Category Archives: Schools

Ken Hudiburg: New Fort Scott High School Science Teacher

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

Kenny Hudiburg is the new science teacher at Fort Scott High School.

Name: Kenny Hudiburg

Title: High School Science Instructor

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Biology

In Science Education for the past 25 years, as Middle School and High School Science for 11 years, the Lead Biology Instructor at Fort Scott Community College for the last 14 years.

Family: Married to Dr. Michelle Hudiburg, a professor in the Department of Education at Pittsburg State University. They have three children: Josh, the oldest is a Junior at Pittsburg State University; twin daughters, Dawna and Katherine, sophomores at FSHS.

Why did you choose an education career?

“I chose to go into education because I love teaching and working with students.”

Amber Malone: New Third-Grade Teacher At Eugene Ware Elementary

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

Amber Malone is a new third-grade teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary School.

Name:   Amber Malone
Title of position: Third-grade teacher
Education: Graduated from Pittsburg State University.
Experience:  Taught ten years in Missouri, but this is her first year in Kansas.
Age:   35
Family:   Married with three sons.
Why did you choose education as a career?
 ” I was one of those people who always knew what they wanted to be when they grew up.  My mom was a teacher and I wanted to fill that role as well.   As I went through the school system, I had several teachers that made a huge impact on my learning and helped mold me to whom I am now.   I want to be that same positive person that shows children they are worth every drop of blood, sweat, and tears.  “
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?
 ” My first priority is to smile at each child that comes into my classroom.  Building a relationship with each of them will make this year more successful!  My goal is to let them know I care about them and how hard I’m going to work to make each day, the best day yet!”

Haley Troutman: New Third-Grade Teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary

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

Haley Troutman is a new third-grade teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary School.

Name: Haley Troutman

Title of Position: 3rd Grade Teacher

Education: Graduated Uniontown High School, 2010, earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science (psychology) from K-State, 2014 and is currently earning a Master of Arts in teaching K-6 at K-State, anticipated graduation is May 2019.

Age: 26

Family: Married to Stuart Troutman, three children: Molly (6), Sadie (3), and Jett (4 months).

Why did you choose education as a career:

“I chose education to impact the lives of children, encouraging them to be well-rounded, productive members of society. It is my hope to help them become the best individuals and students that they possibly can be. I love children and want my students to know that they always have a safe place in our classroom – an environment where they will be loved, nurtured, and encouraged.”

What is the first on your list of priorities for this position :

“I am looking forward to meeting all of my students and their families. Although I have already met my 3rd-grade team, I am excited to connect on a deeper level, building relationships with each of them. A priority I have for my classroom this year is implementing goal setting, both personal and academic. I anticipate an exciting year!”

New FSHS Forensic/Debate Teacher: Angella Curran

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

Angella Curran is the new Fort Scott High School Speech and Debate/Forensics teacher.

Name: Angella Curran

Title of position: High School Speech and Debate/Forensics

Education: BA Communications, MA Teaching, both from Pitt State

Experience: Six  years in Lamar, MO, four years in Frontenac, KS

Age: 35

Family: Son, age 13, attends PCMS

Affiliations: National Speech and Debate Association, Women Helping Women of Pittsburg, KS.

Why did you choose education as a career?

“I worked for AmeriCorps in 2004 and was placed as a tutor in an inner-city Baltimore school.  I immediately connected with the students and decided that was the path I wanted to take once I returned to college.”

 

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

“My first priority is to build relationships with students and continue building the already amazing Debate and Forensics team.”

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.

Ideas for features for Blandamer can be sent to news@fortscott.biz.

 

 

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
Education:
• 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
Experience:
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
Family:
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.

Affiliations:

“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.”
Affiliations:
“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. “