(Editor’s note: The start of the 2010-11 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools. The Register will profile new educators with brief biographies. Today’s roundup features new teachers at Jefferson, McKinley and Lincoln elementary schools in USD 257.)
Katie Ellis said she is happy to be a full-time teacher after teaching part time and being a stay-at-home mother. She teaches second grade at Lincoln Elementary School.
She grew up in a family of educators — her dad teaches at St. Mary’s-Colgan High School in Pittsburg and her mother at Pittsburg State University.
Ellis a a graduate of PSU.
She and her husband, Jared, and their two daughters, Ally, 6, and Brooklyn, 3, live in Iola.
Jamie Newland is beginning her career as a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.
“I have always liked working with young children and can’t wait for that ‘ah ha’ moment when my students reach milestones such as reading,” she said.
A graduate of Emporia State University and an Olathe native, she and her husband, Tyler, moved to Iola from Emporia.
“I like living in a smaller town where you get to know your neighbors,” she said.