Six new teachers and staff at Colfax

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — Six new teachers and staff will be working for the Colfax School District this year.

Here are profiles of the new staff members.

Malia Clements

Malia Clements graduated from Bloomer High School in 2001 and from UW-Stout with a masters degree in school counseling in 2009.

She will be a guidance counselor this year for the Colfax School District.

When asked why she chose to apply for this position, Malia said Colfax “is close to home and it’s a great school district.”

Tali Eiseth

Tali Eiseth graduated from Menomonie High School in 2003 and from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2008 with a degree in elementary education.

She will be a teacher’s aide for the Colfax School District. Tali has been a substitute teacher for the Colfax school district in previous years.

Lori Halpin

Lori Halpin graduated from Colfax High School in 1981 and from UW-Eau Claire in 2008 with a degree in elementary and middle school education. She will be teaching eighth grade English and Literature and taught at Menomonie Middle School prior to coming to Colfax.

“Colfax is my hometown, and I now have my dream job,” Lori said.

Nancy Hovde

Nancy Hovde is a 1986 graduate of Birchwood High School. She graduated from UW- LaCrosse with a bachelor of science in elementary education. She will be teaching reading and working as a library aide. Prior to this, she taught at Southern Bluffs in LaCrosse.

“I love the area, and I am closer to family,” she said.

Kim Leibfried

Kim  Leibfried is a 1989 graduate of Colfax High School. She graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 1990. Kim will be working in the library.

John Nelson

John Nelson is a 2008 graduate of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. He graduated from UW-River Falls in 2013 with a degree in agriculture education. He will be teaching middle school and high school agriculture.