Schools welcome new teachers to county classrooms

HaslouerMarion-Florence and Hillsboro school districts have four new faculty working with students as classes begin this fall.

Ellen Haslouer, a 32-year veteran educator, will teach Family and Consumer Science classes at USD 408.

She also plans to teach an online course for the Technology Excellence in Education Network.

Haslouer, who taught the past 16 years at Solomon middle and high schools, earned her master?s degree in secondary education at Kansas State University.

She and husband Charles live on a farm near Hope and have three grown children.

Haslouer said she is looking forward to part-time teaching with USD 408.

?My main teaching philosophy is to teach real-life skills using hands-on experience,? she said.

Haslouer also will serve as adviser for the local Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

FrazerTeaching art for eighth through 12th grades is Alisha Frazer.

?I love to see kids try their hardest and grow, and see their excitement when they realize they?ve accomplished something,? Frazer said about teaching.

A graduate of Emporia State University, she comes to Marion after teaching art for eight years at Great Bend Middle School.

?I left my mom and grandma in Great Bend,? she said about her move to Marion. She has a married younger sister who lives in Hesston.

Frazer particularly enjoys printmaking and painting, she said, but introduces a wide range of media to her students.

?I?m excited this year?I?ve got lots to learn,? she said about teaching at the high school level.

MillerJulia Miller, a 2014 Bethel College graduate, will teach vocal music for fifth through 12th grades.

?I?ve always known Marion has a good program,? she said about her decision to teach music at USD 408. ?It?s a good music community.?

Miller, who has a twin sister and older brother, grew up in Hesston and is the daughter of career educators.

She decided to pursue education because she believes music can have a significant impact on students as they experience being part of a choral group or the emotions of singing an expressive piece.

Miller is eager to take on the challenges of directing concerts and putting on a musical in November.

?As my first year, (my goal) is to make it to the end of the year and survive,? Miller said with a smile.

SheridanAt Hillsboro Elementary School, Ashley Sheridan is returning to her hometown to teach Head Start and Pre-K students.

Sheridan, whose parents are Gordon and Judy Hiebert, previously taught special education in McPherson and Wichita schools. She and husband Fred live in Lehigh.

Sheridan said she?s looking forward to a new challenge in teaching as well as advancing her career in education.

?God opens and closes doors, and I?m doing the best to follow,? she said about returning to Hillsboro.

A graduate of Tabor College, Sheridan is earning a master?s degree in early childhood education and early childhood special education at Emporia State University.

?I believe all students can learn,? she said. ?Being able to be their first teacher can set them on a life-long path of learning.?

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