ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
Four names have been added to the teachers’ roll call for USD 410’s 2002-03 school year-three are new to the district and one worked in the school system as an aide.
Jill Brown, Dustin Dalke and Tim Kilgore will be joined by Title 1 aide Sharon Jost as the Hillsboro school year is launched next Wednesday.
Jill Brown will be teaching seventh grade special education in the middle school.
“Sometimes, they call us resource-room teachers and sometimes, they call us inter-related teachers,” Brown said. “Basically, we’re a jack-of-all-trades.”
Her husband, Mark, is an administrator for child and adolescent services at Prairie View in Newton, and they have one daughter, Amelia, 12, and one son, Isaac, 9.
Brown graduated from Northwest High School in Wichita in 1979 and earned her degree in elementary education from Friends University in Wichita in 1984.
In 2000, she graduated with an endorsement in inter-related special education from the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas program through McPherson College.
Brown taught fifth grade in Wichita from 1984 to 1989, sixth grade in Peabody from 1989 to 1991, and special education in Marion Middle School from 1999 to 2002.
One of the strengths of the middle-school program in Hillsboro is the collaboration between the teachers in all three grades, Brown said.
“They encourage team teaching between regular ed and special ed. I think our whole system is really well done here.”
She has a strong background in teaching phonemic awareness-“being able to manipulate sounds without looking at anything written,” Brown said.
And one of her goals for the year will be to introduce visual imagery to the curriculum-to help students having difficulty with spelling.
“My kids like the school here, and I’m real excited about the program as a whole,” Brown said.
Dustin Dalke will teach art at Hillsboro High School.
“It’s my home town, and I’m coming back to a good school,” Dalke said. “We have quality staff here, and we have good kids.”
Dalke’s wife, Emily, will begin her first year as a fourth-grade teacher at Slate Creek Elementary School in Newton.
A member of the 1996 HHS graduating class, Dalke attended Fort Hays State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in May-with a major in fine arts and a minor in elementary education.
He completed his student teaching at Hays High School and Roosevelt Elementary School in Hays.
Dalke said he was drawn to teaching because he enjoys art.
“I felt teaching other people what I like to do would be fun for the rest of my life.”
In addition to teaching basic classes, such as art concepts, theory and history, he will also teach photography, print making, sculpture, jewelry, drawing, painting, digital art and ceramics.
He hopes to continue the previous art curriculum-a program that has strength in its diversity, Dalke said.
Outside of the art classroom, he will supervise concession stands at home sporting events and help with the freshman-class float for homecoming.
His goal for the coming year will be to bring new technology to the art program, Dalke said.
“Maybe with sculpture-instead of just doing wood carving and stone carving-maybe bringing some latex molds and doing various mold-making techniques that some schools don’t necessarily do.”
Tim Kilgore will begin his first year of teaching as the agricultural education teacher and FFA sponsor at the high school.
“I think I was impressed from day one,” Kilgore said. “It’s a strong agricultural community, and from what I’ve seen so far, there’s a top notch group of kids here.”
Raised on a farm and involved with 4-H and FFA throughout his life, Kilgore said agriculture continues to play a key role in his career and wife Megan’s profession. She works for the state in the agriculture divison in the department of commerce in Topeka.
Kilgore graduated in 1993 from Pleasant Ridge High School near Easton. After attending Fort Scott Community College, he attended Kansas State University. At K-State, he majored in animal science and graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1997.
He worked for Iowa Beef Producers for two years and was persuaded by Megan to go back to school to earn a degree in secondary education. He graduated with his teaching certificate from K-State in the spring.
Kilgore said he wants to continue with some of the programs already in place at HHS.
“I think some of the activities that they did in the community were really good things,” he said. “Like running a concession at the arts and crafts festival and sponsoring a dairy field day. I definitely want to continue things like that.”
Kilgore said he hopes to bring his extensive agricultural experience to the curriculum at HHS.
“I’m motivated-I want to succeed and see the chapter and the community receive recognition,” he said.
“I’m excited to get started and get things going and build on them.”
Sharon Jost will join the third-grade teaching staff at Hillsboro Elementary School in the mornings. And in the afternoon, she will continue as a Title 1 aide.
“In working with Title 1, I have been in both third-grade classrooms in reading and math,” Jost said. “So I’ll come into the program knowing the curriculum they used, the teachers and how they ran their program.”
Husband Clyde farms, and the couple also has a dairy operation. Daughter Dionne is 19, and they have two sons, Dustin, 17, and Daniel, 12.
Jost graduated in 1976 from Balko High School in Balko, Okla. She earned a degree in elementary education from Tabor College in 1980.
“My dad was a teacher, so I grew up around education, and (wanting to be a teacher) was just something that slowly evolved,” Jost said.
After college, she substitute taught and worked in the Title 1 program.
“I dropped out, raised my family and then substitute taught for 10 years,” Jost said.
For the last three years, she has been working in the school district as an aide in Title 1.
Coming into a program she’s familiar with, Jost said she wants to continue with the way the curriculum has been run.
“It’s a very good team, and I hope to complement the team this year,” she said.
“Plus I enjoy watching kids learn. To me that’s exciting-to see kids catch on and to see them learn.”