The North Bend Eagle


New faculty join NBCPS staff

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/22/12

North Bend Central Public Schools welcomed three new faculty members and four new staff this year.

Morgan Root is the new preschool teacher. A native of Scotia, she has moved to North Bend after teaching in Fort Calhoun and Blair. Root has her degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney with endorsements in elementary education, early childhood, early childhood education and a minor in special education.

Root has family in Scotia, Arlington and Montana with nieces and nephews she likes to spend time with.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to start the preschool program in North Bend,” Root said. “I feel very fortunate to have the support from both the school and the community with this new program.”

Jana Post is no stranger to the North Bend community having lived here and played an active role in the community for eight years. She substitute taught in the NBCPS last year and now starts a new roll as a fifth and sixth grade teacher.

A native of Franklin, she is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her husband, Troy, is a physical therapist in Fremont and they have four children in school, Jack in 8th grade; Abby, 5th; Noah, 3rd and Sam in first.

Post has experience as an elementary special education teacher in Illinois and fourth grade teacher in Elkhorn before taking off time when her children were young.

“I had a wonderful experience substitute teaching at NBE last year,” Post said. “After taking several years off from teaching, I’m excited to join this dedicated, hard-working staff, and I’m really looking forward to working with such a great group of kids.”

Christine Gaughen is the new member of the faculty at the high school. A Colon native and graduate of Wahoo High School, she is no stranger to the area. She lives in rural Cedar Bluffs where her husband, Patrick, farms. They have three children at NBE, Ryan in 5th grade, Madelyn in third, and Kathryn a kindergartner.

Gaughen has her undergraduate in elementary education and two master’s degrees, one in special education and one in 7-12 school guidance.

Gaughern has previously taught special ed at Fremont Middle School and Schuyler High School. She is the new NBC guidence counselor, senior class sponsor and crisis team member.

“I am thrilled to be at NBC,” Gaughen said. “The parents, staff and students are amazing and I look forward to continuing and building on the career exploration, higher education and character education programs with all students here.”

There is one new special education para at NBC, Vickie Kohl. She has children in 8th, Alex, and second grade, Lauren.

There is a new para at the elementary school, Jamie Halladay. She has a daughter, Grace, in first grade.

There are two new kitchen helpers, Fran Spiker at the high school and Kim Byrd at the elementary School. Spiker has two children at NBC, Jared in 7th and Josie in third. Byrd has two children at NBE, Travis in 5th and Jenna in second.

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