Fraser Valley Elementary welcomes new staff members
When elementary students in the Fraser Valley started classes at the beginning of this academic year they encountered several new faces leading instruction in their classrooms.
Fraser Valley Elementary welcomed five new staff members this year to include three new teachers and two new special education paraprofessionals. Those new staff members are Pam Meyer, Malmandy Wehmeyer, Campbell Joans, Alexandra Williams and Shayla Steranko.
Fraser Valley Elementary’s new English Language Learners, or ELL, teacher Pam Meyer hails from the Detroit area of Michigan. While this year marks her first year as a teacher at Fraser Valley she spent the previous year working as a special education paraprofessional before beginning her new role. The married mother of two adult boys moved to Grand County last year from New England.
While Meyer is new to teaching in the Fraser Valley she has past experience teaching overseas in Switzerland where she lived for a time with her husband. Meyer lived and taught in the Zurich area teaching both kindergarten and first grade during her time in the European Alps. It was a deep love of mountain living that brought Meyer and her husband to Grand County last August.
Malmandy Wehmeyer is Fraser Valley Elemetnary’s newest fourth grade teacher. The Alaskan native, who grew up in Washington State, enters her sixth year of teaching in Grand County this school year. The entirety of her past teaching experience occurred in north central Washington in the community of Wenatchee.
The married mother of three has past experience at Fraser Valley Elementary though. While this year marks her first year as a teacher at Fraser Valley she has lived in the area for almost two full years now and previously worked for East Grand School District as a special education paraprofessional.
Campbell Joans begins her tenure with Fraser Valley Elementary this year working as a special education paraprofessional. Originally from Michigan Joans spent the last seven years working for a nonprofit entity as a teacher at an environmental education center near Middlebury.
Joans made the move to Middle Park in mid-September after the official start of the new school year.
Fraser Valley Elementary’s new music teacher, Alexandra “Alex” Williams, begins her fourth year as an educator this year working for the East Grand School District. Williams, who hails from the southern US, has previously worked as an assistant band director at a high school and spent one year as an elementary music teacher before coming to Grand County.
Originally from the Atlanta area Williams and her husband moved to Grand County with the couples two dogs in late July. She jokingly referred to her husband and dogs as “my three children”.
Williams and her husband made the move to Grand County after she was offered her current position at Fraser Valley. The couple moved to the high country to begin living the mountain life.
Local lady Shayla Steranko should be familiar to many residents of Grand County. Steranko grew up in the area and is a graduate of Middle Park High School. This school year marks Steranko’s first with East Grand School District, where she will serve as a special education paraprofessional.
Steranko decided to seek a career in education this year after spending several years as a full time nanny following her graduation. According to Steranko during her time as a nanny she discovered she had a deep passion for working with children.
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