Prairie View Middle School adds three teachers, support staff

Updated: Sep 5, 2021


Prairie View Middle School’s new teachers this year include, from left, Brooke Michelle, Shauna Goff and Tracy Cook. (Photos by Bonnie Hobson/Linn County Journal)


LA CYGNE – Prairie View Middle School welcomes six new employees this year, including three teachers and and three support staff members.


Brooke Michelle

History teacher


Brooke Michelle is looking forward to teaching history in the community she lives in. Her previous teaching experience was teaching four years at Paola Middle School.


A 2008 graduate of Osawatomie High School in 2008, Michelle earns a bachelor’s in history with a secondary education certification at Ottawa University.


“I am looking forward to teaching in the community that I live in and to make history exciting and relevant for my students.”


“My husband Dilon and I have been married for nine years and we have a 2-year-old daughter named Connilee. We live on our farm with our two corgis and lots of cows.


“I am a diehard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and love to watch sports and spend time with my family.”


Shawna Goff

Sixth-grade science


Shawna Goff will be teaching sixth-grade science at PVMS this year. She comes to the district after teaching at Crest Middle and High schools in Colony, Kan., for two years.


She graduated from Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo., in 2009. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology: Pre-Counseling in 2013. Shawna received her master’s in secondary education from Pittsburg State University in 2020.


“I am looking forward to the hands-on activities that students will get to do,” she said. “I think being able to manipulate the things we’ve been discussing always helps to solidify abstract ideas and concepts and helps a lot of light bulbs light up throughout the year.


“I also enjoy implementing growth mindset curriculum each month to help students learn and understand that they are capable and have endless potential. It really helps students to develop an attitude of perseverance and not to give up on themselves.”


Tracy Cook

ESL, Literacy, Intervention teacher


Tracy Cook is an educator with plenty of experience who will be helping students in critical areas. She will be teaching English as a Second Language 6, Literacy 6, and Intervention 6.

Cook graduated from Olathe South High School.


She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State, master’s in curriculum from MidAmerica Nazarene, and master’s in educational technology and library science from Pittsburg State.


“I previously taught in the Olathe public schools,” she said. “In the 32 years I was there, I taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, seventh-grade language arts, and was a library media specialist in both the elementary and middle school level.”


She said she is excited to share her love of reading and writing with her students as well as helping them transition to middle school.

“My husband and I have been married for 32 years and were high school sweethearts,” Cook said. “We have one daughter who got married this past May. She and her husband live in Wichita, where she is a high school counselor. We live

on seven acres outside of Paola.”


Tina Burch

Library aide


Tina Burch is a new library aide at PVMS, but she is not new to libraries. She was previously an elementary librarian. She is looking forward to “helping students find the perfect book to help them to become lifelong readers.”

“My husband Dale and I moved to Linn Valley this summer,” she said. “We have three daughters – Kara, Breanna, and Karlee – who have recently moved away to begin their own life journeys. We enjoy traveling, Chief’s football, and spending time with our family.”


Brandon Pompey

Custodian


Brandon Pompey has returned to the district as custodian at PVMS.


After graduating from Prairie View High School, he worked at Walmart, Casey’s, and McKeever’s Price Chopper. But now he’s back at his alma mater.

Pompey’s grandfather was a custodian for the district for many years, and he is carrying on the family tradition. He said he is looking forward to “keep following in Glen Harbison’s footsteps and learning new stuff and helping kids when asked.”


Pompey said likes to go to demo derbies and tractor pulls in his spare time


Isabella Hendrickson

Paraeducator


Isabella Hendrickson is also new to the staff this year. She is working as a paraeducator.

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