Friday, August 19, 2022

New Teachers at Exeter-Milligan


New teachers at Exeter-Milligan for the 22-23 school year include rom the left: Miranda Hornung, Brandi Perez, Ashley Arbuck and Kelsey Yates.


Four new faces join the Exeter-Milligan staff this school year.

Miranda Hornung will be filling two spots at Exeter-Milligan. She will be in both the shop and in the ag departments. FFA chapter advisor Amy Kohtz and Agriculture teacher is no longer able to split her time between Exeter and Friend and so Hornung will be teaching the ag education classes in Exeter and be the co-advisor for the EMF FFA chapter with Kohtz.  She will also be teaching the shop classes including welding in addition to animal science, plant science and agribusiness.

Hornung grew up in Davey, Nebraska but her she and her family recently moved to Cordova.  She graduated from UNL in May with a degree in Agriculture Education and minors in Leadership and Engler Entrepreneurship.  She recently got engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Darren and they will be getting married next July.

In her spare time she enjoys going to country concerts, weekend trips to the lake with her family, singing and re-watcher her favorite show, “Criminal Minds.”

She is very “excited for the shop updates to be finished this fall and to be able to offer dual-credit welding.” 


In the second grade classroom Kelsey Yates will be taking the place of long time teacher Marla Weber.  Yates grew up in Geneva and graduated from Fillmore Central.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UNL and has been teaching second grade in Lincoln for the past six years. This summer she completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction through Doane University.

In her free time she enjoys taking her dog on walks, reading and playing golf.  She is “excited to get to know my students and watch them learn and grow over the course of the year.”



Joining Exeter-Milligan as a third grade teacher is Ashley Arbuck.  She was born in York where she grew up before attending Central Community College and graduated with her teacher credentials from York (College) University.  She has taught for 13 years as a kindergarten, first and third grade teacher.

She and her husband Jason have been married for nine years and have two kids Grayson (a first grader at Exeter-Milligan) and Karch, along with three older stepchildren Krynn, Trajan and Langdon.

She enjoys sports, working out and being outside with her family.  She is “excited to be teaching where my daughter goes to school and so excited to meet all the new faces and help them grow as people and students.”


Brandi Perez is not exactly a new face at Exeter-Milligan but this is her first full year of teaching English in the district.

She was born in Lincoln but grew up in York and graduated from there before completing a Bachelor’s degree in English from UNL. 

She and Exeter-Milligan music teacher Mark Perez have been married for two and a half years.

She will be teaching high school English/Language Arts and will also be guiding the journalism and yearbook students.  She will be serving as the cheerleading coach.

In her spare time she is taking classes through UNK to further her education and naturally, she enjoys reading.  She also enjoys photography.

This year she started a classroom library, “I’m looking forward to getting students more into reading. I’m also looking forward to simply building relationships with students.”


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