Tiffany Allen

phone ext. 148

Hello! I am Ms. Tiffany Allen. I have been with the district since the fall of 2018. I currently have the privilege of serving students at RRMR as their 7-12 school counselor and National Honor Society advisor. I have earned a Master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in School Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University (GO STATE!). 

 

As a school counselor, I believe in a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program that works to meet the needs of all students to better help them reach their maximum potential. I am committed to providing resources and assistance to students to better help them be successful, responsible, and contributing members of an ever-changing world. Throughout their middle and high school careers, I will be encouraging college and career readiness, individual student planning, group and individual counseling, and responsive services. I collaborate often with teachers, administration, students, parents, and community members. Please feel free to reach out when needed.

Kelly Arickx

phone ext.104

I’ve had the privilege of teaching at RRMR since 1995.  Over the course of over 20 years, I have taught students in 3rd-12th grade in special education, history, psychology, sociology, and math.  Additionally, I have been teaching NIACC classes in psychology for the past few years.  I am excited embark on a new position as a teacher leader for the 2016-2017 school year as well as continuing to teach World History, High School and NIACC Psychology, Sociology and Current Events.  I am an EMT and I have a BA in Education from UNI, an MA in Behavior Disorders from Morningside College, and am happily continuing my education as a life-long learner.  My hope for myself and my students is to always be willing to lean forward, learn more, and be kind and helpful to others.

David Christopherson

phone ext. 127

Welcome, I am David Christopherson, the Business Education/STEM teacher. 

 

I use my previous experiences as a farmer, truck driver, office supplies and equipment salesman, utilities office area representative, factory production worker, and a self-employed residential contractor to help students to understand how business classes relate to them now and how it will help them in the future.

 

My wife and I have been married 32 years and have lived in Mason City for 30 years. We have 3 children, 2 are married, and one grandson who all live in Des Moines. I am excited to be in RRMR because I love working with the students teaching them how to develop skills to be successful members of the community.

Beth Crum

phone ext. 326

I’m Beth Crum and I teach 7-12 special education.  I have been employed at the RRMR School District for over 20 years.  I graduated from Buena Vista College majoring in elementary education with a reading endorsement.  I received my Strategist I endorsement from Morningside College and my Strategist II endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa.

 

I believe that every student is unique and has the ability to learn.  It is my job to discover each students’ learning style to help them reach their fullest potential.   My classroom offers engaging instruction and life skills experiences that will prepare them to be as independent as possible in post-secondary world.  

 

Anne Denney

phone ext. 221

I'm Anne Denney and new to RRMR this year. I teach Second through Twelfth grade Art. I received my B.F.A (Bachelor of Fine Arts), middle school endorsement and k-12 art education certification from the university of Iowa. Following graduation I added a coaching endorsement from NIACC in Mason City.

I try to bring creativity and enthusiasm to my work. It is my intent to transfer that energy to my students in order to learn more about the world of art. I've helped many students find a pathway to earning a scholarship.

After teaching in many North Iowa schools and in other states, I always enjoy hearing from former students who update me on their careers and how art has impacted their lives.

Rick Dow

phone ext. 224

My name is Rick Dow.  I am the industrial technology instructor at RRMR.  I am a graduate of UNI with a major in Technology Education, with a minor in Technology Management.  I have been in the district for over nine years.  I teach 7th grade and high school.  I provide students the opportunity to explore different skill sets, and gain hands-on experience in different career paths.  We have a wide subject range, including woodworking, machining, welding, automotive technology, drafting, and electronics.  

DeeAnn Ewen

phone ext. 138

Hello, welcome to middle school. I have been in the RRMR district since 1999! I started in elementary as a second grade teacher and moved to the middle to the language arts department in 2001.  I graduated from Buena Vista University with a BA in elementary education. Adding an endorsement in reading and 6-8 language arts lets me teach what I am passionate about. Everyday in the middle is an adventure with my students. My extracurricular involvement as a student council advisor and seventh grade volleyball coach also lets me get to know my students outside the classroom.

Michael Ferch

phone ext. 105

My name is Mike Ferch.  I am a first year teacher at Rudd Rockford Marble-Rock.  I teach High School Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV,  and Anatomy & Physiology.

I am married to Jamie, have a daughter named Mikayla (17) and a newborn daughter named Lochlyn (1 mo.) I graduated from Nora Springs - Rock Falls High School in January of 1995.  By May of 1995, I had enrolled in the United States Marine Corps.  Later in life, as a non-traditional college student, I attended NIACC where I received my AA in 2013.  Afterward, I went to Waldorf University in Forest City, IA and graduated in December of 2016 with a BS degree in Secondary Education with endorsements in Biology and Chemistry and a minor in Spanish.  I intend on pursuing my MA in Administration, eventually becoming a building Principal.

I believe in positive relationships with students, always having a smile and warm greeting, a firm handshake, and well communicated expectations.  I believe that when my classroom expectations are articulately communicated, students naturally rise to the occasion.  Finally, I believe that of all the things that are taught to students, the most important is how to be a productive, responsible citizen in society.

Blake Hansen

phone ext. 110

My name is Blake Hansen. I started teaching at Rockford over 10 years ago.  I teach elementary physical education, 7th Grade health, History of Conflict, American History, as well as Health I and II.  I also coach in my spare time. 

 

 I believe in the use of technology to enhance student learning.  Students use technology to discover new worlds.

phone ext. 233

I am originally from Truman, Minnesota and I graduated from South Dakota State University. I have been at RRMR since 2018. The subjects that I love to teach are agriculture and biology. Within these subjects there will never be a dull moment! If you walk into my classroom on any given day you will see students learning about content as well as valuable life lessons through hands on activities. 

Jana Huebsch

English - phone ext. 102

My name is Jana Huebsch.  In addition to teaching middle school Language Arts and high school English, I also advise the yearbook staff. As an untraditional college student, I earned my English/Language Arts teaching degree with an endorsement in Reading from Buena Vista University in 2010 and have been teaching at RRMR since the 2011-2012 school year.

 

My teaching philosophy centers around two concepts: relationships and engagement. A vital part of building relationships with students is considering students' personal interests in addition to their academic pursuits.  I think it is beneficial for educators to see their students in a venue other than the classroom--whether it be an athletic competition or a fine arts performance.

 

Engagement is also important because a curious student is more likely to take responsibility for learning and be invested in the content.  Research, writing, and literature are incredibly fascinating and I'm fortunate to be in the position to promote curiosity about them.

Brian Johnson

phone ext. 114

I teach Junior High and High School PE, Athletic Director, Assistant Girls' Basketball Coach, Assistant Softball Coach. The 2018-19 school year will be my 17th as a teacher and 6th at Rockford.

 

I believe it is important for all students to engage in physical exercise and have fun at the same time.  I also believe it is important to develop good exercise habits now so that we may have a future where we can engage in a healthy lifestyle.  As athletic director, I encourage all students to participate in as many sports/activities as possible and become role models for the rest of the school.  As a coaching staff, we strive to encourage the development of a strong work ethic and positive attitude for all our athletes.

 

Math - phone ext. 301

Hello MATH WORLD!!  My name is Nick Johnson.  I have been at Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Schools for over 10 years.  I am Dean of Students of our high school students, all while teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Trigonometry.

 

I believe I can provide the knowledge of mathematics through the use of technology.  I use flipping the classroom to utilize class time to assess the content that students are understanding.  I, also, provide the use of solving problems using a graphing calculator to assist those NON MATH STUDENTS (haha like there is one) to become successful in math.

Taylor Johnson

phone ext. 154

Hello! My name is Taylor Johnson, and I am returning to Rockford as a high school and middle school English teacher. I am a 2011 Warrior graduate and became a warrior again in 2018. I graduated from Buena Vista University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In addition to teaching I will be running student council and coaching girls high school track. Outside of school I enjoy reading, shopping, spending time with my family and outdoor activities. I believe that educators not only help students learn the content, but teach them about the world. Not only do I prepare students for college, also for life.

 

Go Warriors!

Emily Koob

phone ext. 209

My name is Emily Koob and I teach K-6 General Music, 7-8 Choir, 9-12 Choir, Music Theory and Music Appreciation.  I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg in 2008 and have been teaching in Rockford since 2011.

 

I believe that music should be a warm, welcoming and fun environment for all students!  All students, regardless of age or ability level, can be successful in my classroom.  By integrating instruments, movement, singing, and composition into music lessons, all students are given the opportunity to experience music through various avenues.  I hope that through the experiences in my class I can help build a love of music for all of my students.

Lynette Schriever

phone ext. 122

Years at Rockford: more than 10

Current duties: High school science, and Geometry

Philosophy: Math and Science are door opening subjects so it is my goal to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to achieve their goals both academically and in the real world. I provide coaching and hands on experiences to enable students to gain confidence utilizing their learning in new situations.

phone ext. 134

 

I have been teaching for 14 years now, but have been here at Rockford since the 2011-2012 school year.  My teaching duties include middle school and high school math as well as secondary TAG.  I graduated from St. Ansgar High School and Waldorf University with a degree in Elementary Education.  I have since gotten my middle school and high school math endorsements.

 

I believe that all students should be learning something new every day.  No student should be bored or intimidated by what is going on in the classroom.  My mission is to make my class fun, interesting, meaningful, and worthwhile.

Kent Shultz

phone ext.112

I teach 7th grade geography, 8th grade American History and American Government to seniors.  I currently coach JH girls basketball, JH girls track, and varsity softball.  I have been at RRMR since 1994. I try to create an atmosphere where all students have the opportunity to learn. (and I'm always right!)

Carmen Staudt

Family and Consumer Science - phone ext. 129

I am an alumnus of RRMR School District and a graduate of Iowa State University in Family and Consumer Science Education and Vocational/Occupational FCS. Most recently I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College and have accepted a position on the Teacher Leadership Program.  I have been with the district since 2003-2004 school year.


 My philosophy is to teach students skills to be successful in both their career path and home management. Courses and lab work allow students the opportunity to put into practice curriculum studied within the classroom.

 

Grade level: 7-12 grade level

Chelsea Strong

phone ext. 203

My name is Chelsea Strong and I teach 5th grade Band, 6th grade Band, 7-8 Band, and 9-12 Band. I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg in 2013 and this is my first year teaching at RRMR, 4th year overall.

 

I believe students are the center of the classroom. Music and the fine arts provide a positive and supportive community where students can openly express themselves. Music teaches invaluable skills such as leadership, responsibility, and self-discipline while also developing a strong sense of self-esteem within students. With my enthusiasm and passion for education. I hope to use music as a tool to inspire students to be the best that they can be both in and out of the classroom. 

Andrea Sullivan

phone ext.137

I am Andrea Sullivan, a math and science teacher in the Middle School/High School. The 2019-20 school year is my first year teaching and I am excited that it is here at Rockford! My teaching degree is through RAPIL (an alternative program through the state universities) and I also earned my B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University in 2008. 

I love using math and science to solve real world problems and I'm always looking for ways to learn more about the world around me through travel, my hobbies, and my kids. I have never stopped learning and decided I wanted to teach so I can pass on that passion to the next generation of learners. 

Josh Tack

phone ext. 140

My name is Josh Tack and I am the 7-12 Instructional Strategist, varsity football coach, and Junior High wrestling coach! This is my first year at RRMR but my 4th year teaching. Previously, I was in Waterloo where I was an Instructional Strategist teaching math, and coaching middle school football and wrestling. I am very excited to get married to my best friend on October 5th, 2019. We also have a 2.5 year old fur baby named Harper.

 

I graduated from Hudson High School in 2011, then attended Central College from 2011-2015. Played football, threw on the track team, and played rugby. I enjoy being outdoors whether, hunting, fishing, or relaxing.

 

My teaching philosophy is centered around relationships. Relationships are a huge part in education and I firmly believe the more positive relationship you have with students, the better experience they will have in school. I have had some amazing educators in my career, and I credit becoming a teacher myself, to the teachers that I had in school that because of the relationship we had, made a positive and lasting impression on me and my goal in education is to have a student leave me more confident in their abilities than when they first came to me.

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