Madison welcomes new educators
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
The Madison Central School District bid its welcome to nine educators who attended the new teachers' orientation meeting held last week at the high school.
Madison Central officials welcomed nine new teachers to the school district last week.
Madison Elementary School
Katie Hahn, who will teach fourth grade at Madison Elementary School, previously taught for four years in the Oldham-Ramona School District.
During Hahn's time teaching at Ramona School, she spent two years with kindergartners and taught a combined class of fifth- and sixth-graders. Hahn also taught math and science to fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade classes.
Hahn said that she has held an interest in teaching "since I was a little girl." She graduated from Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
Marty Konechne has taken the physical education instructor's position at MES.
Konechne, who earned a bachelor of arts degree from South Dakota State University, served for one year as a teacher's assistant in the special education program at Brookings Elementary School. He also spent one year instructing the physical education program at Flandreau Elementary School.
He will also serve as an assistant wrestling coach.
Konechne stated that he looks forward to doing his part on the Bulldog team. "I'm ready to meet and be a part of the children's lives."
Madison Middle School
Stacy Anderson, a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, will instruct physical education at Madison Middle School.
Anderson has taught high school science classes and physical education courses at the middle and high school levels in Arizona. She has coached girls' basketball at the high school level.
She will also coach seventh-grade girls' basketball in Madison.
Anderson returned to teaching after staying at home with her children for a few years.
"Along with teaching, I'm also looking forward to taking on coaching," Anderson said.
Steve Gors has accepted duties of educating eighth-grade students in English, language arts and American history.
Gors earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with middle school endorsements from the University of South Dakota. He also received a master's in education leadership from Northern State University.
He has experience teaching English, language arts and science at middle schools located in Tea, Marion, Aberdeen (Roncalli) and Sioux Falls (O'Gorman junior high). Gors also served as a principal at St. Michael in South Sioux City, Neb., a K-8 school.
Gors will coach middle school football players and track & field athletes in Madison.
According to Gors, he wouldn't want to work in any other profession other than teaching and coaching at the middle schools.
"For those who teach at the middle-school level, no explanation is needed, and for those who do not teach at this level, no explanation will be adequate," Gors said.
Travis Johnson, a DSU alumnus, will instruct computer skills at Madison Middle School.
Johnson, who has a bachelor's in elementary education, has taught kindergarten at Madison Christian School and fourth-graders in Montrose's school system. He also worked as an instructor in computer classes for grades K-12 at Tri-Valley.
Johnson described himself as "happy to be a Bulldog again." He will also coach in the middle school football and middle school wrestling programs.
Karen Rahn will teach sixth-grade language arts and social studies.
Rahn has a bachelor's degree in education from USD. Her professional experience includes positions at Vermillion Middle School and Rutland High School and working with the Dakota Writing Project associated with USD.
Rahn said that working with young students energizes her "and pushes me to be creative and studious myself."
Madison High School
Joe Bundy will instruct students enrolled in social studies classes at MHS.
Bundy earned a bachelor of science degree from Wayne (Neb.) State College. He taught for one year at Coleridge Middle School in Coleridge, Neb.
He will also work as an assistant coach in Madison's varsity football program.
"Having grown up here, I am very excited to be back and working with the faculty, staff and students," Bundy said.
Glynnis Kunkel will teach English to freshmen, sophomores and juniors at the high school.
Kunkel recently graduated with honors from Augustana College with a bachelor of arts in English education. She has nine years of work experience involving youth camps, tutoring and student programming.
Kunkel will also serve as a debate coach and theater assistant.
According to Kunkel, teachers "have the best occupation."
"Every day is a new challenge, a new adventure," Kunkel said. "There's never a dull moment."
Instrumental music instructor
Tim Eckart will take over duties as the band director for the middle- and high-school musicians after instructing students in Canby, Minn., for the last 12 years. He will also lead the sixth-grade bucket-drumming program.
In Canby, Eckart taught general music to grades 4-6. He also instructed fifth- through 12th-grade band students and served as a one-act play director.
Eckart earned both his undergraduate degree and a master's degree of music education from USD.
He would enjoy having his students grow into lifelong musicians.
"I enjoy introducing students to different small-group music ensembles to help them become better musicians," Eckart said.
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