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Two new teachers join the ranks

 

Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

New reading teacher Kerri Curtiss awaits her first students on the first day of school in Petersburg.

Rae C. Stedman Elementary is welcoming two of its previous students back as staff as the new school year kicks off.

Kerri Curtiss will be teaching reading to third through fifth grade students as well as teaching a high school physical education class.

Curtiss grew up in Petersburg before graduating from Central Washington University in 2005. She taught second graders in Washington for two years and decided to move back to Petersburg to be closer to family.

“It’s pretty cool to walk around and remember the same old classrooms,” Curtiss said.

Curtiss will work with groups of three to five students on reading skills.

“I’m looking forward to working with a lot of small groups and I’ll get to know students personally and it’s exciting to help them get better at reading.”

Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Becky Martin finishes her first day of school after a 10 year hiatus from teaching.

New kindergarten teacher Becky Martin also hails from Petersburg. She too went to college and taught in Washington where she earned her teaching certificate from the University of Washington. She taught for eight years as a second grade teacher. She moved back to Petersburg in 2000 and stepped away from teaching after starting a family.

“Teaching is a job that takes a lot of energy and I didn’t want to do it until I had that energy to give,” Martin said. “Now I’m in a position to do that. I’m back.”

She says the biggest challenge after coming back to teaching is the new technologies being implemented in the classroom like iPads and the “smart board”—a white board that interacts with her computer.

“My three daughters are very good at teaching me and I have a feeling these kindergarteners will too,” Martin said.

Petersburg School District’s first day back was Tuesday, September 3.

 

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