New teachers settle into new school

The new school year brings new things for many people; new clothes, new supplies and at BRFHS there are four new staff members this year, replacing business teacher Amy Yaeger, resource teacher Orv Bystol, and band director Barb Olson.

The first new staff member is Tyler Schroeder. He is a student teacher with English teacher Kari Peterson. He is currently on his way to become a high school English teacher at UW-Eau Claire. Schroeder grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin.

The second new staff member is Mary Byrns; she has spent most of her teaching career teaching at Sparta High School and at Western Wisconsin Technical College. Byrns teaches Keyboarding, Intro to business, marketing Computer Apps II, sixth grade Keyboarding and Computer exploration. Byrns, or as others may know her Coach Byrns has lived and taught in the area for 27 years.

“I hope that I am an effective teacher.  I want to help students develop keyboarding proficiency  and technology skills to make their work easier in high school  and to prepare them for post-secondary education and employment.   My goals include helping students develop intrinsic motivation to produce quality work, a great work ethic, critical thinking skills, and a passion for life-long learning” said Byrns.

The next new staff member is Roxane Shear. Shear is originally here from Menominee, Mich. She is the buildings’ new cross categorical special education teacher.

Her plans as a teacher at BRFHS are “to get to know the students to help them pass their classes and prepare them for their future whether its going on to secondary learning or into the work force I hope they are prepared.”

The final new staff member is Paula Hardie. Hardie is originally from the area–she grew up in Blair. After graduating from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa she accepted a teaching job in Medford. She later decided to move to the Black River Falls area to be closer to family. Her official title at BRFHS is the high school band director, co director of the 6th grade band, middle school general music teacher, and high school music appreciation teacher.

“I really enjoy the energy from the band, I hope it keeps up, I want to keep the students motivated…the people are also very friendly,” said Hadie