Familiar faces added as Beloit teachers
This year, one Beloit High School teacher and three elementary teachers are new additions to the staff.
Brock McMillan is the new BHS Government and junior high Strength and Conditioning Coach.
McMillan graduated from Jewell High School in 2008 and graduated Fort Hays State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education.
There are several factors to why McMillan chose to teach at Beloit.
"One of the main factors is that I am familiar with the administration and the staff here," said McMillan. I like the school and the chance to work closer to my family each and every day."
McMillan looks forward to getting to know all of his students and working with them each day with the goal of improvement. He is also excited about being a part of the high school football coaching staff this fall.
Brock is married to wife Megan and they have two young and energetic boys, Kason 2 and Knox 6 months.
Beloit Elementary has three new hires.
Jessie Jones will be teaching first grade. She graduated from Beloit High School in 2010 and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Kansas State University in 2015. She also completed her master's degree in curriculum leadership through Emporia State University.
Jones' parents Tom and April Belden and her sister Jamie Belden live in Beloit. Jessie lives in Downs with her husband Collin.
"I taught in rural Alaska for three years right out of college and moved to Downs to be closer to family," said Jones. "I am excited to be teaching first grade in the same school I went to, with some of the same teachers who taught me."
Madeline Brown will be teaching third grade. She graduated from Beloit High School in 2003 and from Fort Hays State University in December of 2018 with an elementary education degree and special education degree.
Brown taught special education for the second half of the 2018-2019 school year in Houston, Texas.
"I decided that I wanted to be closer to my family, so I accepted the third grade teaching position here in Beloit," said Brown. "I am the daughter of Jerry and Melissa Brown, and I have four younger sisters. I look forward to teaching in Beloit, so I can watch my students grow up and move through the school system."
Donna Siegrist graduated from Salina South High School and is now teaching in Beloit as a sixth grade teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, Middle Level Endorsement and ESL Endorsement from Kansas State University. She also earned her masters degree in education from Baker University.
Siegrist taught at Sunset Elementary as a fourth grade teacher from 2005-2018.
"My son graduated from Salina South High School in May of 2018, which I had said that when he graduated, I would move closer to my nephews to help raise them," said Siegrist. "I look forward to this opportunity to teach something new (Science) and to a different age group (6th). I also look forward to a smaller, close-knit community."