Ten new faculty employees of the Perry Community School District received orientation Wednesday in anticipation of the start of classes Aug. 19. Half the new recruits will take up duties at the Perry Elementary School, and all displayed the positive attitude famously known as Perry Pride.
Tessa Becker graduated in 2020 from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in English education. She did her student teaching in the Bondurant-Farrar and Saydels school districts and now takes up duties at PHS.
Rachel Boucher will teach seventh grade math in the Perry Middle School. The Missouri native graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in mathematics education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
Brooke Duncan is a 2020 graduate of Iowa State University, where she studied elementary education. Her first-year assignment is at the Perry Elementary School, teaching first grade special education.
Annika Krieg will teach first grade at the Perry Elementary School. The 2020 graduate of Wartburg College majored in elementary education and minored in Spanish. He student teaching took her to Lincoln Elementary in Waterloo and Durant Elementary in Durant.
Karys Lillie earned a B.A. in earth science and will teach science at PHS. Her first name rhymes with Paris.
Molly Mroczkowski, a 2020 graduate of Iowa State University, will teacher fourth grade at the Perry Elementary School. Her student teaching assignments took her to Urbandale and West Des Moines.
Bryce Pierce will teach strength physical education at PHS and will be the head football coach. The 2018 graduate of Luther College taught and coached for to years at Independence High School before making the move to PHS.
Nicole Ronner will use her 2020 degree in elementary education from Buena Vista University to teacher second grade at the Perry Elementary School. “I have dreamed of being a teacher my whole life,” she said.
Paige Schmidt graduated in 2019 from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and she will teach English in the Perry Community School District.
Chloe Van Engen is a 2019 graduate of Iowa State University with an elementary education degree and a specialist credential in language arts and reading. She will teach kindergarten at the Perry Elementary School.