By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Royalton High School is ready to integrate the district’s sixth graders into the high school building as they also prepare to welcome eight new teachers to the school.
Four of the new staff members are first-year teachers, although two of those have experience as substitute teachers.
Science teacher Kelcie Tschida grew up in St. Cloud. Her companions are German shepherd/collie mixes named Garfield and Roxy. She is a huge sports fan and has coached the St. Cloud girls’ lacrosse team. This will be her first year of teaching after substituting for a year in St. Cloud.
“I had great science teachers in middle school and high school who made science fun and interesting, which inspired me to do the same,” Tschida said.
Science teacher Matt Stockinger also grew up in St. Cloud. He and his wife have a five-month-old daughter. He has been a Big Brother for six years, but his main hobby is rock climbing. This is his first year of teaching.
“Royalton has a great reputation among teachers as a wonderful place to work,” he said. “The possibility of an energetic and supportive district with a strong connection to the community piqued my interest.”
English teacher Sara Schreifels grew up in Bemidji. She and her husband and two children love to be outdoors. She taught English in Big Lake for the past seven years.
“My grandmother and mother also taught English,” she said. “I love all the murals and art done by the students.”
Math teacher Cassandra Deering grew up in Byron. She is a newlywed with a black lab puppy. She likes to do anything that involves spending time outdoors. This is her first year teaching.
“The first day of school cannot come soon enough and I look forward to getting to know the students and the community of Royalton,” said Deering.
Social studies teacher Jeremy Schaa grew up in Nora Springs, Iowa. He and his wife keep busy with their 17-month-old daughter. He enjoys golfing, boating, ice fishing and watching football. He taught for four years in Holdingford.
“I am excited to be in on the new era of the Royalton School District as we transition the sixth grade into the middle school,” Schaa said.
Social studies teacher Kelley Newell grew up in Sauk Centre. Her nieces and nephews keep her busy. Her favorite hobby is to go on mission trips. She has travelled to Southeast Asia with a sports ministry the past two summers. This is her first year teaching after substituting in just about every school in the Twin Cities last year, she said.
“All of the staff are so personable, welcoming and fun. I can tell they love what they do and are dedicated to making the school the best it can be for the success of its students,” said Newell. “The school spirit for athletics was a draw for me.”
“In many public places, the standard attention that a stranger gets is either a black stare or nothing at all. At Royalton High School, on the other hand, just about every student looked me right in the eye and gave me a genuine smile, and a few even said hello,” said Stockinger. “What a great first impression.”