September 22: Staffing Update

September 22, 2017

Hello, Black River Falls Community!  This is Dr. Shelly Severson, with the School District of Black River Falls, here to share this week's installment of our Spotlight on Schools!  Today we are going to talk about many of the new staff members that have joined our team for the year.  


First, a reminder that today is the Homecoming parade, which begins at 2:00 pm and marches right down Main Street.  The Tiger football team takes on Viroqua this evening at 7:00 p.m., and many students will attend the Homecoming dance on Saturday night.  We’re hoping it’s time for a WIN for the Tigers tonight!


As we talk about Homecoming, it seems appropriate to talk about some of our new staff members as well.  The idea of a “homecoming” is meant for people to share their sense of pride regarding the school that they attend. Once they graduate, it is literally meant for them to “come home” and reminisce about their school and their experiences while at that school. This summer we hired twenty new teachers in the District.  We also hired many new aides and custodians as well.  When we look at the teachers that were hired this past year, it was the “coming home” of five of our new teachers, as they are all graduates of the School District of Black River Falls!  We welcome back Steve Teeples, Josh Pierce, Jake Perner, Jenny Meyer, and Dan Anderson, as they join some of their former teachers now as colleagues!  While we are absolutely thrilled with our other new hires,  there is something special about returning to be a Tiger!  Our Community Engagement pillar, within our Strategic Plan, talks about parents, teachers, and the community feeling connected and PROUD to be a part of our District.  What better way to exemplify this than to want to come back and join the crew!


We are also pleased to welcome a new Director of Special Education, Dr. Tammy Kielbasa, who comes to us with a great deal of experience and a large toolbox to help our students succeed!  Perhaps you saw the photo of our new staff in the paper?  We work very hard to bring the best and brightest to Black River Falls and hope that they want to make Black River Falls their new community.  Overall, the number of students going into teacher preparation programs in college is down over 30% at most universities.  This means that we need to “sell” our community to the applicants, as much as they are trying to convince us that they are the best person for their position.  The great news is that BRF is an exceptionally easy community to sell!  The strong community feeling, generosity in times of challenge, and the incredible facilities and amenities our community has to offer, make it easy to talk about why someone would want to move here.  We, the district, would like to extend our appreciation to all of you that help to make our community the desirable location that it is!


As always, thank you so much for your support of the School District of Black River Falls!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  Let’s show our Tiger Pride!


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