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New Nevada School District Employee Profiles

Emily Amundson

Age: 22

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Kindergarten teacher

Where were you raised? Story City area

What is your educational background? Early childhood education and special education with a reading endorsement from Iowa State University

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Hampton-Dumont, one year of 3-year-old early childhood special education

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I’m excited to be a part of such a wonderful team and community. It’s great to be in a place where everyone has such a great attitude and really cares about the kids.

Family members? Parents - Mark and Becky, brother and sister-in-law - Ryan and Alyssa

Hobbies and pastimes? Spending time with friends and family, watching movies, reading and being up at Okoboji

Melissa Atkinson

Age: 31

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Custodian

Where were you raised? Fernald

What is your educational background? PCI in Ames for cosmetology, esthetic and an instructor’s license

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I get to work here in Nevada and be a part of a great school, all while helping the kids and staff.

Hobbies and pastimes? Photography and scrapbooking

Will Baumann

Age: 33

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Elementary/middle school PE teacher.

Where were you raised? Near Washta, Iowa

What is your educational background? Graduated from Buena Vista University with B.A. in exercise science

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Hinton CSD, Tripoli CSD - K-7 Physical Education

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? An opportunity to meet new people and grow as an educator

Jeff Burlage

Age: 42

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Ninth-grade football coach and substitute teacher

Where were you raised? Eastern Iowa, graduated from North Linn of Troy Mills

What is your educational background? Kirkland Community College with an AAS in agri-marketing and Iowa State University, B.S. in agriculture education

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Taught agriculture education at Baxter Community Schools; have taught general science, biology, anatomy and physiology

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I like the size of the school and what it is able to offer to the student. It has outstanding facilities and the staff is great.

Family members? Daughters - Elyse (15), Elizabeth (13), Elexis (11), son - Jackson (7) and five siblings

Hobbies and pastimes? All sports - watching and participating, watching my kids’ activities, biking, grilling, cooking, reading and playing cards

Jennifer Cornelius

Age: 22

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Special education associate at the middle school

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your educational background? Elementary education with math and reading endorsement from Iowa State University

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? This is where I went to middle school.

Family members? Matt, Katie, Nick Nugent

Hobbies and pastimes? Spending time with my family

Carla Creswell

Age: 29

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? ELL (English Language Learner) teacher at Central Elementary

Where were you raised? Michigan, but spent my high school years in Forest City

What is your educational background? B.A. in English and Latin from St. Olaf College, Minnesota; teaching certification from the University of Iowa

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Taught preschool in Iowa City for five years, and was the kindergarten ELL in Perry for two years

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I’m excited about teaching with a professional and passionate team, working closely with and supporting families - and especially getting to know my students.

Family members? Husband - James, parents, two brothers and soon two sister-in-laws

Hobbies and pastimes? Canning pretty much anything I can get my hands on…I spent much of my summer tracking down local farmers and foraging for wild black raspberries.

Dan DeYoung

Age: 32

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? High school head maintenance/custodian

Where were you raised? Illinois

What is your educational background? B.A. in business from Northwestern College

What other schools have you worked at? Was head custodian for six years at Ames High School

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Close to home, working with family

Family members? Wife - Emily (teacher at NHS), twin daughters Anna and Eva

Hobbies and pastimes? Chess, bowling, disc golf

Paige Eddy

Age: 23

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Fifth grade teacher associate

Where were you raised? Huxley

What is your educational background? AA in elementary education from Ellsworth Community College

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Meeting new people and helping kids out as much as possible

Family members? Mother - Ann, father - Lee, brother - Adam

Hobbies and pastimes? Running, reading, spending time at Okoboji with my family

Katelyn Hammen

Age: 24

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Special education, Central Elementary

Where were you raised? Anamosa

What is your educational background? Drake University for elementary education, special education and reading endorsed, coaching certified

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Kindergarten - third grade special education at Phenix Elementary in Des Moines

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? To serve the community I now call home. This district is very similar to my hometown. It will be fun to work so close to home!

Family members? Husband - Jared, dogs - Case and Red

Hobbies and pastimes? Spending time on family farms, hanging out with dogs and being outside. I appreciate a good book and quality time with family and friends.

Randi Heintz

Age: 57

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Teacher’s associate, sixth grade

Where were you raised? Independence and Nevada

What is your educational background? Certified nursing assistant and certified pharmacy technician

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Working with younger people

Family members? Daughter - Ashley Jo Whitehead, son-in-law - Ryan Whitehead, grandson - Brody Whitehead

Hobbies and pastimes? reading

Carrie Hillman

Age: 35

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Technology integrationist

Where were you raised? Independence

What is your educational background? B.A. in elementary education from Wartburg College, M.A. in curriculum and instructional technology from Iowa State University

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Taught grades three-five and Title I in Oelwein for 10 years and was the technology coach for Oelwein Schools for two years

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? The forward-thinking mentality of the staff, as well as the positive energy and support from everyone we have met in the community

Family members? Husband - Brian, son - Drew (8) and daughter - Jorie (5)

Hobbies and pastimes? Love to travel, exercise and play sports of all kinds. I am also on the State ITEC board.

Jaccob Holm

Age: 20

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Elementary associate

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your educational background? Currently am a part-time student at DMACC

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I was at the NCRC for 2.5 years and had a great time. I am really excited to work more directly in the education system and having a positive impact on our students.

Family members? Mother - Jeanna, Father - Michael, little sister

Hobbies and pastimes? I love being a fan, supporting and cheering on our local kids in whatever they do. I have a passion for Christian ministry, and enjoy worshiping and fellowship at Nevada FCC and FUMC, as well as Cornerstone Church of Ames. I like to bowl in league with family and friends.

Amy Hutchinson

Age: 34

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Eighth-grade language arts

Where were you raised? Hartley

What is your educational background? B.A. from Northwestern College; M.A. from the University of St. Mary’s, Leavenworth, Kan.

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Hampton-Dumont, fourth grade; Iowa Falls-Alden, second and third grade; Ellsworth Community College, adjunct professor of human growth and development and early field experience

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to join the fun, knowledgeable team at the middle school, where I will help students make personal connections and learn life lessons through quality literature. I’m also excited about incorporating our new Chromebooks into our quest to become more efficient communicators.

Family members? Husband - Kyle, new assistant principal and AD; daughter - Kate, fifth-grader; son - Calvin, second-grader

Hobbies and pastimes? Interior decorating, boating, studying personalities, digital scrapbooking and Bible study

Karen Johnson

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Special education associate at Central Elementary

Where were you raised? Independence

What is your educational background? Associate’s degree from Hawkeye Community College

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Worked with special needs individuals in a private agency

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Nevada has a very dedicated team of teaching professionals. I have witnessed this over the past five years of attending activities.

Family members? I am widowed - son, daughter and five grandchildren

Hobbies and pastimes? Attending all my grandchildrens’ various activities; I am blessed to be a part of this community and school district.

Erin Klopstad

Age: 42

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Reading Recovery/reading specialist at Central Elementary

Where were you raised? Sioux City

What is your educational background? B.A., Morningside College; reading specialist M.A., University of South Dakota

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? I have taught reading in Sioux City; Sydney, Australia; Austin, Texas and Iowa State University

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Nevada is such a friendly place, where there is a strong sense of school pride and spirit.

Family members? Husband - Andy, daughter - Grace (15), son - Sam (12), dogs - Ana and Kai

Hobbies and pastimes? Traveling, watching ISU basketball and hanging out with my family

Rebecca Levenhagen

Age: 22

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Special education associate

Where were you raised? Grimes

What is your educational background? CDA from DMACC

Ann Malven

Age: 66

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? District Teacher Librarian

Where were you raised? St. Louis, Mo.

What is your educational background? Elementary education, University of Missouri; M.S. in education and remedial reading certification, Eastern Connecticut State College, curriculum and instructional technology, teacher librarian endorsement, Iowa State University

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Kindergarten, Marshfield, Mo.; third grade, Bowling Green, Ky.; first grade, Waunakee, Wisc.; kindergarten, Ames and district technology director, Nevada

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Serving my community of students, parents and teachers

Family members? Fred, Chris, Ellen, dogs Army and Casey

Hobbies and pastimes? Volunteer gardener at Reiman Gardens and Iowa Arboretum, Story County Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year in 2013, reading

Amanda Myers

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Third- and fourth-grade multiage teacher

Where were you raised? Des Moines

What is your educational background? Elementary education from Iowa State University with endorsements in reading and special education; pursuing an M.S. in literary education and reading specialist endorsement at Drake University

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Fourth grade, Hubbard-Radcliffe

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am looking forward to learning along side the wonderful students and staff at Central.

Family members? Husband - Dustin, son - Reid (3)

Hobbies and pastimes? Read, run and bake

Randi Pool

Age: 23

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Third grade

Where were you raised? Minnesota, in a suburb of Minneapolis

What is your educational background? B.S. in elementary education and M.S. in elementary education, from the University of Minnesota

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I’m excited for the small town atmosphere and the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing educators.

Family members? Mother, father and older brother Tyler.

Hobbies and pastimes? Staying active, cooking, crafting and just being outdoors

Lindsay Reicks

Age: 32

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Third- and fourth-grade multiage teacher at Central Elementary

Where were you raised? Sioux City

What is your educational background? Bachelor’s in elementary education, with endorsements in Spanish and reading from Morningside College; master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? First grade, Sioux City Community Schools, six years; fifth grade, St. Edmond, four years

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Nevada is a great community, so I am looking forward to meeting the students and families.

Family members? Husband - Aric

Hobbies and pastimes? History, reading, traveling and antiquing

David Schmitz

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Food service director and football coach

Where were you raised? Harlan

What is your educational background? HRM major at Iowa State University

What other schools have you worked at? Food service director at Des Moines Schools

Family members? Fiancee - Jayne, sons - Josh, Justin, Sam and Max, daughter - Madison

Leif Segen

Age: 28

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Statistics, honors physical science, Chemistry in the Community and Project Lead the Way: Intro to Engineering and Design

Where were you raised? Franklinville, N.J.

What is your educational background? B.S. in physics, E.M. in physical science education, Rutgers University

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? Honors physics and conceptual physics at Hopewell, N.J. and physics, ninth-grade science, current science, etc. at South Hamilton

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? It is one of the pioneering districts in the Competency-based Education Initiative and there is a positive environment here at a culture of commitment to growth.

Family members? Wife - Hannah, son - Justice

Hobbies and pastimes? Playing with my son and learning computer programming

Molly Sigler

Age: 32

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Fifth grade associate

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your educational background? Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Iowa State University

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I enjoy kids and like to help others learn.

Family members? Husband - Jacob, stepchildren - Shyla and Wyatt

Hobbies and pastimes? Gardening, watching college basketball

Garisa Spikes

Age: 37

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Middle school counselor

Where were you raised? Philippines and Houston, Texas

What is your educational background? University of Texas for B.A. in psychology and M.Ed. in counseling

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? English/language arts in middle schools in Texas

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? The students, staff and the community

Family members? Husband - Daniel, daughters - Madeline, Hannah and Gabriella

Hobbies and pastimes? Aspiring baker, reading thrillers and spending time with my family

Kristin Wakeman

Age: 26

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? Elementary associate

Where were you raised? Waverly

What is your educational background? B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Helping students grow and learn, and being a part of such a wonderful community

Family members? Husband - Joe (Nevada tech director), daughter - Zoey

Hobbies and pastimes? Fishing, baking, bargain shopping

Kate Wieczorek

Age: 40

What will your role be in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Sixth-grade math and compact math

Where were you raised? Buffalo, N.Y.

What is your educational background? B.A. in mathematics State University of New York at Geneseo, master’s degree in special education from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.

What other schools have you taught at, and what did you teach? St. Francis in Hamburg, N.Y., three years; Stafford County, Virginia, one year; West Genesee, 13 years

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Nevada has strong ties to the community; I am looking forward to being a part of the school district and making connections with my colleagues, student and their families. The district also has very innovative professional development opportunities.

Family members? Husband - Doug, daughters - Mary (13) and twins Sarah and Ellen (8)

Hobbies and pastimes? Hiking, gardening, photography, scrapbooking and spending time with family

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