By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City school district will have eight new teachers this fall.
The new teachers include Colette Murphy (Speech and Language), Amanda Bishop (Special Ed/ARCC), Jacob Letter (Spanish), Christal Wakeling (4th grade), Rachael Nied (8th and 9th grade Social Studies), Nicole Langman (Reading specialist/Title I), Emily Minor (6th grade Math and Language Arts) and Sarah Nichols (3rd grade).
Colette Murphy joins the school district as the Speech-Language pathologist.
She grew up in Belle Plaine, MN and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of MN-Duluth in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Murphy and her husband Sean have two daughters ages seven and ten.
Amanda Bishop joins the district as a new Special Education teacher and is originally from Ellsworth but has resided in Menomonie since 2001.
She attended college at UW-River Falls before attending Utah State University on an exchange program eventually transferring to USU and graduating.
Working in various school including Menomonie high school as a paraeducator and summer school teacher, Barron School district as an elementary Special Education teacher, SCC middle school and Eau Claire.
Jacob Letter will be teaching Spanish for the district.
Through St. Norbert College Letter studied Spanish and was given the opportunity to live in Ecuador.
After college he had been teaching at Chiba Prefectural Toke high school in Chiba, Japan, but decided it was time to explore the world he grew up in.
Wisconsin was his home for a long time and he looks forward to returning and making it his home again.
Letter enjoys the author J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote “Little by little, one travels far.”
Christal Wakeling joins the elementary school as its new fourth grade teacher.
She graduated from UW-River Falls with an elementary education degree and a health/coaching minor.
She taught in Rosemount, MN for three years before moving to Glenwood City. After her youngest started school, she began subbing again within the district.
Christal and her husband Mike have three children, Blake (eighth grade), Cole (sixth grade) and Addison (third grade).
Rachael Neid joins the middle school/high school as the new eighth and ninth grade social studies teacher.
She is originally from River Falls and graduated from River Falls high school, also recently she married her husband Ryan on July 6.
She attended Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary education.
While at Carroll she participated in many extra-curriculars including playing on the school’s golf team.
Nicole Langman is the new Reading Specialist/Title I teacher for the elementary school.
This is her fifth year as a reading teacher and previously was a first grade teacher.
Reading is a passion for Langman and she believes that all children are great readers.
Emily Minor will be teaching sixth grade Math and Language arts for the middle school this year.
She attended college at UW-River Falls where she majored in Elementary Education and Minored in Mathematics.
Her husband attended graduate school at Texas A&M, so she spent the last three years teaching at a school in Navastoa, TX where she taught sixth and seventh grade Math and Language Arts.
Sarah Nichols will be the new third grade teacher for the elementary school.
She is originally from New Germany, MN and attended college in Duluth, MN where she received a duel degree in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education.
She was recently a teacher for Lake Elmo Elementary but is excited to be teaching in Glenwood City.
Sarah married her husband Mitch over the summer and are about to get a golden retriever puppy to start their family.