Three new teachers have joined the dedicated staff with the Alta School District. Each is ready to share her love for education.
Lindsay Brown will be teaching high school Spanish. She previously taught Spanish at Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School.
Lindsay grew up in Rockwell city and has lived in Alta since 2003. She received her college education from Buena Vista University, graduating with a degree in Spanish and elementary education.
"I enjoy watching the students grow and change through the year," she said of her favorite reason for being an educator.
She is most looking forward to living and teaching in the same community.
"I feel like I missed out on a lot at my old job because of the commute," she added.
Lindsay is married to Chris Brown. They have a son, Kaden, 2 months.
Katie Henrichs will be filling the third kindergarten teacher position. She grew up in Tucson, Airiz., and currently lives in Rembrandt. The family is building a new house in Alta and they hope to be living there in December.
Her last teaching position was in a kindergarten classroom at Monroe Elementary in Des Moines.
She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education.
"I enjoy creating an excitement about learning in my students," Katie said. "I love the looks on my students' faces when they have 'aha' moments and realize they can do something new."
She looks forward to "creating an effective learning environment for my students, becoming an active member in the Alta community and raising my family with my husband in Alta."
Katie and husband Jeremy have four children between them - Sata, 8; Brianna, 6; Jaden, 7; and Josie, 5.
Tonja Meier received her education in the Alta School District; she has returned to be the teacher of the brand new 4-year-old program. Tonja completed her college education at Iowa State University, receiving her degree in early childhood and special education.
She and her husband Tom now reside in Storm Lake after living out of state for several years. Prior to moving back, she was a preschool/early childhood special education teacher in Colorado.
"Knowing that my classroom is the first school experience for children and striving to make the best experience possible," said Tonya, is why she enjoys being an educator.
She has a great deal to look forward to in her new position.
"I am looking forward to staying here for a long time so that I can see these amazing preschool children turn into big kids and I'm looking forward to teaching in the same school I attended as a child!"
Tonja and her husband are the parents of three children - Madison, 13; Parker, 10; and Gracie, 7.