TEACHER / ART

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Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis in Graphic Design Masters in Science of Education Wichita State University Fort Hays State University

Jennifer Lee

Prior to teaching art, I was a freelance graphic designer. I have designed local and international magazines, a line of house paint, painted murals, and owned a local newspaper. I have been fortunate enough to have lived in England and I love to travel. My current passion is fossil hunting – I found a trilobite fossil in my driveway!

 

In 2020, I  was honored to be the art teacher of the only middle school student in the state of Kansas to be recognized for their artwork at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

 

I believe that art should be inclusive and not exclusive – everyone is an artist in some way!

 

My favorite things are lemon cake, kindness, frosted sugar cookies, kindness, Hershey’s chocolate, finding a penny, and kindness!

TEACHER / BAND

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Bachelor of Music Education: Grades K-12 Instrumental and Vocal Music Friends University

Jim Mareda

Hi My Name is Mr. Mareda - pronounced Marda. My passion is teaching music. I currently play in the orchestra for Central Community Church and any other gigs that might come about. I have a couple hobbies: I golf and I set up and shoot commercial fireworks shows. In college I played on a golf scholarship for four years and won the KCAC Championship when I was a junior. I also just was recognized as being this year's recipient to Kansas Bandmasters Association for Outstanding Contribution to Music. I am married to my lovely wife, Judy, who retired from teaching choral music in USD 259 a couple of years ago.

 

"Music is Life!"

TEACHER / BAND

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Bachelors in Music Education Masters in Music Education Wichita State University

Stephanie Zoeller

I am Mrs. Zoeller, the band teacher. I have taught band for over 18 years, and I love it! When I am not teaching band, I am enjoying time with my family. My husband is the caregiver for his father, who also lives with us. My daughter is a 7th grader at Wilbur and has a passion for animals! She volunteers at the Wichita Horse Academy and takes horse lessons. My son is a 6th grader at Wilbur and loves playing soccer. Both of my children are very involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and I am one of my daughter's Girl Scout leaders. Both of my children are also musical; my daughter takes guitar and singing lessons and sings in the choir at Wilbur and my son takes percussion lessons and plays in the band at Wilbur.

 

I also have a strong faith and attend Wichita First Church of the Nazarene. When we are not at Wichita Riding Academy, the soccer fields, a scouting event, practicing music, or at church, then we are probably at home watching sports. We love the Shockers, Dallas Cowboys, KC Chiefs, KC Royals, Sporting KC, and sports in general.

 

I have a former flute student of five years who now plays flute in the Detroit Symphony!

TEACHER / ORCHESTRA

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Bachelor of Music Education (1987) Masters in Music Education with a cognate in String Pedagogy (1992) University of Michigan Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Frances Oare

Hi there! I'm Mrs. Oare and I teach orchestra. In my teaching career, I have taught in Hawaii, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, and Kansas. I am passionate about teaching and received my National Board Certification in 2019. We are a musical family; my husband teaches music education courses at WSU and I have two grown children who both play violin. My son is a pilot in the Air Force and flies the KC-135 out of McConnell. My daughter is in child care and works in the CDC at South High for the YMCA.

 

When I am not teaching I like to spend time with my family, figure skating, or baking. Playing music has allowed me to travel all over the world; I performed at the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Olympics and spent a summer playing on the streets of Disney World!

 

I love anything chocolate (brownies, Snickers, Peanut M & Ms, Reese's), Cuties, grapes, cheese w/nuts, and trail mix! 

TEACHER / PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree Cowley County Community College Wichita State University Friends University Baker University

David Monger

I'm Coach Monger. I like to have fun! When I'm not teaching and coaching middle school cross country, basketball, and track, I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, running, biking, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Once I was actually able to find something my wife asked me to find!

 

I love chocolate chip cookies, Milk Duds, Snickers, fruit, pretzels, and granola bars! 

TEACHER / PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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BS Health and Human Performance BS Secondary Education Fort Hays State University

Hannah Perkins

Hi, I'm Ms. Perkins! This is my first year teaching Physical Education. PE was always my favorite class when I was in school, and now, I am excited I get to be in PE all day, everyday! Golf is a huge passion of mine; I spent four years playing golf at Fort Hays. When I am not at work or golfing, I enjoy going to the lake with my family and spending time with my dog Milli. I have the coolest lake dog! She has been tubing, skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and can even kneeboard by herself.

TEACHER / TECHNOLOGY

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Winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation (2019) Bachelor of Business Administration Bachelor of Elementary Education Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction Wichita State University

Steve Smith

Steve Smith This is my 24th year teaching in the district (everything from 2nd grade to 8th). I currently teach technology classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and I am the Allison Robotics Team coach. Frederick Douglass said, "Without struggle there is no progress." These are great words to remember as we work together to learn and grow. I am a National Board Certified Teacher, and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recipient. 

 

I worked really hard to reach the height of six feet. While I got close, I never quite made it. These things happen. #dashedhopes

TEACHER / TECHNOLOGY & YEARBOOK

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BBA: Accounting BS: Education MBA: Education Butler County Community College Wichita State University Newman University Baker University

Lori Cook

Hello, All!

I started my teaching career in 1997 and spent eleven years teaching math: 6th, 7th, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra. I have been at Allison since 2007, and teaching technology since 2009. I am currently teaching Coding 1 & 2, STL-Web Design & Digital Photography, and Yearbook. I love having the opportunity to encourage and guide you through "exploring" all that technology has to offer and I love learning new things.

 

My husband is a third grade teacher in Andover, and I have three kids: Jack, Will, and Rose. I love to travel, spend time outside, and read.

 

Get a glimpse at what we do in class by visiting our class website www.mrscooksclass.com.