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Emma Bathurst Jacobson

Jacobson grew up on a farm north of Abilene and was active in 4-H and FFA. She graduated from Abilene High School, attended Manhattan Christian College for two years, then graduated from Kansas State University in May with a degree in agricultural education.

Jacobson did her student teaching at Hillsboro High School.

She will be alternating with fellow teacher Jon Meyer to lead FFA students in career development events.

Jacobson will teach classes in natural resources, ag welding, food science, horticulture, and small animal care, and an exploratory ag class.

She hopes to find out students’ passions and point them to resources and tools that will help them reach their goals.

Hillsboro Elementary

Emily Delk

Delk will teach in 4-year-old pre-kindergarten. She is from McPherson and taught at Faris Elementary School in Hutchinson for two years and at Roosevelt Elementary School in McPherson for four years and has master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Previously, she taught second and third grades.

“I am excited to move down in grade levels as I love the younger age group,” she said.

Hillsboro Middle/High

Joy Dalke

Dalke is teaching special education for 10th to 12th grades.

She grew up in South Dakota and graduated from high school there but has lived in Hillsboro since 1994. She worked the past eight years at Oasis in Marion — four years as a paraprofessional and four years as a special education teacher.

“Both of my children graduated from Hillsboro High School, so I know the caliber of education our students receive. I am really excited to be a part of that education,” she said.

Kurt Herrell

Herrell is teaching life skills special education.

Tara Kinnamon

Kinnamon is a new business teacher and will focus on personal finance, entrepreneurship, career and life planning, business economics, and accounting.

She grew up in Reno County and is a Buhler and McPherson College graduate.

Kinnamon has worked in education for more than 30 years. She was a high school secretary at Claflin (now Central Plains), did tech support in Arkansas City, taught business and computers in St. John-Hudson for 19 years, and taught business and computers in Wichita for the past two years.

“Although I’ve been teaching for 21 years and in education for over 30, I am always impressed with how small schools and communities come together to support students and staff,” she said. “I’ve heard great things about Hillsboro and have already seen it personally in just a  few days. I’m excited to be back in a small school.”

Marion Elementary

Ellen Carlson

Carlson is a Kansas State University graduate with a master’s degree in special education. She also has a certificate in behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.

She is teaching special education in grades two and three.

It will be her ninth year teaching. She previously taught at Seitz Elementary on Fort Riley.

At Fort Riley, she started out as a resource teacher and moved into a more structured special education program.

Marion is appealing because it is close to home. She lives in Burdick.

“I really like this community,” she said.

When she’s not at school, she likes to spend time with family and be outdoors.

Cierra Goodwin

After getting an associate’s degree in accounting, Goodwin earned a bachelor’s degree in special education.

She is teaching special education grades in kindergarten and first grade.

She is excited by the opportunities Marion school district offers.

When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys renovating and designing her home and making crafts. She also loves to read and cook.

Priscilla Sibayan

Sibayan has a bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University and is working to earn a master’s degree from Wichita State University.

She teaches special education in grades four and five.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to be able to teach at Marion Elementary School,” Sibayan said.

When she’s not in the classroom, she likes spending time with family and friends, watching her kids play sports, and watching her daughter sing in choir.

Carson Suntrapak

Suntrapak, who teaches Title I reading courses, received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Fresno Pacific University and her master’s degree in teaching from Pepperdine University.

She spent her first year of teaching at two different charters schools in Inglewood Unified and wanted a calmer pace.

She’s excited about building relationships with students to create a more positive learning outcome.

Theodore Wrench

As a new fourth grade teacher, this will be Wrench’s first year in a classroom full-time.

He is a graduate of Sterling High School and spring graduate of Wichita State University who spent four years working as a special education paraprofessional at Kingman Grade School.

He appreciated that, at Kingman, the small district had deep connections in the community. He also likes that Marion is a small district.

When he’s not in the classroom, he likes walking with his two dogs, reading, cooking, and baking.

Marion Middle

Tyler McMichael

McMichael, who teaches seventh and eighth grade science, graduated from Arkansas City high school in 2012 and from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska in 2016.

This year, he moves up from teaching sixth grade.

“One of the things I am most excited about is being able to teach science only,” he said.

Although he has taught science, it has not been his primary class.

“I am ready to be able to dive into more scientific topics,” he said.

He and his wife have lived in Marion six years and built a house in last year.

Aileen Raymer

Seventh and eighth grade mathematics teacher Raymer graduated from Goodland High School before receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Kansas State University.

She is happy to be part of a close teaching staff and share teaching experiences by working together.

“I am looking forward to helping my students find a new passion for thinking and achieving their best in mathematics,” she said.

She and her husband, Donald, have been married 15 years and have three children.

When she’s not in a classroom, she likes to travel with her family to see presidential museums, libraries, and K-State football games as well as visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Marion High

Trevor Bieberele

In addition to teaching history and government classes, Bieberele will be assistant girls’ basketball coach and football coach.

He’s no stranger to the classroom, having spent 10 years teaching history and government at Ellinwood High School.

Bieberele grew up on a farm in Redwing and graduated from Hoisington High School. He then received his bachelor’s degree in history and education at Fort Hays State University. He is enrolled at Emporia State University in a certification and master’s program.

He likes the atmosphere of a small town and a culture of working toward success. Marion stood out from other schools.

“Seemed like a perfect spot for me to help push towards those standards,” he said.

Jennifer Janzen

Besides teaching family consumer science, Janzen will serve as Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and sophomore class sponsors.

She has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree from Emporia State University.

She taught business and computer classes at the high school for seven years and special education for one year.

Both she and her husband grew up in small towns and want their three children to grow up in that culture.

Michelle Meyer

Meyer, who will be freshman class sponsor, taught special education in Marion Elementary School last year and this year will teach Ninth and 10th grade English 1 and 11.

She studied secondary education in English language arts at Wichita State University with an internship at Wichita public schools and Goessel schools.

She expects to earn her master’s degree from Tabor College in spring 2023.

Her goal is to share enthusiasm for language arts and break stigmas about “boring” English classes.

“I hope that my students leave at the end of the year with an understanding that literature and grammar really are an art form, and understanding of themselves as we navigate texts, develop creative writing, and enhance our use of words and structures to convey deeper meaning to others,” she said.

Kody Zabel

A Smith Center native and Fort Hays State University graduate, Zabel, who is teaching industrial arts, said he felt right at home when he arrived in Marion.

This year is Zabel’s first year teaching, and he hopes to provide students life direction through industrial arts.

He also wants to teach students a trade, such as construction or cabinetry, or computer programming and give them an opportunity to learn about architecture and design.

Peabody-Burns Elementary

Abby Gaede

Gaede is teaching fourth grade, attended Tabor College and enjoys Disney movies and drinking Mountain Dew.

“Some facts about me are I love hanging out with friends and being an aunt,” she said. I am very excited to be in such an awesome district and working with your students!”

Megan Hittle

This will be Hittle’s first year teaching pre-kindergarten. She is new to Peabody-Burns schools but visited often as a child.

She went to Newman University and Wichita State University.

“I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning,” she said. “I know that play is a child’s most important work, and I strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.”

Austin Weaver

Weaver teaches second grade. He attended Tabor College for four years, participating in cross-country, choir band and theater while receiving his elementary education degree.

He is married to Madison Weaver, who is teaching special education at the same school.

“My favorite thing to do outside of school is to play disc golf and watch football,” he said.

Madison Weaver

Weaver is from southwest Kansas and is a graduate of Tabor College. She is teaching kindergarten through fifth grade special education.

She enjoys coffee, disc golf, traveling, and spicy food. She once tried a hot sauce so spicy she had to sign a waiver first.

She is married to second-grade teacher Austin Weaver.

“I am passionate and adventurous, always wanting to find a new challenge and meet new people,” she said.

Peabody-Burns Middle/High

Parker J. Myers

Myers, who will teach middle/high school social studies starting in January, is from Auburn.

This will be his first teaching job. He has worked in landscaping, has live-streamed church services at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, has been the public announcer for Bethany College athletics, worked as a student assistant coach for the Bethany College men’s basketball team, and has been a camp counselor at major college and university basketball camps at places such as Stanford, Marquette, and Missouri State.

“I am looking forward to making a positive impact on the Peabody-Burns community, helping students have a great educational experience, and ensuring that students of the community receive the best education possible,” he said.

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