Five join staff at Remsen St. Mary's Schools

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Remsen St. Mary's adds five new teachers to its staff for the 2020-2021 school year. The new year begins on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Paul Ahlers

Paul Ahlers

Previously teaching Industrial Arts/Shop at RSM, Mr. Paul Ahlers once again comes back to teach GIA, Wood and Elementary Exploratory - Wood Working for the 2020-2021 school year.

A native of Remsen and alumnus of Remsen St. Mary’s, Paul has been working in construction and has worked as a custom cabinet builder since graduating from RSM in 1977. He also farmed from 1980 through 2000. For education, he also took Revitt Architecture from Western Iowa Tech.

He taught some courses in Industrial Tech/Shop for RSM from 2012 through 2017 and has now come back to teach again for the 2020-2021 school year.

He is married to Mary, who is a HR Director at Lopez Foods in Cherokee. They live in Holstein and have four children, Matt (age 39), Steve (age 38), Amanda (age 33), and Jess (age 32).

In his spare time, he likes to spend time with family and friends and of course, woodworking.

Paul chose this profession because it is a “life long career” and he “enjoys passing on the trade that he enjoys. He enjoys learning new technologies available to today’s students”.

What he enjoys most about teaching is “Just being around the younger generation and seeing them learn the trades.”

Kathleen Kessenich

Kathleen Kessenich

A familiar face to Remsen St. Mary’s Schools, Mrs. Kathleen Kessenich comes back to teach third grade at St. Mary’s Elementary.

She grew up in Cherokee. For her college education, she graduated from Buena Vista University with a degree in elementary education along with a Reading Endorsement. She went on to receive her Masters in Education from Morningside with an Early Childhood Endorsement.

Kathleen has many years of teaching under her belt, “I taught for 15 years in Storm Lake at the public school; nine years teaching third grade and the rest of that time I worked in our reading program with kindergarten through fourth grade students. I resigned from teaching to stay home with my children and homeschooled my two sons for about ten years. For the past couple of years I’ve been subbing.”

She most recently enjoyed a long-term substitute position in the TK program last year at St. Mary’s for Mrs. Tuttle.

Her husband, Joe, farms south of Le Mars. Her son, Nathan, just graduated from Wayne State College. Her youngest son, Kale, will be in eighth grade at Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars. She also has five step-children: Christy Walrod, who lives in Akron; Kevin Kessenich, who lives in Chicago; and Kelly Embrey, Jacque Schmitt, and Jill Kessenich, who all live in Le Mars. She also has 13 step-grandchildren.

When asked about her hobbies, she replied, “I enjoy spending time with family and friends outdoors hiking, kayaking and boating. In my spare time, I like to read and go for long walks. I also enjoy working on making materials for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religion formation program for young children.”

Kathleen chose this profession because, “I find it so rewarding to prepare a nurturing environment for children to learn and grow and to see children fully engaged in their learning. I was inspired by my mom who was a teacher.”

What she enjoys most about teaching includes, “the connections and relationships that develop with my students. It’s a privilege to be a part of their academic and spiritual journey and to hopefully have a positive impact on their lives.”

A favorite quote she has is “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Nolan Heese

Nolan Heese

Mr. Nolan Heese will be teaching fifth through eighth grade Math, fifth grade Science, and STEM exploratory at Remsen St. Mary’s.

He grew up in Harlan and graduated from high school in 2016. For college, he went to Iowa State University where he received his degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in math and reading, and a coaching endorsement. He just graduated this May 2020.

This will be Nolan’s first-year teaching.

Nolan did get some student teaching in this past spring. He stated, “This spring, I spent time student teaching middle school math at Lawton-Bronson and fifth grade at Sergeant Bluff-Luton. It was cut short a few weeks due to COVID, but spent part-time teaching online.”

Throughout high school and during college, Nolan acquired managerial experience, “Throughout high school, I worked as a manager at Dairy Queen in Harlan, and then during college, I was a manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in Ames.

Nolan has two older sisters and currently lives in Hinton, “I currently live in Hinton with my older sister and her husband. She teaches high school math at Sioux City North, and he teaches fourth grade in Hinton. My oldest sister is a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Practitioner student at Creighton University. She lives in Waterloo with her husband, who is a dentist, and their one-year-old son. My parents still live in Harlan where my mom is a personal banker, and my dad is a pork production manager.”

For hobbies, Nolan “enjoys playing sports, watching TV/movies, and being with friends”.

When asked what inspired him to choose this profession, he explained, “I chose this profession because I love working with kids. In high school, I mentored in the elementary school and it felt very rewarding to teach children and being a positive male role model for the students. When I was in school, I had some teachers that made school fun. This inspired me to be a teacher that makes kids want to go to school.”

What he enjoys most about teaching is the kids.

Nolan stated, “I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the community and learning more about Remsen St. Mary’s. I will do my best to assist my students to reach their maximum potential and to prepare them for the future.”

Jarrod Schott

Jarrod Schott

Mr. Jarrod Schott will be kept busy at Remsen St. Mary’s as he will be teaching High School Math classes: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Consumer Math, and will serve as RSM’s Athletic Director. He will also be the assistant boys' basketball coach and assistant softball coach.

Having grown up in Pocahontas, Jarrod graduated from Pocahontas Area High School in 2008. He attended Simpson College from 2008-2012, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Secondary Education.

He student taught at Norwalk High School in Spring 2012, teaching High School Math classes Algebra II and PreCalculus.

Before coming to RSM, Jarrod taught at Kingsley-Pierson from 2012-2020, teaching High School Math: Algebra, Geometry, PreCalculus, and AP Calculus. He also coached football, basketball, baseball, and track.

Jarrod lives in Marcus with his wife, Chelsea Schott, who is a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager at Thrifty White in Paullina. His parents, John and Jane Schott, live in Pocahontas where John farms and Jane is a retired second grade teacher. His sister, Traci (age 36), lives in Houston, Texas as a Curriculum Director. She is married with two daughters. Another sister, Jeana (age 34), lives in Pocahontas and helps on the family farm.

Jarrod is very dedicated to his work, but does have a few hobbies, “I am not a man with very many hobbies, so not being at school during COVID-19 was pretty rough for me. I do enjoy golfing, playing slow-pitch softball or any other athletic activity. If you consider coaching a hobby, then that might be my biggest one. My wife would definitely say I spend too much time watching videos, scouting, and practice planning in my free time.”

He shared, “I chose this profession for the positive impact that I can have on those around me.”

What he enjoys most about teaching is, “The daily challenges; no two days are the same. I enjoy working with kids, building positive relationships, and helping them to reach their full potential. It is very fulfilling watching the growth in students over the years.”

Michon Wurth

Michon Wurth

Serving as Remsen St. Mary’s four-year-old Preschool teacher will be Mrs. Michon Wurth.

She grew up in Sioux Center, graduating from Sioux Center High School in 2007.

Michon received her college education from Northwestern College, graduating in 2011 with an education degree (K-6th). She also has reading and early childhood (Preschool) endorsements.

For her past working experience, Michon stated, “I taught at Ireton Christian School at the preschool Kids of the Kingdom from 2011-2015. I then taught Early Head Start in Le Mars from 2016-2020.”

She completed her student teaching at Hull Christian in the Preschool and Kindergarten room, Bright Start Preschool, and the reading room at Sheldon Elementary.

Michon is married to Brian Wurth, a USPS mailman. They live in Remsen.

Her parents are Rod and Jo Moget. Her father owns Moget’s Car Care and Body Shop, and her mother is a hairdresser at her own salon, Jo’s Beauty Studio.

Her two brothers work in the auto business; Zach Moget is a mechanic at Mouw Motor in Sioux Center, and Dylan Moget is a car salesman/financier at Marthaler Chevrolet in Worthington, Minnesota.

When asked what she enjoys to do in her spare time, Michon replied, “I enjoy working with my flowers, reading, being outside, camping and spending time with family and friends.”

Michon explained her passion for teaching, “I have alway loved kids and being around kids. Kids make me happy, and I enjoy seeing them grow and learn. I also wanted to be a teacher that made kids want to come and love school.”

What does she enjoy most about teaching? Michon replied, “I love how energetic the kids I teach are, their enthusiasm for learning and how funny they are. As I said before, I also love seeing how much each child learns and grows in a year.”