The staff and students at Colman-Egan School saw some position changes during the beginning of the first semester, promoting one teachers aide to full-time teacher and moving another.
When the 2012-13 school year started, Bryan Linn was the Technology Coordinator, Julie Preheim was teaching third grade, and Abby Lee was working as an aide. Fast forward one semester and Preheim is the Technology Coordinator, Lee is the new third grade teacher and Linn accepted a job as head administrator of all the tech workers in the Pierre School District.
Luckily for Colman-Egan, the transition was almost seamless. Linn had been aware he could be leaving for a while so Preheim was able to shadow him for some time, learning the ins-and-outs of the position.
“It was very beneficial for me to shadow Mr. Linn. He was able to give me a broad overview of the system,” said Preheim. “ It is always nice to have some sort of direction when entering a new job.”
Preheim will have to replace Linn’s four years of experience at the position but she is no stranger to technology. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, Preheim went on to receive her Masters Degree in Technology in Education Training at the University of South Dakota.
“I have always enjoyed teaching in the classroom, but when this position became available I thought it was a great opportunity for me to utilize my Master’s Degree and advance my career in the technology field.”
But it wasn’t easy for her to leave the children she taught for
the first semester.
“This was a very tough decision for me. I love working with kids in the classroom and will miss that a lot. I was very concerned about leaving my kids in the middle of the year. I know that it is a huge adjustment for them. They are an exceptional group of kids and Mrs. Lee is a great teacher to bring in to finish the year.”
Mrs. Lee is a great fit, she has teaching experience as well as being a graduate of Colman-Egan in 2007, she is very familiar with how things are run.
Once Lee graduated from Dakota Wesleyan, she received a job as the fifth grade homeroom teacher, teaching spelling, reading, writing and grammar, as well as fourth-sixth grade Science and Art.
She, like Preheim, had a chance to learn the ropes during the first semester. Lee taught the third grade class while Preheim was shadowing Linn.
This semester can be considered a trail run for Lee. Because the school did not post the third grade teaching position, Lee, if she wants to, will have to apply for the job again next year, with hopes of landing it full-time.
Whatever the case may be for next year, the kids at Colman-Egan were, and still are, in great hands for this year.