Three teachers new to the Exeter-Milligan district are already hard at work getting ready for school to begin on Wedesday.
All were educated in Nebraska and are excited to share with our students what they have learned.
Mr. Shane Whitford will be the new music teacher for 7 - 12. He has a solid background in Music .
After graduating from Milford High School he attended Peru State earning a degree in Music Education K-12.
Most recently he taught at Southeast Consolidated but it merged with Humboldt/Table Rock school this year and he took the opportunity to find a job closer to his hometown.
Whitford has already begun teaching band lessons at school and is excited about the possibilities in Exeter. He wants to get the band "marching a little more. But my biggest goal is restoring pride to the band. To be proud of what we have accomplished and what we can do."
Whitford, his wife and two young daughters (2 and 8 months) are living close to family in Milford. They enjoy spending time together and watching movies.
Mr. Grant Gabel also joins the Exeter-Milligan upper school staff as a science teacher. Mr. Gabel graudated from Shelby High School and graduated from UNL with a BS in Education.
As he approaches this year he hopes to "create a good learning envicornment, get to know the students and have a fun year."
In his time off he enjoys golf, softball, and running.
Ms. Susan Wait comes to us from Lincoln but her roots are in Gresham where she graduated from Benedict High School. She continued her education at UNL where she earned a Bachelor's degree and then received her Masters in Literacy from Concordia University. It will be great to add her skills as a reading specialist at the fourth grade teaching position.
Ms. Wait wants the fourth grade parents to know that she is always available. She is particularly excited about the new reading program that the elementary school is embarking upon this year. In her classroom she wants to work on "building community. As we build our own community we can become part of the bigger community of our school and our town."
As a teacher, Ms. Wait wants to role model being a good citizen as she lives in Milligan this year and teach her "students to be respoectful of their world and their part in it."
In her spare time Ms. Wait enjoys reading, photography and spending a lot of time with her two nieces in Beatrice.
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