Chester has new teachers, principals for 2013-14
By JANE UTECHT, Staff Reporter
The Chester Area School District is welcoming four new teachers and two new principals for the 2013-14 school year. Two, however, aren't entirely new, as they do have some prior experience with the district.|
This is the 10th year as a Flyer for new elementary principal Eric Knight, but his first in an administrative role. Previously he was the fourth-grade teacher in Chester.
As part of an all-new administrative team, Knight said that his experience will be good, as he can offer the team the perspective of knowing what has been done in the past. But Knight is also looking forward to the new parts of his job -- learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a principal.
In particular, he looks forward to meeting all the families, not just the fourth graders'. He and his wife recently moved to Chester from Harrisburg, along with their three children, a first grader, a preschooler and a 3-year-old.
Taking Knight's spot in the 4th-grade classroom is Tara Seitz, who student taught under Knight last year. She was also an aide in the high school last spring. The Mitchell native is looking forward to meeting the students and the adventures of being a first-year teacher.
"She knows the ropes a little, instead of just jumping in," Knight said.
Seitz is a graduate of Dakota State University.
Another DSU graduate is taking over third grade at Chester. Laura Biagi is in her second year of teaching; she taught in Brandon last year but is excited to be in Chester.
"I have heard wonderful things about Chester and wanted to be a part of it," she said.
Biagi is originally from Sioux City, Iowa, and lives in Madison. Besides her new job, she and her husband have a two-month-old baby.
The older Flyer students have a new principal as well. Julie Eppard is originally from Flandreau, but comes to Chester most recently from Lyman. She is looking forward to meeting the students and parents and keeping the high standards of education at the Chester school.
Eppard will have her five children enrolled in the district: a freshman, an 8th-grader, a fifth-grader, a fourth-grader and a kindergartner.
The high school also has two new teachers. Tina Moyer will be teaching high school English. She is a Minnesota native and a graduate of St. Cloud State, but taught in Parker most recently. She is looking forward to starting a new positive year with exciting changes. She will be moving to the district soon and has a kindergartner and a preschool student.
Finally, the new high school math teacher is Misty Larson. She is new superintendent Heath Larson's wife, and is excited to have the whole family be a part of Chester Area School. They have a freshman, a 6th-grader and a kindergartner. Larson has many years of teaching experience -- nine years in Brookings and eight at T.F. Riggs in Pierre -- but she is anxious to get to know the students and staff better in Chester.
The Flyers' first day for the school year is Wednesday (today).