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Elk Mound will have five new teachers in 2015-16

ELK MOUND -— When the new school year begins this week, there will be five new teachers working for the Elk Mound School District.

Thomas Rudolph is the new sixth grade social studies teacher at the middle school. He is a native of Coon Rapids, Minnesota and earned a degree from UW-Eau Claire in Elementary Education. His teaching experience includes two years at King and Queen County School District in Virginia for two years and from 2011-15, he taught in the Augusta School District here in Wisconsin. He accepted the job in Elk Mound because he knows it is an exemplary school district and he wanted to work for and with the best! He looks forward to being a part of extra curricular activities in the future.

Erin Tomlinson hails from Chisago, Minnesota and will be teaching fifth grade. She received her teaching degree in Elementary Education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 2002 and a Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007. She has taught in private schools in Georgia and Minnesota and chose to take the position at Elk Mound because she enjoys working with middle school students and Elk Mound has a great reputation. At this time she is not working with any extra curricular activities with the district.

After teaching in Barron for a year and in Colfax for five years, Stacy Powell returns home to teach Special Education for the district. She holds a degree in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation from UW-Stout and wants to teach in Elk Mound because she knows it is a great district to work in.

Coming from Bloomer, Katie Young will be one of five -fourth grade teachers for the exceptionally large class of fourth graders this year. She has a comprehensive degree in Elementary Education for grades 1-8 and Special Education for Learning Disabilities for grades 1-12. She taught third grade the past two years in Turtle Lake and made the move to Elk Mound because she enjoys the Elk Mound area and feels they have a lot to offer as a district. She said the community and staff have been very welcoming. She hopes to become more involved with the district in the future.

Jennifer George will teach Business Education for the district. She is another native of Minnesota, coming from Brooklyn Park but has spent a lot of time in North Dakota. She holds a degree in History and Social Studies from the University of Minnesota-Morris and received a teaching license from North Dakota State University. She is currently working on a Masters in Educational Leadership degree from the University of North Dakota and a Business Education certification from UW-Stout. She taught at Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minnesota for five years and for the Grand Forks School system for seven years. She was very impressed with the school district during the interview process and believes it is a place that provides a quality education for students in a great working environment for teachers. She will be the advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America club.