Seventeen new staff members began the 2017-2018 school year today. New to the Milbank district, are: (Back l. to r.) Jeff Trapp, middle school science; Adolph Shepardson, athletic director; Jade Miller, high school and C team boys basketball coach; and Jason Karels, woodshop. (Middle) Melanie Schwandt, special education at Koch; Kristi Seehafer, para at MS/HS; Leslie Tol, para at Koch; Brenda Nomeland, Koch School nurse; and Logan Diede, technology and head boys basketball coach. (Front) Lori Stricherz, para at MS; Janelle Wollschlager, credit recovery; Courtany Sykora, kindergarten; Reeba Thompson, first grade; and Morgan Schmitt, para at Koch. Other new staff include: Keri Schmeichel, colony teacher; Cyndy Larsen, cook; and Shelley Welberg, cook.
School administrators remain the same for 2017-2018. They include: Amy Brandriet, Koch elementary principal; Kris Evje, middle school dean of students/special services director; Tim Graf, superintendent; Nancy Meyer, business manager; Keri Schliesman, Koch School special education director; and Dan Snaza, high school principal.
Grade level teachers at Koch School include: Darla Larson, Sandy Schell, and Cindy Jungers, kindergarten/Title; Maren Davis and Becky Johnson (8th volleyball), first grade; Nikki Evje, Katie Gilmore, Dolly Lenards, and Robin Patnoe, second grade; Brittni Cordingley, Pam Prisinger, Jena Schulte (MS volleyball and gymnastics) and Beth Wagner, third grade; Brenna Fredrichsen, Becky Lambrechts, Susanne Rausch, and Sara VanMeter, fourth grade; and Clarice Buhler, Janelle Korstjens, and Tammy Mielitz, fifth grade.
Other teaching staff include: April Anderson, HS English, fall cheer advisor; David Boerger, Koch music; Greg Cantine, 8th English, MS yearbook; Ryan Conrad, Koch physical education; Jim Dahl, HS science, boys and girls tennis; Troy Gauer, MS social studies, 7th football; Caitlyn Graf, math, MS girls basketball; Jackson Graf, math, MS boys basketball; Nancy Hoeke, business/computer, head volleyball; Kelli Hoff, special education, C volleyball, GBB, MS track; Joyce Hora, science, junior class advisor; Janelle Huber, Bulldog preschool/title; Jerry Janisch, agriculture, FFA; Joyce Johnson, special education; Susan Karels, MS/HS band; Karla Kastrup, speech therapy; Mark Keeton, technology, boys and girls golf; Gretchen Koopmans, English; Jill Lear, psychologist; Lori Leddy, math, math counts; Lane Lindquist, government, senior class advisor, 8th football, 8th GBB, assistant track; Kristi Lingert, biology; Ashley Ludwig, special education; Laura Maag, English, head oral interp, assistant debate; Chad Nolz, speech therapy; Julie Nolz, counselor, FACS; Caitlyn Oien, MS social studies; Brad Olson, social studies, 7th boys basketball; Brian Pauli, physical education, head GBB, assistant football; Nancy Pauli, graphic arts, assistant yearbook; Nancy Paulson, special education, assistant volleyball, HS student council; Nancy Quade, business, assistant junior class advisor; Josh Schmeichel, MS/HS math, assistant cross country, track, MS wrestling, math counts; Kevin Schnaser, Spanish; Breanna Schwandt, special education; Miriam Schwenn, vocal music, general music; Ryan Scoular, MS science, assistant football, assistant boys basketball; Renee Shelstad, special education; Robin Simmons, MS reading/language arts; Rick Swenson, social studies; Jeremy Tostenson, physical education, head football, head wrestling; Kristin Tostenson, special education; Christine Townsend, migrant coordinator; Eric Townsend, reading, head cross country, head track; Abbey Trapp, special education; Heidi Wellnitz, counselor, MS student council, Milbank Honor Society.
Additional classified staff include: Alicia Adelman, para; Gail Adelman, cook; Diane Berkner, para; Sharon Bogenreif, MS secretary; Richard Bohn, custodian; Justin Brown, custodian; Lisa Brown, cook; Lori Buescher, custodian; Jeanine Dashiell, para; Cindy Davis, custodian; Julie Dwyer, cook; Jay Elsberry, custodian; Johanna Fischer, MS/HS nurse; Billie Jo Giesel, ELL; Peggy Greiner, central/special education secretary; Jessica Hanson, art; Joanne Hanson, cook; Nancy Hein, custodian; Becky Johannsen, cook; Betsy Johanson, para; Kathy Johnson, para; Dina Johnson, para; Jerry Kathman, head maintenance; Mary Kinder, OST; Barb Kloster, cook; Pam Liebe, data processor; Karen Loeschke, para; Carrie Novy, para; Sue Pauli, para; Jayne Paysen, para – Koch library; Kelsey Peery, Koch secretary; Tammy Rieger, HS secretary; Janet Trapp, para; Debbie Underwood, director of food service; Hether Voeltz, para; Kelly Whitesitt, para; and Carol Ydstie, para.