When the first school bells rang at Pender Public Schools last week, a few new faces greeted students. Three new staff members began their tenures at PPS.
Brett Mauler will be teaching several Social Studies courses in the district. He will be teaching 8th grade Civics, 9th grade Geography, 11th grade American History and Physical Education Management.
Mauler is in his first year as a teacher. The Sargent native earned an Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Western Community College and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
He will be coaching several sports with involvement in junior high football, junior high wrestling, junior high boys basketball, junior high track and high school wrestling. He has coached wrestling at Amherst and Pleasanton.
Mauler played college baseball at IWCC and UNK, and he also has a passion for hunting and fishing.
Katie Meier, an Elm Creek native, is also in her first year of teaching. But she is not new to PPS.
Meier student taught in Pender last year and is now taking the reigns in the science department to teach 7th and 8th grade Science, Biology and Physics.
Meier earned her teaching degrees from Wayne State College, where she secured a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science in Secondary Education with a coaching endorsement. Her coaching duties include junior high volleyball, junior high girls basketball and sponsoring quiz bowl.
“After a semester of student teaching at PPS, I’m excited to be officially on the staff and look forward to a great year,” Meier said.
Leah Clark brings 17 years of experience to the school district as the school psychologist. She and her husband, Stuart, have five children ranging from 18 years old to seven. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, an ED.S in School Psychology from the University of South Dakota and a BCBA in Applied Behavior Analysis from FIT.
She has worked for South Sioux City, Homer and ESU 1 in Wakefield.