The Oldham-Ramona School District has three new hires for the new school year.
Katie Wiebe will be joining the staff as the new school counselor, along with Lilianna Mallak as the new music teacher and Amber Misar as an elementary/middle school teacher.
Katie Wiebe is the incoming school counselor for grades K-12 at Oldham-Ramona this year. This will also be her first year in counseling.
Originally from Aberdeen, S.D., she graduated from Northern State University as an undergraduate and from Walden University as a graduate.
Wiebe lives with her husband, Tyler, and their infant daughter, Quinn, who was born just this July. Some of her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, exercising, cooking and being outdoors.
Wiebe is excited to get to know the students, staff and community as a whole after she begins her new position.
Lilianna Mallak will be joining the Oldham-Ramona staff as the PreK-12 music teacher. This will be her first year teaching. She attended South Dakota State University.
Mallak grew up in Silver Lake, Minn., a town of 800 people about three and a half hours from Ramona.
Her interest in teaching music came from her strong bond with music and her teachers over the years.
“Playing an instrument, singing or conducting is something larger than itself — it brings joy to so many,” she said. “My music teachers are some of the most supportive humans I have met, and I want to pass that support and kindness on to my students.”
Mallak is passionate about attending concerts, fishing, reading, cooking and doing crafts. She has a boyfriend, along with two cats, Evie and Luna
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Raiders family!” she said.
Amber Misar will be teaching 5th and 6th grade reading and social studies, along with 6th grade math and spelling at Oldham-Ramona.
Misar is not new to teaching or to the Oldham-Ramona School District. She has been teaching for 18 years as of this next semester, and previously taught music, band and chorus, as well as computers.
She grew up in Brookings, S.D. and is a graduate of SDSU. She always wanted to teach in smaller schools, and after having children.
Some of Misar’s hobbies include singing and spending time with her husband, Matthew, and five children: sons Everett and Sawyer, and daughters Lorena, Morgan and Caroline. The family also has dogs as a part of her husband’s career.
“Matthew trains dogs and guides pheasant hunters, so it kind of comes with the job,” she said.