Jason Karels has been hired as the building trades instructor for the Milbank School District. He replaces Clee Brakke who will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. “We welcome Jason to the district,” stated Superintendent Tim Graf, during the regular meeting of the school board Monday, March 13.
Karels is currently an agriculture instructor at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. He has been employed there the past six years. Prior to that, he was a teacher at Deuel Public School in Clear Lake in agriculture education. He also spent time teaching at Wishek Public School in Wishek, North Dakota, and Dakota Prairie Public School in McVille, North Dakota.
“I’m very excited to join the Milbank School District,” Karels said. “It will be great working in Milbank where my wife teaches and my children go to school. I’m also excited to be able to bring back a small engines course to the curriculum.”
Karels is currently working on his Master’s Degree in education for post-secondary and adult curriculum development with coursework in middle and high school teaching. He is also obtaining an endorsement in technology education.
Karels serves as the treasurer for the Milbank Area Lions Swim Team and is a volunteer coach with the Grant County Shooting Sports Archery Program. He is a member of LATI’s Pathways committee, a Grant County 4-H Association board member, co-manager of LATI’s school farm, a coordinator for the District 1 FFA Leadership Career Development Event, and co-chairman for the St. Joseph’s Parish Bazaar in Rosen, Minnesota.
Karels’ wife, Susan, is the Milbank School District 6-12 band instructor. They have two children – William, an eight-grader and Hope, a fifth-grader. The family resides in rural Big Stone City.