WDC welcomes 5 new teachers
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools welcomes five new teachers for the 2014-15 school year. All five educators will be teaching at WDC Elementary.
They include: Tether Eckhoff, special education teacher; Mary Ellenson, music teacher; Rachel Logan, fourth-grade teacher; Kevin Tumberg, second-grade teacher; and Scott Woods, fourth-grade teacher.
Through WDC’s Mentor-Mentee Program, the new teachers are paired with experienced teachers who maintain a relationship throughout the school year. During orientation, they receive tours of the campus, an overview of school policies/handbooks, training on the school’s anti-bullying program and time to network over lunch.
“Our goal is to guide the new teachers with information that they’ll need during your first year as a member of WDC’s outstanding teaching staff... Someone they can go to and help them, if they need it,” said Mike Ortmann, WDC vocal teacher, who coordinates the mentor/mentee program.
WDC would like to introduce its new teachers to the community and get to know them. In their own words, they share a little about themselves.
Mary Ellenson - Elementary Music
“I'm a proud North Dakota girl from Wahpeton, graduating in 1983. I attended University of North Dakota, and graduated with a degree in music education in 1988. I received my second degree in Music Therapy from University of Minnesota in 1990. I worked as a self-employed music therapist for 12 years before I began my teaching career. I taught in Henning for the past 13 years; the last seven years as the high school band and choir director. Prior to that, I was the elementary music teacher for six years. I live in the country by Henning and enjoy the outdoors in all four seasons. My hobbies include walking, biking, camping, gardening, cross country skiing, reading and spending time with family, friends and my black lab, Chief.”
Tether Eckhoff - Special Education
“My name is Tether Eckhoff and I am excited to be a Wolverine! I will be working in the elementary school as a special education teacher. I am a recent graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disability, and Emotional and Behavior Disability. I live in Henning on our family farm with my husband and three children. I am looking forward to beginning a great school year.” (Note: Tether interned with Mrs. Sperling and Mrs. Mehl last year at WDC Elementary and is WDC Speech/Language Pathologist Tabitha Petrowski’s sister.)
Kevin Tumberg - 2nd Grade
“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to teach in my hometown! I was born and raised in Wadena and was a Wadena-Deer Creek High School graduate of 2010. I went to college for three semesters at M|State-Fergus Falls, where I earned my associate’s arts degree and also played baseball for the Spartans for one season. I finished up my education at Bemidji State University, where I earned my Elementary Education Degree. I am thrilled to be teaching second grade and have also been blessed with the opportunity to coach junior high football and be part of the boys’ basketball coaching staff.”
Scott Woods - 4th Grade
“I am looking forward to returning to Wadena-Deer Creek for a second time. My teaching career started in Buffalo Lake-Hector for one year. The next nine years were spent at WDC. In 2007, I accepted a position in Alexandria. After six years there, my wife and I found an opportunity to take over Rex McDonald Studio and be able to work together. I'm excited to be teaching a grade level I love again and continue to work part time with my wife. Last year, I did not teach full time to learn my role at the business and be certain I could manage my time teaching and helping run a business. I have a daughter who has graduated, another who will be a sophomore and two boys who will be in sixth and fourth grade. I will also be taking over the girls’ high school hockey program as well as working with youth hockey to continue to progress the program.”
Rachel Logan - 4th Grade
“I am so excited to be teaching 4th grade in Wadena! Although I was born in Montana, the majority of my life has been spent in Minnesota. As a pastor’s kid, I have lived in a few different places, but I graduated from Hutchinson High School and attended college at Concordia College in Moorhead. A few years ago, I went back to school to earn my master’s degree through Concordia University, St. Paul. My teaching career started in Fargo, where I taught sixth-grade science and language arts at Ben Franklin Middle School. I loved Fargo, but decided I wanted to experience teaching in another part of the country. I moved to Houston, where I taught fifth-grade social studies and language arts. After three years, I was missing home and moved back to the Twin Cities area where I have been teaching Kindergarten and first grade for the past four years in Bloomington. Last year my husband decided to make a career change and go into teaching. He accepted a position as the Battle Lake agriculture teacher and that is what brings us to this area.”