by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Royalton Middle/High School welcomed new staff members to the school as the new academic year began, Sept. 3.
Science teacher Patrick Ross grew up in Coon Rapids and has taught in McGregor, Eagle Bend and Minnetonka.
“I’m excited about the school forest and the hands-on learning potential,” he said.
What appealed to first-time math teacher Greta Bergman was the small-town feel she got when she first visited the school.
“After doing practicums at several larger schools in the Cities the past few years, I knew this was the setting I wanted to return to, after graduating from a smaller school,” she said.
Bergman grew up in Sauk Centre.
Bowlus native and first-year English teacher Melanie Cimenski has wanted to teach English at Royalton since she was 16 years old.
“My dad is a teacher and I have always respected and admired him,” she said. “I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. The English teachers I had at Royalton made me want to teach English.”
Bergman remembers a few teachers/coaches in high school who inspired her.
“They clearly had a passion for working with students,” she said. “I wanted to make an impact on students the way these teachers made an impact on me.”
Ag teacher Robert Skwira grew up in Opole, graduating from Holdingford High School. He taught at Milaca for seven years.
“I chose to change schools when the ag position opened at Royalton so I could teach in the same district as my wife (kindergarten teacher Jenny),” he said.
Ross appreciates the chance to connect with students as they grow and learn about the natural world.
“I enjoy teaching science because I get the opportunity to see students answer questions about their day-to-day experiences,” he said.
It was the good location and strong staff development that drew him to Royalton.
“We have really great kids; they are active and fun to be around,” Cimenski said. “I am really looking forward to getting to know each student’s strengths and helping them succeed in my class.”
“I am very thankful for the way the school administrators have supported me in starting up the ag program, and for the welcoming staff at Royalton,” Skwira said. “It’s going to be a ‘great’ year.”