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School is back: Meet this year’s new teachers

It’s that time of year again—glimpses of the summer sun are becoming shorter, the season is winding down to its final days and school is in session.

This year’s new teachers at Bowman County Public Schools: Melissa Rothe, Tyneal Begger, Kaylie Strandberg, Jeremiah Hayes, Dakota Wolf, Lauren Holder and Lori Ann Nelson. (Photo by Bryce Martin/Pioneer)
This year’s new teachers at Bowman County Public Schools: Melissa Rothe, Tyneal Begger, Kaylie Strandberg, Jeremiah Hayes, Dakota Wolf, Lauren Holder and Lori Ann Nelson. (Photo by Bryce Martin/Pioneer)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

It’s that time of year again—glimpses of the summer sun are becoming shorter, the season is winding down to its final days and school is in session.

With the 2015-16 Bowman County Public School year, which began Wednesday, comes the addition of several new teachers getting acclimated to their new Bowman surroundings. Melissa Rothe, Tyneal Begger, Jeremiah Hayes, Dakota Wolf, Kaylie Standberg and Lori Ann Nelson have joined the faculty for the new school year.

Here’s a little background on each.

Lauren Holder is a transplant originally from Gainesville, Fla.

She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance.

Currently, she’s working on obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music Education at VCSU.

Her husband, Brian, teaches kindergarten through 12th grade music in Buffalo, S.D., but her immediate family lives back in Florida, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Holder will be teaching kindergarten through sixth grade vocal music.

“I have 10 years of private music teaching experience and this will be my third year in the school system,” Holder said.

She added that Bowman County school offered her a great opportunity to teach music “in a community that values music and the arts.”

In her spare time, Holder enjoys swimming, running, playing the violin and spending quality time with her husband and two  dogs, Murphy and Riley.

“I started taking violin lessons at the age of four and swimming competitively at the age of six,” she explained about herself.

Melissa Rothe is originally from Hazen. She graduated from Hazen High School and the University of North Dakota,  with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with Middle Level Education.

Her parents are Doug and Nancy Rothe, and she has two brothers, Dustin and Josh.

Rothe will be teaching eighth grade Algebra I, Algebra C, Algebra I, seventh grade Advanced Math, and seventh grade Regular Math.

Rothe said she chose to teach in Bowman because it’s a “small town, great community and school, and because she is familiar with the area.

In her spare time, Rothe enjoys playing the guitar, bicycling and having campfires.

“In seventh and eighth grade, I grew a total of 12 inches to reach my height of just over six feet tall,” she said as something interesting about herself.

Tyneal Begger, originally from Beach, graduated from Beach High School and attended North Dakota State University and Valley City State to pursue a degree in human development, family science and elementary education.

She will be teaching third grade.

She chose to work in Bowman because it’s a welcoming community and the school has a positive staff, she said.

In her free time, Begger likes to go shopping, workout and take naps.

“I love the Bison and the Packers—green and gold,” she added about herself.

Jeremiah Hayes is originally from Shelby, Mont. He graduated from Shelby High School and attended  Dickinson State University, pursing a degree in Composite Science in Secondary Education, with minors in Earth Science and Biology.

His parents are Brian and Shelly Hayes and is the middle child; he has two sisters, one older, Jeni Hayes, and one younger,  Katies Hayes.

Hayes will be teaching seventh grade life science, eighth grade earth science and sophomore biology.

He said he chose to work in Bowman because it’s a new area to be a part of with “great school facilities, (an) awesome faculty and supportive staff at the school.”

In his spare time, Hayes likes to hunt bids, go skiing, play the guitar, woodworking and being outside.

“(I) love to back country ski,” he said, adding that he is Type 1 avalanche certified.

Dakota Wolf is from Dickinson, graduating from Dickinson High School and the University of Mary, with a major in elementary education.

Her parents are Mike and Bernie Wolf and has three siblings, Cody, Travis and Kristal.

Wolf will be teaching sixth grade in Bowman County.

“I loved the small town atmosphere,” she said as a reason she choose to work for BCPS. “There is so much school pride within the community.”

Wolf said in her free time she loves to cook and bake, put puzzles together, spend time with her family on the farm and play with her fairly large (but very lovable) dog, Dixie.

As something interesting about herself, Wolf said she was the national champion in the Distance Medley Relay in March 2013 at the Indoor Track Nationals for the University of Mary.

Lori Ann Nelson grew up on a dairy farm in south central North Dakota.

She attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She also has additional credits in preschool special needs and elementary counseling. And has math and reading credentials.

She and her husband, Scott, have two children, Majalisa and Levi.

Nelson will work as a reading interventionist at Bowman County Public Schools.

“I have 20-plus years of teaching experience and I have taught everything from preschool special needs to eighth grade language arts,” she said. “Each of these positions has been interesting and enjoyable.”

She said, however, her passion lies in teaching reading.

“The opportunity to help beginning readers grow and succeed was a dream position come true,” she explained. “After visiting Bowman and learning more about the community, and the reading position, I chose to try something new.”

In her spare time, Nelson enjoys reading, cooking, baking and playing the piano.

While she couldn’t think of anything interesting to say about herself, with her background and experiences, she’s undoubtedly an interesting person.

Kaylie Strandberg is originally from Bitterroot Valley, Mont.

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She graduated from Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Mont., and attended Dickinson State University with a major in English education and a minor in psychology.

Her parents are Mark and Penny Strandberg and has one sister, Kassie Corbett.

Strandberg will be teaching seventh and 11th grade English and developmental English.

“I loved the community and the small town feel that Bowman had,” she said. “It felt like the perfect place to begin doing what I love.

“I knew it would be an amazing adventure.”

In her spare time, Strandberg enjoys being outdoors, hiking, fishing and exercising. She also spends much time reading and playing with her cat, Smokey.

She said she also enjoys cooking and eating.

Something interesting about her: she has chronic hiccups.