The North Bend Eagle

 

New teachers in the halls, new walls of NBCPS

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/20/14

 

Muller
Muller

Balerud
Balerud

Schmeckpeper
Schmeckpeper

Nicola
Nicola

Erbst
Erbst

There will be some new faces in the halls of North Bend Public Schools, with five of them belonging to new teachers.

At the elementary school there will be a new third grade teacher, Brittnie Muller. Originally from Dodge, she has her bachelors degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is working on her masters from Wayne State College. She and her husband, Jerry, live in Dodge. Last year she taught first grade at Guardian Angels in West Point.

“I’m excited to be teaching at NBE,” Muller said. “Can’t wait to meet and work with everyone.”

Also at NBE is a name familiar to many in North Bend, Katie Balerud, who has spent time working at the North Bend Golf Course where her father Pete is the manager. She will be teaching fourth and fifth grade special education. A graduate of Columbus High School, she has her degree in mild/moderate special education from University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She spent the last two years student teaching and working at Lincoln East High School with students with severe/profound disabilities. She resides in Fremont and likes to play golf and spend time with her daughter, Maddie.

“I am thrilled to be part of this community,” Balerud said. “I have been around North Bend for about five years and am very excited to start my teaching career as a Tiger. The administration and my co-workers have been very welcoming to me and I look forward to a great year.”

At the high school Craig Schmeckpeper will be teaching strength training and middle school math and reading. He will also be an assistant football and track coach. Schmeckpeper is originally from West Point and has taught in Shelton, Norfolk and Valentine the last 18 years. He has his bachelors from Midland College and masters from University of Nebraska at Kearney.

He and his wife Tamie are living in North Bend. They have three children, including son Trey who will be a sophomore at NBC.

“My family and I are excited to be back in northeast Nebraska,” Schmeckpeper said. “We are looking forward to being a part of the North Bend community.”

Bernie Nicola graduated from Fremont Bergan. He is a graduate of UNL and will be teaching anatomy, biology, global science and sixth grade habits of mind class. Nicola will be helping coach wrestling and football and sponsor the Science Club. This is his first year teaching, but he has been coaching Wahoo and Malcolm wrestling.

He and his wife live in Prague and are expecting their first child Christmas Eve.
“I’m excited for the new science wing and the opportunities it provides for kids to learn in a state-of-the-art high school classroom,” Nicola said.

Tate Erbst is adventuring out on his first teaching job at NBC. A native of Stanton and a graduate of Wayne State College, he will be teaching industrial technology as well assist coaching football and junior high track.

“I’m excited to be here,” Erbst said.

He and his wife Alexis live in Omaha were she attends medical school.

North Bend Central starts school a little later than most this year, as a little extra time was given for the constructions crews to get the school ready. Classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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