Monett hires 4 new teachers for coming year

Friday, May 26, 2017

3 vacancies remain for 2017-2018 school staff

The Monett school district has hired four new teachers for the coming school year.

The board approved the resignation of Julie Dalton, instructional coach at Central Park Elementary, who took the job as principal at Purdy Elementary School. Resignations were also accepted from Delana Munsterman, a third grade teacher at Central Park Elementary, and Lynne Cowherd, an English teacher at the middle school.

Board members hired Jeff Piepenbrink, from Mt. Vernon, a recent graduate from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., to run the in-school suspension focus room at both the intermediate and middle schools. Piepenbrink has worked as a paraprofessional and a teacherís aide in Mt. Vernon.

Sara Todd was hired to teach special education at the intermediate school. Todd has 12 years of teaching experience and comes to Monett from the East Newton school district.

Jordan Schoppenhorst was hired to teach third grade at Central Park. He graduated last week from Missouri State University. This will be his first full-time teaching position.

Keather Bumgartner, a Mt. Vernon High School graduate, was hired to teach English at the middle school. She is a new graduate from Missouri State University and will have her first full-time teaching position.

Superintendent Brad Hanson said three positions still need to be filled for the coming year. With Dalton leaving at Central Park, Lauralie Powell, who held that post at the intermediate and middle schools, will move to Daltonís position. That leaves the instructional coach for grades five to eight open.

Hanson is still looking for an English language learner (ELL) teacher and a speech pathologist. He also has the boardís authorization to create a new position, combining duties between ELL and a speech implementor.

The board will meet for a budget work session on June 13. Hanson hoped he could recommend candidates to fill those jobs then.

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