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New staff with (mostly) familiar faces . . . Three of the four new
faculty members in the Kenmare School District are already familiar
with the community as former students or student teachers.
Jenna Johnson, left, arrived in the district as the elementary
music teacher, but (l-r) Melanie (Emmel) Herman in math and
Laura Johnson in science are KHS graduates and Alexandra Hennix
in first grade is a former student teacher at Kenmare.
By Caroline Downs
As buses dropped off students and bells rang to signal the start of the first day of school in Kenmare last week, four teachers took their place at the head of the class for the first time at Kenmare Public School.
Two first-year teachers began their careers at Kenmare Elementary School, including Alexandra Hennix in first grade and Jenna Johnson with the music classes.
Kenmare High School saw the return of two alumni, with Laura Johnson teaching science and Melanie (Emmel) Herman in the math department.
“I was a Wells County Bear,” said Alexandra Hennix, a Fessenden native who moved to Kenmare four years ago because of her fiance, and now husband, Kyle Hennix.
A May 2013 graduate of Minot State University, Hennix earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and added endorsements in reading and kindergarten.
Developing a career in education has been her goal for years, after teaching children in other settings, including Sunday School, Bible camp and Head Start programs.
“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was really young,” she said. “I had a lot of good teachers growing up, and I’ve admired quite a few of them.”
Hennix actually completed her student teaching requirements in Kenmare last spring, when she worked in the fourth grade and kindergarten classrooms.
She is pleased with her first grade assignment because she enjoys the younger children, and she looks forward to . . .