Meet the New Perkins County Schools Staff

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by Shari Fridel

the tribune-sentinel concession

There are several new staff members at both Grant Secondary School and Primary School this year. Some go back to their roots as former Grant graduates; two are coming out of retirement after being employed at Perkins County Schools in the past, some are just out of college or early in their school careers.

Tyler Mahnken returns to Grant as the group’s long-term instructor. He attended Perkins County School and was active in music and theater programs while in school. He graduated from PCHS in 2005 and recently served as a long-term fill-in in the Denver area.

Activities director Dean Friedel returns to PCS after retiring as high school principal in 2019. Previously, he was elementary principal at Grant and high school principal at Wheatland in Madrid, and taught at Fort Calhoun , Neb., After graduating from Dana College in Blair, Neb.

Sophia Jaeger is originally from Ogallala and currently resides there. She graduated from high school there in 2015, then played college volleyball at Eastern Wyoming College, earning two associate degrees. She completed an accounting degree at the University of Wyoming in May 2019 with a minor in finance. She has been employed by financial companies for the past three years, while coaching volleyball on the side. Transitioning into the field of education, she is now a high school business teacher and assistant junior volleyball coach at Perkins County.

Science teacher Renee Marquardt is returning to Perkins County Schools after a 42-year career in education from which she retired and has since served as a substitute. She is originally from Cedar Rapids Neb. and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Shalee Pollard, a 2012 Perkins County graduate, takes on the new position of school psychologist at PCS. Shalee graduated from UNK in 2015 with a K-6 Elementary and Special Education degree; and in 2019 with an educational specialist degree in school psychology. This is her fifth year as a school psychologist after working in Columbus public schools and as a licensed private psychologist in area schools.

Alecia Einspahr, a high school guidance counselor, grew up in Grant, graduated in 2010, and attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s undergraduate school, majoring in elementary education. She taught English learners for seven years in Grand Island and Lincoln before deciding to make the transition to becoming a school counselor. She holds a master’s degree in administration and is currently working on another for school guidance.

First-grade teacher Rochelle Hazelton is from Fremont, Neb. She graduated this year from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Emily Glause has been hired as the new Remote Spanish Instructor at PCHS. She is from Broken Bow, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2015. She later earned her master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has taught Spanish at Broken Bow as well as cheerleading coach and worked with English language learners for the past seven years. She still resides in Broken Bow, but “zooms” daily to Perkins County and other area schools for Spanish lessons.

Next week: more new employee profiles from the school.

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