WHS welcomes new teachers and staff members

Starting school with a bunch of unfamiliar faces can be intimidating. Getting to know the new staff members might help relieve some of the nerves that come with starting the school year.

Jason Miller

Miller is teaching geometry, algebra 1A, and algebra 1B this year, but has been teaching high school math for 14 years. His last teaching job was at Washburn Rural High School, where he taught Honors Precalculus, Integrated Math 3, Math Lab, and sponsored the Math Team. Miller grew up on a farm in Onaga. He graduated from Emporia State University. He’s always had an interest in teaching and has always loved math. Outside of school, MilIer enjoys spending time with his family, running, and biking. As a student, he was very involved, which helps him as a teacher to remember to be understanding towards kids who are balancing extracurriculars, schoolwork, and family.

Jamie Rogers

Rogers is teaching band and choir for grades 5-12. He grew up near Eskridge, and received his bachelor and masters degrees from K-State. His hobbies outside of school include making music, gravel road cycling and watching his son play sports. As a high school student, he often settled for C average grades, until he got to college, where he realized he couldn’t be successful that way, which is why he pushes his students to be the best they can be. So far, Rogers is impressed with the great culture and leadership here at Wabaunsee.

Keely Reddick

Reddick is teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and sponsoring FCCLA. She grew up in Wamego, attended Emporia State University on a cheerleading scholarship, and graduated from K-State in 2016. Reddick has coached high school cheerleading at Council Grove for the past three years, which is how she discovered her love for working with kids. Outside of school, she enjoys jogging, spending time with her family and watching football games.

Miriam Barton

Barton is teaching English II, English IV as well as College English and is sponsoring the National Honor Society. She grew up near Galveston, Texas, but moved to Kansas for her husband’s job. She previously taught college English courses at K-State. Barton has always found joy in reading and writing, which is why she decided to study it in college as well as pursue it as a career.

Christian Ulsaker

Ulsaker is Wabaunsee’s new special education teacher, as well as head boys basketball coach. He grew up in McPherson, Kansas, and attended college at Washburn University. He began coaching immediately after college, and has already had the opportunity to coach some athletes on our teams through his summer league basketball team, the SSA Elite. His interest in Special Education stems from growing up with an aunt with Down Syndrome, who lived with him for most of his life.

Trevor Keller

Keller is the new school psychologist, as well as head girls basketball coach. He grew up in a small town, similar to Wabaunsee, and attended K-State, where he received his undergraduate degrees in psychology and kinesiology. He moved to Wamego after he got married, and worked at Rural Valley High School last year. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and loves anything sports-related. He said he decided to become a psychologist because he wanted the opportunity to make a positive difference in students’ lives.

— Kendyl Bolinder, @Bolinderkendyl

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