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Aurelia School has four new teachers

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New teachers in Aurelia - left to right, Will Dible, Jennifer Keitges, Jennifer Wittmaack and Ryan Meyer are new additions to the Aurelia Community School staff this year. Photo by Dan Whitney.
AURELIA - Classes started on Tuesday in the Aurelia Community School District, and when the students arrived, they were greeted by four new teachers among the Aurelia staff- Will Dible, Jennifer Wittmaack, Ryan Meyer and Jennifer Keitges.

Will Dible is a first-year teacher, and he will be teaching all of the grades 9 - 12 science subjects at Aurelia this year. Dible is a 2004 graduate of Okoboji High School, and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa in 2007, followed by a Masters Degree in 2009. He did his student teaching at Regina High School in Iowa City, and describes himself as a "Hawkeye through and through." Dible lives in Aurelia, and when he's not working, enjoys reading, hiking, soccer, wake-boarding and playing with his dog.

Jennifer Keitges is also a first-year teacher. Jennifer is a 2004 graduate of Allen, Nebraska High School and a 2008 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. She will be teaching Language Arts in grades

9 -12 this year. Jennifer's favorite activities include reading, shopping and golfing, and she is looking forward to getting to know new people and "having a successful first year."

Jennifer Wittmaack is a 2001 graduate of Sioux Central High School, and earned her degree at the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. She has been teaching in Clarksville, Iowa for the last three years, and now has returned to live in her home town of Peterson with her husband Nathan, who is employed at Ranco in Sioux Rapids, and their one-year-old son, Maxwell. Jennifer will be teaching Family Consumer Science, grades 5-6 science and 7-8 Health at Aurelia. She enjoys being outside, remodeling her house, cooking and golfing, and in addition to her teaching duties is also serving as the co-head golf coach at Aurelia this year. She said she is "looking forward to getting to know my students and watching them develop through the school year."

Ryan Meyer graduated from Washington High School in Cherokee in 2002. After earning his degree at the University of South Dakota in 2007, Ryan taught band at Remsen St. Mary's for two years, and will now be teaching grades 5 - 12 band at Aurelia. Ryan lives in his home town of Cherokee, and enjoys watching football, following the Iowa Hawkeyes and USD Coyotes, and exercising. He also enjoys performing with both the LeMars Municipal Band and the Sioux City Jazz Orchestra, and is looking forward to "working with a great group of kids" at Aurelia this year.

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