Updated: Sep 6, 2021
Teachers new to the Prairie View High School faculty this year are, from left, Jason Spradling, Janelle Setter, Trenton Smedley, Angie Nash, Taylor Bauer, and Austin Pixton. (Photos by Bonnie Hobson/Linn County Journal)
LA CYGNE – As the school year gets under way for Prairie View High School, the faculty includes six new teachers and a nurse's aide and a paraeducator. One of the main stories at the beginning of this year is that long-time PVHS special education paraeducator Angie Nash is now among the teaching staff.
Special education teacher
Nash is a Prairie View graduate and salutatorian of the class of 1991. She attended Kansas State University from 1991 to 1995, Emporia State University 2018-2019, and has been attending Pittsburg State University since 2019.
She returns to teach High School Special Education in the Resource Room. She will also be a sophomore sponsor.
“I am a first-year teacher, teaching on a limited apprentice license while I finish my Master of Arts in Special Education from Pittsburg State University,” she said. “I have been a special education paraeducator for PVHS for the past 15 years.
“As this is my first year, I am really excited to begin this journey in a school that I have spent many years in and have become very invested in its success. I look forward to building a program that will encourage, empower and inspire the students I work with to be independent, confident and successful, both in school and in their lives after Prairie View.”
She is married to Jack Nash, her husband of 30 years. The couple has three grown children who are spread out among Wyoming, Texas, and Kansas. They have lived in the La Cygne community for the past 24 years.
“My husband’s daughter Ashley grew up in Wyoming, where she still lives with her two children,” Nash said. “Our children Hayley and Jacoby grew up here in La Cygne, and both graduated from Prairie View, classes of 2014 and 2016, then continued on to graduate from Pitt State.
“I enjoy gardening, reading, hanging out with family and friends, arts & crafts, started painting over quarantine last year, and love watching the Chiefs! We usually have a garden and preserve our produce every year, but this summer was busy enough that we didn’t have time for a garden.
“I took classes toward my master’s and have been working on preparations for my daughter’s upcoming wedding. We also have goats, chickens, cows, two cats and a geriatric golden Lab.”
Art, Head volleyball coach
Taylor Bauer will be teaching Introduction to Art, two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, and ceramics. She will also be the head volleyball coach, and the Art Club sponsor.
She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Kansas Wesleyan University, a master of fine arts degree from K-State, and master of education degree from Fort Hays State University, where she is currently enrolled.
“I taught three years at Kansas State University in the College of Art and Design,” she said. “I most recently taught for three years in Ogden, Utah, at Weber State University in the College of Art and Design.”
“Coach T” said she is most eager to build student relationships and develop a strong classroom culture within the art classroom.
“I am married to Scott Bauer, math instructional coach at Parker and La Cygne elementary schools,” she said. “We do not have any kiddos, but do have one big cat, Walter. I enjoy hiking, kayaking and traveling the country.”
Trenton Smedley will teach Ag Mechanics, Agribusiness, Agriscience, Ag Explorations, and Animal Science, as well as being an FFA advisor. He previously started an agriculture/FFA program at Olathe West High School for the 2020-2021 school year.
He graduated from Cherryvale High School in 2016, and received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 2020.
Smedley said he is looking forward to getting to know his students. “I’m most looking forward to teaching agribusiness.”
A big Wildcats and Chiefs fan, he is married to Maci.
English teacher, play and musical sponsor
Austin Pixton comes to Prairie View from Missouri, where he previously taught. He will be teaching English at the high school, as well as working on the school play and musical.
Physical education teacher, assistant coach
Jason Spradling will teach PE, and his supplemental assignments include assistant coach for football and assistant boys basketball coach for PVHS.
His wife is an optometrist, and they have one daughter.
Janel Setter previously taught at a private school in Lawrence, and will be teaching English at PV high school.
Lana Maltbie, left, and Christy Cutshaw will play key support roles this year at PVHS.
Special education nurse’s aide
Lana Maltbie is a special education nurse’s aide in the Level program at Prairie View High School. She previously worked at PV Middle School as a paraeducator. Lana is looking forward to working with the students and seeing them succeed.
“I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my brothers play football. During my free time, I like to ride a Razor, read a book, and hang out with family and friends.”
Christy Cutshaw is a paraeducator for the special education program at PVHS.