Pierce Public Schools New Staff Profiles
New Staff Profile: Katlyn Donovan
by Kelsi Svendsen
Katlyn Donovan is a new addition to the Pierce staff this year. Donovan will be serving as head volleyball coach, assistant girls basketball coach, and elementary physical education teacher. She will also be teaching a strength and fitness class at the high school one period a day.
In her spare time, Donovan loves spending time with her family back home in Greeley, Nebraska. Her dad’s name is Tom, and her mom’s name is Kathy. She also has a brother named Morgan. Her other interests include being active and sports. Donovan is also a big Tennessee Volunteers and a Miami Dolphins fan.
Donovan is just starting out as a teacher this year after graduating from Peru State in May of 2013. The opportunity to coach and teach elementary P.E. appealed to Donovan, bringing her to Pierce Public Schools.
New Staff Profile: Grant Doerr
By Kody Henderson
Grant Doerr is a new teacher at Pierce High, and he “can’t wait to work with the students and staff.”
Doerr grew up in Creighton in a family of five: his mother Renee, his dad David, his brother Scott, and his sister Ann. He also has a fiancé MacKenzie, to whom he is getting married this fall.
Doerr has a lot of sporty hobbies; he enjoys fishing and golfing during the summer. He also likes going to baseball games and playing all kinds of sports. In his free time, he also like to play cards. Doerr came to Pierce from his hometown of Creighton because of a job opening and because of a math teaching position.
Doerr is really looking forward to working with the students at Pierce and getting to know them. He said, “I am looking forward to being with such well behaved students.” Doer is a math teacher, and he teaches Math 8 and Algebra 2. He also plays the part of an offensive line coach and an outside linebacker coach on the football team.
New Teacher Profile: Robyn Ostermeyer
by Kody Henderson
Robyn Ostermeyer is a new staff member at Pierce High, and she is excited to be here to start a new chapter in her life.
Ostermeyer came from South Sioux City, Nebraska because her husband Johnnie Ostermeyer got a job being the athletic director, vice principal, one of the track coaches, and the seventh grade physical education and health teacher at Pierce High.
Ostermeyer has three children. Her oldest is Ryah, and she is eleven and in sixth grade. Mayson, her second oldest, is nine and in fourth grade. Her youngest, Addyson, is five and in kindergarten. She is married to Johnnie Ostermeyer.
Ostermeyer is really looking forward to being in a small community. She is also looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know them. Ostermeyer has a lot of outdoor hobbies and interests. She likes to go running and camping, play volleyball, and spend time with her family.
Student Teacher Profile: Jennifer Lyons
by Kelsi Svendsen
Most years, Pierce Public Schools helps new professionals achieve their goals of becoming teachers by cooperating with student teachers. This year, Jennifer Lyons is a student teacher down at the elementary school.
During the first part of the year, Lyons will be student teaching in the second grade with Sharon Shelton. The second part of the year, she will be helping in the special education room.
Lyons is from Ainsworth, Nebraska. Her mom’s name is Peggy and her dad’s name is Steve. She has a sister named Heather, and she also has a nephew named Carter. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and she likes any kind of sport. She will be graduating from college in December from the University of Nebraska Kearney.
Lyons is excited about student teaching at the elementary school. She said, “I am looking forward to learning different things from the staff and students.”
New Staff Profile: Jane Haselhorst
by Kelsi Svendsen
The elementary school has added a new staff member. Jane Haselhorst is the new education interpreter. Haselhorst will be helping students who use sign language to communicate.
Haselhorst lives in Osmond with her family. Her husband’s name is Dennis, and she has two daughters, Alissa and Emily. She and her family are also currently hosting an exchange student named Marius from Germany. Her interests include taking pictures and spending time with her family.
Educational interpreting is something that Haselhorst loves to do. This will be her sixteenth year of interpreting. She has interpreted thirteen years in Orchard, one year in Osmond, and one year substitute interpreting for area schools. She took the position at the elementary school because there aren’t many jobs for interpreting, and this job is close to home. She is looking forward to interpreting in Pierce because she is excited to meet new people and get to know a new school.
Student Teacher Profile: Danielle Polt
by Emily Bjorklund
Ms. Danielle Polt is a student teacher from Wayne State College. She is currently student teaching under Mr. Rick Adams in American History and Mrs. Esmeralda Hernandez in Spanish.
Ms. Polt’s parents are Daniel and Sheila Polt. She has one brother, John, who currently attends Pierce High School. When she is not busy with the work that comes with student teaching, Polt enjoys playing tennis and reading.
Polt wanted to student teach at Pierce High to experience a small school and to be near her family, and she is excited about getting to know the students and enjoying this opportunity to teach. While at PHS, she also hopes to help with one act. Her long-term professional goals include teaching Spanish and American History.
Student Teacher Profile: Brett Dorcey
by Emily Bjorklund
Student teaching is an experience that college students studying to be teachers undertake to learn what it is like to be in front of students and to learn some methods from experienced teachers. Mr. Brett Dorcey from Wayne State College is currently doing just that, cooperating with Mr. Mike Sindt in band and Mrs. Terri Haselhorst in elementary music.
Dorcey has two brothers, an identical twin Derick and another brother named James. Some of his hobbies include fishing, woodworking, and wood burning, which is decorating wood with burn marks.
Mr. Dorcey is looking forward to having a good student teaching experience at PHS, and learning from Mr. Sindt and Mrs. Haselhorst.