CHAMBERS — The first day of the 2019-20 school year was Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Chambers Public Schools (CPS).
Students and staff were greeted by several improvements and remodeling throughout the campus.
"The summer was busy with several projects to enhance the safety and security of the Chambers school and grounds. One of the biggest undertakings was the remodel of the library and the front entrance. The main entry doors will remain locked and guests will need to buzz in to be allowed into the building. The remodel allows direct visual of guests entering the building. Additional improvements for safety were done in replacing several sections of sidewalk and installing new playground equipment," said Superintendent Frank Jesse.
K-12 English teachers also participated in professional development over the summer preparing them for the implementation of the district's new reading curriculum, "My View" for grades K-5 and "My Perspective" for grades 6-12.
"To enhance the communication between the school district and patrons we will continue with our monthly parent meetings and morning coffee meetings. Specific dates and times will be advertised in the Coyote Connection and on the Chambers Public Schools webpage," he said.
Five new teachers and staff members joined the district this year.
Social Studies Teacher
Luke Andrew, a native of Randolph, graduated from Wayne State College (WSC).
Prior to joining the district, Andrew taught at Hayes Center Elementary School.
At CPS, he will be teaching 4th-6th grade social studies and will serve as the fifth grade homeroom teacher. Andrew also will serve as the assistant junior high football and assistant varsity basketball coach.
"I am very happy to be back towards northeast Nebraska," he said.
4th Grade Teacher
Entering her 17th year of teaching, Kara Dusatko is a native of Pierce. She graduated from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, WSC and Doane College in Crete and received her master's degree. She previously taught at Ewing, Neligh-Oakdale and Adams Central in Hasting public schools.
Dusatko will be teaching fourth grade at CPS and will serve as the junior high girls basketball coach.
Her family includes her husband Brad and their two daughters Alyssa and Lauryn, and one son Grant.
Title 1/Reading Intervention Specialist
A native of Scotia, Kelli Garwood graduated from North Loup Scotia High School in 2008 and Midland University in Fremont in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in K-12 special education.
Garwood then taught middle school special education and life skills at Ashland-Greenwood Public School for two years before having the opportunity to stay home with her children.
She will be assisting with Title 1/Reading Intervention at CPS part-time.
"This is a part-time position and I am thankful for the healthy balance of teaching and being a stay-at-home mom during this stage of life," she said.
Her family includes her husband of seven years Riley, twin girls Addisyn and Emiry who will turn 5 in September and their son Talan who turns 3 this month.
Debra McManigal, a native of Chambers and 2001 CPS alumnus, will serve as the district's administrative assistant.
She received her licensed practical nurse degree from Northeast. Prior to joining the district, McManigal worked at the ob/gyn department at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk for 11 years and Village Market in Chambers.
Her family includes her husband Brian and their two sons Maddox, 10, and Madden, 9, and one daughter Maesyn, 6.
A Davey native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, Shaylee Truax will serve as the agriculture teacher and Chambers FFA Chapter advisor. Prior to joining CPS, she taught at Freeman Public Schools.
"I am excited to get to know this part of Nebraska and get to know all the families and students," she said.