• Tim Blankenship will be teaching science for students in the seventh through ninth grades. Last year he taught similar classes at Chetopa middle and high schools and has 17 years of teaching experience.
Blankenship and his wife have two children, son Harley, 3, and daughter Selby, 9 months.
• Vickie Brubacher has been hired to teach first grade. For the past five years, she has been teaching first grade in Wichita. She and husband Grant Brubacher live in Hillsboro and welcomed their first child about a year ago.
• Shane Duncan will be teaching high school social studies at Canton-Galva and will be the head coach for boys’ high school basketball.
Duncan has 12 years of teaching and coaching experience, including the past seven years in Ellinwood. He and wife Linda have two children, Jordon, 6, and Jaylen, 3.
• Adam North is teaching upper-level math and physics at CGHS. He has nine years teaching experience, all at Stockton High School.
A native of Ellis, North is single and will live in Galva.
• Jeff Savage has been teaching and coaching for years. His experience includes small high schools to the college level.
Savage will teach elementary school physical education as well as being head football coach and high school student advocate.
Savage and wife Molly have four children: daughters Shannon, 24, and Kelsey, 21; sons Bo, 18, a recent high school graduate and Cody, 16, who will be a junior this year at Canton-Galva
USD 397, Centre
• Jackie Ingram earned her degree at Peru State College in Nebraska and will teach English to seventh, eighth and 10th graders at Centre, including writing, literature and yearbook.
“When I was applying for schools, Centre is like coming home for me,” Ingram said. “The amount of technology is amazing—it’s almost overwhelming. I look out of my window and see a wheatfield and then have all the technology. I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Ingram’s husband, Elijah, is in the military and working toward a master’s degree at Kansas State University.
“I think it’s going to be a great year,” she said.
• Mallory Jacobs is the new school counselor for the Centre district. A native of Fulton, Jacobs has a master’s degree in counseling and student development and has worked part-time as a K-12 school counselor. This will be her first full-time position.
Jacobs said she found out about Centre through one of her professors.
“I am excited, and working with the kids and the community and getting to know the school district,” she said.
Jacobs, who has moved to Herington, said her goal is to “just help (students) as much as I can—put them first and let them know I’m there to help.”
• Bethany Lewis will lead the music program for grades one through 12 at Unified School District 397. Her responsibilities will include vocal and instrumental music.
“I loved the community feeling that came from it being a smaller district,” Lewis said about teaching at Centre. “Everyone is so supportive and wants to see me succeed.”
Lewis, originally from Riley, earned her degree in music education from Kansas State University in December 2011. She is the second of five children.
“My teaching philosophy is basically that it is all about the students, not me,” she said. “I am there to help them learn and help them discover the musicians that they really are.”
USD 411, Goessel
• Brittany Hiebert is teaching sixth, seventh and eighth grade language arts as well as sixth-grade science at Goessel Junior High School.
“I have always loved reading and English, and I know that not every student is going to love these things as much as I do,” Hiebert said. “But I do intend to give my students all the tools needed to at least feel comfortable doing these things.
“I believe that if my students are comfortable reading and writing, they can be successful in other areas of school and life as well.”
Hiebert and husband Garrett are Goessel natives and graduates of Bethel College in North Newton.
Along with teaching her classes, Schmidt will serve as student improvement team chair and assistant coach for junior high girls’ basketball and junior class sponsor at the high school.
“I am looking forward to all of these extra responsibilities,” she said.
• Allison Krehbiel, a Tabor College graduate and first-year teacher, will instruct third graders at Goessel Elementary School and assist with coaching junior high girls’ volleyball.
“I am familiar with the school because of practicums done through Tabor, and it was close to my hometown and family,” said Krehbiel, who grew up in Hutchinson where her parents still live.
“I am excited to teach in the district and I am praying for a successful year,” she said. “I plan to connect with other teachers, to learn from them and gain as much experience as I can.”
USD 410, Hillsboro
• Becky Freeman, a first-year teacher, is teaching preschool children at USD 410.
“My philosophy of teaching in particular small children is to have fun and make an impact on their lives,” Freeman said. “Children are the future and they deserve to be blessed with great teachers.”
Freeman is a native of Sun City in Barber County, where she grew up with six brothers. She earned her early childhood degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
“My passions are to see children succeed in life,” Freeman said. “They need a good foundation in order to do that. I want to do all I can do to make a child’s life better in any way possible.”
• Lance Sawyer will be teaching math and engineering classes at Hillsboro High School, and he is the head coach for football and assistant coach for basketball.
One priority this year, Sawyer said, is getting to know the students and establishing relationships with them.
Sawyer comes to USD 410 after teaching five years at White City. He went to public schools in Inman and graduated from Kansas State University in 2006.
“I like the community and family-living in Hillsboro,” Sawyer said.
He and wife Johnna have a 15-month-old daughter, Lila.