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BREAKING NEWS

New teachers find a home at ELC

By Staff | Sep 13, 2008

With the advent of the every school year, there’s always a crop of new educators gracing the halls at Estherville Lincoln Central.

Above are the 10 new teachers in the school district.

Other changes include three new aides in various capacities along with familiar teachers taking new positions.

Here’s an brief introduction to this year’s teachers.

Nancy Beck

Hometown: Fort Dodge – Now lives in Spirit Lake

Education: I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in middle school/junior educations with a math emphasis and coaching endorsement.

Previous teaching experience: I taught and coached for 23 years in Fort Dodge. The first five years, I taught sixth-grade science and the last 18 years, I taught eighth-grade algebra and pre-algebra. I coached basketball and track.

Position at ELC: I will be the sixth-grade social studies teachers.

What do you like best about working with students? The excitement they show when they experience success.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? The fact the the staff and community are so incredibly supportive.

Family: Three children-Jason 24, Keeli 20, Chelsey 18 and my fiance, Norm Johnson.

Laura Condon

Hometown: Lakefield, Minn.

Education: A bachelor’s degree from Mount Marty College in mathematics and secondary education.

Position at ELC: High school math including algebra 2, advanced math and calculus.

What do you like best about working with students? I love it when I can see that light bulb click on, signalling they figured out a concept. In math, that happens a lot.

What do you like best about Estherville thus far? I grew up in a small town and Estherville makes me fell like I’m at home. I love the community and support the entire staff gives each other.

Family: Parents: Stephen and Kathy Condon. Siblings: Jacob, Daniel, Theresa.

Kim Godtland

Hometown: I currently live in Lake Park. I am originally from Boyden.

Education: Masters of music in vocal performance from the university of South Dakota and bachelor of music degree in music education from USD.

Previous teaching experience: Falls City, Neb from 1996-1998; Onawa, West Monona Schools from 1998-2002; Ocheyedan Christian School from 2006-08; taught private voice and piano lessons from 2002-08.

Position at ELC: Grades 3-8 vocal music teacher

What do you like best about working with students? I like seeing students enjoy music and like watching them discover new things that they hadn’t learned before.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? All the people are very friendly and the staff at ELC is great.

Family: Randy, husband; Anna, daughter; Thomas, son.

Stephanie Hanson

Hometown: Estherville

Education: Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Lakes Community College; a bachelor’s degree in education from Buena Vista University.

Previous teaching experience: Two years at Forest Ridge Academy.

Position at ELC: I teach eighth-grade special education.

What do you like best about working with students? Teaching them new information, having students brighten up when they understand a concept.

What do you like best about Estherville thus far? I’ve lived here my whole life and I enjoy how the community knows each other and we work together to improve our town.

Family: Husband, Tony Hanson; son: Connor 7, daughters; Ally 4, Khloe, 15 months. Parents: Steve and Sandi Reighard. Grandmother: Eleanor Reighard.

Tyler Johnson

Hometown: Fort Dodge.

Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Northern Iowa and an associate’s degree from Iowa Central Community College.

Previous teaching experience: I taught in Audubon for six years and in Fort Collins, Neb. for two years.

Position at ELC: I will be teaching English 10, intro to composition and advanced speech as well as coaching varsity volleyball.

What do you like best about working with students? I enjoy the range in personalities as well as getting different experiences on a daily basis.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? The community seems very supportive of the school and its programs. All of the kids are very involved with school.

Family: Parents are Charles Johnson, a retired English professor, and Marilyn, an Iowa Lakes employee. All of my brothers are volleyball coaches.

York Plagge

Hometown: Latimer.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education from Buena Vista University.

Previous teaching experience: I taught in Latimer for six years, in Ventura for three years and in Anita for two years.

Position at ELC: I will be teaching high school social sciences, including world history, U.S. history and geography. I am also the head varsity boys basketball coach.

What do you like best about working with students? The students are very friendly and positive.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? Marlis and Berniece in the high school office and the community support.

Amber Pruin

Hometown: Spirit Lake.

Education: I went to the University of Northern Iowa where I obtained a degree in physical education teaching and exercise science.

Previous teaching experience: I was a substitute teacher for one year in Spirit Lake.

Position at ELC: I will be teaching physical education at the middle school.

What do you like best about working with students? I get to run around and exercise with kids all day. I have the best job ever.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? The friendly staff and community.

Family: My husband’s name is Mark.

Katie Rezac

Education: I have degrees in elementary education and special education from the University of Northern Iowa.

Previous teaching experience: I taught for two years in Tipton and for one year in Durant.

Position at ELC: I am the fourth grade special needs teacher.

What do you like best about working with students? Having the opportunity to help students build confidence in their learning abilities and most of all the smile they give when they accomplish something they weren’t sure they would.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? My family and I are happy to return to Estherville and be near our families and friends.

Family: Ryan Rezac, husband, and our 2-year-old daughter Lanie and 4-month-old son Lake.

Ryan Rezac

Hometown: Armstrong.

Education: I have an associates degree from Waldorf and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Previous teaching experience: I taught at Bennett/Durant for four years.

Position at ELC: I will be the high school physical education teacher. I will also be coaching the junior varsity football team and the freshmen basketball team.

What do you like best about working with students? The opportunity to work with the future.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? I enjoy being back home.

Family: My wife, Katie who is a fourth grade resource teacher, a 2-year-old daughter Delaine and a 4-month-old son Lake.

Jeremy Zeigler

Hometown: Emmetsburg.

Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa as well as a coaching minor.

Previous teaching experience: I taught in Omaha, Neb. for four years.

Position at ELC: I am teaching first grade, coaching freshmen football and middle school wrestling.

What do you like best about working with students? I like to see the growth through the year and the smile when they figure things out.

What do you like about Estherville thus far? The community and staff are very friendly and helpful.

Family: My wife Ann and two stepchildren, Ali and Colby.

Other new employees this year are middle school special needs aide Abby Hall, elementary special needs aide Elinor Paulson and nutrition aide Rosie Wolfe.

Staff changing positions this year are:

n Steve Ingvall from career tech to physical education.

n Lisa Niswander from career tech to eight-grade social studies.

n Deb Seylar from kindergarten to preschool.

n Anne Fiene from first grade to kindergarten.

n Margaret Evans from first grade to kindergarten.

n Melissa Regestad from second grade to first grade.

n Lois Fraser from Title I to talented and gifted.

n Lesly Friesner from high school special needs to Title I.

n Jean Herrick from high school English to high school special needs.

n Malinda Brechwald from middle school physical education to high school guidance.

n Kathy Beernink from seventh grade math to eighth grade science.

n Denise Christensen from middle school art sub to fourth grade.

n Beth Wycoff from high school math to seventh grade math.

n Lynn Anderson from high school special needs aid to middle school special needs aide.

n Lavonne Phillips and Karen Pratt from elementary special needs aide to middle school special needs aide.