8/30/2012 9:40:00 AM North Branch welcomes new staff
North Branch Schools welcome new instructors and one new counselor to the district for the upcoming school year. The teachers receive some instruction of their own in the North Branch Dist. Mentorship Program. Incoming staff last week were paired with veterans in the district also working in the same educational disciplines. Dona Yetter, coordinator of teacher development, said North Branch has had a mentorship program since 1990. They then have a friend and role model with whom they can bounce ideas off of and who act as specialized mentors on curriculum and programming unique to North Branch schools. Pictured, far left: High School Principal Coleman McDonough, and new staff to his left: Andrea Tooley/Family & Consumer Sciences, (mentor is Marilyn Fagerness); Mari Ringness/counselor, (mentored by Ursula Scheele); Dawn White/science (mentor is Nick Brouwer); James Pope/instrumental music (mentored by Cathy Regnier) Jamie Sobolik Business Ed (Steve Nelson is mentor) and Glen Stevens, Assistant Principal at the high school is to far right. Center, in front, Amy Sanders/speech (mentor is Mony Johnson) and Carly Gubash/Spanish (mentored by Sharon Goeman. In second photo: Sunrise River Elementary (K-4) Principal Jason Hartmann and Maggie Jennings who will teach Spanish. (mentored by Sharon Goeman and Jim VanEerden).