LOUISBURG — Students entering Louisburg Middle School and Louisburg High School as sixth- and ninth-graders this year are back in school today for a full-day orientation, getting to know their new teachers and classes.
All students in K-12 report to school Thursday for the first day of the 2018-19 school year. When they return, all the students will have some new staff members and administrators to meet in every building.
There are 16 new staff members in the district, including two at Rockville Elementary School, two at Broadmoor Elementary School, six at Louisburg Middle School and six at Louisburg High School.
There are new administrators at every school as well, including new principals at both elementary schools and the high school, and a new assistant principal at the middle school.
The following are brief bios of the new teachers and administrators at each building.
Rockville Elementary School
Emily Fleming, Principal
Fleming is the new principal at RES, taking the place of Pam Best after her retirement. Fleming attended Baker University and has been a teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal in the Kansas City, Kan., school district for the past 13 years.
Kelli Riddle, Teacher
Riddle started her career as a nurse, but her “heart brought her to education.” She taught for 14 years in Chetopa, Kan., kindergarten and first grade. She will teach kindergarten at RES.
Keighley Miller, Teacher
Miller is the new music teacher at both elementary schools. She is a second-year teacher and taught her first year in Dodge City. Miller graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University.
Broadmoor Elementary School
Cindy Apple, Principal
Apple is a familiar face in Louisburg schools and especially at BES, where she taught special education from 2000 to 2015. She taught in Drexel, Mo., for the past two years and is excited to return to the Louisburg district. Apple received degrees from Northwest Missouri State University, the University of Kansas and Pittsburg State University.
Katherine Rosenbaum, Teacher
This is Rosenbaum’s fifth year as a teacher, coming to Louisburg from the Center school district in Missouri. She will be teaching special education and working as the behavior and autism support specialist. Rosenbaum is a graduate of Emporia State University.
Candice Prothe, Nurse
Prothe will be the new school nurse assisting students and staff. She will be at Broadmoor and also the middle school.
Louisburg Middle School
Suzanne Reedy, Assistant Principal
Reedy was hired to fill the new position of assistant principal at the middle school. Not only has she taught and coached in the Louisburg district for years, she also is a graduate of Louisburg High School. Reedy received degrees from Avila University and Pittsburg State University.
Bauer will teach sixth- grade language arts this year at the middle school. With teaching experience in Lincoln, Neb., North Kansas City, Mo., and Drexel, Mo., Bauer is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
Alex Gentges, Teacher
Gentges, a 2011 graduate of Louisburg High School, will be teaching physical education and sixth-grade computers at the middle school. Gentges graduated from Pittsburg State University and worked as a paraprofessional in the Spring Hill district.
Savannah Hartman, Teacher
Hartman will teach seventh-grade language arts at the middle school this year. She has five years of experience in the Hugoton, Kan., school district. Hartman graduated from the University of Kansas.
Kade Larson, Teacher
Larson, a 2013 graduate of Louisburg High School, recently graduated from the University of Tennessee-Martin, with a degree in mathematics. He will be teaching seventh-grade math at the middle school.
Shelly Rose, Social Worker
Rose was a paraprofessional at Louisburg High School in 2015 and since then has worked as a social worker in the Gardner school district. She returns to Louisburg to be the social worker serving fifth-graders at Broadmoor and all the students at the middle school.
Joel Ybarra, Teacher
Ybarra will teach introduction to communications at the middle school, and speech, debate and forensics at the high school. He has a degree from Pittsburg State University. Ybarra has taught speech and theater for the past two years in El Dorado Springs, Mo.
Louisburg High School
Jeremy Holloway, Principal
Holloway stepped up from his role of assistant principal to fill the top LHS spot vacated by Tammy Thomasson. Holloway has been an educator in Louisburg since 2001, after teaching in Wichita. He has degrees from Ottawa University and Emporia State University.
Nick Chapman, Teacher
Chapman taught math for the past two years at Highland Park High School in Topeka. He will teach geometry and algebra this year at Louisburg High School. Chapman is an LHS alumnus, graduating in 2012.
Sarah Davis, Teacher
Davis has traveled the world and even lived in Spain. She loves the Spanish language and will be the Spanish 1 and 2 teacher at the high school. She taught last year at Washington High School in the Kansas City, Kan., school district. Davis is a graduate of Baker University.
Philip Dean, Teacher
Dean comes to Louisburg with nine years of experience as both an art teacher and a physical education teacher in Drexel, Mo. He currently lives in Louisburg and will be teaching sports fitness, introduction to art, graphic design and digital media.
Angela Goode, Teacher
Goode brings 19 years of teaching experience to the Louisburg school district. She has taught both middle school and high school in the Osawatomie School District in the past, and will be teaching English 100 and 200 this year at LHS.
Paul Restivo, teacher
Restivo comes to LHS with 14 years of experience and has most recently been a part of the Smithville School District in Missouri. He has taught all levels of high school English and will be teaching English 100, English 400 and Pre-AP English this year for USD 416.
Amy Wells, Counselor
With 11 years of teaching experience in the Olathe school district, Wells has already been on the job as the high school counselor. She is an alumna of McNeese State University.