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12 new teachers hired in New Richmond District

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The New Richmond School District has welcomed 12 new staff members this school year. Following is a list of the new employees and short biographical information about each.

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Name: Natassia Bangert

Age: 25

Family: Married this summer on July 17; golden retriever named Chuck

Position in the district: Cognitively disabled students teacher at the high school

Education: Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University; working on a master's degree from University of Northern Iowa.

Previous work experience: Elementary resource teacher in Des Moines, Iowa; Elementary resource teacher in Dunkerton, Iowa.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Photography, baking, sight-seeing and reading.

Name: Tyler Benning

Age: 28

Family: Wife Lindsey, son Mason and a baby on the way.

Position in the district: Fifth grade teacher at Starr Elementary

Education: Bachelor's degree from Winona State University; master's degree from University of Phoenix.

Previous work experience: Six years teaching seventh and eighth grade math in the inner city of Phoenix. Class sizes ranged from 35-43 students.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Playing/watching sports, spending time with family, reading, running, down hill skiing and being outdoors.

Name: Sarah Fastelin

Age: 24

Family: Husband Matt

Position in the district: Long-term sub in the high school English department.

Education: English education degree and coaching minor from UW-Eau Claire

Previous work experience: Subbing in the New Richmond School District in 2010.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Figure skating (17 years experience), running, snowboarding, crocheting, scrapbooking, reading, spending time with family.

Name: Liz Fontana

Age: 22

Family: Parents and one brother

Position in the district: Music teacher at Paperjack Elementary

Education: Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.

Previous work experience: While in college I worked at Borders ... I much prefer teaching and music.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: I enjoy all music activities! I also like knitting, especially socks. Some other things I like are penguins, video games, Dr. Who, reading and football.

Name: Rebecca Haines

Age: 34

Family: Married with two young daughters, ages 2 and 3.

Position in the district: Middle school band director

Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-Madison; master's degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

Previous work experience: Three years of middle school band in Illinois; five years of middle school band in Cambridge; two years of high school band in Cambridge.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Music, travel, spending time with my family, reading and playing with my daughters.

Name: Anthony Hartung

Age: 23

Family: Mother Ruth, father Randy, brothers Andrew and Isaac and sisters Karen and Becky.

Position in the district: Autism specialist at Paperjack Elementary

Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-Stout

Previous work experience: Working with the developmentally disabled, own a landscaping company. This is my first professional teaching position.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Watching/playing sports, the Wisconsin Badgers, hunting and fishing and being outdoors.

Name: Christine Lila

Age: 39

Family: Husband Brad and kids Rhett, Rece and Aurie.

Position in the district: Reading/title 1 teacher

Education: Bachelor's degree, master's degree, reading 316.

Previous work experience: Fifteen years at Eagle River Elementary in Eagle River.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: My kids and their various activities.

Name: Alice Nysse

Family: Husband Jonathan and children James and Joshua.

Position in the district: Kindergarten teacher

Education: Bachelor's degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and graduate classes at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Previous work experience: Three years of teaching kindergarten in Illinois and seven years teaching first grade in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Teaching dance, reading and chasing my kiddos. I also love to kayak!

Name: Cassandra Plante

Age: 22

Family: Mother Maureen, father Thomas and sister Tiffany.

Position in the district: Special services at Starr Elementary

Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-Stout

Previous work experience: Taught dance for four years. This will be my first professional teaching position.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Dance, softball, theater and outdoor activities.

Name: Carey Reetz

Age: 31

Family: Husband Nick, son Gavin and a baby on the way.

Position in the district: Speech -- language pathologist

Education: Bachelor's degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., master's degree from UW-River Falls and an autism certificate from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Previous work experience: I've worked as a speech-language pathologist in Independent School District 196 in Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan for the past seven years.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Spending time with my family, exercising, cooking and reading.

Name: Victoria Reiner

Age: 25

Family: Parents, brother and a dog, Britta.

Position in the district: Spanish teacher

Education: Bachelor's degree

Previous work experience: New to the job! Happy to be out of the restaurant industry.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Running with my dog Britta and playing hockey.

Name: Katie Rogers

Age: 28

Family: Husband Jeff.

Position in the district: Kindergarten teacher at Starr Elementary

Education: Bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls.

Previous work experience: Substitute teaching in Somerset, taught 4K in Balsam Lake, taught 4K in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and taught kindergarten in Ellsworth.

Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Golfing, going to UWRF football games, reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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