September 17, 2014 By Karpf
By Carol Murphy
Jenna Krul is the new fifth grade teacher at Morrill with nine students in her class. She and the other fifth grade teacher, Delinda Lackey, have a total of 19 fifth graders.
Jenna is originally from Yoder, WY, where she graduated from Southeast High School in 2006. She attended Eastern Wyoming College, receiving her associate degree before she received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education at Chadron in 2010.
After she graduated, she taught first grade at Westmoor School in Scottsbluff for three years then moved to third grade for a year before taking the job in Morrill this past year.
Jenna and her husband Ryan and daughter Raelee, who will be two in October, live in Gering, where Raelee goes to day care. Ryan works for Union Pacific Railroad out of the South Morrill Yard.
Jenna said she loves her job. “It’s rewarding to see young students mature and to inspire them to love learning. I grew up in a family of educators, so I value education. I like the small school atmosphere, where everyone is supportive and close-knit.”
She said the teachers and staff have been very helpful and friendly. “It’s a perfect job for me.”
Jenna said she and her family like to spend time outdoors. She and Ryan like to golf in the summer. “Most importantly, I like to spend time with my family.”
Juliana Carlson is the new Special Education (k-6) teacher at Morrill. She is originally from Scottsbluff, where she graduated from high school in 1991. She got her LPN Nursing degree at Western Nebraska Community College. She worked for nine years in the nursing profession, including four years in South Carolina and two years in Montana.
She completed her Bachelors Degree at Chadron State last May, before accepting the job at Morrill. Being a single mom prompted her to get her teaching degree, because she feels working hours at a school are better when you have children.
Juliana has three children; her oldest, Ryland 19, attends Montana State University, Kielan is a 10th grader at Mitchell High School and Brennalyn is a fourth grader at Mitchell Elementary. She and her family live in Scottsbluff, so she drives to Mitchell first, drops off the kids and then continues on to her job in Morrill.
When she has free time, she likes to scrapbook, but mostly spends time with her family. She said, “I love my job and am so pleased to be working in Morrill.”
Josie Ryan is teaching seventh through ninth grade English at Morrill this year. She said they are covering a lot of material, including reading, writing, grammar and literature. The ninth graders are studying novels now. She is also the seventh and eighth grade girls volleyball coach and will be the assistant girls basketball coach.
Josie is originally from the Oshkosh area, where she grew up on a ranch. She graduated from Garden County High School in 2008. She then attended the University of Wyoming at Laramie and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 2012.
Her first job out of high school was in a country school called Cutcomb Lake School, 45 miles south of Cody, NE, where she taught fifth through eighth grade with five students in her class.
She lived in Cody and drove 45 miles to the school every day. The closest larger town was Valentine, NE, which was 60 miles away. She said it was a challenge, but she enjoyed it and learned a lot that year.
She got married and moved to Torrington, where she and her husband Justin have lived for about a year. He is assistant manager at Kelley Bean in Torrington, WY. Before she started teaching in Morrill, she was a long-term sub at Torrington, teaching seventh grade English. She also subbed in the lower grades.
Josie enjoys doing crafts, riding horses, team roping and sports of any kind.
She loves her job at Morrill. The administration, teachers and staff have been very welcoming. What she really enjoys is the camaraderie she has with them, something she didn’t have teaching in the country school. “When I have a question or just want to bounce an idea off another teacher, they are right there to help. It makes teaching a lot easier.”
New Paras at Morrill High School include Christine Smith and Shelby Owsley, both in special education. Elementary Paras are Vanessa Chapman in the preschool and Joann Hopkins in first grade.
In another change, teacher Lauren (Platt) Haag moved from Special Ed to the Kindergarten teaching position.