New teachers begin at Canton-Galva, Goessel, MCSEC


A total of 15 new classroom teachers have begun working this fall in the school districts of Canton-Galva and Goessel and in the Marion County Special Education Cooperative.



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Sue Vogts

Julie Waldschmidt

Maria LaNear
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Mindy Richmond

Chris Sohm

Valerie Stout

Canton-Galva Unified School District 419 has three teachers beginning their careers in education: Sue Vogts, Julie Wald?schmidt and Maria LaNear.

Sue Vogts is teaching Canton-Galva?s pre-school and at risk program for 4-year-old. She holds an elementary education degree from Newman University and an early childhood unified degree from Wichita State University.

Vogts and her family?husband Stuart and daughters Janelle and Jennifer?live in the district.

Julie Waldschmidt, who graduated from Bethel College, North Newton, in May, will work with special education for kindergarten through grade three.

Her hometown is Waldron, where father Mark farms and her mother, Patty, is a registered nurse. Brother Kevin is a junior at Oklahoma State University.

?I believe in each child?s ability to succeed,? Waldschmidt said. ?I hope to make learning a life-long enjoyment for others.?

Maria LaNear of Joplin, Mo., will be teaching science for seventh, eighth and ninth grades. She comes to the district with a science degree from the University of Arkansas.

Smaller class sizes and the enthusiastic faculty and staff drew her to Canton-Galva, she said.

Mindy Richmond will be teaching math in the high school. She has six years of experience teaching in Illinois.

Richmond and husband Timothy live in Hillsboro, where he will be teaching at Tabor College. They have one child.

Chris Sohm will teach the social studies courses at the high school and take on the roles of head boys? basketball coach and assistant football coach.

Sohm, a graduate of Fort Hays State University, spent the past four years teaching and coaching in Satanta.

He is living in Canton.

After teaching several years in McPherson, Valerie Stout has returned to teach high school English and coach volleyball.

She worked with the district during the late ?80s and ?90s. She and her husband live in McPherson. They have one daughter.

Covering the Spanish courses in Canton-Galva and Goessel schools will be Marvin Nance.

He has taught for 35 years, having earned degrees in education, social sciences and Spanish.

Nance said his goal is ?to prepare my students so they can succeed to the best of their abilities in lifelong worth and productive causes in a rapidly changing and needy world.?


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Marvin Nance

Susan Bedford

Claire Overstake
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Joe Biggs

Tonya Bartel

Susan Saunders

Six teachers have joined the staff of Unified School District 411, including Nance.

Susan Bedford will take over the family and consumer science, the subject area in which she was originally trained and certified.

Bedford has been working for the Beloit Special Education Cooperative. She brings counseling and teaching experience teaching at multiple grade levels.

She has two grown children, one a teacher and one in college.

Junior-high students taking math and science will have Claire Overstake, who teaches classes previously taught by Bruce Stucky, who retired. Overstake most recently taught in Hillsboro. She?s also brings experience from other schools, including Ft. Scott, Oswego and Stafford.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, she and husband Grant live in Hillsboro. They have three grown children.

Joe Biggs returns to Goessel where he student-taught, substituted and coached. He worked for the past year as a case manager at Prairie View in McPherson. A 2006 graduate of McPherson College, Biggs will teach health, physical education and computers.

A Hesston native and Bethel College graduate, Tonya Bartel has assumed the junior high language arts position. She brings experience in working with parents, writing curriculum and director theater productions. She will also coach forensics. She and husband Ryan are parents of a young daughter, Evelyn.

Currently residing in Lehigh is Susan Saunders, who will teach high school math. She is a graduate of Friends University and has taught at Larned and Eureka. Saunders has been working with Hospira in McPherson as a chemist.


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Debbie Allen

Charla Heddin
Kurt Herrel

Debbie Allen, Charla S. Heddin and Kurt Herrel are the new teachers at the Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

Allen has assumed the role of interrelated teacher for fifth and sixth grades at Marion Elementary School.

After graduating from Tabor College in December 2007, she substituted regularly at Marion Elementary.

?I believe Marion Elementary is a top notch school with excellent staff members, and I am thrilled to be part of this district,? she said.

With master?s degrees in emotional disturbance/behavioral disorders and building administration and eight years of experience, Heddin will instruct special education classes for grades nine through 12 at Hillsboro High School.

She and husband Dan live in Hesston with their three children.

Herrel has seven years of teaching and will be working with special education students on high school level with MCSEC. He said he welcomes the opportunity to make a difference with special needs students.

Herrel, who has master?s in education, lives near Goessel with wife Jeanelle and four children.

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