Welcome new teachers and staff to Perry

As the first day of school approaches, Perry Public Schools would like to introduce our new employees to the community. We are welcoming 17 new faces to the school district! 

On Monday, August 8 prior to the monthly Perry Board of Education meeting, all new staff members were treated to a meet-and-greet reception with all school board members and administrators at the Maroon Athletic Center. Each employee was introduced and welcomed to the Maroon family.

Perry Public Schools and the Board of Education are pleased to introduce the following new teachers, staff, and coaches for the 2022-2023 school year:

Josh Androes, 5th grade science teacher
Jarod Coleman, Elementary PE and coaching football, wrestling and JH baseball
Crystal Deken, 3rd grade math and social studies 
Grant Ducker, JH science and coaching football, baseball, and JH girls basketball
Melinda Dunn, 1st grade teacher
Amy Frank, 1st grade teacher
Kade Gottschalk, HS history and assistant baseball coach
Dana Hatter, Elementary counselor
Lori Justus, Upper elementary principal 
Carson Mathews, Girls basketball coach and HS science 
Keeland Nix, Ag teacher 
Dana Scherman, JH math 
Kristie Shoemake, Speech pathologist
Adriane Taylor, 4th grade math and social studies
Skylar Whisler, JH English and yearbook
Bryan Wilson, Girls wrestling coach and JH health
Amber Wright, Ag teacher

Staff members hired during the past spring semester to introduce include:
Linda Bayse, bus driver
Anglia Klinglesmith, paraprofessional

The school district also has a few current employees who recently changed roles going into the new school year. 

Meagan Hulet was previously the district climate coordinator, but over the summer she accepted a new position as the lower elementary administrative assistant. Jennifer Pralle served the 2021-22 school year as a teaching assistant, but will begin teaching science and computers at the high school and continue coaching girls basketball and golf. Paige Schwandt was hired in the fall of 2021 as a paraprofessional and has transitioned to a special education teacher for 5th and 6th grade students. 

As previously announced earlier in the summer, Joe Jacobs was named the Director of Operations and Dr. Andrea Rains is serving as the Executive Director of State and Federal Program. 

“I feel confident in our staff and we are looking forward to another great school year,” says Dr. Terry McCarty, superintendent.

Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 15. Families and students are welcome to come-and-go between 5:30-7:30 p.m. to meet teachers, view classrooms, receive class schedules, locker assignments, and more. 

All students will return for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 17. School doors open each morning at 7:45 a.m. and the first bell rings in all school buildings at 8:10 a.m.