Chanute has 17 new teachers for its new school year. There are 10 new teachers and a new counselor at Chanute elementary School, 1 new teacher at Royster Middle School and five new teachers at Chanute High School.

Madison Mitchell

Madison Mitchell will be teaching 5th grade. She has been teaching for 8 years. 

Mitchell has a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a Master’s from Emporia State University. 

Her interests and hobbies are health and nutrition, Yoga, cooking and spending time with family. 

She is excited to teach in a new position and collaborating with the staff at Chanute Elementary School. 

Tracy Coke

Tracy Coke will be teaching 2nd grade. This will be her sixth year of teaching, and she has previously taught in the Erie, Longton and Miami school districts. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University. 

She enjoys spending time with family and photography. 

She is excited to meet the students and staff. 

Ashley Flaton

Ashley Flaton will be teaching 1st grade. She has 10 years of teaching experience including two years of kindergarten in Parsons and eight years of special education teaching in Ulysses, Coffeyville and Parsons. 

Flaton has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Master of Special Education from Fort Hays State University. 

She enjoys playing with her children, gardening, sports and games with her husband and being outdoors. 

She is excited to meet new people and to be part of the CES team. She also looks forward to working with first grade students in her own classroom. 

Sylvia Spicer

Sylvia Spicer will be teaching 3rd grade. This will be her first year teaching. 

She graduated in the spring from Benedictine College with a degree in Education. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and continuing to explore Chanute. She also enjoys painting and travel. 

She is looking forward to her first year teaching and expects a fun, exciting year for herself and her students. 

Jenna Verga

Jenna Verga will be teaching kindergarten. She previously taught Title I Reading at Northeast, kindergarten at St. Mary’s in Pittsburg for a year and a half and first grade for three years. 

She enjoys spending time with her nephews and niece, biking and being outdoors. 

She is excited to get to know her students and connect with them. She feels fortunate to be able to teach at Chanute Elementary and is looking forward to working alongside the other teachers at CES. 

Stephanie Oliver

Stephanie Oliver will be teaching 3rd grade. She has been teaching for 18 years. She graduated from Emporia State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. 

Oliver enjoys spending time with her family, movie nights with her children, quilting, sewing and reading. 

She can’t wait to meet her new students and get started on a learning adventure. She looks forward to being part of the CES family. 

Ray Hizey

Ray Hizey will teach 4th grade. He has 16 years of teaching experience and a Master’s of Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University. 

His hobbies include his farm and cows and completing his wife’s to-do list. 

He is excited for a new school and students and working alongside the rest of the CES staff. 

Halsey Wright

Halsey Wright will be teaching art at Chanute Elementary School. This will be her first year teaching. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts in art education and Bachelor of Science in Education. 

Wright enjoys spending time with family, working on art and reading. 

Wright is excited about seeing her students each week and enjoying art to its fullest. 

Mendy Burnett

Mendy Burnett will be teaching music at Chanute Elementary School. She has four years of teaching experience. 

Burnett has a Bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s degree from Capital University Conservatory of Music. 

She enjoys gardening, reading, tennis and spending time with her children. 

Burnett is excited to get into the classroom and meet all of her students. 

Ryan Bearrick

Ryan Bearrick will be teaching music at Chanute Elementary School. This will be his first year of teaching. He graduated from Baker University. 

Bearrick enjoys playing guitar, theater and carpentry. He is excited to start his teaching career. 

Lauren Coover

Lauren Coover will be the counselor at Chanute Elementary. She has two years experience and Master’s degree in school counseling from Pittsburg State University. 

Coover enjoys reading, biking, raising chickens and playing with her toddler. She is excited to meet the students and staff and to be part of the USD 414 community. 

Mindy Kasten

Mindy Kasten will teach middle school social studies. She previously taught for four years at Chanute Elementary. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University. 

Kasten enjoys spending time with her family, kids and dogs. She also loves attending church and going to the lake. 

She is most excited to meet her students. Kasten takes it as her mission to make every young person she comes in contact with feel valuable. She believes this goes hand in hand with the district’s “Students First” slogan. 

Anna Bumgarner

Anna Bumgarner will be teaching high school physical education. She has 16 years of prior teaching experience with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. 

She enjoys health and fitness and spending time with family. 

She is excited to get to know the students and staff at CHS. 

Jefferson Holmes

Jefferson Holmes will be teaching high school math. This will be his first year teaching. 

He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. 

Holmes enjoys playing piano, guitar and trumpet. He also enjoys physical activities like walking his dog, jogging and basketball. 

He is excited to work at the high school he graduated from alongside teachers he looks up to. 

Wayne Hatcher

Wayne Hatcher will be teaching social studies at Chanute High School. He is a retired college administrator with many years in that capacity and one year teaching in a public school setting. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Howard Payne University, a Master of Arts from Baylor and a PhD from the University of North Texas. 

Hatcher enjoys time with his grandchildren and time outdoors. He also follows politics, the Baylor Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. 

He is excited to take part in the challenge of preparing students for postsecondary education and the workforce, inspiring his students and helping them learn to welcome challenges. 

Kurt Sizemore

Kurt Sizemore will be teaching social studies at Chanute High School. He has eight years teaching experience teaching between teaching high school and middle school social studies at Blue Valley and Neodesha. 

He has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Kansas State University. 

Sizemore enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing and following Kansas State sports. 

Sizemore is looking forward to returning to the community he grew up in and teaching high school-only classes. 

He will also be an assistant football coach. 

Charles Bishop

Charles Bishop will teach art at Chanute High School. He has 10 years experience teaching art at Augusta. 

Bishop has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University. 

His interests and hobbies include art, hunting, fishing, wrestling and spending time with family. 

He is most excited to teach ceramics.

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