Picture – back row, left to right, Brian Pauli, Gretchen Koopmans, Kelli Hoff, Caitlyn Oien and Kevin Schnaser. Front row, Cassandra Kurtenbach, Dawn Schjei,... Ten New Staff Members Join Milbank School District

2016_new_teachers (1)Picture – back row, left to right, Brian Pauli, Gretchen Koopmans, Kelli Hoff, Caitlyn Oien and Kevin Schnaser. Front row, Cassandra Kurtenbach, Dawn Schjei, Amy Brandriet, Courtany Sykora and Robin Simmons.

Ten new staff members will begin the 2016-2017 school year in their new positions.
Brian Pauli will teach high school physical education and will be the head girls basketball coach and assistant football coach. Gretchen Koopmans will teach high school English, and Kelli Hoff is a special education teacher and assistant track coach. Caitlyn Oien will teach middle school social studies and is the head debate and student congress coach. Kevin Schnaser will teach middle school and high school Spanish.

Other new staff include Cassandra Kurtenbach, a paraprofessional at Koch School; Dawn Schjei, high school cook; Amy Brandriet, Koch School principal and Robin Simmons, middle school social studies teacher. Courtany Sykora will complete her student teaching at Koch School.

Along with Principal Brandriet, staff that make up the school district administration include Tim Graf, superintendent; Dan Snaza, high school principal; Kris Evje, middle school dean of students/special services director; Keri Schliesman, Koch School special education director, and Nancy Meyer, business manager.

Grade level teachers at Koch School include Darla Larson, Shelly Loehrer, Sandy Schell and Cindy Jungers, kindergarten/Title; Maren Davis, Becky Johnson, Lindsey Keller, first grade; Nikki Evje, Katie Gilmore, Dolly Lenards and Robin Patnoe, second grade; Brittni Cordingley, Pam Prisinger, Beth Wagner and Jena Schulte (MS gymnastics), third grade; Brenna Fredrichsen, Becky Lambrechts, Sara VanMeter and Suanne Rausch, fourth grade, and Clarice Buhler, Janelle Korstjens and Tammy Mielitz, fifth grade.
Other staff at Koch are Dave Boerger, music; Ryan Conrad, physical education; Jessica Hanson, art; Jayne Paysen, library; Sandy Tucholke, nurse, and Mary Kinder, OST.

Teaching at the middle/high school level are April Anderson, HS English, fall cheer advisor; Matt Bastian, HS math, head boys basketball and 7th football; Melissa Bastian, MS science and 7th volleyball; Les Bloem, HS math; Clee Brakke, HS woodshop; Greg Cantine, 8th English, MS yearbook; Jim Dahl, HS science and boys and girls head tennis; Troy Gauer, MS social studies and assistant football; Caitlyn Graf, HS math and MS girls basketball; Jackson Graf, MS math and MS boys basketball; Nancy Hoeke, HS business/computer and head volleyball; Joyce Hora, HS science, junior class advisor; Janelle Huber, Koch School Bulldog preschool/Title; Jerry Janisch, MS/HS agriculture, FFA; Susan Karels, MS/HS band; Mark Keeton, technology and head girls/boys golf; Lori Leddy, MS math, Math Counts; Lane Lindquist, HS government, senior class advisor, 8th football and girls basketball and assistant track; Kristi Lingert, HS biology; Laura Maag, HS English, head oral interp and assistant debate; Chad Nolz, speech therapy at all three schools; Julie Nolz, Koch School counselor, HS FACS; Brad Olson, social studies and 7th boys basketball; Nancy Pauli, graphic arts, assistant yearbook; Nancy Quade, HS business, assistant junior class advisor; Josh Schmeichel, MS/HS math, Math Counts, MS wrestling, MS track, assistant cross country; Miriam Schwenn, MS/HS vocal music, general music; Ryan Scoular, MS science, assistant football, assistant boys basketball;

Boyd Sussex, HS physical education, HS social studies, athletic director; Kathy Sussex, STEP/At Risk, HS student council; Rick Swenson, HS social studies and C team boys basketball; Jeremy Tostenson, MS physical education, head football, head wrestling; Christine Townsend, migrant coordinator; Eric Townsend, MS reading, head cross country, head track; Heidi Wellnitz, MS/HS counselor, MS student council, National Honor Society.

Special education staff include Alyssa Frogner, Joyce Johnson, Ashley Ludwig, Nancy Paulson (assistant volleyball and HS student council), Breanna Schwandt, Renee Shelstad, Kristin Tostenson and Abbey Trapp.

Paraprofessionals within the school district are Alicia Adelman, Diane Berkner, Emily Brandt, Jeanine Dashiell, Betsy Johanson, Kathy Johnson, Dina Johnson, Karen Loeschke, Nancy Nelson, Carrie Novy, Jolene Rick (8th volleyball, JV girls basketball), Janet Trapp, Hether Voeltz and Kelly Whitesitt.

Other staff members within the district are Karla Kastrup, speech therapy at Koch; Jill Lear, school psychologist; Michael Perrion, computer technology; Gail Adelman, cook; Sharon Bogenreif, MS secretary; Richard Bohn, custodian; Lori Buescher, custodian; Cindy Davis, custodian; Julie Dwyer, cook; Cheryl Elsberry, custodian; Jay Elsberry, custodian; Johanna Fischer, MS/HS nurse; Judith Gilbertson, custodian; Peggy Greiner, central office/special education secretary; Joanne Hanson, cook; Nancy Hein, custodian; Becky Johannsen, cook; Jerry Kathman, head maintenance; Barb Kloster, cook; Pam Liebe, data processor; Kelsey Peery, Koch secretary; Tammy Rieger, HS secretary; Shelley Smith, cook; Sue Pauli, MS/HS library; Molly Tesch, cook; Deb Underwood, director of food service; Tina Balling and Sandy Christensen, assistant HS oral interp; Amber Fraasch, head gymnastics; Lorrie Hardy, OST; Holly Hilbrands, theater manager; Jesse Krause, assistant wrestling; Carl Larson, assistant football; Karen Vaudrey, OST; Amy Yamaura, MS gymnastics; Stacey Weinkauf, assistant gymnastics.

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