New faces join Jefferson staff

(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 Jefferson Elementary School — USD 257.)

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

Kelly Francis
Kelly Francis said she became a teacher because she enjoys seeing children learn and experience new things.
Francis is the re-source room teacher at Jefferson Elementary School. She is working with children with disabilities. She works through the ANW Special Education Cooperative.
She has been an educator for six years. Last year she taught at McKinley Elementary School.
Originally from Georgia, she earned her degree in education at North Georgia College and University in Dahlonega.
She and her husband, Tim, live in Humboldt.

Mary Ann Regehr
Mary Ann Regehr is beginning her first year of teaching as one of Jefferson Elementary School’s fourth-grade teachers.
Regehr had worked as a substitute teacher the past few years and was encouraged by school administrators to pursue her teaching credentials.
She received her bachelor’s degree in education in December and is pursuing her master’s degree in education online through Grand Canyon University.
“Don’t let anyone tell you online college classes are easy. I have to write 4,000-word essays each week,” she said.
Regehr is also a certified radiology technician. She received her degree from Kansas State University more than 20 years ago.
For 23 years Regehr was a full-time mom. Her husband was in the Air Force and the family moved every 18 months to two years, she said. When he retired from the military, the couple returned to Iola.
She and her husband, Walt, a teacher at Allen County Community College, have three children. Lisse lives in St. Paul, Minn., Katrina and her husband, Job Springer, and their son, Rohan, live in Ardmore, Okla., and their son, Sean, is serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Hawaii.

Scott Riebel
Scott Riebel began his teaching career four years ago. He first taught at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Chanute. He then assumed the position of second-grade teacher at LaHarpe Elementary School — the same school he attended as a youth. Last year he taught math and science to fourth graders at McKinley Elementary School. This year he is teaching fourth grade and fifth-grade math at Jefferson.
“I enjoy math and science and am excited to introduce the kids to these subjects,” he said.
Riebel received his bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University.
He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Molly 3 1/2, and Ethan Scott, 2.

Lori Stone
Lori Stone volunteered at Iola schools when her children were students and worked one year as a paraprofessional before seeking her degree in education at Emporia State University.
She is entering her seventh year as a teacher in USD 257. Last year she taught at McKinley Elementary School. This year she is a fifth-grade teacher and fourth grade reading instructor at Jefferson .
Stone and her husband, Wes, have three grown children. Aaron lives in Hereford, Texas, Ryan in Bronson, and daughter Karla has applied to the medical technician program at Wichita State University.

Nancy Cokely
Nancy Cokley teaches art at Jefferson and McKinley Elementary Schools. The past five years she taught kindergarten at LaHarpe Elementary School.
A graduate of Ottawa University, Cokely has worked in education for 26 1/2 years. Some of those years she has home-schooled, taught in a private school, was a paraprofessional, substitute teacher and worked in the education department at a museum. She has spent the last 13 1/2 years teaching in public schools.
She is originally from Scottsbluff, Neb. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Cody, a freshman at Iola High School, and Zachary, a fourth-grade student at Jefferson.