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New staff members welcomed

August 27, 2010

New staff members at Bremen Public Schools are pictured above, from left: Francisca Opoku, Jamie Miller, Maria Garcia, Jennifer Kline, Laura Watts, Jennifer True. Not pictured is Martin Andrews.

Bremen Public Schools are welcoming new teachers this school year. They include:
Laura Watts, Social Studies
Laura Watts is excited to begin her teaching career at Bremen High School.
“My first impression was that there are not many schools quite like Bremen Senior High School. It is a small-town school where you can know all of the students and can build a tight-knit community but yet students have access to multiple opportunities that typical small schools do not always offer,” Watts said. “The access of technology and career-related opportunities is very impressive. I am very excited to be a Bremen Lion, to get to know my students and be a part of this community.”
A native of Granger, Watts graduated from Penn High School in 2006 and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from IUSB in May 2010. She has two years of experience in the classroom as a substitute teacher. She and her husband, Ryan, reside in Lakeville, where they assist Ryan’s father in operating a dairy farm.
Watts will teach government, economics and world history at Bremen.
Jamie Miller, Language Arts
Jamie Miller is looking forward to teaching seventh and eighth grade language arts at Bremen Elementary-Middle School.
“Everyone at Bremen Public Schools has been so welcoming and helpful,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know my students and their families!”
Miller earned her bachelor’s in secondary education in May 2009 from IPFW in Fort Wayne. She has served as a substitute teacher for Wa-Nee Community Schools  and was a temporary seventh grade language arts teacher for the last three months of the school year. Miller is a 2005 graduate of Faifield High School and currently resides near Milford. Her fiancé, Daniel, attends the University of Notre Dame.
Maria Garcia, Elementary Teacher
Maria Garcia is a familiar face at Bremen Elementary-Middle School — especially to many of the second-grade students she will be teaching this year.
“I look forward to working with some of the students that I taught in kindergarten,” Garcia said. “I think it will be interesting to see how much they have grown in two years.”
Garcia has taught one year of kindergarten at Bremen and worked as an instructional assistant for two years. She also has three years experience as an ENL Kindergarten teacher with Plymouth Community Schools.
A 2000 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College in 2004. Three years later, she earned her kindergarten endorsement through University of Phoenix Online. She and her husband, Eleno, reside in Bremen with their two children. Emmanuel is 5 and Emilio is 2.’”I’m anxious for this school year to start!” Garcia said.
Jennifer Kline, Elementary Teacher
While Jennifer Kline is a new first-grade teacher this year at Bremen Elementary-Middle School, she brings 18 years of experience in education. She has worked at Tippecanoe Valley, Blackhawk Christian in Fort Wayne, Mishawaka and even Bremen.
“I am very excited to be going back to the classroom after a few years of literacy coaching,” Kline said. “The teachers have all been very welcoming and helpful, and it is great to be back at Bremen. I am eagerly awaiting meeting my classroom full of bright, young, energetic first graders!”
Kline graduated from Warsaw High School, Taylor University and IPFW. A resident of Mishawaka, she loves Notre Dame football, shopping, reading and cooking.
Francisca Opoku, Speech Language Pathologist
Bremen Public Schools welcomes new speech-language pathologist, Francisca Opoku.
She graduated from high school in 1996 in Ghana West Africa and moved to the United States in 2000. She earned her associate’s degree in general arts from Southwestern Michigan College and her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Andrews University.
While pursuing her education, she worked full-time in a nursing home for the past 10 years.
She and her son, Steffan, moved to Bremen from Dowagiac, Mich. Steffan is enrolled in kindergarten at Bremen Elementary-Middle School this year.
“I hope this new journey will be a very positive experience for us all. It’s a new learning experience for me and I hope to get all the support and advice I need from my colleagues. I also hope to be a good asset to the Bremen community and make everybody proud by providing  the best care to our school aged children in this community. “
Jennifer True, Counselor
Jennifer True is excited to begin her career as a school counselor at Bremen Public Schools.
“I have really enjoyed meeting the faculty, staff, and administration and have found everyone to be very helpful and inviting,” she said. “I look forward to immersing myself in the Bremen community and collaborating with others to make this a great school year”
She graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers in 2003. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and psychology in 2007 from Anderson University and her master’s degree in school counseling in July 2010.
While in graduate school, she worked at the Anderson Center, which is a facility for at-risk and recovering adolescents.
She and her husband, Ben, enjoy camping, hiking, traveling as well as being creative and artistic. They like spending time with their pug/beagle mix named Crickett and their cat named Sunny. 
Martin Andrews, Instructional Assistant
Marty Andrews remembers his positive experience as a student at Bremen Public Schools and is thrilled to be back in the school system, this time as an instructional assistant.
“I am excited to be back in Bremen,” he said. “The teachers and aides when I was in school were a big reason why I decided to become a teacher. I am ready to make that impact on the students at Bremen.”
Marty is a 2006 Bremen High School graduate who went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University. He has worked as a substitute teacher for BPS for three years and is a cabin counselor for Culver Academies’ Summer Schools and Camps.
He resides in Bremen with his dog, Mackey. He loves to watch sports, especially Purdue football and basketball.

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