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Colfax School District has several new staff members for upcoming year

COLFAX — There will be plenty of new faces-and some familiar ones – in the classrooms and hallways as the 2014-15 school year begins in Colfax.

Kelly Haskamp is the new guidance counselor for grades K-8 and has worked in the Pepin and Spring Valley school systems. Kelly is a 2002 graduate of Eau Claire North and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from UW-Stout in 2006 and a Masters Degree in School Counseling in 2008, also from Stout. Kelly lives in this area and accepted the position to be closer to home and to be able to work in the school her small children will eventually be attending.

Melissa Nehm is a 2010 graduate of New Berlin High School and will teach elementary music for grades 1-3 and band for grades 5-6 for the district. She earned a degree in Music Education from UW-Eau Claire in 2014 and this is her first teaching position.

Nancy Hovde is a more familiar face as she moves from a teacher assistant position to the seventh grade social studies and reading position. She is a 1986 graduate of Birchwood High School and holds degrees in grades 1-8 education from UW-La Crosse in 1992 and a K-12 Reading Teacher from Viterbo in 2013. Nancy has taught in the La Crosse District and accepted the position because her credentials matched the job description and her children go to school in Colfax.

Kristina Anderson is another familiar face as she also moves from a teacher’s aide position to the elementary/middle school special education position. She is a product of Bloomer High School and received a degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in 2002, both from from UW-Stout. She lives in Chippewa Falls and after working for the Colfax district as an aide, is very happy to have been chosen for the position.

Michael Dombrowski comes to the district after teaching social studies eight years at New Auburn High School and Middle School and will teach high school social studies. He has a Bachelor of  Arts Degree in Secondary Education with a history major and also a Master of Science in Education from Viterbo in 2013.In addition, he holds an Educational Leadership-Pre-K-12 Principal Certification from Viterbo University. He was involved with many school activities at New Auburn and looks forward to participating in school and community events in Colfax.

Jenni Mohr is a new special education teacher assistant. She is a 1998 graduate of Owen-Withee High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University in 2002. She has worked in the Chippewa Falls Explorers program and also was a substitute teacher in Elk Mound. Jenni has always enjoyed working in smaller school districts because of the “family” feeling in the school and community.

Brad Hostak will be another special education aide for the district. Brad is a 1985 graduate of Chippewa Falls High School and earned a degree in social studies from UW-Eau Claire in 1997 and a special education degree from St. Mary’s in 2004. He has worked in the Janesville and Beloit School Districts and wanted to work in a smaller district.

Another change in positions has 2005 Colfax graduate Matthew Demoe moving from a teacher’s aide position to an elementary/high school physical education job. DeMoe holds a degree from UW-River Falls in Physical Education and Health and has been an assistant football coach for Colfax the past few years.