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  • Small_image Kate Brewster

    I grew up on a farm in Western Kansas, graduated from KSU with a degree in horticultural therapy, got my teaching certification from Ottawa University and my Masters Degree from Emporia State University. I teach 7th grade science; have previously taught 5-8 science, art, 6th grade reading and social studies, religion(taught in a Catholic School for 7 years) and drama. I play piano, love to cook, garden (which leads to canning and creating various sauces, relishes, jellies, etc.) We have 6 children (3 with spouses), 4 grandchildren (with more on the way). I believe that everyone can learn - my classroom slogan is "Today - EVERYBODY learns" I also believe that we do the best we can with what we know and when we know better we do better. There is NO limit on better.

  • Small_mr._eickhoff Dennis Eickhoff

    I graduated from Oregon State University with my undergraduate degree in elementary education. Moved to Manhattan and began my teaching career in a 6th grade classroom while working on my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Just completed my 10 year teaching. I love to travel, tinker with cars and fishing. I was tired of viewing my picture upside down.

  • Small_p6050022 Linda Giddens

    I was a non-traditional student when I returned to college, so I've only been teaching since '95. I teach 4-5th grade science & geography in the USD 463 school district. The 5th grade is my homeroom, we are departmentalized for the core subjects, but I also teach a keyboarding class, as well as spelling and grammar. I took the 2005 RET class at KSU and started an after-school Robotics Club for the 5-6th graders in our district. They compete locally as well as the KSU meet every year.

  • Small_pictures_for_gk12 Karen Heins

    I graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Elementary Education with a minor in science. I taught in an elementary classroom for 14 years. Through district restructuring, I changed buildings and became a middle school science teacher. I then received a science endorsement from Emporia State. I currently teach 6-8 science at Americus Elementary/NLC Junior High. I have been teaching for 29 years.

  • Small_photo_on_2012-11-22_at_10.26__2 Mike Hotz

    I teach at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. I currently teach Biology, Physical Science and Environmental Science. I use sensors in these classes but want to expand usage to motivate and encourage student engagement in the Engineering Field. I am a mentor of our Environmental Club the Green Team where we recycle, do energy audits, do composting and vermiculture, aquaponics, and do water quality testing on the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. I also mentor the Robotics Team where we compete in FIRST/FRC Competitions

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  • Small_image Kelly Shepherd

    I have been teaching at Central Heights for 13 years. I am currently teaching math, science, and grammar at the fifth grade level.

  • Small_image Amanda Stinebaugh

    I graduated from Ottawa University in 2005 with the desire to work in a lab working on genetics, but my local school was looking for a high school life science teacher and I applied. To my surprise, they hired me and I began my journey in the Transition 2 Teaching program through Fort Hays State University. After 3 years, I graduated with my teaching certificate and went on to finish my Masters in Education the following year. I have been married for almost 9 years to my high school sweetheart, John and we have decided to not have children. We have 3 spoiled dogs, enjoy fishing, and both have our Kansas Commercial Pyro Technician License. With this we are extremely busy from Memorial Day until the 4th of July. Along with the INSIGHT program, I also signed up for a Biodiesel Program at KU this summer that will last 6 weeks and starting today, I will be teaching night classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10pm for Neosho County Community College.

  • Small_image Kimberly Trendel

    I graduated from Ottawa University in 1992 with a BA in Elementary Education. In May of 2010 I completed my Masters of Education from Baker University. I currently teach middle school math and health at Central Heights Middle School. This will be my 9th year teaching. In my spare time, I like spending time with my family, reading, and fishing.

  • Small_image Aaron Winkleman

    I received my Bachelor Degree form Ottawa University in 2000 and a Masters in Education from Baker University in 2010. I have taught classes from kindergarten through 8th grade. I am currently in my 8th year at Central Heights as a middle school science teacher. I enjoy visiting our nations national parks with my family during the summer break.