Beatrice Public Schools will welcome several new teachers and staff to the 2018-19 school year. Among the new faces within the school district this year are:
Heather Heble taught at Marysville Elementary School in Marysville, Kansas, for two years prior to coming to Beatrice Public Schools. She attended Northwest Missouri State University before transferring and finishing her degree at Peru State College with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education.
Heble is from Maryville, Missouri. She currently lives in Odell Nebraska with her husband and three boys.
Heble will be teaching preschool at the Cedar site.
“I’m most excited about the new challenges I will be facing with being a special education teacher along with regular classroom teacher! I look forward to the change of pace” said Heble.
Rebecca Meagher has previously worked as a Paraeducator for two years and a substitute teacher, but this will be her first year as a classroom teacher. She has earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Peru State.
Meagher has lived in Beatrice for twenty years with her family.
She will be teaching 5th Grade at Stoddard Elementary.
Meagher said she was most excited “In seeing the growth of the students in our community, the positive changes, and creating a positive learning environment for our students.”
Charles Humphrey has been teaching for 20 years. He has been a substitute for Beatrice Public Schools and was a teacher in Ogallala for 10 years.
Humphrey graduated from Peru State College with a Bachelors of Science in Education.
He will be teaching the alternative school for Beatrice Public Schools which has moved to ESU 5 building.
Humphrey said “I'm excited to take on a new adventure in teaching the alternative school setting and getting back into coaching football for the twenty-third year.
Mark McClanahan has worked with persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities for 24 years. He will be working as a Level 3 CORE Program Supervisor and Behavior Coordinator for Beatrice Public Schools.
McClanahan has earned Bachelors' degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.
He recently moved to Beatrice from Lavista, Nebraska.
“I am excited to be able to begin and build a new program that will benefit the students in BPS” said McClanahan.
Nicole Zvolanek graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and will spend her first year of teaching in the 4th grade at Stoddard Elementary.
Zvolanek is from Wymore, Nebraska.
“I am just really excited to meet all of the kids!” said Zvolanek.
Anna Scarborough has a Bachelors and Masters Degree from University of Nebraska in Speech Language Pathology. This is her first year of working as a Speech Pathologist. Scarborough will be at Stoddard and St. Paul’s.
Scarborough said she grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska and currently resides in Lincoln.
She said she is most excited about “becoming a part of the Beatrice community!”
Macie Coffey attended college at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska and received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and special education. Currently, she is finishing her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Coffey grew up in Friend, Nebraska and attended elementary through high school.
Coffey will be working as a Level 3 Behavior Disorder Teacher at Paddock Lane.
Dustin Hahn will be teaching Business at the High School. He has previously taught at Mercy High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hahn has Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska and a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Creighton.
Hahn said “I am excited to start building professional relationships with the students, staff, and community.”
Philip Voigt has worked for the last 10 years as a teacher and instructional coach at Lincoln Public Schools.
Voigt has earned his Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees from the University of Nebraska.
He will be working as the Assistant Principal at Beatrice High School.
Voigt said “I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the positive experience the students of Beatrice Public Schools have each and every day. I look forward to becoming a member of the incredible city of Beatrice and building strong, lasting relationships with students, staff, parents and the community. Overall, my goal is to help continue the tradition of excellence found at Beatrice Public Schools as we strive to become among the best in the nation.”
Todd Ekart has taught in previously in Gothenburg, Sidney, Gering, and Beatrice. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Fitness and Sports Management and Secondary Education Endorsement from Concordia University Nebraska. He also has a Masters Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Administration from the University of Nebraska Kearney.
Ekhart will be teaching Physical Education at the High School.
“I am excited to be in a school with strong academic and athletic programs” said Ekhart.
Kenton Jaxson is in his first year in teaching, but has been a para at Gibbon Public Schools the last two years and an assistant football coach there the last five years. He has also coached boys basketball at Gibbon as an assistant for two years and as a head coach for one.
Jaxson has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
He will be teaching English at the High School.
Jaxson said “I am most excited to build strong relationships with the students, staff, and community of Beatrice as a whole.”
Clark Ribble has taught Elementary P.E. for five years in Palm Desert, California at Carter Elementary School. After moving back to Nebraska, he spent time at Amherst Public Schools, and most recently spent five years teaching Title I at Heartland Community Schools in Henderson, Nebraska.
Ribble received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Ribble will be teaching Physical Education at the High School in addition to sections of Lifetime Fitness, Recreation Team Sports, and Advanced Conditioning.
“The most exciting part, to me, is always the people. Meeting new people and developing positive relationships; with administration, staff, teachers and students is the foundation of a strong community and thriving school,” said Ribble.
Megan Scheele taught Special Education in Marysville, Kansas and at Lincoln Public Schools.
She has a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Unified Birth-3rd grade from Peru State College.
Scheele will be working at the Beatrice Community Pre-School with four-year-olds.
A native of Beatrice, Scheele said she is most excited about “meeting all my new students and their families and working in a collaborative and fun environment.”
Alberto Jaramillo is in his first year of teaching. Previously he has worked as a para at Hastings Middle School.
Jaramillo is a graduate from York College with a degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training. He has an endorsement in coaching.
“I am excited about my first year of teaching at Stoddard and Lincoln elementary as the PE teacher.” said Jaramillo.
Brandi Knapp has taught at Lewiston Consolidated for eight years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education at Peru State College and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Wayne State College.
Knapp will be teaching Kindergarten at Paddock Lane Elementary.
Knapp said “I am excited to teach in a school district that I live in and be a part of a new learning community.”
Hannah Boucher has previously worked at Central Valley Public Schools in Greeley, Nebraska as a 7-12 Resource Teacher . Boucher graduated from York College in December 2017 with a degree in K-12 Special Education. She is currently enrolled at Concordia University of Nebraska in the Masters of Special Education.
Boucher’s hometown is Shawano, WI, which is near Green Bay, WI.
Boucher will be teaching Skills at the middle school.
“The most exciting thing about this school year is that it’s a new challenge to help me grow as a teacher” said Boucher.
Claire Weber spent her first year out of college, last year, working as a substitute teacher in both short and long term settings in multiple districts surrounding the Lincoln area.
She graduated from Papillion La Vista Senior High in 2013 and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2017 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.
Weber lived in five different states all within the Midwest and has moved eight times. Most recently she has spent the past five years in Lincoln.
Weber will be teaching 4th grade at Paddock Lane.
"I am most excited to become a part of the Beatrice community," Weber said. "I’m eager to build new relationships with colleagues, students, and families. I’m looking forward to working with a wonderful staff and students."
Theresa Levesque worked as a substitute teacher last year in Beatrice. She has been in education for more than 14 years; primarily in the Omaha area.
She has both an elementary education degree and a music education degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
"I love teaching in Beatrice Public Schools, and this year I am proud to be teaching fifth grade at Paddock Lane Elementary," she said. "I will be in a new classroom in a brand new building, too. I know we will have a fantastic year."