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The Columbus School District welcomes 18 new faculty and staff members for the 2016-17 academic year. They include:

Kythie Boyd, a school psychologist at Columbus Middle School and Columbus High School. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her graduate degree at UW-La Crosse. Previously, she was a special education assistant for the Madison Metropolitan School District for two years.

John Crombie, a counselor at Columbus Middle School. He studied at UW-Stevens Point and Concordia University-Wisconsin, receiving his master’s of science in education-school counseling. Previously he worked as an interim high school counselor at Pardeeville High School, a special education aide at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids and an educational support professional at Columbus Middle School.

Glenda Crook, an agriscience teacher at Columbus Middle School and Columbus High School. She studied at UW-Madison, receiving a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in continuing and vocational education. She taught previously at Oshkosh North and West High Schools, Beaver Dam High School and Lodi Middle School and High School.

Tina Edwards, a seventh grade science teacher at Columbus Middle School. She attended UW-Madison and Edgewood College, graduating in 2006. She was a substitute teacher and summer school teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District and the DeForest Area School District, a middle school science and math teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Monona and a sixth grade teacher at Rome Corners Intermediate in Oregon.

Sharon Egan, district librarian at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter, Columbus Middle School and Columbus High School. She received her master’s degree and library media endorsement from Northern Illinois University. Previously, she worked for nine years at a district in northern Illinois.

Nikki Hill, a first grade teacher at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter. She received her undergraduate degree at UW-Milwaukee and her master’s at Aurora University. She was a first grade teacher in the Watertown Unified School District for nine years.

Katie Kahl, a special education teacher at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter. She studied at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point. Previously she was a substitute teacher and educational support person at Columbus.

Ross Kaufman, an eighth grade special education teacher at Columbus Middle School. He studied at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater, receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s in special education. Previously he worked as a special education assistant in Portage for two years and a special education assistant in McFarland for one year.

Irina Khitsun, a speech-language pathologist at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from UW-Madison.

Abigail Lewis, an eighth grade language arts teacher at Columbus Middle School. She earned her degree at UW-Platteville. Previously she led a before- and after-school program and trained at Epic on their computer software. She also has lots of public school experience volunteering.

Jessica Parchem, a Spanish language teacher at Columbus High School. She studied at UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University and Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain. She taught young English language learners in Madrid, Spain, during master’s courses in 2014-15 and was a long-term sub for CHS Spanish and CES/CMS ELL in 2015-16.

Rona Roberts, a seventh grade language arts teacher at Columbus Middle School. She studied at UW-Oshkosh. Previously she was a substitute teacher for the DeForest Area School District and the Oregon School District, she taught summer school math and writing in Oregon and summer school literacy in Madison and she was a special education paraprofessional for the Mount Horeb Area School District.

Carley Rodenkirch, an eighth grade science teacher at Columbus Middle School. She studied at UW-Stevens Point and UW-Green Bay. She worked as an elementary teacher assistant, a third through eighth grade summer school teacher and a sixth grade English and science teacher.

Casey Schenkel, the choir director at Columbus Middle School and Columbus High School. He graduated from Western Michigan University and has experience working at the Oconto Unified School District, the Menominee Indian School District, Cambridge High School and the Middleton Cross-Plains School District.

Nicole Smith, a special education teacher at Columbus Middle School. She attended UW-Oshkosh and Viterbo University. She has experience at Oconomowoc High School, Oregon High School (LTS), Waunakee Middle School (LTS), Beaver Dam Elementary School (Lincoln) and Cottage Grove (Glacial Drumlin Middle School).

Jennifer Sterling, a third grade teacher at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter. She studied at UW-Stevens Point, The Ohio State University, North American Montessori Teacher Education and Edgewood College. Previously, she worked as a Montessori teacher in Madison, as a wildlife biologist and science educator for the U.S. Forest Service in Zigzag, Oregon and as an education coordinator at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.

Abigail Venden (Coughlin), a special education teacher at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter and Columbus Middle School. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point in December of 2010 and has worked for the Columbus School District (2011-13) and the Menasha Joint School District (2013-16).

Lucy Zimmerman, an art teacher at Columbus Elementary/Discovery Charter. She attended MATC-Madison and UW-Madison. She was a summer school art teacher and substitute teacher for the Waunakee Community School District (2014-15).