Hires push GES closer to full staff

by nathan oster

With the two fourth-grade teachers, Sharon Tranas and Marilyn Edeler, retiring and longtime fifth-grade teacher Cheryl Hunt moving up to the middle school, the upper grade levels at Greybull Elementary School will have an entirely new look next school year.

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of education has made several moves in recent months to put staffing in place for the start of school in the fall. The most recent ones were the hirings of Nathaniel Boyer and Kallie Young.

Principal Brenda Jinks said she is nearly done filling all the openings.

Boyer, who is currently living in Michigan, is in line to replace Mrs. Cheryl Hunt, who is moving over to the middle school next fall to work as a reading specialist.   Boyer will be paired with Mrs. Kim Curtis, who will have the other fifth-grade class at GES.

Boyer will come to GES with a degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University.

He is currently teaching at St. Mary’s School in Paw Paw, Mich.

The fourth-grade posts currently held by Edeler and Tranas will be filled next year by Jeff Hunt, who is moving up from his third-grade classroom, and Kerri Thiel, who will be leaving her special education post.

Lisa Michelena will leave Junior Kindergarten next fall to join “Timmy” Anderson as third-grade teachers.

There will be no changes in the teaching assignments for grades K-2.  Sarah Bowe and Sarah  Zeller are in line to teach kindergarten, Patsy King and Margaret Bockman the first grade and Vicki Collingwood and Paula Heuschkel the second grade.

Stepping in for Michelena in the junior kindergarten program will be Young, who this month is wrapping up her student teaching requirement in Laramie.  She is scheduled to graduate in May with an elementary education degree from the University of Wyoming.

Jinks said Anne Babiuk, who was hired by the board in March, would step into the special education teaching position to be vacated by Marilyn Maubauch.  The board has yet to fill the special ed post to be vacated by Thiel.

Jink said the philosophy behind the changes is to avoid putting new teachers on islands, pairing them at grade levels with more experienced teachers. “We discussed it as a PLC, and what we wanted to do is … shore up every grade level, and put our experienced teachers in strong mentoring positions for the new ones coming in.

“The staff has just been fantastic.  They’re willing to do whatever is in the best interests of our students.”