Allen

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.

 
Arickx

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.

 
Christopherson

My wife and I have been married over 30 years. I grew up living around and graduating from Rockford. We have 3 children and 2 grandkids who all live in Des Moines.

 

I use my previous experiences as a college graduate, farmer, truck driver, office worker, factory worker, and a self-employed residential contractor to help students to understand how Business Education classes relate to them now and how it will help them in the future.

 

I am excited to be at RRMR because I love working with the students, helping them develop skills to be successful members of the community and productive citizens of the global society by emphasizing how important it is to be a continuous learner throughout life.

 
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I'm Anne Denney, 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.

 
Dow

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.  

Ewen

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.

 
 
Ferch

My name is Mike Ferch.  I am a teacher at Rudd Rockford Marble-Rock where I teach High School Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV,  Biology, and 7th grade Science.

 

I am married to Jamie and we have three daughters: Mikayla, Lochlyn, and Nora.  I graduated high school from Nora Springs - Rock Falls Community School District 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 decided that it was time to finally get my degree.  I attended NIACC where I received my AA, and then went to Waldorf University in Forest City, IA.  As part of the 2017 graduating class, I graduated Waldorf in December of 2016 with a BS degree in Secondary Education, an endorsement in Biology, and a minor in Spanish.  I am currently pursuing my MA in Administration, where I want to eventually become 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.

 
Gaubatz

I’m Beth Gaubatz 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.  

 
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My name is Blake Hansen. I started teaching at Rockford in 2005.  I teach elementary physical education, 7th Grade Digital Citizenship, 8th Grade Social Studies, American History, as well as Health I and II.  I also coach Junior High Football. 

 

 I believe in the use of technology to enhance student learning.

Jenkins

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. 

 
 
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I teach Junior High and High School PE, Athletic Director, Head Girls' Basketball Coach, Assistant Softball Coach & Junior High Football. I have been at Rockford since the 2012-2013 school year.

 

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.

 
N Johnson

Hello, my name is Nick Johnson.  I am rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Schools High School Principal.  In my spare time I even teach a little mathematics.  I teach Pre-Calculus, Pre-Algebra, and 8th Grade Math.  I hail from Exira, IA, home of the Vikings!  I received my bachelors degree (5-12 Math Education / Coaching Endorsement) and masters degree in Curriclulum and Instruction from Peru State College in Nebraska.  I received my administration certificate through Dordt College.  I am married to my wife Sara, and we have 3 children: Hunter, Colson, and Libby.

 
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I returned to Rockford as a high school and middle school English teacher in 2018. I am a 2011 Warrior Alumni. I graduated from Buena Vista University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In addition to teaching, I coach high school girls track and field. 

 

I believe that educators not only help students learn the content but teach life skills. Preparing students to not only be ready for college but to also be ready for the “real world.” I think that learning should be purposeful and FUN. Writing is an outlet as well as a communication tool, it is important to understand how to use it for both purposes. 

 
McLaughlin

Hello! My name is Ashley McLaughlin. I started working at RRMR in 2021. I earned an Associate of Arts Degree from North Iowa Area Community College and my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Wartburg College in both Instrumental and Vocal Music. I taught Elementary Music for 6 years in Northeast Iowa before I moved back to the area. I’m currently the K-12 Vocal Music Teacher. I am also the choir director at St. James Lutheran Church in Mason City. My hobbies include bowling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, and hanging out with friends and family.

 

I believe music speaks to persons of all ages and types. Music helps heal, allows us to grow, and brings people together to experience the true effects of its influence. My goal is to have everyone who enters into my class learn something new each day and enjoy at least one aspect of music, i.e. creating, dancing, singing, playing, etc. I want people to connect to music and make music a part of everyday living. 

Ortega

My name is Alissa Ortega, and I am the band director here at Rockford! I graduated from UNI with my bachelor's in music education and a minor in studio art in May, 2020. My main instrument is the clarinet, and I enjoy playing it in my free time, in small groups around the area, and at church. I believe that band and music is for anyone, and I really enjoy getting to spread my love of music to my students.

 
Osmonson

My name is Jana Osmonson.  In addition to teaching 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.

 
 
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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.

 
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I have been teaching for 15 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.

 
Staudt

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

 
Tack

My name is Josh Tack and I am the 7-12 Instructional Strategist, Assistant Varsity football coach, Head Varsity wrestling coach, and Head Junior High wrestling coach! I started at RRMR in 2019 but am in my 7th year teaching. Previously, I was in Waterloo where I was an Instructional Strategist teaching math, and coaching middle school football and wrestling. 

 

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.