MILTON-FREEWATER - The Milton-Freewater School District has welcomed 14 new teachers to the district, 10 of whom have never held full-time teaching positions before.

"We are providing mentors for each one of them," Superintendent Marilyn McBride said. "Dick Pratt from the (Umatilla-Morrow) ESD has written a grant to help fund mentors for new teachers in our county. We have contributed some additional funds to the project since we have so many new teachers and the grant is not very large."

The new teachers include:

•Craig Angell is teaching sixth grade after a year of teaching at North Marion Intermediate School. He's a 2003 graduate of Western Oregon University with a bachelor of science degree in education.

•Amanda Ortiz Bess is teaching English as a second language to fourth graders at Freewater Elementary School. She has three years of teaching experience in the elementary grades, with the last two years in the Hillsboro district. She earned her master's in education from Concordia University, and her ESOL endorsement from Lewis and Clark College.

•Melissa Bonanno is the new language arts and literature teacher for seventh- and eighth-graders at Central Middle School. She recently earned her master's in teacher education from Eastern Oregon University, and earned a bachelor of arts in English from EOU in 2003. She was a student teacher at the La Grande middle and high schools and has a considerable amount of coaching experience.

•Pamela Doyle is teaching seventh grade science at Central Middle School. She earned her bachelor of science in animal science in 1991 from Oregon State University, and was scheduled to receive her master's of teacher education from the University of Oregon in August. She was a student teacher at the middle and high school levels during the 2002-03 school year and spent the following year as an educational assistant.

•Aaron Duff is the new agriculture education teacher at McLoughlin High School. He received his teacher's license over the summer after finishing his degree at Oregon State University. His student teaching assignment was at Hermiston High School. He is also taking over the FFA organization at Mac-Hi.

•Jeremy Dyal teaches physical education and health at Mac-Hi. He graduated from Concordia University with a bachelor's degree in education in 2001. Since then he has been a substitute school teacher in the Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Oregon Trail school districts as well as at St. John the Apostle School.

•Jonathan Hiatt has been hired to teach the same subjects as Dyal at the high school. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from Oregon State University, earning his master's of teacher education from Concordia in 2001. Hiatt has substitute taught extensively in Oregon City, West Linn, Wilsonville and Lake Oswego school districts.

•Matt Horn is teaching a number of subjects at the sixth grade level at Central Middle School. He received his bachelor's of science degree in elementary education from Walla Walla College in 2003. He has student teaching experience from Freewater Elementary and substitute teaching experience for the Milton-Freewater district last year. He has also held a long-term substitute position teaching Spanish at WA-Hi, with a class load of 250 students.

•Gilma Lauderdale is teaching Spanish at Mac-Hi. She graduated in 2000 from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in education. She majored in Spanish and minored in history. Lauderdale did her student teaching in Walla Walla in 2002 and has substituted in that school district since that time.

•Katy Laumb has been chosen to fill a half-time position in health and physical education at Central Middle School. She received her bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College and was a student teacher at Central. Following that, she substitute taught for the past two years for the district.

•Markie McRae is the new kindergarten teacher for Grove Elementary School. McRae has a bachelor's degree from Whitman College. She taught at Greenwood Elementary School from 1992-2002 and was a long-term substitute teacher for Grove during the last school year.

•Janet Piercy is teaching language arts and literature at Central. She received her bachelor's degree in education, English, drama and speech from the University of Washington and earned her standard teaching license from Western Washington University. She has 32 years experience teaching language arts and drama at Mariner High School in Seattle.

•Tori VanBrocklin is also a seventh grade language arts and literature teacher. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Eastern Oregon University in 2003 and her master's of teacher education from EOU in June 2004. She previously taught last school year in the language arts department for Elgin middle and high schools.

•Shanna White is Grove Elementary's new first grade teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon University in 1999 and is currently pursuing her master's degree. She was a fourth grade teacher at McNary Heights Elementary School for the past four years.

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