New faces join staff at IMS, IHS

(Editor’s note: The start of the 2009-10 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools. The Register is profiling new educators with brief bits of biographical information. Today’s roundup features new teachers at Iola Middle School and Iola High School - USD 257.)

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

Denise Warhurst
New at Iola Middle School this year is Denise Warhurst, resource room teacher. She is employed through ANW Special Education Cooperative.
The past four years she was resource room teacher at Chanute Middle School.
She had completed three years toward her bachelor’s degree in education at Pittsburg State University when she and her family moved to Bismarck, N.D. She earned her teaching degree at the University of Mary in Bismarck.
The Chanute native said she had always wanted to be a teacher.
“The staff and teachers here at Iola Middle School have been so very friendly and helpful to me as I settle into my new position,” Warhurst said.
Warhurst has five children, Tara, a teacher at Emporia High School; Meghan, a student at Ottawa University; Kyle, who attends the state university in Moorhead, Minn.; Rachel, a student at Neosho County Community College; and Amanda, a student at Emporia State University.

Amy Shannon
Amy Shannon, who taught art at Lincoln Elementary School for the past four years, has assumed the duties of Iola High School art teacher at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
An Iola native, Shannon received her bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University. She began her teaching career in Stigler, Okla.
Art has always been a part of Shannon’s life. From the time she was a toddler she said she knew she wanted to be an artist, and by the time she began elementary school she said she knew she wanted to be an art teacher.
“My grandma, Margaret Turner, was an art teacher in Newton and has always been my biggest critic. I think I inherited my creativity from her,” Shannon said.
Shannon and her husband, Derrick, and their three sons, Clay, 6, Curt, 3, and Creed, 18 months, live in rural Humboldt.

Mike Shuman
Teaching 9th and 12th grade English this school year at Iola High School is Mike Shuman.
Iola is Shuman’s first teaching assignment. He said he enjoys teaching because he keeps learning new things from his students.
He is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg. He made his home in Grandview, Mo., before moving to Iola.

Brian Walrod
Brian Walrod has been an educator for 10 years. The past several years he taught at Neosho County Community College.
At Iola High School he is working in special education. He is employed by ANW Special Education Cooperative.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and is pursuing a master of arts degree in education with a certification in special education at Pittsburg State University.
He and his wife, Shelli, live in Pittsburg with their three daughters, Auguste, 12, Anna, 10, and Kate, 6.