Sub Spotlight: Karen Swanson

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I worked as a zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo for 7 years. I got my degree in environmental science at KU and worked as a naturalist at the Lawrence nature center for 3 years before taking a job at the zoo. I spent a lot of time doing the bird show and giving educational… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Ann Alexander

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Each month we like to highlight a substitute teacher who has a unique skill, hobby, or story. This month we are highlighting substitute teacher Ann Alexander. I learned woodworking when I was teaching at Lawrence HS. The woodshop teacher, Jay Hundley, taught me how to use all the shop equipment and let me use the… Read more »

March Sub of the Month: Kitsy Gray

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  Kitsy is our Substitute of the Month because of all the hard work she does for her students and MHED. She takes a lot of jobs and gets consistent positive feedback. We appreciate all that she does for the schools, students, and MHED. How long have you been a substitute teacher? I have been… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Sommer Brecheisen

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  Two and a half years ago, Sommer Brecheisen set off on a 3,100-mile adventure with her boyfriend, their two dogs, and a friend. They had decided to hike the Continental Divide Trail, a trail that spans Canada to Mexico. “I thought the endeavor would be a good graduation gift to myself,” Sommer said. “I… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Sherry Crawford

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  Sherry Crawford’s Christmas tree farm, Evening Star Pines, started small. “We had the ground, so my husband planted a few Christmas trees,” she said. What began as a few trees has transformed into a full-fledged Christmas tree farm with 6,000 trees of various sizes, fresh wreaths and arrangements, locally made jams and jellies, dog… Read more »

November Sub of the Month: Kim Stieben

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  What do you like most about being a substitute teacher? The uniqueness of all the students and schools I work in. As a long-term sub, I enjoy witnessing the growth of every student in the class. Why did you become a substitute teacher? What is your background or other jobs you have had? I’m… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Sidney Grinter

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  You’ve seen the sunflower pictures from Grinter Farms on Instagram and Facebook. The ones with people posing amongst a seemingly endless field of sunflowers. The pictures have exploded in popularity recently. It seems everyone has made the trek to Grinter Farms to snap a photo with the sunflowers. But the sunflower field was never… Read more »

October Sub of the Month: Rachel Wulff

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  Rachel is the sub of the month because we appreciate her hard work, dependability, and willingness to jump right in and help wherever needed. It is always a sigh of relief when we know Rachel can go in and do whatever is asked. What do you like most about being a Substitute Teacher? I… Read more »

September Sub Spotlight: Ron Brown

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  Ron Brown is a busy guy. Not only is he a substitute teacher, he’s an author and musician. Ron began substitute teaching while in law enforcement. “I was in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff, a Park Ranger, and a Campus Police Officer. While a patrolman, I would substitute teach to give back to the… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Doretha Bighems

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  Doretha Bighems is not only a substitute teacher with MHED, she is also a veteran. For 23 years, Doretha served our country in the United States Army, Active Army National Guard, and United States Army reserve. “I am a graduate of Officer Candidate School (OCS) and various Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Schools,” Doretha said. “Other… Read more »