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r‘, 8 — September 3, 2020 Dave Cristiansen WCSD #1 Elementary PE t- - Maggie Unterseher WCSD #1 i: High School Librarian Weston County School District #1 . DAVE CHRISTIANSEN _. , Family: Mark Christiansen, father; Lisa Christiansen, mother; Merritt Crabtree, ; brother Education: Black Hills State University, Degree in Physical Education, Health and ~f Coaching Position hired for: Physical Education ‘ , Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors or sport related. Hobbies include beating Mr. Allen Von Eye in this years booster club _. golf toumament. Elementary ,home. I am very excited for this school year, and ready for students to get back. HANNAH CUMMINGS . Family: Tyler Cummings, husband; '1 Kane and “Lochryn Cummings, son and jdaughter Education: BS Physical Education, 5M.Ed.K-12 Special Education Position hired for: K-1 Special ~ Education ’ [Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, archery, ’swimming/diving, cooking, remodeling homes Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? '3 I grew up in Newcastle where my 1 parents both taught and have always loved ; the area and school district. am nervous ; but excited about the upcoming year. I 7; think we as new teachers have a lot of ; obstacles to overcome but I also believe we will have more freedom for creativity and the opportunity to develop out-of-the- box teaching. NATASHA HEBBRING Family: Married to Cody Hebbring and 1 expecting our first child In November of 172020. Three dogs, Maya, Sammy and 1 Phoenix "i Education: Graduated Newcastle High 2 School 2008, Eastern Wyoming College: 1 Assoéiate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary '. Studies 2013, Valley City State University: : Bachelor’s .of Elementary Education 2019 , Position hired for: 5th Grade ; Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, : spending time with family, and cheering for . «nearest Travis Unterseher WCSD #1 HS Special Ed/Vocational the Kansas City Chiefs Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? I am very excited to start my career in my hometown and at Weston County School District No. 1, where I have worked as a paraprofessional for six plus years and at the Double AAces for several years prior. enjoy the people and kids I have worked with and being somewhere else would not be as close to my heart. This district has great values and does what is best for kids! I was raised as a Dogie and want my daughter raised here, too. I wish the health circumstances were different and there weren’t as many unknowns for the upcoming year, but I look fonNard to starting school and trying .to have as . d year to come a success. AMBER MURPHY Family: Cory, husband; Owen, 17, senior in high school; Delaney 20-year-old junior at the University of NE at Omaha; Conner, 21, electrician apprentice with Miller Electric in Omaha, Neb. Education: Bachelor’s Degree from Doane University, Master of Art in Education from the college of Saint Mary, Master of Science from the University of :NE at Omaha Position hired for: 2nd grade Hobbies/Interests: Reading, hiking, crafts and bargain shopping Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? My husband and I grew up in small town western Nebraska. We moved to Omaha after college and lived there for 20 years. In 2019, we decided we need a change of pace and scenery! We vaca- tioned in the Black Hills frequently and decided this area is where we wanted to put down roots. We absolutely love the community and look fonrvard to being here for many years! I am 'so excited to be teaching at Newcastle Elementary this year. It may not be a typical year, but am excited, none- . theless. The staff here is amazing, and they have taken great care of me as I learn the ropes at NES! I am eagerly awaiting being in a classroom with students again. I know am going to be happy here for years to come! JENNY PEDERSON Family: Mike, husband; Sydney and Kaia, daughters YOU Weston County for your support during our first year in business 307-746-2182 tv, 719 Washington Blvd. Mon—Fri 7AM—7PM i,‘&s.t.; ~ygsrz... Medical Clinic P.C. I} NatashaHebbring news letterjournal Ellllllilllllll Meet theteachers Education: Master‘s degree in profes- sional school counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin. Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Dakota, Graduated from Newcastle High School Position hired for: District School Counselor ' Hobbies/Interests: coaching, hiking, camping, sports Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? It’s so good to be home! I am excited to be moving back to Newcastle and share my passion for supporting and guiding others with the students, staff and com- munity. Not only am I excited to help them navigate life’s challenges, butto help them create passionate purposeful lives. Now a! ofa yepragpggsjglg. Inwhrlfilpumrthflwmgrfigtthggnu ever our students need gurd- “ orm . - s. a, st effort in‘Wdérto make this yearn " ameyiaff‘rdsgupportio help get them through these crazy times; @n’t have ayfof the answers, but have an’open ear and heart, and some pretty cool ideas to get through life‘s challenges. JILL PISCHKE Family: My husband Brian is an engi- neer at wyoming Refining and I have one daughter, Josyln, who is going into the fifth grade. Education: Bachelor's Degree Agriculture Business, Minor in Equine Management, Master of Science in Secondary Education ' Position hired for: Agriculture Education/FFAAdvisor Hobbies/Interests: always enjoy time with my family camping and fishing, but my passion is horses. competed many years showing horses and rodeoing and now I love sharing that passion with my daughter. Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? I was raised on the family ranch here in Newcastle and have always called it home. I love the small community and the people in it. Agriculture has always been a part of my life and I look fomard to bringing my experience and knowledge to the class- room. As look towards this coming year, understand it will be challenging for students with all the unknowns, so hope that can help equip students with some life skills that will benefit them well beyond their high school years, while also equip- ping them with knowledge and tools that are relevant in today’s agriculture industry. MAGGIE UNTERSEHER Family: Travis Unterseher, husband; Hannah Cummings Aber Murphy Jenny Pedeson WCSD #1 WCSD #1 WCSD #1 WCSD #1 K1 Special Education 5th Grade 2nd Grade District School Counselor Ruthann Wheeler Bridget Otto Valerie Samuelson WCSD #1 WCSD #7 WCSD #7 High School Math Art K-S Music Charlotte, 9.5-month-old daughter Education: University of Wyoming, BS Political Science and Black Hills State University, MS Secondary Education and K-12 Library Media Endorsement Position hired for: High School Librarian Hobbies/Interests: Obviously, love reading! Other than that, hiking, fishing or traveling with my family and our huskies Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? Travis and I were born and raised in Newcastle. We moved to Gillette for the last five years to teach and it was great, but when things opened up for both of us here, we knew that it was a God moment and decided to move back! truly hope to make a difference for our students, no matter how that looks! TRAVIS W. UNTERSEHER Family: Maggie (Stubbs) Unterseher, wife; daughter, Charlotte Unterseher Education: BS. K-12 Special Education Position hired for: High School Special EducationNocationaI-Transitional Teacher Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, hiking, biking, art, music and sports Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? Newcastle was my choice because I want to work witholder students and help them with their post school lives. Newcastle is my hometown where I gradu- ated from Newcastle High School in 2002. l have always loved the area and am happy to be back in Newcastle and be able to give back some of what I received in and from Newcastle. This upcoming year and the present time has a lot of unknowns to take into consideration. Myself and the rest of the staff and Weston County School District No. 1 are taking these unknowns head-on and are getting ready for the upcoming school year with the best possible plans with the many changing and challenging factors in mind. I can't wait to meet and start working with all the students and the parents/guardians this coming school year. RUTHANN WHEELER Family: Husband, Jason Wheeler Education: Bachelor of Science .in mathematics education with a minor in computer science teaching Position hired for: High school math- ematics edit0r@newslj. com Jill Pischke WCSD #1 Agriculture Ed/FFA Advisor Alyssa Jackson WCSD #7 4th Grade Hobbies/Interests: love watching and supporting my children in their activi- ties, as well as playing the piano. Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? My family moved to Newcastle last year and we love it here. The area is beautiful and the peOpIe have been very welcoming to our family. I am very excited to jump into school this year! Things are different this year, but I think we can all work together to have a great school year and keep everyone safe. Weston County School District #7 MISS BRIDGET OTTOw-T: m: Familyzhound dog and cat» 7?; mail? Education: Central Wyoming College, University of Wyoming Position hired for: Art Teacher Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? am excited to start my teaching career and to get to know my students. VALERIE SAMUELSON Family: Married to Dave; mother to Davina (Will) McCain, Joe (Darian) Samuelson, Justin: (Rosie) Samuelson, and Chet Samuelson; Grammy to ‘four grandsons, Trey, Asa, Jordan and Jack with a new grand baby on the way Education: BHSU Elementary Teaching Degree Position hired for: K-5 Music Teacher Hobbies/Interests: Family, traveling, reading and gardening Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? love children and love music... here was an opportunity to combine both and in an awesome community ALYSSA JACKSON Family: Husband, Chase Jackson; children, Lilly, Colt, Sadie and Eva Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education . Position hired for: 4th grade teacher Hobbies/Interests: Running, camping, hunting, following my kids in their activities Why Newcastle and what are your thoughts about the upcoming year? am so excited to be a part of Weston County School District No. 7. The staff has been so welcoming, can’t wait to get this school year started!