Summer is nearly over

Along with the 2,200 students, Beatrice Public Schools is welcoming 17 new teachers and staff members into the district.


Angel Avery will be teaching at the new Beatrice Community Preschool. She holds a degree in special education from Central Missouri State University and taught the last 11 years at Lecanto Primary School in Florida.

Brenda Broughton is the new Title teacher at Paddock Lane. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and taught the last nine years at Minatare School in Minatare.

Aaron Callaway is a first year teacher teaching math at Beatrice Middle School. He graduated from Doane College in May 2011.

Holly Carpenter will teach science at BMS. She received a BS in biology and received her science endorsement from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2011. Carpenter did her student teaching at BMS and was the science educator for the Upward Bound Program in Beatrice.

Caitlin Christensen will teach special education at Beatrice High School. She received a BS from Texas Christian University in 2009 with an emphasis in social science. Last year, Christensen taught sixth grade special education at Mickle Middle School in Lincoln.

Andrew Coan is a first year teacher who will teach English at BHS. He graduated with a BA from Wayne State College in 2011 and did his student teaching at Pierce Junior/Senior High School in Pierce.

Shannon Dahlgren graduated with a BS in elementary education from the UNL in 2010. He is a first year teacher teaching first grade at Cedar Elementary. Dahlgren completed his student teaching at Cavett Elementary in Lincoln where he taught third grade.

Maggie Keiser is a first year teacher teaching language arts at Beatrice Middle School. She graduated from UNL with a BS in education and human sciences and student taught at Pound Middle School in Lincoln.

Tanna Kimmerling will teach English and journalism at BHS. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in new-editorial journalism in 2009 from UNL, Kimmerling completed her teaching certification this summer. Last year, she taught eighth-grade English, drama and publications at Goodrich at Dawes Middle School in Lincoln. Kimmerling is a 2005 graduate of BHS.

Thomas Krakow is the new BHS behavior disorder teacher. Krakow previously taught at Fairbury Public Schools and has been a special education instructor for 31 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in special education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney since 1983.

Miranda Luke will teach kindergarten at Cedar Elementary. She graduated with Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas in 2007. Luke has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She comes to Beatrice from Fairbury Public Schools.

Craig Mathis is a first year teacher teaching instrumental music at BHS. He graduated from UNL with a BA in music education and did his student teaching at Lincoln East High School.

Jill Rice is the new District Community Counselor. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in counseling. For the past two years, Rice served as the life coach/wellness coordinator for Norris Public Schools.

Dawn Ruzicka is a first year family consumer sciences teacher at BHS. She graduated from UNL with a Bachelor’s Degree and student taught at Seward High School.

Greg Sederberg is a first year teacher teaching social studies at BHS. He graduated with a BA in May 2010 from Nebraska Wesleyan University and student taught at Waverly High School. Sederberg has six years coaching experience. He is a 2005 graduate of BHS.

Susan Wait will teach reading at BHS. Wait graduated with a BS in education from UNL majoring in elementary education and a Master’s of Education from Concordia University in 2005. She comes to Beatrice from Exeter-Milligan where she taught fourth-grade.

Kelley Winter will serve as the new guidance counselor at BHS. She holds a Master of Arts in educational psychology from UNL in 2007. Winter previously was the school counselor at Diller-Odell as well as the counselor at Lincoln Southeast High School and Lincoln Southwest High School.


Beatrice Public Schools schedule

On Tuesday, Aug. 16 Beatrice Public Schools opens its doors for the 2011-2012 school year with a half day session. The following are the beginning and ending times for BPS on Tuesday:

Lincoln and Stoddard: 11:40 a.m.

Cedar and Paddock Lane: 11:45 a.m.

Beatrice High School: 11:45 a.m.

Beatrice Middle School 12 p.m.

Regular class sessions begin Wednesday, Aug. 17:

Beatrice High School: 8:12 a.m. to 3:34 p.m.

Beatrice Middle School: 8:10 a.m. to 3:28 p.m.

Lincoln Elementary: 8:35 a.m. to 3:31 p.m.

Paddock Lane Elementary: 8:35 a.m. to 3:31 p.m.

Stoddard Elementary: 8:30 a.m. to 3:31 p.m.

Cedar Elementary: 8:20 a.m. to 3:16 p.m.

Compass Learning Community: Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri.: Morning Session 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; afternoon session 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday morning session 8-10 a.m., afternoon session 12-2 p.m.

Beatrice Community Preschool: Paddock Lane 8-11:30 a.m. and 12-3:30 p.m.; SCC-Beatrice 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-3:45 p.m.

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