Incoming teachers preparing to begin at Moffat County School District

Students and parents can expect to see new — and in some cases, familiar — faces when school begins Monday in the Moffat County School District.

School district officials hosted an orientation for new teachers Monday in preparation for the coming school year.

Some hail from as far away as Illinois, but others call Craig their hometown.

Below are short bios on each of the new teachers:

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Kristin Allen

Kristin Allen

• Subject/grade level: Fifth grade

• School: Sandrock Elementary School

• Hometown: “Born in San Diego, but I have lived in many places because my father was in the Air Force.”

• Last place I taught: Title I at East Elementary School

• What I enjoy about teaching: “The very best thing about teaching is finding the subject/topic that gets each student excited about learning. I also love when students realize they are capable of more than they have given themselves credit for.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I took up running as a hobby about a year and a half ago and have run three half marathons. I enjoy cooking, waterskiing, snowskiing, hiking and camping. I also love spending time with my husband and children.”

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Amber Beaver

Amber Beaver

• Subject/grade level: Third grade

• School: Sunset Elementary School

• Hometown: Craig

• Last place I taught: First year teaching

• What I like about teaching: “I love seeing the spark in a child’s eyes when they learn something new.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I have stayed at home with my three boys for the past 11 years and worked part time as a substitute teacher. I am so excited to have my own classroom.”

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Amanda Eahehart

Amanda Eahehart

• Subject/grade level: Special education

• School: Moffat County High School

• Hometown: Colorado Springs

• Last place I taught: Rangely Junior/Senior High School

• What I like about teaching: “My favorite part of teaching is coming to work every morning to see our growing future. I am so happy that I can honestly say each day of my job is exciting, fun filled and fulfilling.”

• What I want you to know about me: “That I am very happy to be a part of the (Moffat County School District), and I can’t wait to help in growing a strong community.”

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Peggy Green

Peggy Green

• Subject/grade level: Kindergarten

• School: East Elementary School

• Hometown: Craig

• Last place I taught: East Elementary School (November through May)

• What I like about teaching: “Every single day is full of adventures — adventures in teaching, learning and love for one another. It’s a great profession.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I have been teaching for 17 years in Alabama. I have a wonderful husband and two great sons.”

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Amy Hansen

Amy Hansen

• Subject/grade level: Guided study hall

• School: Moffat County High School

• Hometown: Denver

• Last place I taught: Hayden High School

• What I like about teaching: “I love working with kids and hearing the words, ‘I get it.’ Knowing what students learn in my classroom can truly change their lives makes me proud and honored to do what I do.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I’m just looking forward to teaching at Moffat County High School this year. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Valerie L. Jarvis

Valerie L. Jarvis

• Subject/grade level: Physics, chemistry and earth science

• School: Moffat County High School

• Hometown: Burlington, Iowa

• Last place I taught: Student taught in Stronghurst, Ill.

• What I like about teaching: “I greatly enjoy being able to guide students in new topics and experimentation. Provoking curiosity and a desire to act constructively to fulfill that curiosity are my greatest joys in teaching.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University and University of California for physics and teaching. Now a Colorado convert, I am looking forward to having an amazing school year.”

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Lauren Kartus

Lauren Kartus

• Subject/grade level: Social studies

• School: Moffat County High School

• Hometown: Littleton

• Last place I taught: ThunderRidge High School, Douglas County

• What I like about teaching: “I like when students are excited to learn. I love planning fun activities that make students want to come to class every day and don’t want to leave.”

• What I want you to know about me: “This is my first teaching job, and my husband and I just moved to Steamboat (Springs) in June. We just got married at the end of July and are excited to be a part of the community. I like to read, hike and travel.”

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Lindsey Lampert

Lindsey Lampert

• Subject/grade level: School psychologist, K-12

• School: District wide

• Hometown: Crosby, N.D.

• Last place I taught: Craig is my first district

• What I like about teaching: “I love working with students and helping them progress throughout the school year. It is a very rewarding experience.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I am excited for my first year at (Moffat County School District).”

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Patricia McGee

Patricia McGee

• Subject/grade level: Eighth-grade language arts

• School: Craig Middle School

• Hometown: Golden

• Last place I taught: Student taught at Golden High School

• What I like about teaching: “I love seeing that light bulb go off and giving the gift of learning. I also get to see new faces and personalities every hour — can’t beat that at a traditional desk job.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I grew up in Golden, thus I am an active outdoors person. I am so lucky to become a part of Moffat County teachers and staff, and I am looking forward to a great year of teaching language arts.”

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Stephanie Murr

Stephanie Murr

• Subject/grade level: Fifth grade

• School: Sunset Elementary School

• Hometown: Craig

• Last place I taught: Student taught in Craig

• What I like about teaching: “I love that teaching is truly different every day. There is … never a dull moment when working with children. It is a joy to see them learn something new.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I recently got married and now live in Craig again. I was born and raised in Craig and returned after college, working and traveling for a few years. I am looking forward to teaching at Sunset.”

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Amanda Peltier

Amanda Peltier

• Subject/grade level: K-5 music

• School: Sunset Elementary School

• Hometown: Pueblo West

• Last place I taught: Sierra Vista Elementary

• What I like about teaching: “I love teaching music because it gives kids a chance to express themselves.”

• What I want you to know about me: I have been married for four years and have a 4-year-old daughter. I sat second chair in the Pueblo Symphony in the viola section. I was born in Craig and (am) glad to be back.”

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Aura Reyes

Aura Reyes

• Subject: Spanish

• School: Moffat County High School

• Hometown: Craig

• Last place I taught: Aurora

• What I like about teaching: “I like being a Spanish teacher. I like to give students another tool to face their daily performance across cultural knowledge and increase the way to better interact with others inside the country and abroad. Another language provides more opportunities.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I am a Colombian woman, mother of two beautiful girls living in the USA from 1999. I consider myself a good friend, patient and loving. I spend my spare time painting oil or watercolor.”

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Annie Sauer

Annie Sauer

• Subject/grade level: School to Work Alliance Program coordinator

• School: Moffat County High School

• Hometown: Craig

• What I like about teaching: “Assisting youth gain success as they transition out of high school and enter the workplace.”

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Jennifer Schuessler

Jennifer Schuessler

• Subject/grade level: Student teaching in first grade/special education

• School: Sandrock Elementary School

• What I want you to know about me: “(I am) currently attending Western Governor’s University.”

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Sandy Sorensen

Sandy Sorensen

• Subject/grade level: Eighth-grade science

• School: Craig Middle School

• Hometown: Fort Collins

• Last place I taught: Keystone Science School in Keystone

• What I like about teaching: “I like getting to know kids throughout the school year. Also, I enjoy helping kids make decisions in their own lives, whether it’s socially or with study habits.”

• What I want you to know about me: I’m originally from Omaha, Neb. I graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. I’ve lived in Colorado for 13 years.

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Kalee Voegtle

Kalee Voegtle

• Subject/grade level: Sixth-grade math and science

• School: Craig Middle School

• Hometown: Windsor

• Last place I taught: Sandrock Elementary School

• What I like about teaching: “I love working with students every day and watching them when they finally understand something.”

• What I want you to know about me: “I have lived in Craig for about a year with my husband and two dogs. We are expecting our first child in November and are very excited. I snowboard and dance as my hobbies and teach ballet once a week at Just Dance.”

Note: Biographies and photos were not available for the following teachers: Donna Weinman, of Steamboat Springs, a fifth-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School; Alisha Hansen, a student teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School; Virginia Pugh, a student teacher at East Elementary School.

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