North Bend Eagle



New, returning faces added to NBCPS staff

by Mary Le Arneal
posted 8/20/08

North Bend Public School is welcoming some new faces to its faculty and staff, and some not so new faces.

Returning to the halls of North Bend Central is former NBC social studies teacher Brenda Petersen, who returns as principal. She has been an assistant principal at Schuyler High School since leaving NBC in 2005. She has pulled her black and orange clothes out of the back of the closet and is feeling like a Tiger once again.

NBC graduates returning to the halls of NBC include Beth (Martindale) Vrana, class of 1999, as school nurse; Shanda Marr, class of 1994, as a paraprofessional at the elemenary school; and Robin (Karpisek) Seymour, class of 1981, as a paraprofessional at NBC.

Vrana works for Three Rivers Health Department, which has the contract for providing the nurse coverage for NBCPS. She is a graduate of the Central Community College-Columbus licensed practical nursing program and has worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. Her husband, Doug, works for Servi-Tech. They are presently living in the house she grew up in.

“I’m glad to be back in North Bend,” Vrana said. “We always thought we’d move back, just not this soon.”

Marr has never really left North Bend. Though living in Fremont, she has continued working at the Rawhide Steakhouse two to three times a week since high school.

She moved back so that her three children could attend North Bend schools. Her son Chance is an eighth grader at NBC, while daughter Chloe is in the third grade. Her youngest, Katie, will be a kindergartner.

Seymour moved back to her family farmstead in the Morse Bluff area from Omaha eight years ago and has been a stay-at-home mom for the last 12 years. With her children in school, she thought working at the school would be ideal for scheduling. Her daughter Lesley is a senior this year, whil sons John and James will be eighth and thrid graders, respectively.

“We wanted to get our children in a small school,” Seymour said about her families move from Omaha.

Todd Ziettlow is the new math instructor at NBC. He has a bachelor’s and masters from Chadron State College. Ziettlow has lived in North Bend for three years, teaching at Scribner, Columbus and Fremont. He and his wife Caryn have one son, Zander, a second grader at NBE.

“It’s going to be nice,” Ziettlow said. “I’m more accustomed to smaller schools. I grew us in a small town (Ekalaka, Montana) and went to a small school (graduating class of 19).”

Ziettlow is excited about the new school year and the new technology in his classroom.

Seth Heinert is the new vocational ag teacher at NBC. A 2005 graduate of the University of Wyoming, he is completing his masters degree in leadership education at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His first semester at NBC will count as his student teaching. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Lincoln, where they founded Cross Anchor Presentations where they facilitate and speak at leadership workshops.

“I hope the agriculture education wing of the school serves as a resource to the community in many ways,” Heinert said. “Based on my interactions with (North Bend students) at camps this summer, they seem to have a heart for agriculture, their school and town and the FFA.”

Becky Streff will be the new face in the upper grades at NBE. A graduate of UNL, she lives in Wahoo and has taught third grade in Lincoln. Streff has been exposed to the North Bend community through her husband Ken, who is entering his third year teaching and coaching at NBC.

“It seemed such a welcoming community,” Streff said. “I wanted to be part of it.”

About her change in grades, Streff said she is excited with the independence fifth and sixth graders bring to the classroom and their humor. She hopes to inspire them with her love of writing to see how far writing can take them.

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