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Gering schools welcome new teaching staff
August 01, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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This fall, Gering students will notice some new, and some familiar, faces among the teaching staff.

Arthur Rose is new to the district, having taught 4th and 5th grade special education in McCook the past two years. He also coached girls’ basketball. He’s a graduate of Peru State College, where he also coached men’s and women’s basketball. Arthur has been assigned to teach elementary special education at Northfield School this fall. He might also be coaching in some capacity, but that assignment is still to be determined.

“I’m looking forward to the interaction and atmosphere of a new school,” he said. “From my understanding, it’s a wonderful place to be. I’m looking forward to working with all the parents and students in Gering.”

Krysilen Yarnell of Scottsbluff, a graduate of Chadron State College, has been assigned to the Junior High School as a part-time careers teacher. Her class explores the many different career choices students will have once they graduate from high school.

She has been substitute teaching at both Gering and Scottsbluff for the past one-and-a-half years.
“The junior high staff communicates so well with each other and they’re willing to help out new and substitute teachers,” she said. “They go above and beyond what they need to do to really help out to the benefit of the kids. I graduated from Gering and that’s where I always hoped I’d end up.”

Gering graduate Meagan Stobel is back on a part-time basis to teach calculus and geometry at the high school. During her high school years, she was the star pole vaulter on the track and field team.

A graduate of Doane College, she taught in Bayard for four years before taking a year off to take care of her new son. Her husband, Andy, also teaches at Gering High School.

“I enjoyed the academic excellence at Gering,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of that again.”

A familiar face at Gering High School will be returning this fall on a part-time basis. Don Kugler, a graduate of then Kearney State College, taught biology and physiology for 32 years at Gering. He retired three years ago, but decided to return.

“I liked working and interacting with the kids because most of them were motivated to do well in school,” he said. “We also have a very good staff at Gering High School.”

Kugler will teach one class this fall – Physiology 1.

Judy Loyd comes to the area from Grand Island, where she taught second grade since 2007. She will be a special education instruction at the elementary level, but is yet to be assigned to a building.

She’s a graduate of Chadron State College and got her master’s degree at Black Hills State University. With almost 20 years of experience, she’s also taught at Scottsbluff, Genoa-Hugo Public Schools in Hugo, Neb., Limon, Colo. Public Schools and Rapid City Public Schools.
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