By Julie Ann Madden
There are seven new faces Akron-Westfield students will see at the school this fall.
Bob Bak of Hawarden is the new shared A-W/West Sioux Director of Operations.
The Sioux City native graduated from North High School in 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of South Dakota in 1997.
He and his wife, Melinda, have three children: Kelsey, a sophomore at Western Iowa Tech Community College; Kailey, a West Sioux eighth grader; and Kyler, a sixth grader at West Sioux.
Beginning in 2000, Bak was West Sioux’s band director for 10 years. The last three years, he has been the district’s technology director. This will be his first year as shared Director of Operations.
At A-W, his main duty will be making sure the new 1:1 Computer Initiative is successful.
Bak enjoys playing golf, watching his children in their activities and spending time with his wife, who teaches at West Sioux Community School. The family are members of Hawarden United Methodist Church.
Leah Baryo of Sioux City is the new Grades 1-7 art instructor.
She graduated from North High School in 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree in art education and art history from the University of Iowa in 2011.
Baryo has been a substitute teacher at Sioux City and Hinton School Districts. She has also worked at her family’s restaurant, Johnny Mars in Sioux City.
Baryo enjoys outdoor activities and going to movies.
She is also a Youth Dance instructor at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City.
Allisa Foley of Sioux City is the new Middle School Special Education and High School English teacher.
She graduated from Fenton’s Sentral High School Class of 2005.
Foley earned her bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University in 2012, majoring in secondary eduction, English and Special Education.
She previously worked as a paraprofessional at Armstrong-Ringsted Community School.
Foley enjoys reading and napping.
Inglish Hartwig of Sioux City will be teaching Grades 6-9 English and Language Arts. In addition, she will be one of the volleyball co-coaches.
Hartwig graduated from Sioux Center High School in 2008 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University in 2012. She majored in secondary education and English.
Her hobbies include sports, swimming and painting.
In the school library will be Brittany Heeren of Akron.
Sioux City’s North High School Class of 2005 alumnus is the library aide.
She and her husband, Jesse, have one son, Evan, who is an A-W first grader. Their second child is due in October.
Prior to being hired at A-W, Brittany worked at Premier Bankcard in North Sioux City, S.D.
Her hobbies include sewing and cooking.
Kami Kuhlmann of Akron will be teaching High School Spanish and Business classes and is the other volleyball co-coach.
The Charter Oak native graduated from Charter Oak-Ute High School in 2008 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and business education from Northwestern College in Orange City in 2013.
Kuhlmann enjoys basketball, softball, coaching and watching shows on Netflix.
Josh Rockhill of Rock Rapids is the new Grades 8-12 Agricultural Education (formerly called Vocational Agriculture) teacher and FFA advisor.
He graduated from Central Lyon High School in 2008, earning an associate degree in agriculture production from Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg in 2010, and a bachelor’s degree this year in agriculture education from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.
Rockhill enjoys showing cattle, hanging out with friends and playing league volleyball. He is a past 4-H and FFA member.
Rockhill is a member of the National FFA Association, the American Hereford Association, American Simmental Association and American Shorthorn Association.