Nine new teachers join MMCRU

Thursday, August 30, 2018
New teachers for the MMCRU School District include, Front row, from left: Lexie Everman (Preschool-eighth grade Art), Lindsey Wheatley (Kindergarten at Remsen), and Amanda Seunjens (Preschool/Begindergarten in Marcus). Back row, from left: Cam Kuchel (fifth/sixth grade Special Education and Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach), Ann Barkel (seventh/eighth grade English), Mariah Clyde (first grade at Marcus), Sarah Brady (fifth/sixth grade Social Studies), and Cory Spangler (seventh grade Geography and eighth grade U. S. History). Insert (photo contributed): Mark Schuttler (high school Special Education).
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen-Union Community School District welcomes nine new teachers for this 2018-19 school year. The new school year began Thursday, August 23.

Insert: Mark Schuttler (high school Special Education).
(photo contributed)

Cam Kuchel

Mr. Cam Kuchel will be teaching fifth and sixth grade special education at the Remsen building and will also be the Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach for MMCRU.

A Remsenite, Kuchel graduated from Remsen-Union in 2013 and Morningside College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-5) and Special Education (K-8).

He student taught in Sioux City at Morningside Elementary (third grade) and Liberty Elementary (fifth grade Special Education) in the spring of 2017. He substitute taught in Remsen and Kingsley-Pierson in the fall of 2017 and taught six months of Early Childhood Special Education in Akron in the spring of 2018.

He is married to Kimberly Kuchel, and she just took the bar exam and will be an attorney in Sioux City. They currently live in Remsen.

His mother, Dawn Kuchel, is from Pierson and lives in Remsen. She works at Moeller’s Carpet here in town. His father, Jeff Kuchel, is from Kingsley, and he lives in Okoboji. He is an attorney at Thomas & Kuchel Attorney’s At Law in Pocahontas.

Cam has a brother, Jeremy Sanchez, and he is in California working his way up the ranks to be a golf course superintendent. His sister, Haylee Kuchel, (21) lives in Le Mars in a Hope Haven home and works at Life Skills in Le Mars. His younger brother, Carter Kuchel, graduated from Remsen St. Mary’s this past school year and will be attending the University of South Dakota playing football this fall.

Cam stated, “I love anything to do with sports and hope to find myself involved with as much as possible.”

When asked what he enjoys most about teaching, he replied, “I love that I am able to make a difference in a young person’s life and hope to make school a positive place for every student I have.”

He wants to teach “to help the students grow and become more eager to learn for the rest of their lives”.

Lexie Everman

Ms. Lexie Everman will be teaching Preschool through eighth grade Art at Remsen.

Lexie grew up on a farm in rural Castalia, Iowa, graduating from Postville High School in Postville, Iowa in 2006. She received her BA in Art Education in December 2010 through the University of Northern Iowa and is currently working on her Masters in Art Education and will graduate in May 2019. She is a licensed K-12 Art Teacher and has a Coaching Authorization.

She student taught at Kittrell Elementary School and Waterloo East High School, both in the Waterloo Iowa School District. Both placements were for two months in an Art Classroom. She stated, “Throughout college we were placed in various art classrooms to learn from observations, interactions, lesson planning as well as collaboration with teachers and students.”

She was also a long term substitute for maternity leave at Janesville and Waterloo East. She replied, “I also substituted in Waterloo and surrounding schools after graduating until I settled into my own classroom.”

This will be her eighth year of teaching Art. Previously, she taught TK-8 Art in New Hampton, Iowa from 2011-2017, and last year, she taught Art One and 3-Dimensional Art at Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas. Over the past seven years, she has coached multiple sports and athletic clubs, additionally helped with LHS’ art club last year.

She currently lives in Hinton with her boyfriend, who will be coaching at Morningside College this year, and her six-year old dog, Diesel.

Her parents are Byron and Sandy Everman, and they live near Castalia, Iowa. She has two older brothers, both are married with children and have dogs as well. She stated, “My oldest brother, Wesley, is a research professor at NC State University; he is married to Tamara and she is an international

Delta flight attendant and they have a daughter, Ashlyn and a 17 month old boy, Corbyn. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina. My other brother, Anthony, is a head college baseball coach (variety of past locations) and is married to Taylor, who is a high school math teacher, and they have a little boy, Tent, who will be one-year old in September. They just moved to Marshalltown, Iowa this summer.”

Her hobbies include being outdoors, hiking, fishing, hunting, gardening, and running with Diesel. She also really enjoys working out. She stated, “My family and friends are very important to me, I try to spend time with them as often as I can. I enjoy new adventures, especially art museums, and I like to create Art.”

What she enjoys most about teaching is “The ability to learn something new every day. In my classroom I love the freedom students have, there is never a dull moment and I love not knowing what the day will bring. I absolutely love watching students learn and create in their own unique way. Additionally, I enjoy getting to know my students and help them achieve their goals for their future.”

She wanted to teach “to have the opportunity to make someone’s life better each day, by providing essential life skills. When collaborating with educators to achieve a common goal, we provide a solid educational foundation and life experiences for our students to be successful in their future. By helping students understand learning can be fun, this mindset helps them to become a life long learner.”

Sarah Brady

Mrs. Sarah Brady will be teaching fifth and sixth grade Social Studies at the Middle School in Remsen.

She grew up moving to several different places throughout the midwest but has been in Marcus the last several years. She graduated from MMC High School in 2013. She attended and graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in December 2017 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelors in Agricultural Education.

She student taught in Stratford, Texas with half of her time in a third grade reading/social studies classroom and half of the time in a high school agricultural education classroom.

She has substituted in different schools while in college and also substituted in the Marcus building all last semester. She stated, “I subbed in many different positions ranging from para professional to high school calculus. I was fortunate enough to long term sub as well.”

This is her first year teaching and she is excited to see what the year brings.

Sarah is married to Ben Brady, who is a Soil Conservationist for the NRCS and works out of Le Mars. They live in Marcus.

Her parents are Mike and Eva Henderson, and they live south of Marcus. She has two sisters that both attend Iowa State. Dawn is a senior studying Agronomy, and Leah is a freshman studying Horticulture.

Sarah stated, “In my spare time I enjoy reading, hanging out with all of my family, and playing with our one-year old puppy, Charlie.”

When asked what she enjoys about teaching, she stated, “I enjoy the kids the most. Each child is different and it is fun to make connections with each one of them.”

She wanted to teach because, “I want to teach to help foster a child’s love for learning. I want to help them see there is so much more to the world than what they can see out of their front door. They may not remember me in thirty years but hopefully looking back they can remember life lessons that they were able to learn through my, and other teachers, classroom.”

She exclaimed, “I look forward to being apart of a school district that was so welcoming to us when we moved to town. I look forward to getting to know all of the new faces and thank you for the opportunity for allowing me to teach your children.”

Cory Spangler

Mr. Cory Spangler will be teaching seventh grade Geography and eighth grade U.S. History at MMCRU Middle School in Remsen.

Cory grew up in Beemer, Nebraska, graduated from Beemer High School Class of 1990. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State College, majoring in Broadcast Communications with a Minor in Social Sciences, graduating in December 1994. He is a part of the Morningside Teacher Intern Program from 2016-2019.

Before finding his passion for teaching, Spangler worked as an Associate Network Engineer at Wells’ Dairy, Inc., for 13.5 years.

He student taught a Middle School Practicum at Le Mars Community Middle School and High School Practicum at Sioux City West High School. He also has two and a half years of substitution experience, which includes for the Le Mars Community School District, Sioux City Community School District, and Gehlen Catholic Schools. This year will be his first year of teaching his own classroom.

Cory is married to Jamie (Galles) Spangler. They have four children: a son, Aiden, who is in eighth grade; a son, Camryn, who is in sixth grade; a son, Easton, who is in third grade; and a daughter Linden, who is in first grade, all attending Gehlen Catholic School in Le Mars. They reside in Le Mars.

His parents are Keith and Le Ann Spangler of Beemer, Nebraska. He has a sister, Lachelle Batenhorst of West Point, Nebraska; a brother, Jason Spangler of Omaha, Nebraska, and a brother, Aaron Spangler of Aurora, Colorado.

In his spare time, Cory enjoys sports officiating, golf, teaching himself the guitar, spending time with family at Okoboji, fishing, and cycling.

What he enjoys most about teaching is “I enjoy the relationships that I establish with all of the students. By learning what their interests and goals in school and in life are, I can incorporate that into my daily lessons which makes learning more engaging and FUN!!”

When asked why he wants to teach, he responded, “I want to help shape students’ minds and help them in their journey through life. As a teacher, I can help build a foundation for the students that they will carry with them their entire lives.”

A favorite quote he likes is, “Whether you think you CAN or think you CAN’T...You’re RIGHT!”, by Henry Ford.

Amanda Seuntjens

Ms. Amanda Seuntjens will be teaching Preschool/Begindergarten in Marcus, and be known as Ms. Amanda by her students.

She grew up on a farm outside of Correctionville and graduated from River Valley High School in 1997. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2001 with an Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education degree.

Amanda’s experience includes teaching Transitional Kindergarten at River Valley for four years, and has been in Preschool there for the last 10 years. Before teaching at River Valley, she taught for one year at Head Start in Cherokee.

Amanda lives on a farm north of Kingsley and is married to Bill Seuntjens, who is a farmer and also has pigs. They have three children Sydney (19), Carson (14), and Kaylinn (12).

In her spare time, she “likes to sit in the driveway and watch the cars drive by. It may seem boring, but with our busy schedules, it’s the perfect thing to do!”

She explained what she enjoys most about teaching, “I love that everyday is a whole new experience. I also love to see the growth of my students and especially the “AHA” moments!”

Amanda wanted to teach because, “I like to make a difference in the life of a child!”

She stated, “I am very excited to be part of the Royals Family!”

Ann Barkel

Mrs. Ann Barkel joins the MMCRU family and will be teaching seventh and eighth grade English in Remsen. This will be the writing and grammar portion of MMCRU’s ELA.

Ann grew up in Mandan, North Dakota, which is right across the river from Bismarck and graduated high school from Mandan High School.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and minor in Music from Northwestern College in Orange City. Since then, she has taken many many classes to stay current and motivated.

For the past 26 years, she has taught in the Little Rock/George Community School District. The first 22 years were in Little Rock, which then consolidated with George. She explained, “We experienced declining enrollment so in 2014 all TK - third grade classrooms were moved to George.”

Prior to G-LR, she also taught K - 8 music in Michigan, as well as 6 - 12 vocal music and second grade in Fonda, Iowa.

She is married to Dan Barkel, who will be the new Superintendent for MMCRU Schools. The couple have been married for 33 years, and they live in Remsen. They have three children. Rachel and husband, Andrew, are in Minneapolis and have blessed the couple with two beautiful granddaughters, Rosie (3) and Lucie (1 ½). Joel and wife, Christina, returned from a 27-month Peace Corps Service in Rwanda almost two months ago. They are now in Sacramento, California with her family and doing the job hunt. Their youngest is Luke, and he lives in Sheldon.

Ann shared what she likes to do in her spare time, “I am a big reader, and I love to work on photos when I have time. I like to walk and watch movies with my honey. Being a grandma is the best job ever, and having the whole family under one roof makes my heart sing!”

When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she answered, “I love to see kids get excited about what we are doing in school. It’s important to me that every student find success in my classroom, and if I can get my kids to enjoy expressing themselves through the written word, I will have met my goal.”

She wants to teach because, “It really is simply a part of me. My grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse; my mom taught private kindergarten in our home (prior to it being state mandated in North Dakota); and my dad started his career as a high school business teacher and later became my home district’s Business Manager. He was a part of the school system there for 48 years.”

Barkel expressed her excitement about being a part of the Royals family, “My husband and I have never before taught or worked in the same school district together. We are both very excited to be on the same “team”! Go Royals!”

Lindsey Wheatley

Miss Lindsey Wheatley will be teaching Kindergarten at Remsen Elementary.

Lindsey grew up in Le Mars, having attended Spalding Catholic for Elementary School and Le Mars Community for Middle School and High School. She graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1998. For her college education, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and double majored in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

She student taught in Waterloo in a third grade classroom and in an alternative high school daycare center. Each experience was nine weeks long. After moving back to Le Mars, she subbed for a year. During her subbing year, she accepted a third grade long-term assignment at Kluckhohn Elementary, as well as a kindergarten long-term at Franklin Elementary. Of those experiences, she stated, “I enjoyed both of these experiences, but fell in love with kindergarten.”

This is not Lindsey’s first year of teaching. She exclaimed, “This is my 14th year in the classroom, but 16th year in Elementary. I taught fourth grade for 13 years in West Des Moines, subbed for a year, was a librarian at Franklin Elementary in Le Mars for a year, and will now begin my 14th year in the classroom. I am beyond excited!”

She currently lives in Le Mars. Her parents are Barb and the late Don Shilling of Le Mars. Her father was a big influence on her teaching career, “Growing up, I was surrounded by an amazing educator and father, Coach Don Shilling. I watched him go above and beyond for his students and his athletes. I saw the relationships that he formed with so many students and these memories are priceless. He was always an amazing motivator to me, and I know he would be so proud knowing I am back in the area fulfilling my dream of teaching.” Her mother is retired from the courthouse and is very excited to volunteer in Kindergarten and be the guest reader!

In her spare time, she enjoys “photography, babysitting, cooking, running, shopping and hanging out with friends and family”.

She explained what she enjoys most about teaching, “I love the excitement… I love to see them walk through the door excited about what they will learn that day. Watching the faces of my students when they have mastered something new is priceless. I love to see them take pride in their work and be proud of what they are doing. I love it all and can’t wait to start my new adventure in Kindergarten!”

She expressed why she wants to teach, “I want to teach because I want to shape the minds of our eager children. I want to be the teacher that makes a difference in their lives, and I want my students to look back and remember how much fun school is!”

A quote that Lindsey likes is, “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Mariah Clyde

Miss Mariah Clyde, the soon to be Mrs. Bilby, will be teaching first grade at Marcus Elementary.

Mariah moved to Cherokee in third grade and has lived there ever since. She graduated from Washington High School (Cherokee) in 2013. She earned her Undergraduate degree at Northwestern College in Elementary Education with Endorsements in Reading and Special Education.

She student taught in Annapolis, Md., at Eastport Elementary School for five weeks (Reading Endorsement), MMCRU in Marcus for eight weeks (General Education), and MMCRU in Marcus for eight weeks (Special Education). This will be her first fall semester teaching as she got a job in MMCRU at this current position in January of 2018.

She will be married to Micah Bilby on December 29, 2018. Micah is an IT Consultant. She currently lives in Cherokee, but in December will be moving to Orange City. Her father, Jerod Clyde, is a Sheriff of Cherokee County. Her mother, Cari Clyde, is an Audiometrist for AEA. She also has one brother, Braydon Clyde, who is a Sophomore in College at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Mariah explained her hobbies, “I love to read, watch TV shows, play piano, sing, and I love children’s books!”

For what she enjoys most about teaching, she stated, “I love so many things about teaching, but the thing that comes to my mind first, is being able to not only see growth, but to see how kids think. I can’t un-know what I know, but I can watch them discover, and that is an incredible thing!”

When asked why she wants to teach, she answered, “I want to be a safe place for kids. I always try to remember that I am not teaching reading and math, but that I am teaching people. These people I get the blessing of teaching, teach me so much about life. I love learning from them.”

Mark Schuttler

Mr. Mark Schuttler will be teaching Special Education (SPED) at the High School in Marcus, grades 9-12.

He grew up in Pocahontas and graduated from Pocahontas High. His college education took him to Westmar University, and he did grad work at Morningside College. He earned a BA in Education, Physical Education and a minor in Math.

He student taught at Remsen-Union and has four years substitution experience in all local districts. He has taught at Remsen St. Mary’s for seven years and North Middle for one year.

Mark currently lives in Le Mars. His parents are Leo and Jane Schuttler of Pocahontas. He also has two brothers; Denny lives in Algona, and Kevin lives in Ankeny.

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and hunting.

What he enjoys most about teaching is “watching the kids grow from year to year”.

He wanted to teach because he “had some very influential teachers in my years”.