Goessel school district will welcome four new teachers


Renae Peters


John Bergin


Derrick Birdsell

Four new teachers joined the staff at Goessel Unified School District 411 and on Thursday, Aug. 27, will meet students when classes begin.

Renae Peters is the new junior/senior high school vocal and music teacher.

John Bergin will be focusing on agriculture education and Derrick Birdsell is the middle school language arts teacher.

Laura Salmeron is the new part-time Spanish teacher.

As the new vocal music instructor, Peters, herself a Goessel High School graduate, will be taking over for Greg Bontrager, who accepted a position in the Buhler school district.

Peters recently completed her master?s in music education from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Prior to accepting the position in Goessel, she taught vocal music at Sante Fe Middle School and Newton High School.

?Renae will also be directing the Elbiata Singers at Goessel,? said Superintendent John Fast. ?She has a multitude of conducting experience ranging from the Bethel College Oratorio Chorus, children?s choirs and adult church choir conductor at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.?

Peters and her husband, Jason, live in Hesston.

The vocational agriculture department will welcome Bergin. He succeeeds David Graham, who returned to his hometown of Marysville.

A graduate of Kansas State University, Bergin completed his student teaching at Southeast of Saline schools.

?While at KSU,? Fast said, ?Bergin was selected as the student council president of the Agriculture College.?

Bergin has helped judge agriculture competitions and attended both state and national ag conventions.

A Meridian native, Bergin and his wife now live in Newton.

Birdsell, originally from Hesston, graduated from Hesston High School and completed his post-secondary education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

He recently taught at Conway Springs.

Not only will he teach language arts to middle schoolers, he will also direct drama presentations and coach cross country.

?Derrick has had experience in theater productions,? Fast said, ?and also worked as a Scholar?s Bowl coach.?

Salmeron taught Spanish for the last 35 years in Valley Center.

According to Fast, the position came open only recently after Marvin Nance resigned.

?Laura will teach two sections in first year Spanish and one section for students in second year,? he said.

She resides in Newton.

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