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Allyson Thompson
High School Secretary & High School Cross Country Coach
How many years have you worked here? 18 years
Email:athompson@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original high school:  Fort Dodge, Eagle Grove
College: Iowa Central
Main objective as secretary/coach: To help kids
What made you want to work at a school? I love working with kids especially High School
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? A Teacher
Hobbies: Music, spending time with close friends and family and grand kids. 
Other duties besides being a secretary? Cross Country Coach
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? There is a memory formed every day I work here and most of them come from the students….best job in the world. 
Best thing about working here: The close relationships you can form with the students, co workers and parents. 
James Rotert

Jr. High/ HS Principal
jrotert@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Mt Ayr
College: Central College in Pella, Chadron State College in Chadron, NE
Previous Teaching History: Pine Ridge Job Corps Center in Chadron, NE; Teacher and Principal at Bennet County Jr High/HS in Martin, SD
Best Thing About Working Here: "First and foremost the students!  It's great being part of a school district where the kids work hard and are a close knit group.  There truly is something special about smaller schools!"
Other Words: "I'm very happy to be part of CWL and all three communities are so supportive of the schools.  This is truly a great place to live and raise a family!  As a family we are proud to be Panthers!"
Jim Fisher
7th & 8th Grade Teacher
How many years have you worked at CWL? 8 Years
Email:jfisher@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Ayrshire
College: Iowa State and Buena Vista
What is your main objective as a teacher?  To help mold young people and help them grow
What made you want to teach?  To help young minds develop
 If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? Retired
Hobbies: Following ISU sports
What are your other duties besides teaching? Science Fair
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? When a senior girl came to my classroom and cried when she found out she passed government as she would be the first in her family to graduate high school.
What is the best part of working here? Friday
Barb Legler
Junior High Math/English/Computer/Family and Consumer Science and high school PE.
 How many years have you been working here at CWL? I have been working in the CWL school system for the past 24 years either as a substitute teacher or as a full time teacher.
Email:blegler@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Lu Verne
College: Iowa State
What is your main objective as a teacher? To encourage students to learn and to work up to their potential so they can be successful in life.
What made you want to teach? My high school English teacher and high school basketball coach were the people that instilled in me to become a teacher.  I enjoy working with kids.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? If I had to choose another occupation it would be an accountant.  I love working with numbers, but I would miss being with my students
My hobbies are:  remodeling our house, gardening, sewing, baking, reading books, camping and spending time with my family.
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? The most memorable moment I have had as a teacher was when a former student told me that they decided to become a teacher because of me.
Best Thing About Working Here:  Working with my co- workers and knowing each of my students is the best part of CWL.
Jeana Thompson
Middle and High School Special Education and Middle School Reading Teacher
How many years have you worked at CWL? 7 years
Email:jthompson@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: CWL
College: NIACC, Buena Vista, Morningside
What is your main objective as a teacher? My objective is to help kids learn skills that will help them after high school, and to give them a good foundation in reading. 
What made you want to teach?  I love kids and learning and have always wanted to be a teacher.  I thought I wanted to teach elementary kids, but landed here and really enjoy working with older ones now. 
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be?  I always wanted to be a veterinarian.  Since I’m not that into actually giving shots and doing operations, I probably would make a better vet assistant.    
What are your hobbies?  I enjoy reading and doing crafts.  I can knit, crochet and embroider when I have time.  I love to take my kids camping and swimming in the summer time.  We also have a good time with 4-h and taking calves to the fair.  I’ve recently acquired some chickens which I’ve enjoyed as well. 
What are your other duties besides teaching? I am high school Student Council sponsor and lead teacher this year. 
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher?  It’s hard to narrow it down to just one time, but overall it’s remarkable to me to watch kids learn especially when they’re really into the subject matter so you know it’s something that is going to stick with them forever. 

O yes, there was one time that we were reading a ghost story on the last school day before Halloween and we were all very focused on it when all of a sudden, the door to the classroom blew shut.  The windows were open so it was a matter of the breeze catching the door, but it caught us all off guard and we had quite a laugh over it!
Best Thing About Working Here: I love the relationships you can form with kids in a small school.  We’ve got good kids who make coming to school enjoyable for me as a teacher.  
Kent Mick
Social Studies Teacher
How many years have you been working here? Three school years
Email:kmick@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Humboldt
College: Simpson, Buena Vista
What is your main objective as a teacher? Teach thinking and empathy and action
What made you want to teach? My love of history and my father’s love of learning.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? Firefighter
What are your hobbies? My family and reading
What are your other duties besides teaching? Boy’s Basketball Coach
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? Too many to count!  Everyday is a memory!
Best Thing About Working Here: The exchange of ideas!
Mr. Mick's Website
Sue Parcel
Business Manager/Board Secretary-Treasurer
How many years have you been at CWL? 1st year
Email:sparcel@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Hillard High School
College: Gallipolis Business College and Buckeye Hills Pratical School of Nursing
Best Thing About Working Here: Staff and Students
John "Doc" Jenn
Media Director
How many years have you been working here?  4
Email:jjenn@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: New Hampton
College: UNI, NIACC, Iowa
 What is your main objective as a teacher? Support the curriculum.
What made you want to teach? I liked the school environment.
 If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? Electronics Technician
What are your hobbies? Genealogy, reading Spanish, basketball
 What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher?In 1996 I got the building network running with Internet access at the school I was working at.
Best Thing About Working Here: The laid-back atmosphere.
Eller Shipman
Art Teacher
How many years have you worked at CWL? 34, (This is my 35th year teaching)
Email:eshipman@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: St. Ansgar
College: Waldorf, Luther
What is your main objective as a teacher? I not only share my knowledge, but hope students learn to respect and responsibility.
What made you want to teach? Following family and friends into an honorable profession.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? I would work in a flower shop.
What are your hobbies? Crafts, floral & seasonal decorations, jigsaw puzzles
Other duties besides teaching: Mark & I have been prom sponsors and drama directors for over 20 years.
Most memorable moments you have from being a teacher? There are several, and they all come from prom or the play- when you start with an idea and then feel pride in the result. I taught them that!
Best Thing About Working Here: Knowing all the students-even the ones I don't have in class.
Shannon Larson
Mathematics Teacher
How many years have you been working here? This is my ninth year here
Email:slarson@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: CWL
College: UNI
What is your main objective as a teacher? To be able to reach as many students as possible and prepare them for the future they will come to endure
What are your hobbies? I love to shop!! I also enjoy snowmobiling (wish we would get a lot, soon!) and in the summer I enjoy going to the lake with my family and going out on the boat.
What are your other duties besides teaching? I am assistant volleyball coach under Wendy Wagner and am senior class advisor along with Bill Funnemark
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? There are a bunch of memorable moments, but the best moments are when students come back and tell me that they are using the ideas I gave them, or tell me how ahead they are in mathematics because of what I taught them!! I love that!!
Best Thing About Working Here: You really get to know everybody, because of the small size.  
Candyce Rochette
8th Grade Language Arts and High School English
Email:crochette@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
How many years have you been at CWL? 1st Year
Original High School: Sentral 
College: UNI
Main Objective as a teacher:To expose students to as much literature as possible and to teach them to be confident in their writing.
If you could have any other occupation what would it be? A librarian or a writer.
Hobbies:Scrapbooking & Geocaching
Most memorable moment as a teacher. When a student came home from college and said she was the only student in her class that knew all the authors her professor quizzed them about!
Best Thing About Working Here: The family atmosphere
Tom Fey

Superintendent
How many years have you worked at CWL? 1st Year
Email: tfey@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Delwood High School
College: Simpson College  BA, Iowa State University  MA, Iowa State University  Specialist Degree
What is your main objective as a teacher? To positively affect the lives of students
What made you want to teach? Example set by a high school teacher/coach
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? Would have joined the air force and been a pilot
What are your hobbies? Grandkids and their activities, golf, boating, reading
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? When a former student takes the time to thank you for helping them
Best Thing About Working Here? The people, staff and students
Bill Funnemark
Science Teacher/Tech Coordinator
How many years have you worked at CWL?13.5
Email:bfunnemark@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Corwith-Wesley
College: Iowa State
What is your main objective as a teacher? To get students to think and obtain some basic understanding of all areas of science.
What made you want to teach? After spending nearly 20 years as a research scientist at a commercial corn breeding station I was ready for a change. The idea of being a teacher had always appealed to me and after leaving corn breeding I had the opportunity to teach at Iowa Lakes Community. It was shortly after that I went back to ISU to obtain my teaching license.
What are your other duties besides teaching? I am the technology coordinator, NHS advisor, substitute bus driver, scoreboard operator.
What are your hobbies? Riding my motorcycle and running marathons.
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? Seeing my students graduate is always a highlight of my year. But the most satisfying was being invited to attend one of my student’s college graduation. Knowing that I had a small part of her success is a very special memory.
Best Thing About Working Here: I have the freedom at CWL to run my classes the way I want to. I don’t have to conform to the standard format if I don’t want to. The fact that I teach all of the sciences means I get involved in many different areas. This helps keep me current on a wide variety of areas in science. I don’t get bored teaching 4 sections of the same class each day. The administration has given me the opportunity to offer many college level classes to my students. 
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? Getting paid to ride my motorcycle all over the country seeing the sights.
Mr. Funnemark's Web Site
Holly Trulson
Family & consumer science & health teacher
 How many years have you been working here at CWL?This is my 24th
Email:htrulson@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Bridgewater-Fontanelle (re-named Nodaway Valley)
College: Iowa State
What is your main objective as a teacher? To teach a knowledge base to increase the quality of everyday decision making for students.
What made you want to teach? Young people are interesting.  I want a better life for them, and I learn from them.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? A nurse or a home economist for the Iowa extension service or Pillsbury test kitchens.
What are your hobbies? Exercise (exercise bike, swim); cook, read, watch TV and play sports games with my kids.
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? There are several, but when students refer to what they learned after the fact and come back and tell me.
Best Thing About Working Here: The people (everyone, students, teachers, all the staff); it is a fun environment!
Ryan Wagner
Business and PE Teacher,
How many years have you worked at CWL? 7 years
Email:rwagner@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: CWL
College: Waldorf, UNI
What is your main objective as a teacher? To help my students out in anyway. Whether it is in the classroom or at home, I want to make a difference for our students..
What made you want to teach? I had a teacher/coach in high school that I really liked.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? I would like to either own my own Sporting Goods Store and own a Sports Restaurant sometime.
What are your hobbies? When I have time I like to golf, fish, and play softball.
What are your other duties besides teaching? High School and Middle School Athletic Director, Head HS Football Coach, Head Golf Coach, Head Baseball Coach, Jr. High Boy's Basketball Coach, and Yearbook Adviser
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? It probably came when coaching football a couple years ago when we made it to the State Semifinals.  Seeing these 3 communities and these kid's excitement was just awesome.
Best Thing About Working Here: Knowing everyone and being from here makes it great!
Merle Sohl
Industrial Technology
How many years have you been working here at CWL?  Quite a few!!!!  35 years 
Email:msohl@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: George
College: Westman
What is your main objective as a teacher?   To get students to think and solve problems in different ways on their own.
What made you want to teach?  My mother was a teacher and I had a few very good teachers in high school.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be?  Either a carpenter or a CAD draftsman…
What are your hobbies?  Watching and helping my son race speedway
What are your other duties besides teaching? Sophomore class sponsor
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher?  Being selected as a Finalist for the  KIMT Golden Apple Teacher of the Year after being nominated by my entire carpentry class that year.
Best Thing About Working Here: Small classes so that I can work with students on an individual basis.  
Anne Kohlhaas
K12_Guidance Counselor/ 7-12 TAG Teacher & Communication’s Instructor
 How many years have you been working here at CWL? 8 years
Email:akohlhaas@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Harris Lake Park
College: Buena Vista
What is your main objective as a teacher? Help students to be successful
What made you want to teach? I wanted a career working with young people
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? Super model? I would love to have a bed and breakfast and read books all day.
What are your hobbies? Garden, traveling, writing
What are your other duties besides teaching? Speech coach
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher?There are many memorable moments. Having communication class perform at their own Coffee House some of their own skits and music.
Best Thing About Working Here: The student to teacher ratio and the flexibility of the teachers to meet students needs 
Roxanne Studer
Para-Educator
How many years have you worked at CWL? 16 Years
Email:studer@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Britt
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be?  Daycare Provider
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher?  When our C-W-L students achieve their goals, from their own hard work.
Best Thing About Working here: The small school environment and the great team work!! Go Panthers!!
Jim Sundberg
Exploratory Spanish, Spanish 1-4
How many years have you worked at CWL? 10 Years
Email:jsundberg@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Fairmont MN
College: Minnesota State
What is your main objective as a teacher?  My main objective as a teacher is to introduce students to the Spanish language and aspects of the Hispanic culture that can help them in their future.
What made you want to teach?  I come from a family of teachers.  My mom taught piano and my father taught elementary music for 35 years.  More importantly, I like to work with today's youth.  I had a great teacher who had a positive effect on me and I thought why couldn't I be a teacher like him? 
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be?  I would work with immigrants.
What are your hobbies?  I love to travel!!! I’ve been very fortunate to travel to France, Guatemala and Mexico.  I also collect baseball and football cards.
What are your other duties besides teaching?  I am one of the Junior Class Sponsors and one of the Student Council Advisors.
What is the most memorable moment you have from being a teacher?  The most memorable moment I’ve had was taking a group of students to Mexico on a tour.
Best Thing About Working Here:The best part of working here is working with students and staff.  In small schools, there is more of a family environment.  It seems like students, parents and co-workers are closer than at larger schools.
Paul Hauge
Agriculture Education Teacher/FFA Advisor
How long have you been at CWL? 27 years
Email: phauge@corwith-wesley.k12.ia.us
Original High School: Forest City
College: Iowa Central Community College & IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
What is main objective as a teacher? Help kids achieve their personal and career goals
What made you want to teach? I enjoyed FFA activities in high school and agriculture.
If you could have any other occupation, what would it be? In an ag. business of some kind
Hobbies: Going to high school athletics and watching sports on TV
What are other duties besides teaching? Boy’s assistant track coach—WH—Junior class concessions—WH—FFA Advisor WH  &CWL
Most memorable moment you have from being a teacher? Watching students achieve and succeed while in high school and years after graduation
What is best part of working here? Getting the opportunity to work with many great kids, families and teachers that I would have never met if I was only in one school.


Updated 1/24/12