There are four new teachers in the Alta School District this year, ready to share their knowledge with the students.
Tim Osterman - High School Science
Tim Osterman comes to the district fresh from college with new ideas and excitement to head up his first classrooms. Osterman did his student teaching in the LeMars School District.
A graduate of Briar Cliff College, Osterman grew up in Sibley, where his parents still reside. He is the grandson of Jim McKenna and the nephew of Kevin McKenna, Steven McKenna and Maureen Strader, all of Storm Lake.
His sister is a teacher in Houston, Texas.
He explains why he chose to be an educator. "When I looked back on my life I found that it had been full of educating credentials. I felt in my heart that education was what I wanted to do. I enjoy the opportunity to shape students' lives."
He resides in Alta.
Richard Wehde - Halftime Vocational Agriculture
Richard Wehde has been teaching for a number of years with experience in Aplington High School, West Liberty High School and for the past four years he has been a substitute teacher at the Alta Schools.
He chose to be an educator so that he could "try and make a difference in young people's lives."
Wehde enjoys working with young people and working with the other dedicated educators.
The new vocational ag teacher lives in Storm Lake. He and his wife Lois Jean, who is a volunteer AARP tax consultant, are the parents of four daughters and grandparents of five grandchildren.
Chris Reinert - 7-12 Physical Education/Sophomore Health
Chris Reinert has been teaching for the past seven years at St. Mary's School in Storm Lake. A resident of Alta, he is looking forward to new opportunities at the Alta Schools.
Being an educator, he said, gives him "the opportunity to work with students that will soon be leaders in the future. Watching kids achieve their goals and being a part of their success is rewarding."
He enjoys the fact that "each day can bring something new" in the world of education. "Working with students and helping them develop their talent is rewarding."
Reinert and his wife, Angie, who is employed at Metabank, have two sons - Carson, 4, who will begin 4-year-old preschool this fall, and Camden, 9 months.
Heather Anderson - Halftime Title 1 Reading
Heather will be back in the Alta schools as the Title I reading teacher. She is another first-year teacher. she completed her student teaching in the third grade class at Remsen Union.
"I love seeing the kids' eyes light up when they understand a concept!" she said of why she enjoys teaching. She also enjoys the laughter and smiles the kids bring to the classroom. She has fond memories of her school years in Alta.
"I chose to be an educator because I was inspired by my third grade teacher - Mrs. Langner. I want kids to able to value learning and see their own success."
Heather's parents - Kevin and Lori - reside in Alta, as does her younger brother Lance. Her older brother Keith and his wife Jill and daughter Karlie live in Pella.