New faces join McKinley 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 McKinley Elementary School - USD 257.)

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

Chris Rausch
Chris Rausch, second-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, previously taught fourth grade at McKinley and second grade at LaHarpe Elementary School. This is her ninth year as an educator.
She received her master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University.
“I’ve wanted to be a teach-er from as far back as I can re-member and have taught children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade,” she said.
Rausch said her class will concentrate on reading.
She and her husband, Jim, have two children, Jacob, 9, and Jennica, 15.

Terri Carlin
Terri Carlin is teaching third grade this school year at McKinley Elementary School. The past two years she taught third grade at LaHarpe Elementary School.
Originally from Wamego, Carlin taught fifth grade for two years and reading for a year in Offerle prior to the birth of her children, Haley, 7, and Madison, 9.
Her husband, Roger, is an instructor at Iola Middle School.
For the past several years she has coached volleyball at Iola Middle School along with her teaching duties.
“I enjoy teaching and consider it a privilege to be entrusted with my students,” she said.

Jessy Coffield
Second-year teacher Jessy Coffield has taken on the duties as a kindergarten teacher at McKinley Elementary School. Last year she taught kindergarten at Jefferson Elementary School.
“I enjoy working with younger kids. They are so inquisitive and have such unique personalities,” she said.
An Abilene native, she is working on her master’s degree in education at Pittsburg State University.
She and her husband, Travis, have one son, Brennen, 2.

Briana Curry
Briana Curry is teaching first-grade at McKinley Elementary School. Last school year she taught first grade at Jefferson Elementary School.
Curry began her schooling in Iola at Iola Middle School after her family moved from Colony. She is a graduate of Kansas State University.
Curry and her husband, Brett, have two daughters, Jenna, 5, and Reese, 2 1/2.
“I am very excited to work with the students and see them succeed,” she said.
Curry plans to make reading a priority in her students’ studies.

Julie Riebel
LaHarpe native Julie Riebel is a Title I teacher this year at McKinley Elementary School.
“I provide extra help for students who are having difficulty keeping up with their class work,” she said.
Riebel is a fifth-year teacher, having worked previously at LaHarpe Elementary School.
She said she was inspired to become a teacher after having Pauline Hawk as her third-grade teacher at LaHarpe Elementary School. She is a graduate of Emporia State University.
She has one daughter, Madelyn, 18 months.