The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 23, 2012

New teachers join Camanche School District

Five will teach special education

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — Eight new school teachers will join the Camanche School District this fall.

Many of the teachers are from the area, some returning to their hometown.

The district will have almost a completely new special education staff, as five of the eight new teachers will teach special education students.

Todd Borrison, a native of Camanche, is returning to the area to teach sixth grade special education after teaching in Preston, Southeast Polk and Davenport schools. He got his first taste of teaching with special education students in college and decided it was his passion. A graduate of North Dakota State University, Borrison played basketball through college and has also earned state tournament titles and berths in Iowa High School girls basketball.

“I’m excited to be in a great district,” Borrison said.

Maggie Konecne will help seventh and eighth graders improve their reading skills as a literacy teacher at Camanche Middle School. This will be her first full-time job since graduating from Morningside College in Sioux City. Originally from Humboldt, Konecne previously worked as an adjunct at Iowa Central College.

“I’m looking forward to working in a team atmosphere,” Konecne said.

Maddy Schneeberger of Muscatine will work with youngsters as a second-grade teacher at Camanche Elementary School. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Schneeberger said she has known since she was in second grade that she wanted to teach elementary students.

For former part-time special education teacher Samantha Moller, becoming a full-time teacher is not much of a stretch. As a special education teacher for kindergarten through second grade, Moller is looking forward to spending more time with the students. Originally from Silvis, Ill., Moller is a graduate of Ashford University.

After spending several years substituting, part-time special education teacher Karen Stephan is looking forward to forming longer relationships with students. Stephan is from Fulton, Ill., and will teach first through third grade students.

“I’m excited to work one-on-one with the students,” Stephan said.

David Wilkinson will join the middle and high school staff as the vocal teacher for grades five through 12. He is a native of Iowa City with a degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Wilkinson previously taught elementary students at Burlington schools.

“I’m most excited to bring kids to the next level,” Wilkinson said.

Special education and assistant volleyball coach Amber Griswold will get the chance to combine her two passions in her new position. She has been a coach at Camanche for two years prior to starting as a teacher at the high school this year. Griswold has substituted at several schools in the area throughout the past few years. She got her degrees in special education at Cornell College in Mount Vernon and Ashford University.

High School Special Education teacher Andrew Schnoor knows his way around the school’s halls much better than many of the incoming students. Born and raised in Camanche, Schnoor attended Camanche schools all his life. After getting a degree at Ashford University, Schnoor is returning to join the very teachers who inspired him to become a teacher.