Updated: Sep 6, 2021
Scott Bauer, from left, Sarah Reynolds and Katelyn Hatfield are new teachers at La Cygne Elementary School this year. (Photos by Bonnie Hobson/Journal staff)
LA CYGNE – La Cygne Elementary School opened its doors to students last Thursday, Aug. 19, with three new teachers in the building and several new support staff.
After graduating high school and while completing her degree, Sarah Reynolds worked five years at Kearney, Mo., school district in the preschool.
“I then moved to Texas and taught in the Tioga school district,” she said “Fun fact about Tioga schools – Randy Travis used to be on the school board in past years. I spent two years teaching in Tioga – one year in fifth grade and one year in kindergarten.”
Reynolds earned her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Missouri Western State University.
“I can’t wait to meet all my new students and their families,” she said. “Prairie View has been very welcoming, and I’m excited to start this year in a great district.
“My husband and I have been in Kansas for almost a year now. We spent about four years in Texas working in the Children’s ministry at our church.
“We moved here when my husband took a new youth pastor position. Some things we enjoy doing are fishing, camping, serving in our church, TopGolf, and Silver Dollar City.”
Second grade teacher
“For the past five years I have taught second grade in Ottawa, Kan.," Katelyn Hatfield said. “I am excited to be closer to home.”
A graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Kansas.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know my students and their families,” Hatfield said. “I’m excited to be a positive role model in our community.
“I am married to my husband, Brian Hatfield. We live in Mound City and have a little boy who is one -and -a-half years old. We have a black Lab, Myla. I enjoyed spending time with my son this summer. We took a trip to Mexico and a family trip to Arizona to visit my in-laws. Great memories were made!”
Math teacher, Parker and La Cygne Elementary schools
Assistant volleyball and basketball coach, Prairie View High School
Scott Bauer will teach at Parker and LaCygne Elementary, as well as assist with girls volleyball and basketball at the high school.
Bauer began his teaching career at Peabody-Burns High School in Peabody, Kan., in 2015. There he taught sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade math, along with being the head high school girl’s basketball coach, and the head golf coach.
“In the fall of 2018, my wife (Taylor) and I moved to Ogden, Utah, and I taught at GreenWood Charter School,” he said. “I was the sixth-grade STEM teacher, along with various electives ranging from carpentry to (physical education).
“I graduated from Hiawatha High School in 2010, and I went on to Tabor College and graduated in 2015 with a degree in elementary education, along with a math endorsement.”
Bauer said he was super stoked to be able to impact more students this year. “I have been a classroom teacher for the past 6 years, and now I will be in and out of many amazing classrooms assisting students and teachers to have the most amazing math year ever,” he said.
Meriah Mitzner is a Prairie View graduate who is returning as Health Clerk at LaCygne Elementary.
She previously worked as a CNA, and in hospice care. She is looking forward to “getting to know the kids and working in a new environment.”
“I have been married for two years, no children, I have quite a few pets and farm animals,” she said. “Over the summer we spent a lot of time with family as my brothers are leaving to serve missions for two years. Spencer and I love to travel.”
Trinity Epting, from left, Alexandra Sylva and Jaxon Eddy are three of the new support staff at La Cygne Elementary School this year.
Trinity Epting is a paraeducator at La Cygne Elemetary. She previously worked as a waitress. She is looking forward to seeing growth and understanding in the minds and lives of the students she works with.
“I have a cat named Snickers who is very spoiled,” she said. “I have three sisters who are my best friends. I enjoy hanging out and spending time with my family and my boyfriend – except when he is beating me at chess.”
Alexandra is a Prairie View graduate, returning to La Cygne Elementary as a paraeducator.
Jaxon Eddy is working as an aide at La Cygne Elementary. He previously worked in landscaping. Jaxon is looking forward to “being able to connect with the kids and starting my career in education.”
“I am a junior in college pursuing a degree in education,” he said. “My goal is to teach middle school history.
I am from Inman, Kan., and I recently moved to the area because I got a job coaching football at Pleasanton High School.”
Courtney Mosley is a 2008 Prairie View graduate, returning to work at La Cygne Elementary as a special education paraeducator. She has worked in special education all of her adult life.
She previously worked in a life-skills program in Hillsdale and at Lakemary. She is looking forward to “working with a great team and creating a safe and positive learning experience for all.”
“I have three kids who attend La Cygne Elementary,” she said. Mosley has a fiancé she has been with since 2010. She has three dogs, and she loves Mexican food.
“I love spending time with family and friends.”
Cherry Hale is an aide and substitute at La Cygne Elementary this year. She is known as Ms. H. She has previously worked at La Cygne Elementary as a paraeducator. She is looking forward to “getting to know the students and watching them grow in love and learning.”
Hale especially enjoys working with kids with special needs. She is a fan of the KC Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and KC Chiefs. She said she likes to “sing, dance, play piano, and work out.”
Her favorite food is calamari, and she has travelled to several states, attended baseball games, and live music venues.
Kristie Clearwater is the new library aide at La Cygne Elementary, and an armed service veteran, who has served her country for 20 years.
“It is my 1st year in public education,” she said. “I homeschooled and assisted with our Cover School Campus. I serve in the Air National Guard.”
“I look forward to making the library a place where the students want to come and spend time reading,” she said. Her goal: “To develop positive relationships with the students; learn their interests and then stock their library with books so that they develop a love for reading.”
She has two sons: Austin, 27, and Cole, 19. Clearwater also has two German Shepherds: Alpha and Ali. She enjoys college football and softball from the University of Alabama…”Roll Tide.” Her hobbies include reading, hiking, biking, and lifting weights. She also enjoys chargrilled oysters, and chocolate ice cream.