Jayhawk Elementary to start with four new staff members

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

Jayhawk Elementary School student teacher Haley Deaton, left, and music teacher Amanda Johnson have been working this week to help prepare classrooms for students on Thursday. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

Jayhawk Elementary School has four new staff members this fall: a music teacher, a student teacher and two paraprofessionals. JES Principal Mark Proffitt said his staff is excited to get back to school again and see their students.

The new staff members are:

Amanda Johnson

Elementary Music

The leader of the band is the newest member of the Jayhawk Elementary School faculty. Amanda Johnson is an import from the Fort Scott school district, where she taught for eight years. Before that she taught for 12 years in Frontenac.

She graduated from Fort Scott High School and then went on to attend Fort Scott Community College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State.

She and her husband, Nick, have two children: Leighton who is 12 and Reid who is 6. A couple of cows, some chickens, a Labradoodle named Belle and a host of wild rabbits complete the Johnson homestead.

Carrying on her great-grandmother’s love of cooking, including sharing her traditional baked goods with friends, her specialty is old-fashioned cinnamon rolls. Trips to the beach and Branson, evening golf-cart rides, nature walks and attending her kids’ ballgames are some of her favorite activities, and she is already looking forward to autumn leaves and cooler days.

“I’m excited to get our elementary students singing and enjoying music again,” she said. “Last year was difficult for the area of music, and although we have some catching up to do, I want to instill a love for music with my students.”

Haley Deaton

Second grade, student teacher

Haley Deaton will be a student teacher in second grade at JES this year. She is in the process of completing her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Fort Hays State University.

She grew up in Alabama and moved to Kansas two years ago. She is engaged to new JLHS teacher Chase Brown, and the two plan to tie the knot in March.

In addition to playing with their Labrador Retriever Dixie, she likes to travel and spend time with her family.

Deaton said she is looking forward to completing her college work and growing as an educator.

Cheyenne Kern, left, and Cassie Johanning have joined the ranks of paraprofessionals at Jayhawk Elementary School.

Cheyenne Kern


Recently married, Cheyenne Kern has had plenty of experience working with children. She was a licensed in-home daycare provider before coming to work at JES.

“I am excited to work with the kids and staff,” she said.

She has two children and two dogs, and all of them love to spend time outdoors.

Cassie Johanning


While this is Cassie Johanning’s first full-time job in education, she has already been working in the district as a substitute teacher and also worked in the district’s IT department this summer.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the team here at JES and helping the young people of our community thrive in their education,” said Johanning, who will be a paraprofessional assisting students in improving speech.

A self-professed foodie (“I love food - preparing and partaking”), she enjoys the arts, traveling, seeing and trying new things and meeting new people.

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