New teachers: Dostal and Birdwell

 

Mrs. Birdwell poses with two of her students.

Mrs. Birdwell poses with two of her students.

Mrs. Dostal is looking forward to getting to know her new students.

Mrs. Dostal is looking forward to getting to know her new students.

Melanie Dostal

Q: What are you most looking forward to for the school year?

A: I am so excited this year to get to know my new students and for our new job sites. We are going to stay busy and I love it!

Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Doniphan, NE and graduated from Doniphan High School

Q: If not from Kearney, what attracted you to Kearney?

A: I attended UNK for my Bachelor’s Degree and really enjoyed living here. I met my husband in Kearney while we were both studying at UNK and we had always talked about moving back. When he got the opportunity to work for Kearney Public Schools, we decided to move back and have been so glad that we did.

Q: What are some hobbies or interests of yours?

A:  I love watching movies, reading, and scrapbooking. With two young kids still at home, most of my free time is spent at home or at their activities, just being a mom. I love it.

Q: Do you have any fresh ideas you would like to bring to the curriculum?

A: I get to choose the curriculum and area of study for my program, which is a lot of fun. I enjoy the creativity of picking activities and topics that will interest the young adults that I teach.

Q: What made you want to work at a high school/ be a teacher?

A:  I was working for the state of NE as a service coordinator and had a lot of school age students on my caseload. I found a great need of people who understood adult services to be in a position to help young adults with special needs transition smoothly to adulthood. Seeing that need, I decided to go back to school for a Master’s Degree in Special Education so that I could work with people with disabilities in an educational setting.

Q: If you could be an animal, which animal would you choose?

A: I’m going to say a polar bear, but only if I can live at the zoo. 🙂 They’ve got a nice area to swim, lay around, and someone brings in dinner so that I wouldn’t have to hunt!

Allison Birdwell

Q: What are you most looking forward to for the school year?

A: I am looking forward to being at Kearney High, I previously taught third grade, so it is exciting to start a new adventure.  I am also excited to build positive relationships with my students.

Q: Where are you from?  If not from Kearney, what attracted you to Kearney?

A: I am originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming.  I came to Kearney to attend UNK.  I went to UNL for two years and decided to transfer to UNK to be somewhat closer to home.  I loved Kearney once I got here and my husband and I decided to stay and raise our family here.

Q: What are some hobbies or interests of yours?

A: My favorite hobby is being with my two kids and exploring new things!  We love to swim, go to hockey games, and picnic at all the different parks in the summer.

Q: Do you have any fresh ideas you would like to bring to the curriculum?

A: The curriculum I use in my classroom is great, but I would like to add some more hands on and interactive experiences for my students.

Q: What made you want to work at a high school/ be a teacher?

A: I have always wanted to become a teacher.  My teachers growing up were always such positive role models in my life and I wanted to be just like them.  They always believed in me and pushed me to do my best. That is when I realized I wanted to have that same impact on students.

Q: If you could be an animal, which animal would you choose?

A: I would be a dog.  I am a family person and dogs are very loyal to their families.  I would also like to get pet and lounge around all day!