Knoxville’s new teachers and staff members started work Monday afternoon. Orientation and a following workshop took place. Among the new staff include the following, who provided bios to the district below.
Camille Crossett: Social Studies, High School
I am a 2015 graduate from Iowa City West high school and have lived in the Iowa City area my entire life. I just recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2019 with a degree in teaching history. Moving to Knoxville will be a big change, but I’m happy to continue being a Panther! I am excited to join the Knoxville district not only because I have heard good things about it, but because my mom graduated from Knoxville high school. I have visited the town many times throughout my childhood and have always loved the people and the town. In my spare time I like to read, bake, knit, embroider, bike, and do outdoor activities with friends!
Kaylee Forst: SpEd, Middle School
I graduated from Central College in 2014 where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education and Reading. My first two years of teaching were spent at Columbus Elementary in Chariton, and the last two years I have been a special education teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Newton. I live in Knoxville with my husband and four kids. We enjoy playing outside, watching movies, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. I couldn’t be more excited to work for the Knoxville Community School District and be a part of the KMS staff!
Caty Haning – 4th Grade, Northstar
I am very excited to be joining the staff at Northstar Elementary. I am a 2002 graduate of KHS. I attended the University of Northern Iowa for three years and completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with an endorsement in reading, from Simpson College. I have worked at the Melcher-Dallas Community School District for the past seven years as a fifth grade teacher. I have served as a teacher mentor for two of those years. I have a daughter, Andie, who will begin 6th grade in the district this year. In my free time I enjoy reading, attending sporting events, and going to the lake with my Labrador Retriever, Kennedy. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue my career in the very elementary school I attended as a child!
Mary Oldham: Science, Middle School
I am excited to begin my teaching career in my hometown. I am thrilled I get to teach 6th graders the subject I am passionate about, Science! My boyfriend, T and I have 5 kids total in our house. I have two little girls Kailyn (5) and Adalynn (3) and he has three boys Jayce (12), Jarek (11), and Jamyson (6). We have two dogs named Buck and Rizzo. I moved back to Iowa from Arizona about 4 years ago and then graduated from William Penn University. In my spare time I love to watch softball/baseball and play slow pitch.
Grant Pearson: Math, Middle School
I am very excited to be joining the Knoxville Community School District as a Middle School Math Teacher. I graduated from Knoxville High School and Central College. I previously taught 5th grade in the Southeast Warren Community School District and was an assistant high school basketball coach. I am looking forward to joining the KCSD team and becoming a Panther once again!
Heather Smith: 1/2 SpEd; 1/2 ELA Teacher, Middle School
I am so excited to begin teaching at the Knoxville Middle School. I graduated high school in Oskaloosa and went on to attend William Penn University for an undergraduate degree in sociology and later for my teaching license in K-6 Elementary Education. I have endorsements in K-8 reading, K-12 special education and K-8 social studies. I am currently working towards my Masters at Drake University. I have been a first grade teacher and an at risk teacher for K-6 students. I value all academic areas but reading has always been a special area for me as I help students on their learning journey. I am excited to be able to focus on language arts as well as special education for the 2019-2020 school year at KMS! We were blessed with the addition of a baby girl, Hadley Noelle, in December! She and our three dogs keep us on our toes. We like to stay active with hiking, kayaking and camping. I showed horses in the past and have kept my horse for Hadley to enjoy one day! I am looking forward to a great first year here at KMS!