(Editor’s note: The start of the 2010-11 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools. Today’s roundup features new teachers at Iola Middle School and Iola High School – USD 257.)
Danielle Schooler said she feels right at home in the art class at Iola Middle School. She is spending the semester fulfilling her student teacher requirements under the watchful eye of Joyce Atkinson, who was her art teacher when she attended IMS. Schooler is a 2003 graduate of Iola High School.
Schooler, who will graduate in December from Ottawa University, requested student teaching positions in Iola, Chanute and Burlington.
“I am glad I get to finish my degree here at my old school,” Schooler said.
Schooler and her husband, Josh, and daughter, Evie, 6 months, live in Iola.
Jeff Fehr worked in horticulture for 18 years before returning to college to earn his teaching credentials.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his master’s degree from Pittsburg State University.
Fehr works as a special education teacher at Iola High School through the ANW Special Education Cooperative. This is his first teaching position.
He and his wife, Muffy, live in Chanute. The couple have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is a senior at Chanute High School.
Regina Heier teaches freshman and sophomore English at Iola High School. This is her first year as a teacher. She is a graduate of Fort Hays State University.
When she was a senior at Colby High School she said her teachers encouraged her to go into education.
“I first majored in speech and language pathology, but after two years in college decided I did want to be a teacher,” she said.
She lives in rural Iola. She and her fiance Trent Chriestenson are planning a summer wedding.