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New year, new faces

Enough new teachers to be a class of their own join the school district — and here’s your chance to meet them.

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Cool, crisp mornings and back-to-school sale signs at local retailers signify one constant of fall: School has started.

Students went back to school Tuesday, filling new desks and sporting new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks. Many returned to new classrooms in the same buildings they were in last year, but some are rising into middle school or high school, taking the leap into the next level of their education.

With the new school year come new teachers. Some kids are continuing a family legacy, moving into classrooms with teachers their older siblings have had in the past. In small outlying elementary schools — Alta, Kelly, Moran, Wilson — some kids might find themselves with teachers they already know.

Still others are finding their teachers are completely new to them, and new to the district. They’ve come from all over, including abroad, and bring a dedication to education that crosses demographics and age. A few have been teaching for decades, and some are returning to Teton County School District No. 1 after a hiatus.

Then there are others, occupational therapists, social workers, Spanish teachers and more, who are just starting their careers and bring the enthusiasm of youth to the classroom. To give students and parents across the district the chance to meet all the new teachers and other professionals joining the district, we asked them a few questions.

We wanted to give them the opportunity to expound upon their teaching philosophies and background. Turn through the pages of this section to find the new educators who will work with your children this year. Hopefully that helps you as parents and students know them a little better, though their time in the classroom will, of course, be more revealing of their commitment to building the leaders and learners of tomorrow.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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