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New teachers, staff prepared for school year
August 24, 2018

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Pierce County schools are starting their 2018-2019 year off with 14 new teaching and support staff.

Rugby Public Schools added 11 new staff in total, with five teachers and a new secretary starting at Rugby High, and five teaching and support staff joining the employees at Ely Elementary.

St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic School, Rugby, added a new 3rd/4th grade combination teacher, as the school's former 3rd and 4th grade teacher assumed the role of principal. Wolford School added two new teachers.

The new hires at Rugby Public Schools told the Tribune they look forward to their first day with students.

"I'm excited to meet the kids and have a good year," said RHS social studies teacher Adam Chaussee. "This is my first year teaching, fresh out of college. I'm pretty excited for that. I'm going to learn a lot with the kids." Chaussee is a graduate of the University of Mary.

Brianne Sherlock will start her first year as a special education teacher at Rugby High and Junior High. "I'm looking forward to meeting the students and staff at Rugby High School," said the Minot State University graduate.

New 4th grade teacher Lyndsey Bush started her career at Ely Elementary School as a paraprofessional. She graduated from Minot State University. "I'm really excited to meet all my students and dive into the fun 4th grade curriculum," Bush said.

Ely Elementary's new student strategist Chelbie Bohl also began her career as a paraprofessional. "I was at Ely last year as a Title 1 Aide, but this is my first year in this new position," Bohl said. Bohl graduated from Turtle Mountain Community College, and is currently enrolled in North Dakota State University's Educational Leadership graduate program.

RHS secretary Michelle Lake said she loves "meeting new students and learning new things" in her new position.

Wolford School's new hires shared their enthusiasm in messages emailed to the Tribune.

Rachel Johnson, Wolford's new 3rd and 4th grade teacher, is the mother of a daughter who teaches 3rd grade in Devils Lake, and mother-in-law to a 3rd grade teacher in Rolette. "I am originally from Wolford and graduated from Wolford Public School in 1988!" she wrote. "I went on to Mayville State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Later on in life, I went to seminary in Dubuque, IA where I earned my Master's Degree in Diaconal Ministry. My most recent work history is that I was the chaplain and assisted living manager in Devils Lake at Eventide Heartland Care Center."

Ken Higbee, who will teach grades 7-12 social studies and physical education, graduated from Bismarck State College and Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He said the Wolford School reminds him of the school he attended growing up near Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. He said he is "excited to be part of the Wolford Public School and looks forward to teaching students and meeting their parents."

Little Flower Catholic School welcomed Katie Libert to their 3rd/4th grade classroom. "I really like it here," Libert said. "The staff's really friendly and helpful so far, and so far, the students have been great. It's the first day," said the new teacher, who is completing a 12-week stint student teaching at Little Flower for the first part of her year.

Libert said she looks forward to "working with the students, and learning all about them, and trying to get to know their learning styles." She attends Minot State University.

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