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Creston Schools start the year with new staff

August 22—Creston Community Schools begins the year on Tuesday, August 23.

In addition to the students, the district welcomes 16 new instructors. Learn a little more about them by asking them about their teaching history and sharing the advice they have received.

Brooke McGehee, is the new 6th and 8th grade language arts teacher at Creston Middle School.

“This is my second year in education. I previously taught at Orient-Macksburg as an English Language Arts Instructor for ages 7-12,” McGehee said. She was born in Creston and attended the University of Buena Vista.

“I love to read, write and spend time with my family,” she said. “The best advice I’ve ever received is that you need to invest your students in you before they invest in your content area.”

Amy Scroggie is a special education teacher at a high school. She has been in teaching for 11 years and was previously at East Union. The Murray native is a graduate of Buena Vista University. Scroggie enjoys DIY, gardening, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and listening to music.

The oldest student in grades one through eight is Kelsey Malmanger. She previously taught at Green Hills AEA Rising Hope Academy in Creston. She has been in education for seven years. From Lorimor, she attended Southwestern Community College, Grand View University, and Northwestern College.

She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and attending her boys’ activities.

Sara Lane is a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher. Her sixth year in teaching, she taught high school and middle school in Beijing. From Eddyville, she earned degrees from the University of Iowa in Anthropology, Ancient Civilization, and Teaching and Learning.

“The best advice I ever received was to appreciate the little things in life that each day brings in order to live positively and with gratitude,” she said. Lane loves to travel, read, hike, spend time with her family, experience new foods, and drink coffee.

Originally from Prescott, Dana Dodge is a high school physical education and health instructor. She had been a para-educator for two years. She attended the University of Iowa and enjoys reading, research, health and fitness, and spending time with her daughters, grandsons, and pets.

Katie Davidson will be at High Lakes Academy. The former Creston replacement, a native of Creston, has 15 years of education experience at Iowa State University. She also owns Hot Air Brewing.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and family.

Davidson said the best advice she heard came from the late Bill Taylor. “He who does the work learns.”

Jennifer Gaesser brings 16 years of experience to Creston as a seventh through twelfth grade choir and high school music director. From Lenox, she had previously taught at Atlantic, Winterset and Pella. She attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She enjoys reading, golfing, kayaking “and of course singing”.

This is the first year of teaching Spanish for Madeline Gude. She taught at Pleasantville High School and graduated from Simpson College. The Sheldon native plays piano, clarinet, sings, and enjoys Yankees, biking, and hiking.

Third-grade teacher Callie Gossman will make her Creston debut despite having been a substitute and paraeducator for the past two years.

From Afton, she attended Northwest Missouri State University.

“The best advice I received came from my associate teacher who told me to stand up for what you believe in and do what is right for you and your students,” she said.

Gossman loves new places and his pets.

Sheri Blair is a college counselor. Of her 13 years in education, six have been as a school trustee. Which is worse. She had been an elementary counselor in Des Moines and a counselor in Cumberland-Anita-Massena.

She attended State University of New York College in Brockport to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She’s from Brockport. Blair also attended Buena Vista University for a master’s degree in education/school counseling.

Second-grade teacher Tasia Scott is entering her 13th year of education. She had taught first grade at Cumberland-Anita-Massena. She is originally from Cumberland and earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree from Morningside. Scott enjoys crafts, gardening and spending time with his family.

A graduate of Creston High, Dylan Linch began his career as a high school math teacher, primarily geometry. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Northwest Missouri State University. His interests are Mountain Dew Baja Blast, painting and quizzes.

Also from Creston, John Reasoner will teach high school social studies. This is his first year of teaching after attending the University of Iowa. He likes cycling, cinema and sports.

Michael McCartney is new to high school, Kelsi Carlisle and Emily Weide are new kindergarten teachers.