A grand total of seven new teachers are joining the ranks at United South Central this year. And, they'll only have to wait a year before utilizing the new school building set to open in the fall of 2014.
These seven individuals are from various parts of Minnesota. Some have years of experience while others are starting anew at USC.
The new USC teachers are ready for classes to begin. Left to right, front row: Kim Anderson, Nikki Feist and Elizabeth Hansen. Left to right, back row: David Nelson, Emily Timm, Amanda Redman and Todd Rasmussen.
The new physical education teacher will be covering both the elementary and high school. He's Todd Rasmussen from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He graduated in the fall of 2012 with a BA in physical education and a minor in developmental adaptive physical education.
Rasmussen has student taught at United South Central, so his face won't be entirely new to the students there.
He has a wife, Amber, and two dogs, Kash and Stella.
Elizabeth Hansen is the new first grade teacher. She has a total of 10 years in education after graduating from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Those 10 years break down into four years of kindergarten and six years of first grade for Fort Worth Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas.
Her parents are Tom and Lynne Hansen of Wells. Hansen has an older brother, Josh, and younger sister, Gretchen.
"I have eight nieces and nephews that I love very much," says Hansen.
Amanda Redman will be teaching the fourth grade. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in middle childhood through early adolescence with a minor in Spanish.
She has two years of teaching experience so far. Redman taught one year of first grade at St. Francis Elementary School in Ellsworth, Wis. The other year was with sixth grade at Lakeside Elementary in the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District.
She has a fiance, Adam Henning, and her parents are Doug and Barb Redman, of Wells. Redman has an older sister, Crystal, who is in medical school and a younger brother, Eric, who is attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Kim Anderson is the new fifth grade teacher but she is not new to teaching. She taught for two years in Chicago.
Anderson graduated from Northeastern University of Chicago with a degree in elementary teaching.
Her husband's name is Toby and they have three children, Brennan, 7, Mariah, 5, and Ryder, 1.
Seventh and eighth grade social studies will be taught by Emily Timm who graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato. This will be her first year teaching.
Her parents are Jeff and Cindy Timm of Shawano, Wis. Timm lives with her dog, Breezy.
The ninth, 11th and 12th grade science teacher is now David Nelson. He graduated from Mankato State University with a BS in physical science teaching with an emphasis on chemistry.
Nelson has taught for 12 years in Dyersville, Iowa, where he taught chemistry, AP chemistry, physics and honors physical science.
He is single and has a brother who is an engineer for Toro and a sister who is a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Las Vegas.
And, last but not least, is Nikki Feist. She will be the high school family and consumer sciences teacher. Feist graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences education.
She has two years of teaching experience with the Albert Lea School District.
She is married to Jon Feist and has a daughter, Lennox, who is 10 months old.