Dustin Smith


Age: 32


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


High school assistant principal/Activities director


Where were you raised?


Greene


What is your educational background?


NIAU - AA in education studies


University of Northern Iowa - BA in business teaching; MA in educational leadership


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Janesville - business, coach, athletic director, technology coordinator, bus driver


Osage - business, coach, athletic director, PLC leader, mentor team


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


Nevada Community Schools have top-notch staff members and facilities. I am looking forward to being a small part of all of Nevada Community Schools’ successes.


Who are your family members?


Wife Toni, 2-year-old daughter Brooklynn and 3-month-old son Cameron


Hobbies/pastimes?


Playing football, disc golf, golf, darts and other leisure sports


Vawn Thiphasouk


Age: 42


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Activity administrative assistant


Where were you raised?


Thailand


What is your educational background?


University of Iowa, majoring in finance/banking


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


My kids — I made a huge career change to be more available for my kids. Seeing them grow at these critical young stages.


Who are your family members?


Husband Lee, children Kobe, 10; Byron, 7 and Jayden, 5


Hobbies/pastimes?


Hanging out with my kids and visiting my mom. Being with family and eating makes me feel warm and fuzzy.


Kristin Wakeman


Age: 29


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


High school administrative assistant


Where were you raised?


Waverly


What is your educational background?


Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


Building relationships with staff and students


Who are your family members?


Husband Joe; children Zoey, 3 and Lewie, 1


Hobbies/pastimes?


Baking, gardening, being outside doing anything


Toni Smith


Age: 29


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Fifth-grade language arts and social studies


Where were you raised?


Zearing


What is your educational background?


Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in elementary/middle level education with an elementary math minor


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Charles City Middle School, eighth-grade math and algebra (6 years) and eighth grade language arts (2 years)


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I am excited to be working in a progressive district with clear goals.


Who are your family members?


Husband Dustin, daughter Brooklyn (2) and son Cameron (2 months)


Hobbies/pastimes?


Baking, being with my family and gardening


Ashley Brogie


Age: 30


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Multi-age six language arts and social studies


Where were you raised?


Wayne, Neb.


What is your educational background?


Bachelor’s in middle level education with endorsements in language arts and social studies from Wayne State College


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Mid-Prairie Community Schools in Kalona — sixth-grade language arts


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I am excited to work with the innovative team at the middle school.


Who are your family members?


Husband John, daughters Hazel (4) and Eleanor (1)


Hobbies/pastimes?


Being outside, backpacking and camping with family


Amy Weaver


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Special education for fifth- and sixth-grade


Where were you raised?


Cedar Falls


What is your educational background?


B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and M.A. from Viterbo University


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Newton Community Schools, 20 years — special education, fifth-grade classroom, instructional coach


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I am excited about the opportunities to learn new things about teaching and helping students become the best they can be.


Who are your family members?


Husband Craig


Hobbies/pastimes?


Gardening — canning, freezing, dehydrating; scrollsawing; cross stitching, reading, puzzles, watching movies


Brook Thompson


Age: 23


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Teaching fifth-grade math and a technology exploratory; coaching seventh-grade football


Where were you raised?


Nevada


What is your educational background?


Simpson College, majors in elementary education and liberal arts, with endorsements in math, English and reading


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Student taught in Indianola


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


It is exciting to be a part of a district that continuously seeks educational improvement. The potential to have an impact on a community that I care a great deal about is very motivating!


Who are your family members?


Parents Cary and Rita, younger brother Bennett


Hobbies/pastimes?


Outdoor recreational activities like golfing, disc golf, biking and hiking. I like to play basketball, as well as being with friends and family. Also a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Cubs.


Chris deNeui


Age: 45


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Elementary principal


Where were you raised?


Nevada


What is your educational background?


Central College, BA in elementary education; Wayne State College, MA in school counseling; Viterbo University, administrative degree


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Boyer Valley, second-grade; West Marshall, elementary guidance counselor and elementary principal


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


Nevada is a progressive, caring and forward-thinking school. The people are amazing and the culture is very positive.


Who are your family members?


Husband Paul, daughters Emma (17), Grace (15) and Josie (11)


Hobbies/pastimes?


Family, being outside, exercising, reading


Michelle Sporrer


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Elementary associate


Where were you raised?


Davenport


What is your educational background?


B.S. in child, adult and family services from Iowa State University


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I spent seven years here and left for four years to teach preschoolers in Ames. I am super excited to start where I left off and work with all the new kids, staff and administration.


Who are your family members?


Husband Scott; children Bretton (senior), Dylan (junior) and Ashlynn (freshman)


Hobbies/pastimes?


Coaching kickboxing, crossfit, running, golfing with family and friends


Lisa Eyanson


Age: 35


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Middle school associate


Where were you raised?


Nevada


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I am excited to be on such a great, passionate team!


Who are your family members?


Trenten McCormick, 10, and Jersey-jo McCormick, 6


Blake Jobe


Age: 24


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Middle school special education


Where were you raised?


Colo


What is your educational background?


Bachelor’s in sports management and Christianity; finishing graduate work for M.B.A.


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


Working with the great student environment at Nevada


Hobbies/pastimes?


Coaching baseball at Nevada


Sarah Gilchrist


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Fifth-grade science, social studies and health; middle school cross country coach (third season_


Where were you raised?


Orange City


What is your educational background?


University of Northern Iowa for elementary education and early childhood education


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Andrew, Iowa: first grade, Title I reading; Harrisonville, Mo.: kindergarten; Sioux Falls, S.D.: preschool, kindergarten PE and music


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I look forward to the challenge of learning science and social studies, and further investing in the young people of Nevada.


Who are your family members?


Husband Jeff, daughter Megan (senior) and son Caleb (eighth grade)


Hobbies/pastimes?


Yoga, biking, jet skiing, Bible studies, co-leading GO Far (running club), starting a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in Nevada


Larry Stufflebeem II


Age: 25


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


High school special education


Where were you raised?


Centerville


What is your educational background?


Indian Hills Community College, AA; Graceland University, B.A. in elementary education and K-eight special education; working toward five-12 special education


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Southeast Polk Spring Creek sixth grade center, teaching level III special education


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I grew up in small-town Iowa and I am excited to get back to that.


Who are your family members?


Parents Larry and Loretta Stufflebeem, sisters Patricia Moody and Elizabeth Helterbrun


Hobbies/pastimes?


Pit crewing for a sprint car and helping with youth and tech at High Pointe Church in Altoona


Kay Madden


Age: 38


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Third/fourth multi-age


Where were you raised?


Hubbard


What is your educational background?


Buena Vista University, B.A. and Iowa State University, B.S.


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


The kids!


Who are your family members?


Husband Lee; sons Dylan (14), Camren (10) and Lane (10)


Hobbies/pastimes?


Showing at county and state fairs


Holly Funke


Age: 22


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Elementary special education teacher


Where were you raised?


Dyersville


What is your educational background?


Coe College, elementary education with a reading endorsement; Mt. Mercy University, instructional strategist 1


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


I am excited to work at Nevada because I get to interact with a welcoming community, especially as a new teacher.


Who are your family members?


Parents Lori and Russ, sisters Amy and Chlesey and brother Luke


Hobbies/pastimes?


Spending time outside, on the river, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends


Sue Bass


Age: 47


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


K-four special education


Where were you raised?


Nevada


What is your educational background?


University of Northern Iowa, elementary education; finishing master’s degree


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Gardner, Edgerton School District in Kansas


What excites you about working at Nevada CSD?


Everything


Who are your family members?


Husband John, daughter Kylie (20) and son Zach (19)


John Bass


Age: 46


What will be your role in Nevada Schools?


Middle school associate, softball coach, football coach


Where were you raised?


Dayton


What other schools have you taught at, and what did you do?


Gardner Edgerton High School in Kansas; football, softball and basketball coach


Who are your family members?


Wife Sue, daughters Emma (17), Grace (15) and Josie (11)