New Uniontown Teachers: Walker, Rucker, Ostrander, Onelio

This is part of a series on new teachers in Uniontown School District.

Enrollment for the district ends today from noon to 7 p.m.

Open House is August 15, from 4-6 p.m.

The first day of class is August 16.

There are 10 new teachers, one new junior/senior high school principal, Robert Onelio and a new School Resource Officer, Nick Trim.
Jacy Walker. Submitted photo..
Jacy Walker is a new sixth grade teacher at West Bourbon Elementary School.

She earned a  Bachelor’s Degree at Fort Hays State University and was a para educator for four years while taking classes.

This is her first year as a teacher.

“The best thing about teaching for me is being able to build long lasting relationships with all my students and watching them all become better versions of themselves everyday! ” she said.
“I think as a first year teacher there will probably be lots of challenges I face throughout the year,” she said. “But some that I anticipate and really want to work on ahead of time will be my pre-planning and time management in the classroom.”

Walker is the assistant Uniontown High School Girls Basketball coach, and also coaches in the youth basketball program.

Her family includes:  husband Tyler Walker and five daughters: Maya, Kennedy, Blayke, Berkley, and Jymma.
Laykn Rucker. Submitted photo.
Lakyn Rucker, will be a new first grade teacher at West Bourbon Elementary School.
She graduated from Ottawa University, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education.
Rucker was a preschool teacher in Nevada for a year and then came to St. Mary’s Catholic School where she I taught kindergarten the last two years, she said.
For Rucker, the best part about teaching is seeing a student’s growth throughout a years time. “It is so rewarding,” she said.
She and husband, Riley,  have three children – Chate, Huxley, and Korbyn.
“When we aren’t working or chasing our kids around from one event to another, we enjoy being outside and spending time with our
family and friends,” she said.
Amanda Ostrander. Submitted photo.
Amanda Ostrander is a new preschool teacher at West Bourbon Elementary.

She received her education from  Fort Hays State University and has taught five years, with experience in special education and second grade.

“Forming relationships with my students and their families is the best thing about teaching,” she said . “(and)Finding ways to make learning fun!”

A challenge for her is “finding time for myself and finishing up all the additional courses I want to take.”
Her family includes her husband, five kids, and three dogs.
Abby Onelio. Submitted photo.

Abby Onelio will be teaching junior high and high school Spanish.

She earned a bachelors degree from Pittsburg State University in 2002; a Masters from Fort Hays State University in 2021 and has
five years teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language at Arkansas City High School.

“The best part of teaching for me is helping students to grow, improve and overcome obstacles,” she said.

For her, the biggest challenge for the upcoming school year will be so many big changes all at once, she said.

“My family and I are looking forward to becoming involved in the Uniontown and southeast Kansas community,” Onelio said.

She is married to Robert Onelio, the new 7-12 principal at Uniontown. They have four kids–Mia, 19; Gabe, 18; Natalia, 16; and Eva, 11.

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