ATKINSON — West Holt Public Schools (WHPS) in Atkinson began the 2019-20 school year yesterday, Aug. 14 with the exception of preschool kicking off Aug. 21.
"The faculty and staff are getting geared up for a new school year at WHPS. Many have been in and out over the last couple of weeks getting their classrooms ready for the kickoff of the year," said Superintendent Paul Pistulka. "There are a few new faces on the faculty and staff this year in our school district. All of our new staff members will be great additions to WHPS and will add to the excellent team of current faculty and staff."
Three new teachers and two paraprofessionals joined the district this year.
Jennifer Asche, a native of O'Neill and O'Neill Public High School graduate, will serve the district as a paraprofessional.
Her family includes her husband and their three children.
Ursula Blake also will serve the district as a paraprofessional. She graduated from Valley High School and Clark Community College, both located in Las Vegas, NV.
She previously taught at Prairie View Elementary in Devils Lake, ND; Limon Public School in Limon, CO; and Clark County School District in Las Vegas.
Her family includes her husband Kevin, their four children Travis, Renee, Baylee, sixth grade, and Hunter, third grade, and their chocolate lab Shadow.
History & English Teacher
Katy Bonifas will teach History and English. A native of Chambers and graduate of University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), Bonifas taught for three years at Chambers Public School before joining WHPS.
She also will serve as the assistant volleyball and assistant junior high girls basketball coach.
Her husband Riley Bonifas also has joined the West Holt staff this school year.
Head Volleyball Coach & PE Teacher
Riley Bonifas, a native of Blue Hill and graduate of UNK, taught for two years at Central Valley Public Schools.
He will be teaching physical education for grades 5-12.
Bonifas also will served as the head girls basketball, junior high football and junior high track coach.
A Newman Grove native, Audrey Wondercheck graduated from Doane College in Crete.
Prior to joining WHPS, she taught at Elgin Pope John XXIII Central Catholic School.
Wondercheck will be teaching eighth grade science, physical science, and anatomy and physiology.
She also will serve as the junior high volleyball and junior high track coach.