New teachers in town

The Webster City Community School District welcomed faculty members who are new to the district this year at a meeting on Thursday.

The meeting hosted 18 new faculty members who will be working in many different capacities within the district. Those new members include:

Andrea Bernard, of Anthon, family and consumer sciences and health teacher at Webster City High School. Bernard received an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. In college, Bernard was a first-grade tutor for America Reads/America Counts.

Lauren Blaisdell, of Ashley, Indiana, fifth grade reading and history teacher. Blaisdell received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Blaisdell has been a substitute teacher in Webster City, Iowa Falls and Fort Dodge for the last three years.

Kayla Dagit, of Iowa Falls, fourth grade teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary School. Dagit studied elementary and middle level education at the University of Northern Iowa with middle school concentrations in language arts and social studies. Dagit taught for two years in the West Bend-Mallard Community School District.

Cheryl Eichler, of Utica, Nebraska, special education teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School. Eichler received a bachelor of arts degree in education at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Eichler also received a learning disabilities endorsement, gifted endorsement and an ESL endorsement.

Kristin Elm, of Webster City, first grade teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School. Elm received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, specializing in English language arts and social studies at Iowa State University. Elm currently teaches at The Dance Connection and has worked as a substitute for Webster City Schools.

Laura Estlund, of Webster City, third grade teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary School. Estlund graduated from Buena Vista University and studied elementary education. Estlund worked as a paraeducator for the past four years with the Webster City Community School District.

Jacqueline Faust, of Ellsworth, Wisconsin, art and WCTV teacher at Webster City High School. Faust received a bachelor of science degree in art education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Faust has taught art D.C. Everest Junior High School in Weston, Wisconsin, and at Mosinee Middle and High School in Mosinee, Wisconsin.

Laura Fisher, of St. Ansgar, English teacher at Webster City High School. Fisher received a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education-history at DePaul University. Fisher taught social studies and English at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Junior High and Senior High schools for two years.

Mark Fisher, of Grundy Center, math teacher at Webster City High School. Fisher received an undergraduate degree in math education at the University of Northern Iowa and a masters in education with a specialty of integrating technology in the classroom from Walden University.

Jason Halverson, of Algona, associate principal at Webster City High School. Halverson received a bachelor of arts degree at University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree from Drake University. Halverson has past experience teaching fifth grade, sixth grade Iowa history, seventh grade civics and working as an associate principal and athletic director.

Courtney Hippen, of Webster City, juvenile court liaison officer. Hippen attended Iowa Central Community College and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice and sociology. Hippen previously worked as a police dispatcher and intern at the Webster City Police Department.

Ben Jass, of Alden, industrial technology teacher at Webster City High School. Jass attended Upper Iowa University. Jass worked for two years in the North Butler Community School District, two years in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, one year in Forest City and six years in the Nashua-Plainfield School District.

Danika Klaver, of Webster City, biology teacher at Webster City High School. Klaver received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture education and biology from Iowa State University. Klaver worked as an adjunct teacher at Ellsworth Community College.

Heather Knox, of Newton, fourth grade teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary School. Knox received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education at Iowa State University and a master of education degree in differentiated instruction at Graceland University. Knox taught kindergarten and ELL in Klamath Falls, Oregon, for two years and kindergarten in Zillah, Washington, for six years.

Divya Mekala, of suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, science teacher at Webster City High School. Mekala received a bachelor of science degree in biology and a masters degree in science teaching, both from Iowa State University. Mekala previously worked as a lab assistant in the Plant Pathology Department at Iowa State University.

Sarah Pagel, of Webster City, second grade teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary School. Pagel attended Iowa Central Community College and received a bachelor of arts in elementary education with a minor in mathematics for kindergarten through eighth grade at the University of Northern Iowa. Pagel is a first-year teacher.

Ashton Reams, of West Des Moines, band instructor at Webster City Middle School. Reams received a bachelor of music education degree from Wartburg College. Reams worked for two years teaching band for grades six to 12 and vocal for grades seven and eight at Ar-We-Va Community Schools and three years teaching band for grades six to eight at George Washington Carver Academy.

Chelsie Shimek, of Riceville, special education teacher at Webster City Middle School. Shimek received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University with a minor in special education. Shimek worked at OASIS alternative school for two years and Charles City Middle School for one year as a paraeducator.