Several new faces filled the room at the Tuesday, September 12 meeting of the Nome Public Schools Board of Education. NPS welcomed thirteen new teachers to its ranks, filling several open positions at Nome Elementary School, Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School, and a long-awaited Nome Preschool position.
During the regular meeting, mostly positive news was shared with the board as the school year kicks off to a start with high hopes for a successful year. Elections for open school board member seats will be held on Tuesday, October 3.
During open houses on Wednesday, September 13, at Nome-Beltz and Thursday, September 14, at Nome Elementary, students could take the chance to introduce parents, friends and family to some of their new teachers.
The new staff members include Holly Harlow, Sr. High Math teacher from Joliet, IL; Stephanie Bowen, Jr. High English teacher from Ohio, who recently taught in the village of Kipnuk, outside of Bethel; Matthew Johnson, Sr. High Math teacher from Michigan; Amanda Colvin, fourth grade teacher from Ontario, who taught in Bethel for 10 years; Julie Walsh, sixth grade teacher from Montana; Danyelle Ogren, third grade teacher from South Dakota; Dawn Krift, fourth grade teacher from various states, who has been in Alaska since 2013; Shuk Man Osborne, Special Education teacher from Hong Kong; Maria Schifferns, fourth grade teacher from Wyoming; Devin Tatro, Sr. High Social Studies teacher and Cross Country coach from Boston; Heather Jameson, science teacher from California; Aaron Blankenship, Jr. High Social Studies teacher from Ohio; and Christopher “Kent” Black, preschool teacher from Texas.
At last Tuesday’s regular board meeting, it was…
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