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Five new staff members coming to Iroquois School

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Ally johnson, Ag Ed and FFA

I am the Iroquois agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor.

I graduated high school from Centerville, S.D., in 2018.

This past spring, I graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. I minored in agricultural business and horticulture. Go Jacks!!

My hobbies include anything there is to do outside - camping, golfing, fishing and hunting.

I am excited for this new school year and my new adventure as an agricultural education teacher!

jesse hanson, English

I will be teaching English at Iroquois High School. This will be my first year teaching in Iroquois. I am looking forward to this new adventure. I have found the staff at Iroquois to be really helpful and kind.

I was raised in Huron and attended Huron High School. 

I attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish for my Bachelor’s in communication arts. I then attended Regis University, in Denver, Colo. and obtained my graduate degree in education. I have minors in business administration and mass communications, with an emphasis on photography.

In my free time I enjoy reading, camping, photography and spending time with my dog “Chase.”

Judy frendsen, school Counselor

I am the new school counselor.

I moved to Huron recently, after living my entire life in the state of Washington.   

I married my husband Tim shortly after high school graduation, and we have been married for 42 years. 

I have worked in education for 34 years. The first 20 years, I was a Health/PE teacher, and for the last fourteen years, I have been a full-time school counselor. I worked 32 of those 34 years in the same school district where I graduated from high school.

I grew up in an athletic family and enjoy watching sports. My husband and I love spending time with our six grandchildren.

I look forward to meeting my new students and families in Iroquois! 

Laryn Warkenthien, 2nd grade

I am going to be the second grade teacher at Iroquois School District this year.

I am the daughter of Kim and Cindy Warkenthien; I was raised on a farm near Willow Lake with my four siblings.

I attended Willow Lake School and graduated from there in May of 2017.

I started college at Northern State University in Aberdeen. I was there for three years and then transferred to Mount Marty University in Watertown. I graduated in May, so this is my first teaching job.

In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and friends, crafting and shopping.

I am so excited to be a part of the school and community.

Robbyn Nelson,
Food Service director

Robbyn Nelson will be the new food service director for Iroquois School. 

She was born in De Smet S.D., attended grade school and high school in South Dakota but graduated from Elkhorn High School in Nebraska. 

She attended the University of Nebraska, where she received her bachelor and master degrees in nutritional science and dietetics. 

After graduating she worked as a dietitian at HyVee for 15 years, in Lincoln, Neb., and Sioux Falls, S.D.    

She currently lives in Iroquois with her fiancé Jamey Keating and their 4-year-old daughter Mikayla. 

She is excited to team up with Laci Huls for a great 2022-2023 school year.  

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