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Sara Jackman: New FSHS Social Studies Teacher

This is part of a series of profiles about the new teachers in our community.
Sara Jackman is the new Fort Scott High School Social Studies Teacher.
Name: Sara Jackman
Title of position: High School Social Studies Teacher
Education: BSE from Emporia State University
Experience: 15 years
Age: 37
Family: Husband Jay
Affiliations: Kansas National Education Association
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I enjoy working with students and seeing them grow.”
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?
“Get to know my students and coworkers.”

Briana Blandamer: Intern For FortScott.Biz

Briana Blandamer is the new intern for FortScott.Biz.  Her focus is Fort Scott Community College.

Blandamer is an FSCC sophomore business major, who is a 2017 graduate of Fredonia High School.

Blandamer wanted to intern to get writing experience, and she will use that experience when she applies to law school in the future, she said.

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Alicia Hansen: New MS Social Studies Teacher

This is a series featuring new teachers in our community.
Alicia Hansen is the new Fort Scott Middle School Social Studies teacher.
Name: Alicia Hansen
Title of position: 8th Grade Social Studies
• Associates of Science from Fort Scott Community College
• Bachelors in History/Government from Pitt State
• Working on my Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Four years in Gardner-
• Three years as an English as a Second Language teacher for 5th and 8th grade
• One year as a 7th grade Social Studies
Age: 29
Just got engaged! My two dogs, five cats (promise I’m not a crazy cat lady…), a “micro” pig, and five horses
Why did you choose education as a career?
I grew up participating in 4-H, and as I got older, my leadership projects started to revolve around how to help the younger kids in the club. I really enjoyed working with the kids, and have always been a history nerd, so I decided to combine the two into one and became a history teacher!
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?
My main priority in the classroom is building positive relationships with the kids. I want them to know that there is at least one person in their life that truly cares about them and is in their corner whenever they need someone. Then comes The Declaration of Independence and the Civil War 😉

Sherry Lindsay: New Title 1 Teacher At Eugene Ware

Name: Sherry Lindsay
Title of position: Title Reading and Math at Eugene Ware Elementary School
Education: BS from MSU Springfield; MS from PSU Pittsburg.
Experience: 28 years
Family: She lives in Nevada, MO with husband, David. They have five sons, Matt Lindsay; Cody Claflin and his wife Taylor, and their two children Cade and Cameron; Colt Regers; Clay Regers and his wife Cydnee, and Jack Lindsay.
Why did you choose education as a career?
 My Aunt Helen was my fifth and six grade teacher and was a real inspiration to me, and one of the reasons I pursued teaching as a career. Her ability to guide students, her fairness, and her compassion made me want to provide the same things to my own students.
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?
To develop connections and relationships with my students and to get to know the styles of learning that best suits them.

New FSCC Biology Teacher: Heather Davis


Heather Davis is the biology instructor at Fort Scott Community College.

This is part of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.

Dr. Heather Davis is the new biology instructor at Fort Scott Community College.

Name: Dr. Heather Davis

Title of position: Biology Instructor, Fort Scott Community College

Education: Fort Scott High School 2006, Associate of Science- Cowley College 2008, Bachelor of Science in Biology- Pittsburg State University 2010, Master of Science & Doctor of Chiropractic- Logan College 2014

Experience: No prior formal teaching experience, but extensive education and background in the sciences.

Age: 30

Family: Husband-Dr. Grant Hartman, children-Zoey (age 2) and Zeke (age 3 months), late father-Tom Davis, mother-Cindy Davis, parents-in-law- Brad and Robin Hartman, Grandparents-in-law-the late Ron Billiard and Karen Billiard.


“I have been in private practice with my husband at Hartman Spine & Joint for three years practicing functional medicine, which relies extensively on knowledge of human biology, anatomy, physiology, laboratory evaluation, nutrition and performance. While I will still be practicing part time, I am excited to start my teaching career.”

Why did you choose education as a career?

“I found that in private practice, I was teaching patients one-on-one every single day, something I did not realize would happen to this extent. I finally recognized my passion for teaching and, paired with my love of science, formal teaching just made sense. It is also a way for me to be more involved in the community, develop relationships, influence more people, and be involved in something bigger.

What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“Ensure each and every student in my classroom develops a basic understanding of the world around them, lead more students to the sciences, and foster relationships with local high schools to enable students to work ahead.”


New FSCC Harley-Davidson Teacher: Alex Mason

This is part of a series of new teachers in our community.

Alex Mason is a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Technician Training and Development Program instructor at Fort Scott Community College.

Name: Alex Mason

Title of position: Harley-Davidson Instructor

Education: AAS FSCC Harley-Davidson

Experience: Technician at Gail’s Harley-Davidson, Grandview MO

Age: 28

Family: Wife is Holli Mason, a daughter, Lucy.  Parents are Steve and Kendell Mason.

Why did you choose education as a career?

“This is an opportunity for me to apply my skill set closer to home, so I may spend more time with my family.”

What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“Implementing my experience at an H-D dealership in order to help create better-prepared technicians for the field.”

New Eugene Ware Elementary School 5th-Grade Teacher: Abby Stepps

The is one of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.

Abby Stepps is a new Fifth Grade Teacher at  Eugene Ware Elementary School.

Name: Abby Stepps
Title: 5th Grade Elementary Teacher
Education: Fort Scott Community College and at Pittsburg State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.

Experience: She began teaching in 2009 in Nevada, MO. Taught in Fort Scott in 2012 one year, then Nevada in 2013 until the present.

Family: Husband, Trent Stepps, a Fort Scott Alumni and has two “beautiful daughters.”

Why did you become an educator?

“I once had a teacher make me feel as though I could conquer the world. She made me feel important and a part of something bigger than I was. Inside her classroom, I could be myself and at the same time anyone/anything I wanted to be, she IS the reason I chose education as my career, Mrs. Scott, 4th grade, in Neosho, Missouri.”

What is first on your list of priorities for the position?

“I hope to bring a feeling of newness and rigor to the 5th-grade crew at Eugene Ware. I am very excited to be working with such great teachers! This year will be wonderful!”

New FSHS Language Arts Teacher: Erica Clark

Erica Clark

This is part of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.

Erica Clark is the new Fort Scott High School English Language Arts Teacher.
Name: Erica Clark
Title of position: English Language Arts
Education: Bachelor of Science in English Education, Pittsburg State University, May 2018
Experience: 1st-year teacher.  She interned and student taught in Nevada, MO,  from August 2017-May18.
Age: 29
Family: Husband, Drew Clark,  a sales manager at  Win-Vent, Fort Scott. They have a set of twins, Bryson and Laurali,  8-years-old in July. “They are excited to begin third grade at Eugene Ware this year.”
“I worked as an eye technician at Quinlan Eye Center for 7 years. The last four of those years, my employer worked around my school schedule as I pursued a degree in English Education.”
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I have always loved all things literary – writing is a passion of mine. Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to become an educator. My heart has always been set on inspiring students to become the best version of themselves. It wasn’t until about five years ago when I decided to pursue this dream. I was able to mix my passions of reading and writing with my desire to help lead tomorrow’s leaders and become an English teacher – nothing is better than that!”
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?
“I am excited to become a part of this community. My priorities right now include developing positive relationships with my students, their families, and my colleagues. I am so excited to start this new journey at Fort Scott High School. “

New FSHS Spanish Teacher: Jennifer Michaud

Jennifer Michaud
This is one of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.
Jennifer Michaud is the new Fort Scott High School Spanish Teacher.
Name:  Jennifer Michaud
Title of position:  Spanish
Education:  B.S. from Kansas State University; Beginning work on her Master’s Degree this fall.
“I started teaching upon graduation in January 2000.  I have eight years of formal classroom experience at the middle and high school levels…eight years of early childhood education.  I have also taught religious education since 2002.”
Age:  42
Family:  Married to Bill, two children:  Alec, a senior, and Alaenah, a Freshman.
Affiliations:  Kansas World Languages Association, Office of Faith Formation Advisory Council for the Diocese of Wichita, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I have always loved to learn, and I feel that we should never stop learning.  I wanted to pass on that enthusiasm for education to others.”
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“My first priority is to get to know my students.  Once I know more about who they are and what they like, then I’ll be able to design lessons that speak to their interests.”

New First-Grade Teacher at Winfield Scott: Lindsey Davis


This is part of a series of features on new teachers in our community.

Lindsey Davis is a new first-grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School.

Name: Lindsey Davis
Title: 1st Grade Teacher at Winfield Scott
Education: Graduated from Pitt State with a BS in elementary education.
Experience: First-year teacher.
Age: 25 years old.
Family:  Married to husband, Cal, for two weeks.
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I love to see students learn, change and grow and I want to be a part of it.
I want to make an impact on my students and help them enjoy life and give them a chance to dream about life. “
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“To be a good educator by making a difference in my student’s lives. And to make learning a fun enjoyable experience for each and every student that I get the opportunity to teach.”

Greyhound Lodge Nearing Completion

The Greyhound Lodge, August 8. Jim Woods is part of the maintenance crew at Fort Scott Community College who helped in the renovation of the Red Ram Motel into student housing.

The Red Ram Motel property has been cleaned up from the overgrown trees and shrubs which abounded on the property,  given new paint, doors, and floors in the individual rooms and it is almost ready for the transformation to student housing for Fort Scott Community College.

A peek at the inside of one room at the Greyhound Lodge on August 8. New paint and new floors have been completed. Furniture is next to be moved in.

Greyhound Lodge, as it is now known,  will be part of the FSCC housing options.

“We are excited to see the transformation and having it done,” FSCC President Alysia Johnston said on Wednesday. “I think the students will like it.”

All the remodeling of the building was done by maintenance staff or the construction trades class, she said.

“Kim Coates (construction trade instructor) and a couple of kids have been on it,” Johnston said. “Lane Cutler cleaned up the property. Jim Woods is a member of the maintenance team.  All the remodel has been in-house, except the floors.”

Johnny Walker was the high bidder for the Red Ram Motel sign.

The Red Ram Motel sign is gone now, purchased by Johnny Walker. Work is in the final stages before students move in, August 18-19, Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston said Wednesday.

Each room will have bunkable beds. “The kids can decide whether to bunk them or not,” she said. “Each room will have beds, a small fridge, microwave, dresser.”

“It’s affordable, $300 per month per student,” Johnston said. “It’s also appropriate, supervised student housing.”

A member of  FSCC staff will be living in an apartment at Greyhound Lodge, for security and supervision duties.

A computer lab, a student lounge with a pool table, washer and dryer and kitchen will be available for students use.

Greyhound Lodge is on the north side of town, near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 69. The FSCC main campus is on the south side of town. Students will be moving in the weekend of  August 18-19, Johnston said.

“The students who live there can purchase a meal plan,” Johnston said. “We now have a 10-meal-plan or a 7-meal-plan, if they want to purchase it.”




Cindy Satterfield: New Title 1 Teacher at Winfield Scott

This is a series featuring the new teachers in our community.

Cindy Satterfield is the new Title 1 Teacher for Kindergarten through Second Grade at Winfield Scott Elementary School, Fort Scott.

Name:  Cindy Satterfield
Title of Position:  Title I Teacher for K-2 at Winfield Scott
Education:  BS Ed in Elementary Education from PSU in 1988, MS in Education from Missouri State University in 1998, and an MS with Licensure as a Reading Specialist from PSU in 2008
Experience:  Retired from Missouri with 29 years of experience. Six years as a 2nd-grade teacher in Bronaugh, and 23 years with the Nevada RV School District with years as a 2nd-grade teacher, 3rd-grade teacher, 3rd-grade Title I teacher, Literacy Coach, and an Instructional Coach.
Age:  51
Family:  Husband  – Married to Gary Satterfield for 30 years, a Plant Engineering Supervisor at 3M in Nevada.  Two sons – Jeremy, 26 and lives in Omaha, Nebraska where he works for Turner Construction out of Kansas City as a field engineer. ” He is engaged to be married to Olivia Culbertson on September 1 and we are excited to have her as our daughter-in-law!”  Her second son, Ben, graduated from Nevada High School. He will be attehnding Missouri State University this fall as a sophomore and is considering a degree in Physical Therapy.
Affiliations: She is a member of the Vernon County Retired Educators Association, Hannon Free Will Baptist Church, and the Women’s Auxiliary, and am also involved with Vernon County Relay for Life Team.
Why did you choose to become an educator?
“I chose education as a career for several reasons.  First, I truly love teaching children and find it gratifying to be able to make a positive difference in their lives.  It is important to raise our future generation to be well-rounded individuals with the skills they need to be successful no matter what path they choose in life.  As an educator, I also appreciate the opportunity to be a lifelong learner as I advance my education, attend professional development, and work with colleagues.  Every day is different and holds opportunities to be a positive influence in the life of another person.”
What is your first priority on the job?
“My first priority as I begin a “second” career in Kansas is to build positive relationships with students, their families, and my colleagues.  Adapting to the Kansas curriculum and getting familiar everything in a new district is also important, but I know it will come with time.  I am looking forward to a great year!”