New teachers at Indianola Schools participating in the mentor program led by Stacy Evans, teacher mentor coordinator, are, from left, Erin Halterman, third-grade Irving; Jamie Busby, district math interventionist/at-risk teacher; Nathanael Smale, Emerson music; Morgan Singleton, third-grade Emerson; Robert Hein, eighth-grade English; Cort Singleton, eighth-grade math; Jeff Janssen, seventh-grade; Mitchell Klocke, seventh-grade science; Natalie Gordon, K-5 music Wilder and Whittier; Jenny Steffen, second grade; Janaya Cordray, seventh- and eighth-grade family and consumer science; Celeste Lumsden, sixth-grade language arts; and Kendall McKie, early childhood special education. Not present are: Myles Finn, HS music; Alex Sanchez, HS Spanish; Derrick DeJong, HS epic/history; Julie Wood, middle school show choir; and Courtney Nuendorf, middle school, English language arts.

Even the best educators have to start somewhere.

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