Spring Grove Public School Welcomes Three New Teachers
Spring Grove Public Schools welcomes Evah Engel, Madeline (Maddie) Rainey and Kaley Cross.
Evah Engel, Group
A first grade teacher, Engel grew up in Oswego, Illinois. His nuclear family includes his mother and father, an older brother, two younger sisters, as well as the family cat Luna and the dog Ruby.
She attended Oswego High School and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She completed her teaching job at Wayzata High School, teaching 9-12 Band, and Four Seasons Arts Plus Elementary School, teaching K-5 general music.
Engel is the new grade 5-12 group teacher and will teach general instrumental music to students in grades 2, 3 and 4, including pennywhistle, recorder and ukulele.
When asked about the reasons for accepting a teaching position at Spring Grove Public School, Engel replied, “I was excited to teach a wide range of students, as well. than stepping out of my comfort zone by living in a small community. “
Engel said his teaching philosophy “focuses on creating community in my classroom and relating to all of my students. I have always felt welcome and at home in my high school and college group programs, and I want to recreate that feeling for my students. ”
Engel noted that “The group took a big hit last year due to COVID – there was no fanfare or marching band and some students chose to stay home to learn and therefore did not played their instruments in the band. For this reason, I take this year to focus again on building our musical fundamentals and to work on feeling comfortable playing in a group.
Madeline (Maddie) Rainey
7th-10th social sciences
Madeline (Maddie) Rainey is the new Grades 7-10 Social Studies teacher. Rainey is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rainey proudly boasted, “I have an amazing family! In addition to his mother and father, Rainey has an older brother and an older sister; the two are married. In addition, she has two nieces and a large extended family to which she is very close.
Rainey explained, “My father works in education as a school psychologist. It is one of the main reasons why I decided to pursue a career in education on my own.
Rainey attended Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids and received his undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., And his masters degree from Loyola University, Chicago.
For the 2017-18 school year, Rainey taught World History in Grade 10 at Sartell High School, followed by a year in Bangkok, Thailand, where he taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Grade 3. year. Her third year of teaching took her to Portland, Maine, where she taught English classes for adults. Last year, Rainey taught English online to students in China, ages 3 to 15.
Rainey said she accepted the teaching position at Spring Grove Public School “because the school’s mission aligns well with my teaching and learning values. The emphasis on student growth through critical problem solving, dialogue and active participation are key aspects of Spring Grove educational practices that I am delighted to be a part of. In addition, the teachers, staff and students I was able to interact with during my interview were collaborative and very welcoming! “
Rainey’s teaching philosophy is “to be a guide for the students.” My job is to expose students to the vast knowledge of the world and help them determine what to do with this new information. I work to show students that education is more than grades, and I hope to inspire my students’ curiosity and teach them how to learn throughout their lives.
Rainey reflected on the impact of COVID-19 saying, “The impact on classrooms everywhere has been a period of reassessment. Educators and students were able to see what worked and what needs change. There are incredible resources online and it’s great to see this new technology being incorporated into classrooms. Applying this new knowledge and supporting student development will be essential to a successful year! “
Kaley Cross, 7th-12th Art
The new Grades 7-12 art teacher graduated from Spring Grove. Kaley Cross’s parents moved to Spring Grove in 2003. Cross said, “My family is normally spread across the country, but we are having a rare and special time with most of us in the same condition.”
Cross graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. This is Cross’s first year of teaching.
Discussing why she accepted a position at Spring Grove Public School, Cross said, “My values match the mission of the school and it was important for me to reconnect with the community. “
Referring to her teaching philosophy, Cross observed, “While I think the greatest gift I can give to students would be the love of learning, I am also passionate about creating meaningful brands. The marks we make on a daily basis might include our beaten path, our gratitude to the barista, and our preservation of our grandmother’s quilt. Our notes matter and a line on a page is the perfect way to start a conversation that will last our lifetime (and maybe the next few).
Asked about the impact of COVID-19 on the classroom, Cross said, “It affects our relationships, most importantly. Exhibitions and quarantines make us think carefully about our individual actions in a community and their consequences. The students in the building are impacted by the absence of those in quarantine, and their grouping around each class’s computer shows how important this connection is. While there are ways to learn from a distance, it will always be better together.
Have a good school year!