Please help welcome two new teachers to the Exeter-Milligan staff this year. Rachel Haider will be teaching High School Language Arts, replacing Jami Adelman and Rachel Lucas will be teaching fifth grade replacing Brent Zoubek.
Haider is familiar with small towns and farming as she grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, Okarche which is just northeast of Oklahoma City. She graduated from Concordia University in December of 2009 and worked in banking and for a cellular phone company while also assisting her husband, Dustin, in coaching the Concordia speech and debate team.
Haider will be coaching the Speech and One Act teams in addition to her teaching duties. She is “looking forward to getting to know the students and am very excited to be back in the classroom.”
“I want to try to get other people to love English and Literature like I do,” explained Haider.
Haider is thrilled with Exeter-Milligan laptop program, “We will be able to collaborate on projects and share files which will be very conducive to learning,” said Haider.
She plans to introduce some innovative ideas to help students through writer’s block in the classroom and is really looking forward to being a part of the speech program at Exeter-Milligan.
The other Rachel, Lucas, that is, grew up in Plattsmouth with her three siblings, two of them her triplets. She moved to Lincoln to attend UNL and graduated in December of 2010. As a sophomore at UNL she met E-M third grade teacher Casey Pohl and they became good friends.
Lucas looks forward to getting to know everyone in the two towns. She is living in Exeter and working in Milligan. She is looking forward to implementing both the new math program in the fifth grade classroom and using all of the technology the district has provided.
“Fifth grade is a great year, the students can be creative in all of the subjects,” said Lucas.
In addition to teaching third grade Lucas will be filling in as assistant volleyball coach a position Elementary Principal Laura Kroll held for a number of years. Lucas spent time in Lincoln and Waverly coaching volleyball including the freshman team at Lincoln Southeast High School.