Rock Port R-II students were introduced to several new faces during meet your teacher night on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
We asked each a few questions in order to get to know them better.
Miss Ciara Armstrong is returning to her roots this year. She is teaching fifth grade at Rock Port along with Mrs. Simmons. Ciara is a 2010 Rock Port High School graduate. She received her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts at Northwest Missouri State University in 2014. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Educational Leadership, also from Northwest Missouri State University.
Miss Armstrong comes to us after teaching fourth grade at Sidney Elementary in Sidney, Iowa, for two years. Previous to that she spent one year as a graduate teaching assistant in second grade at Horace Mann Laboratory School in Maryville, Missouri.
When it comes to family Ciara has plenty in the local area. She grew up in Rock Port with her family: Cindie, Seth, Shelbie, and Kelcie Gaines. She has family in the Hamburg, Iowa, area including her father, Greg Armstrong. Ciara lives in Rock Port and is engaged to David Gomel, of Fairfax, Missouri.
Miss Armstrong had this to say when asked about goals for this school year, “My goal is to make a positive impact on the students I teach and support the kids of this community. Rock Port is a very special place to me, and I’m excited for the opportunity to be back in Blue Jay Country.”
Alec Hendrickson is teaching Social Studies at Rock Port High School. He is from Hamburg, Iowa, and graduated from Nishnabotna High School in 2012. Mr. Hendrickson attended Peru State College where he graduated with a Social Science Education degree in December of 2016.
While attending college he coached both jr. high football and basketball. After completing college he was a substitute teacher at a variety of different schools around the area. Some of these include Glenwood, Hamburg, and Nebraska City.
Mr. Hendrickson is currently living in Hamburg and commuting to Rock Port.
When he is not teaching he enjoys fishing, golfing, boating, and watching football.
When asked about goals for this year, he said, “I have a variety of goals for this year. A couple of these include helping my students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom, and becoming involved within the Rock Port community.”
Rock Port High School’s new principal for the 2017-2018 school year is Mr. Ethan Sickels.
Mr. Sickels was born and raised in Kellerton, Iowa. He graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and earned his undergrad degree in Elementary/MS Education from University of Northern Iowa. He continued his education and earned his Masters in Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and then went for his Ed Specialist in Superintendency at NWMSU as well.
Mr. Sickels began his teaching career in Cameron, Missouri, staying four years as a teacher, mainly in MS Math. He is finishing his fifteenth year in education in Missouri. The other eleven years he has been an elementary principal for seven and JH/HS principal for four. He has been at Nodaway-Holt for two consecutive years, and five years total as an administrator. Over the years he has coached high school boys’ basketball, junior high football, and the last two years he has coached both the junior high girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.
In his spare time Mr. Sickels likes to play bad golf or read, and he enjoys watching college sports.
Mr. Sickels lives in Rock Port and says he is “looking forward to getting to know the students and community of Rock Port, and continue to strengthen the great academic and activity programs the Rock Port R-II School District currently has in place.”
Ashley Grossman is a new face in the Rock Port Elementary hallways. Ashley is an elementary paraprofessional who grew up and graduated from Fairfax, Missouri.
She attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated with her B.S. in Child and Family. She comes to Rock Port R-II from Holt County Head Start, where she was the lead teacher/center director.
She currently lives in Fairfax with Brett Johnson, her significant other who is employed with Cooper Nuclear Station, and their boys Gavin, who is a sophomore, and Tate, who is in 4th grade this year.
Ashley enjoys spending time with her kids, family, and friends. She also likes attending baseball and football games, walking, relaxing, shopping, painting and crafting.
She looks forward to working with the children and becoming a part of the Blue Jay family!
Jennifer Ostrowski joins the Rock Port High School staff as a paraprofessional. Originally from Illinois, where most of her family still is, Jennifer grew up with her mom, dad, and twin sister. She attended Bishop McNamara Catholic High School and continued her education at Kankakee Community College (KCC).
At KCC she played volleyball and earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood education. After graduation, she worked at a daycare as a toddlers’ teacher and then as a teacher for two-year-olds at the same daycare.
Miss Ostrowski was provided the opportunity to play volleyball at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, and continue her education. She said, “I took this opportunity to get more experience with some elementary grade levels and in the area of special education.” After graduation from Peru she decided to stay in the area and currently lives in Peru. Outside of school, she enjoys playing sand volleyball and spending time with her puppy. One goal she has for this school year is to meet and build positive relationships with the students at Rock Port R-II and also she would like to attend multiple Blue Jay extracurricular events and be involved outside of the school day.
Shelby Davison joins the half day, Little Jays Preschool as a part-time paraprofessional. Shelby graduated from Savannah High School and went on to receive her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She was previously working at Minnie Cline Elementary in the 3rd grade. She is engaged and will be married to Trey Garst on September 16, 2017. Shelby is currently living in Watson, Missouri, and a goal for this year is to get to know the students and the community of Rock Port better and she wants to enjoy being a Blue Jay!