New faces join Lincoln staff

(Editor’s note: The start of the 2009-10 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools. The Register is profiling new educators with brief biographies. Today’s roundup features new teachers at Lincoln Elementary School -USD 257.)

Family Living Editor

There are several new faces in the faculty this year at Lincoln Elementary School. Following are their profiles.

Deb Bath
Deb Bath, inter-related teacher in the resource room at Lincoln Elementary School for grades 3 through 5, is entering her 14th year in education. The past three years she taught special education at La-Harpe Elementary School.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in special education at Pittsburg State University.
She grew up in Franklin and attended school in Arma.
She said she wanted to be a teacher for as long as she could remember.
She and her husband, Kriss, and son, William, 9, live in Gas.

Heather Luedke
Heather Luedke teaches art for kindergarten through fifth grade at Lincoln and is the first and second grade art teacher at McKinley Elementary School.
She is entering her first year as a full-time teacher, however, she was a substitute for the district last year.
An Iola native, she received her degree in elementary education from Pittsburg State University.
“I enjoy working with the children and seeing how excited they get when we begin a new project,” Luedke said.
She and her husband, Jarred, have been married for 13 years. They have two children, Emilee, 9, and Grant, 6.

Judy McIntosh
Judy McIntosh came to Iola two years ago from Greensburg. She and her family lost many of their belongings in the tornado that destroyed the town. For the past two years she taught third grade at McKinley Elementary School. When the counselor position opened at Lincoln, she said, “I just knew this was the job for me.”
She is also counselor for kindergarten through third grades at McKinley Elementary School.
She has been a teacher for 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MidAmerica Nazarene College in Olathe, and her master’s degree in counseling from Emporia State University.
Working with children had been a lifelong dream for McIntosh. She said she was torn between becoming a nurse or teacher. Education won her heart.
She and her husband Gene, who is pastor of Calvary and Salem United Methodist Churches, have four children, Katarina, 17, Tyler, 14, Steve and Mauree McIntosh who live in the Washington, D.C., area, and Brian and Jacy McIntosh who live in Kansas City. She has one grandchild, Connor.

James Harris
Vocal and instrumental instructor for kindergarten through fifth grades at Lincoln Elementary and second and third grade at McKinley Elementary Schools is James Harris.
Harris has 20 years teaching experience. He was the high school band director and also taught music in the elementary school at Galena. In 1980 he taught in Moran schools.
The past 11 years he has served as youth pastor in Pittsburg, where he makes his home.
He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music theory and composition from Pittsburg State University.
He and his wife, Patricia, have two children, Elizabeth and Emery, who both attend PSU.

Shawnda Shafer
Teaching pre-kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School is Shawnda Shafer.
Shafer taught pre-kindergarten the past two years at LaHarpe Elementary School.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and is pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood education at ESU.
Shafer said her students will be focused on learning sounds, the alphabet and numbers.
She and her husband, Justin, live in Garnett with their children, Derrik, 17, Robert, 16, Kelsey, 13, Nicholus, 8, Matthew, 6, and Kimberly, 4.

Larry Regehr
Larry Regehr is entering his 31st year of teaching — one year at Yates Center and 30 years in USD 257.
This school year he is teaching physical education to students in first, second, third and fifth grades at Lincoln Elementary School, sixth graders at Iola Middle School and kindergarten and first grade at McKinley Elementary School.
He taught physical education for 29 years at LaHarpe Elementary School until its closing in the spring.
An Iola native, he said he was influenced by teachers Hugh Haire and Judith Bragg when he was a student at Allen County Community College. It was due to his teachers’ insistence that he sought a career in education
“I really enjoy working with the kids. The day I stop enjoying coming to work is the day I will retire,” he said.
He and his wife, Donna, have two grown sons, Keil and Ryan, and one granddaughter, Zoey.