South Page has added four new teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. Classes started Friday, Aug. 23, in the South Page Community School District.
Joining the staff are Brittany Cullen, Sam DeCaro, Christy Sayler and Julie Strange.
Cullen will teach fourth grade reading, science and social studies. She will also serve as a fifth and sixth grade science teacher as well as a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher.
Originally from Cedar Rapids, Cullen graduated from Upper Iowa University in May with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also has middle school and reading endorsements.
“I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know each student, and encouraging them to try new things throughout the year,” Cullen said.
DeCaro will serve as a kindergarten through eighth grade Title I reading teacher. He will also oversee the kindergarten through six grade Talented and Gifted (TAG) program.
He taught at Essex for six years and shared with South Page for one year. He holds a BA in elementary education.
DeCaro and his wife have three children ages 9, 4 and 4 months.
“I am excited about getting to know more kids and the staff better,” DeCaro said.
Sayler joins South Page as a special education teacher. She holds a Master’s degree from Morningside College and has spent 17 years teaching and working in education with students ranging in age from preschool to adults.
She is married with two children – a 21-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.
“I am looking forward to working in a small family atmosphere,” Sayler said.
Strange is starting her first year as a teacher. She will teach business and technology. In addition, Strange will serve as the sponsor for the National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America chapters at South Page.
She and her husband, Todd, have two daughters – Josi, 10, and Matti 9. “I am looking forward to making a difference in a child’s life,” she said.