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9/5/2013 10:58:00 AM
More new teachers at CF elementary

by Sue Sullivan

Continued from last week's article, three Elementary teachers who joined the Cannon Falls community are highlighted this week.

Melissa Kappes heralds from Breckenridge and currently lives in Zumbrota. She is engaged to Matt Biever, a third grade teacher in the Zumbrota/Mazeppa school district.

Also a third grade teacher, Melissa attended Breckenridge Senior High School and earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Concordia College in Moorhead. She graduated with her masters of education degree in May from Hamline University in St. Paul.

Her teaching experience includes five years at an all day kindergarten in Wiggins, CO; and upon moving back to Minnesota she taught two years of half-day kindergarten, two years of all day kindergarten and two years of all day every other day kindergarten in the Chisago Lakes School District. Melissa also taught one year of first grade in the district.

Melissa's interest in teaching began early. With her mom having daycare children in her home for more than 20 years, Melissa stated, "There were always kids around and I liked coming home after school and helping her out."

She also loves to cook, bake, read, garden, and listen or sing along to music.

"I am very excited to be in Cannon Falls and look forward to teaching third grade.

A native of Cannon Falls, Julie Majerus Roundtree now lives in Hager City, WI, with husband Michael Roundtree. The daughter of Robert and Florene Majerus, she has three children: Anitra, Hans, and Elise Hovelson; and two stepsons: Kyle and Kevin Heger.

She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and her graduate certifications from Minnesota State University-Mankato. She has a license to teach elementary education, Spanish and French, as well as special education (specific learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders) and is the EBD teacher at Cannon Falls Elementary.

Roundtree student taught elementary education in Red Wing, did her special education student teaching in Goodhue, and has taught Spanish and French at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. She also taught special education in Goodhue and in River Falls, WI.

"I am so excited to be working in Cannon Falls," said Roundtree. "I feel so fortunate to be a part of the school and the community again and I recognize so many faces from my youth."

A speech/language teacher at the Elementary, Laura Shae grew up in Williston, ND, and now lives in West Concord. Her family includes husband Steve and daughters Kali and Tayler.

She has a masters degree in speech-language pathology from SCSU and became interested in a teaching career because of her passion for working with children in an educational setting. "Enthusiasm for learning is contagious," she explained, having previously taught at Owatonna Public Schools.

Shae enjoys riding horseback, running, spending time with family and being outside.



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