Pilot Tribune Staff
The Alta and Aurelia School Districts welcome five new teachers to their staff this year. All are ready to share their love of education with the students.
Tiffany Miller - Title 1 reading in Aurelia, ELL in Aurelia, assistant high school girls' basketball coach
Mrs. Miller grew up in Waverly and has taught in the Marshalltown Schools. For the past several years she has worked at Northwest Bank in Spencer.
She is married to Luke Miller who is starting his second year as the A-A High School vocal music director/Alta kindergarten-fifth grade music director.
The couple has two boys - Maxwell, 10 and Ian, 7 who are in the Alta Elementary.
She hopes to "always be a positive role model" for her students.
What she enjoys most about being an educator is, "Working with children and providing a positive influence on their lives."
Corbet Butler - fifth grade/9-12 band instructor
Mr. Butler, who grew up in Spirit Lake, most recently taught at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School.
As an educator, he enjoys "working with the students, forming them into young adults and performing music for the community."
His goals include "continuing building on the well-rounded music program at Alta-Aurelia."
Kacee Jensen - Preschool 3-year-old teacher, early childhood special education, high school co-head volleyball coach and high school assistant softball coach
Miss Jensen, who grew up in Underwood, most recently served as a special education associate for A-A High School.
Her goals include, "to be a positive influence on the students and to build positive relationships with the students, parents and community."
What she enjoys most about being an educator is, "Seeing the look on the child's face when they learn something new."
Ashten Henningsen - high school health, middle school health and family consumer science and co-coaching middle school volleyball and girls track
Miss Henningsen is beginning her educational career this year. She completed her student teaching at Clinton High School and Whittier Elementary School in Clinton.
She grew up in DeWitt, the eastern tip of Iowa close to the Mississippi River.
Her goals include, "gaining experience in teaching and being a positive role model in the lives of the students."
Being an educator provides her the opportunity "to use a variety of teaching strategies to actively engage students in the learning process." she also enjoys seeing students succeed with projects she plans.
Brandon Assmann - alternative school, high school speech and drama teacher and head speech coach
Mr. Assmann, a 2006 Alta High School graduate, is pleased to be teaching in the district. He served as assistant speech coach with Mr. Nesbitt for the past two speech seasons.
His parents, Jean and Dean Assmann, reside in rural Alta and his brother Ryan attends A-A High School.
His goals include, "to continue Alta-Aurelia's strong tradition in contest speech and offer multiple speech and drama classes."
What he enjoys most about being an educator is "seeing a student who struggles at first giving a speech and doing an amazing job by the end of the class, gaining confidence in themselves."