C.R. School District fills teaching positions

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The Clayton Ridge School District has hired six new teachers for the 2021-22 School year. From left are Jonathan Klaes, Ashley Funk, Lexi Lindsay, Bridget Schaufenbueland and Ashley Hess. Not pictured is Leah Eulberg. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

Students and teachers in the Clayton Ridge School District returned to class on Monday, Aug. 23. The school district has recently hired six new energetic teachers to add to their dedicated faculty. Three of the new recruits grew up in Guttenberg and graduated from Clayton Ridge, and three were born and raised in northeast Iowa. 

Ashley Hess

Fourth Grade

Ashley Hess, a graduate of Clayton Ridge, grew up in Guttenberg where she spent most of her childhood. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dubuque and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. She has endorsements in K-8 Reading and Science, 5-8 Middle School, and a coaching endorsement. 

"This will be my 13th year of teaching," shared Hess, "When I was young, I always enjoyed helping out my own classroom teachers, and being a lifeguard at the pool, I got to work hands-on with younger children. It was rewarding to watch them learn new skills and develop into strong swimmers. I am most looking forward to meeting my new students and their families, as well as getting to know our staff! I hope my students will say that they enjoyed me as a teacher, learned new things, and that I encouraged them to work hard, and to try their best."

Jonathan Klaes

High School Science 

Jonathan Klaes also grew up in Guttenberg and graduated from Clayton Ridge. He attended the University of Dubuque and earned Bachelor degrees in All Science Education, Chemistry Education, Environmental Biology Education, and a minor in Environmental Science. "I pursued education as a career for a few reasons, but mainly because it is a way for me to make an impact for the better on students' lives, while teaching them useful things about subjects that I love," commented Klaes. "I'm mostly looking forward to serving the community that I grew up in as a science teacher!" 

In the future, he hopes to expand into other roles such as coaching, or as a club advisor as he settles into his new role at Clayton Ridge. 

"It is my hope that my students can leave my classroom knowing that they are capable of achieving their goals by hard work, collaboration, and perseverance," said Klaes. "I am excited to be back in Guttenberg, and to get started this school year!"

Bridget Schaufenbuel

High School Mathematics

Bridget Schaufenbuel grew up west of Guttenberg in Fredericksburg and graduated from Sumner-Fredericksburg High School. She attended Wartburg College, Waverly, earning a Bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education.  

"At first, I was unsure of my major choice, but with my love of working with kids through camp counseling, tutoring, and teaching swimming lessons, I knew education was where I wanted to be," Schaufenbuel shared. "I was not sure of what I wanted to teach, but I have always loved math, and I think everyday math becomes more and more important. It is everywhere even when you can't see it!"

Schaufenbuel is most looking forward to getting acquainted with her students. "When I student taught, I felt I never had enough time with the students," she explained. "I am excited to have my classes all year, and I hope my students feel the same. Of course, I hope my students take away strong problem-solving skills and the ability to see how math intertwines with almost everything around them. However, I know math is not everyone's favorite subject, so I really hope all my students take away some positives from their experience in my class regardless of if it is for the math or my horrible jokes and goofy stories."

Leah Eulberg

High School Business

Leah Eulberg, a self-described "River Rat" grew up in Guttenberg, and graduated from Guttenberg Community School in 1999. Following graduation she earned a Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master's degree from the State University of New York-Buffalo. She is currently enrolled in classes at Upper Iowa University in Fayette to earn her business endorsement.

She began her teaching career in De Soto, Wis., in 2008. Five years later she relocated and taught overseas in Colombia at International Baccalaureate schools. While there she learned Spanish and met her husband, Johan. The couple has four children, Yuliana, Ave, Eden and Vander. 

"I’m honored to bring my experiences back to my hometown where I can enjoy spending time with my extended family and old friends," said Eulberg. "For me this new school year brings the excitement of once again being an active member in a school community; there are a lot of different activities I've missed being a part of and new people to meet. I became a teacher to ensure that teenagers have an adult in their corner who sees their individuality, values their potential, and works to inspire their greatness. My mission for each of the business and technology classes that I’m teaching is to give students positive visions of what they want for their futures and the skills to make those dreams a reality." 

Lexi Lindsay 

High School Special Education

Lexi Lindsay grew up on a farm near Mason City. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and recently completed her Master’s degree in Special Education. She was previously employed as a behavior teacher at Farley Elementary. 

“I am so excited to be a part of Clayton Ridge!” exclaimed Lindsay, “When I’m not at school, I love to be outdoors! Growing up, I was always in the water whether it was at the lake or in the pool. I am learning to love the river now, whether it be running on the dike or kayaking down the Turkey. I am looking forward to starting a new adventure at Clayton Ridge!”

Ashley Funk

Elementary Interventionist

Ashley Funk grew up in Garber and graduated from Central Community School in 2017.  She earned a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education, Reading, and Math from Loras College, Dubuque. She was a member of the Loras College women’s basketball team for four years. She was assigned teaching rotations in the Dubuque School and Clayton Ridge School Districts. 

“I worked alongside Mary Streich in first grade and met all the amazing students and staff at Clayton Ridge Elementary,” noted Funk. “I initially knew I wanted to work with children when I worked at the Elkader Childcare Center. I enjoyed being around the kids and helping them grow. Then I attended Loras College, and they gave everyone the opportunity to get into the classroom freshman year, which helped solidify my passion for teaching. Since then, it has been a perfect fit and I am looking forward to seeing all the students and staff this year and getting to know everyone even more. By the end of the year, I hope my students learn how to be hardworking and strive towards their goals by being responsible and respectful along the way.”

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