Parker Elementary staff prepares for productive year

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

New teachers at Parker Elementary School include, from left, Chiann Miller, Kayleigh Ford and Scott Bauer. (Photos by Bonnie Hobson/Linn County Journal)

PARKER – Parker Elementary School is getting off to a busy start this year. New faculty in the school this year include three teachers stationed in the building plus a math specialist who will work at both Parker and La Cygne elementary schools.

For special education teacher Chiann Miller, teaching at Parker is a homecoming of sorts. Graduating from Prairie View High School in 2015 as Chiann Carothers, she grew up in the Prairie View school district.

She went on to attend Kansas State University and earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education. And in 2019, she began work on a graduate degree in High Incidence Special Education at Fort Hays State University.

“I will be teaching special education at Parker Elementary grades two to five,” she said. “I taught fourth grade at Sunflower Elementary in Paola for two years before coming back to Prairie View.

“My goal for this year is to make meaningful connections with my students to help them be successful. I live in Parker with my husband, Lucas Miller. We are so happy to be back in the community.”

After student teaching at Parker Elementary a couple of years ago, Kayleigh Ford is returning this year as a faculty member.

Ford graduated from Osawatomie High School in 2011. “I received my bachelor of science in education from Fort Hays State University,” she said, adding that she earned master of arts in mathematics education from Western Governors University.

Her first year teaching was as a first-grade teacher at Trojan Elementary in Osawatomie.

“I am looking forward to fostering a love for learning within my students,” she said. “I truly feel students are learning the most when they are having fun!

“I have been married to my high school sweetheart for eight years,” Ford said. “We have three kids: a 7-year-old son, a 5-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old daughter. We live on a small farm outside of Parker, where we have chickens, pigs, cows, dogs and cats.”

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.

“I love to just enjoy life. Taylor and I love to go on hikes (I guess being back in Kansas, those are now walks)! We love to kayak, camp, travel to national parks and explore the beauty of the outdoors. I would have to say my favorite food would be a perfectly roasted hotdog over a campfire, followed up with a golden roasted marshmallow. Taylor always has to take the bag away, or I’ll roast a whole bag of marshmallows!”

Haley Shaver graduated from Osawatomie High School, and with a master’s in special education from Fort Hays State University, she is looking forward to teaching at Parker.

“This is my sixth year in education and third year in teaching special education,” she said. “My previous years in education were at Osawatomie.

“I’m looking for new opportunities, like being in a classroom full time, and working with kids one-on-one for an entire school year. My goal is to teach my preschool kids that learning can be successful and fun through hands-on learning. I want my students to develop a love for school and I believe that can start in my classroom.”

Shaver and her husband Cody have been married for nine years. They have three kids: Tripp (8), Rheaden (6), and Dawsyn (4), all whom will be little Buffs this coming school year.

“We live outside of Paola on our quaint little homestead,” she said. She said she loves all things sports, boating, baking, hunting, and family time.

“This summer we went on several lake trips, visited the beaches of Florida, and took mini trips to visit family around Kansas, Shaver said. “In the classroom you’ll find me singing about anything and everything to my students. Outside of the classroom I will be hanging outside and enjoying my family.”

Alexis Jameson will be a paraeducator in the Early Childhood Special Education class at Parker.

She previously worked as a mental health assistant. She is looking forward to “spending time with the kids.”

“I am married to a Marine who is currently deployed,” she said. “I like to read and spend time outside. I love kids. My favorite food is tacos.”

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