Shauna Hawbaker

Age: 43

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Preschool special education

Where were you raised? California

What is your education background? High school

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? I was a paraeducator at Perry Elementary for the last 14 years.

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I love working with children.

Who are your family members? Husband, Rick; children Katlyn, a junior in college; Reagan, a freshman in college; Christian, a fourth-grader; Jillian, a kindergartner and Ryan, 3.

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I like scrapbooking and spending time with my family.

Brittany Miller

Age: 19

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? My role with the Nevada CSD will be working with children at the NCRC

Where were you raised? I was raised in Jewell

What is your education background? I graduated from South Hamilton High School in May of 2012

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am very excited to be working with such caring people and helping to enhance the lives of the children I will be meeting!

Karly Thurmond

Age: 26

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Behavior interventionist

Where were you raised? Winterset

What is your education background? I am halfway done with a secondary English education degree; I am taking time off to raise my young twins.

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I’m excited to be in a school working with kids, which puts me that much closer to my long-term goal.

Who are your family members? Mother, Debra Dutton and cousins Josh and Kim Houston.

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Taking care of my beautiful 9-month-old twins, Calvin Jr. and Catalaya

Shawna Dumbaugh

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? 9-12 vocal music director

Where were you raised? Estherville

What is your education background? Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Briar Cliff College

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? Sacred Heart, W. Des Moines, K-8 general music and choir; Collins-Maxwell, Collins, K-5 general music and band

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am really excited to work with high school students and returning to teach in a community where I have already made many friendships.

Who are your family members? Husband, Tom and sons Cale, 12, and Nate, 9

Erin Murphy

Age: 30

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? 1/2 elementary school counselor

Where were you raised? On a farm south of Sheldon

What is your education background? Sheldon High School, class of 2002; Briar Cliff University, B.A. in K-12 health, physical education and recreation; Buena Vista University, M.S. in school guidance and counseling

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? Colo-Nesco, K-12 school counselor; South Hamilton, at-risk specialist; St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Sheldon, PE, religion and computers

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I’m looking forward to working with the students and being a positive role model in their lives.

Who are your family members? Husband Patrick and infant son, Liam

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Piano, singing, reading, playing softball and volleyball, watching ISU sports, spending time with my son

Kayle Wierson

Age: 26

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Early childhood special education teacher

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your education background? Nevada High School, 2005; Iowa State University, 2009, early childhood education

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? Ballard schools - one year in an ECSE classroom and three years in kindergarten

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to be returning to my home district and look forward to collaborating with new co-workers. I am eager to meet my students and their families.

Who are your family members? Husband, Kent Wierson; daughter, Kentley Wierson; parents, Jeff and Twila Longnecker

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I enjoy camping, biking and fishing with my family. I also love being part of my family’s farm and find great enjoyment raising and caring for cattle.

Jill Gray

Age: 42

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Elementary library associate

Where were you raised? Chariton

What is your education background? University of Northern Iowa, 1993, early childhood/elementary education

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? I taught preschool at Parkersburg Head Start for two years. I was a kindergarten associate for five years before staying home with my children. I have also coached volleyball, basketball and tennis.

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I’m excited about being back in a school setting and being in the library. I welcome the opportunity to help get kids excited about reading books!

Who are your family membewrs? Husband, Steve; daughter Ellie, 10 and son Easton, 6

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I enjoy running, working out and reading; however, my favorite pastime is spending time with my family.

Jenny Tufford

Age: 38

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Elementary associate

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your education background? High school

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Working with the students and watching them grow throughout the school year

Who are your family members? Husband, Tim and daughters Brittney and Taylor

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Spending time with family, scrapbooking, golfing and camping.

Jessie McGaffin

Age: 33

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? One-on-one associate

Where were you raised? Ames and Roland area

What is your education background? Attended Iowa State University (no degree)

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Being able to help the awesome teachers and students in Nevada while still having the flexibility to be with my kids as they go through school

Who are your family members? Husband, Mason; children - Madison, 10; Brendan, 8; Meagan, 6; Kaitlyn, 5 and Colin

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Baking/catering

Lisa Ott

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Middle school vocal/general music

Where were you raised? Jefferson

What is your education background? B.A. in music from Simpson College; master’s in music education from UNI

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? Ballard, vocal/general music; Winterset, marching band/color guard

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to work with students as a team to develop good choral tone, explore history and the world through music and most importantly, have a lot of fun learning.

Who are your family members? Husband, Justin; sons Trevor and Carver

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I spend most of my free time playing with my boys and spending time with my family.

Crystal Sadler

Age: 30

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? One-on-one assistant

Where were you raised? Ankeny

What is your education background? B.S. in psychology, minors in sociology and philosophy, Iowa State University

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Working at the school is fantastic. I’m excited to meet the staff and student; I love working with kids.

Who are your family members? Husband, Eric; children Lily and Ginger

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I like scrapbooking, spending time with my family, crafts and reading.

Bambi Robinson

Age: 41

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Associate at Central Elementary

Where were you raised? Alden

What is your education background? DMACC - licensed practical nurse; will complete an A.S. in human services in December

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited about the opportunity to help a child succeed the way my son was helped.

Who are your family members? Husband, Tim; Alexa (19), Jayden (9) and Skylee (6)

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Camping and fishing

Aaron Zander

Age: 25

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Sixth-grade math

Where were you raised? Waverly

What is your education background? Luther College, B.A. in elementary education with a music minor

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? Mid-Prairie - sixth grade math, science and social studies; college community - one-on-one paraprofessional for two eighth-grade boys

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to make personal connections with the students, families and staff at NCSD. I am excited to focus on my favorite subject, math, and make it fun and exciting for students.

Who are your family members? Wife, Rachel (judicial clerk at Story County Courthouse)

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Swim coach with ACAC in Ames (was a collegiate swimmer and track runner), athletic activities, reading, hiking, camping

Tyler Shipley

Age: 24

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Elementary associate

Where were you raised? State Center

What is your education background? William Penn University, physical education, health and coaching

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? It is my first job and I am excited to work with the kids.

Who are your family members? Dad, David; Mom, Bev; brother Jake and sister McKenzie

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I enjoy playing basketball and hanging out with friends.

Carrie Hardisty

Age: 37

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? High school associate

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your education background? A.A. in liberal arts, DMACC; B.A. in communication studies, ISU

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Helping and inspiring others; making a positive difference in the community

Who are your family members? Parents, Marvin and Joyce Hardisty; brother Christopher; sister Charmi (Terry) Geerdes; nieces Evaleah and Lynze Geerdes

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I am a volunteer actress at the Des Moines Community Playhouse and have been involved with its theater since 2006, performing mainly in the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre, but also on the main stage.

Mallory Kane

Age: 26

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? I am a high school math teacher and a high school volleyball coach. I will be teaching algebra I.

Where were you raised? Marion

What is your education background? Iowa State University, mathematics and education

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? I have had long-term substitute positions in the Ames, Johnston and Carlisle school districts, all teaching math.

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to work with all of the teachers in the high school, whom have all been so welcoming and helpful!

Who are your family members? Parents, Jim and Deb; brother, Andrew

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I really enjoy going to concerts and listening to music. I also enjoy being outdoors and playing sports, especially volleyball.

Allisha Madeiros

Age: 29

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Preschool associate

Where were you raised? Nevada

What is your education background? DMACC, one year in the liberal arts program; PCI, cosmetology license

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? Being part of Nevada school district is very rewarding to me. I enjoy working with children and making a difference in their lives. I love the feeling of making students happy and excited about what they are learning.

Who are your family members? Connor King (6), Jillian King (4)

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I enjoy spending my time with my two children. Connor is involved with soccer, football and baseball; Jillian will start soccer and dance in the fall. I am also employed at The House of Hair as a cosmetologist in Ames.

Angela Ruden

Age: 32

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? High school associate

Where were you raised? LeMars

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? There is a positive energy within the district. I am looking forward to developing a bond with the teachers, while watching students grow into young adults.

Who are your family members? Three children - Kody (eighth grade), Ryne (second grade) and Morgan (EK)

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Cheerleader for the Iowa Crush, a professional women’s tackle football team, watching the Chicago Cubs

Allison Duling

Age: 35

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? If you teach, what classes? Middle school special education

Where were you raised? Madrid

What is your education background? A.A. from DMACC, B.A. from Grand View University, master’s from Graceland

What other schools have you taught at and what did you teach? Fort Dodge Middle School, special education, 11 years

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to work with the wonderful people I have met so far, and the many more I hope to meet in the weeks to come.

Who are your family members? Parents Carl and Connie, sister Kelly (Jeff) and brother Bryce (Alyssa)

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? Shopping, camping and quilting

Christine Bettis

Age: 44

What will be your role in Nevada Schools? Elementary associate

Where were you raised? Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines

What is your education background? B.S. in elementary education, Iowa State University

What excites you about working at Nevada CSD? I am excited to work at at school that has such a positive environment for the children. I am also looking forward to meeting all the children and the staff.

Who are your family members? Husband, Kevin; children Katie (25), Morgan (20), Jane (12), Collin (10) and Chloe (5); grandchildren Gabe (5) and Mai (2)

Do you have any interesting hobbies/pastimes? I have always been an avid reader and have many creative hobbies - sewing, needlefelting or scrapbooking. I have also done some room redecorating, built decks or play structures and finished basements. I love learning new things, so my hobbies are always changing. I also love to go camping and spending time outdoors with the family.