While we are sad to have five persons retiring we are excited to announce four persons who will be joining us as their replacements.
Ashley Isaac will be teaching language arts, replacing Sharon Bishop.Â Ashley is a Cross County and Hastings College graduate who has been teaching this past year at Meridian.Â She will also be directing the One Act Play and the all school play.
Greg Vanderneck, who currently lives in Henderson, will be teaching mathematics, replacing Larry Vancura.Â Greg is a graduate of UNL and received his teaching certification from Doane College.Â He has also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.Â He is currently teaching in Grand Island.Â He will possibly do some coaching as well.Â His wife, Jenny, is a teller at the York branch of Henderson State Bank.
Justin Sand will be teaching Industrial Technology, replacing Dan Gilson.Â He is a December graduate of UNL and is from Dorchester.Â Justin will also be coaching junior high football and junior high boyâ€™s basketball.
Gina Mestl, who also currently lives in Henderson, will be the new media specialist, replacing Joan Friesen.Â Gina has previously taught Title I at Heartland in 1996-97 and has taught the Bethesda Church pre school for the past 13 years.Â She is a graduate of Hesston College and Goshen College.Â Her husband Jim is vice president of Cornerstone Bank in Henderson and Bradshaw.
Jon Baehr, Title I instructor, will assume the Athletic Director responsibilities, replacing Larry Vancura. Â He also serves as head boys basketball and girls golf coach.
Current plans are to provide German instruction via Distance Learning.
Please make every effort to make each of these persons welcome as they assume their new teaching responsibilities.Â We look forward to having each of them join the Heartland Staff.
From Contributor Dr. Norm Yoder
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