with them that are specific, unique, and individually applicable to them.

Brooke Stallbaumer

Family and Residence: Married to my husband, Jeremy. We have two children, a daughter, Ava, who will be in 3rd grade and son, Will, who will be in Kindergarten. We live in Seneca.

Education History: I graduated from Washington High School in 2004 went to Cloud County Community College and onto Kansas State University and graduated in December 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education.

Teaching History: Last year was my first year of teaching, I taught 4th grade at Holton Elementary.

Why did you decide to become a teacher? I wanted to become a teacher to go into a fulfilling career that can make a difference. Helping a child reach a goal or learn something new gives you the most rewarding feeling. Waking up everyday to go to a job that makes a difference is a blessing.

What led you to USD 113? My husband and I moved our family to Nemaha County in 2013, shortly after the birth of our second child. Our daughter was preparing to start preschool and it was important to us that our children have a similar education to us, in smaller schools. We could see the value in what rural Kansas schools have to offer. I feel very fortunate to be teaching in a district close to home.

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? 5th Grade at Axtell Public Schools

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? None.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? I very much look forward to being in a small school and having a sense of community. It was eye-opening to be in a district previously with 80+ students per elementary grade level. I look forward to walking down the halls and recognizing everyone, learning who they are, and anticipating the year they will be in my classroom.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? Every grade level has its advantages and disadvantages but teaching any grade level the advantages come from the students. I enjoy being in upper elementary classrooms because you can really help build students up and make them confident in who they are. They know what they like and dislike and it’s fun to teach to their personalities and sense of humor.

Celi Merino

Family and Residence: Married to Enrique, we have two sons and a daughter, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

Education History: I got my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Valladolid (Spain), after graduating of High School in my hometown, Penafiel.

Teaching History: The last two years I have been teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Official School of Languages in Leon (Spain).

Why did you decide to become a teacher? Because, since I was 8 years old, I knew that I wanted to become a teacher.

What led you to USD 113? Fortune! I applied for the Visiting International Teaching Program and they asked me if I would like to work at USD 113. Of course I would!

What and where will you be teaching for USD 113? Spanish at Sabetha High School.

Will you be doing any extracurricular activities in addition to teaching? None, at this moment.

What are you looking forward to in your first year with USD 113? To meet everybody’s expectations (mine, board of education, students…) and grow as a teacher and as a human being.

What do you most enjoy about the subject and/or grade level you will be teaching? I love languages and I love teaching as much as learning and you can learn very much by teaching.

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