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New staff members join PBHS

Staff writer

Peabody-Burns school district welcomes two new teachers this year, both at the high school.

Marc Grout comes to the district from Goessel where he served as high school principal for four years.

Prior to his time at Goessel, he taught language arts at Centre for eight years and was assistant principal at Lakewood Middle School in Salina for one year.

He attended University of Kansas and Emporia State University.

Grout will be the Success Center director for USD 398 and will serve as facilitator for the new Project Based Learning program.

The Success Center offers “outside the box” learning for students who have missed credits or class time, but have a sincere desire to meet graduation requirements.

The Project Based Learning program will introduce students to entrepreneur projects and help them create a business using hands-on techniques from a beginning plan to a finished product.

Grout is especially excited to start the Project Based Learning program with his students.

“I am eager to get to know the school, communities, and students of Peabody-Burns,” said Grout. “I am looking forward to helping the students develop entrepreneurial projects that will benefit their learning, their school, and their communities.”

Grout is married to Sara Grout, USD 398 social worker. They live in Hillsboro and have a son, Nolan.

If student enrollment were based on the enthusiasm and energy generated by an instructor, each of Ty LaRue’s agriculture education classes would be full.

LaRue has two years of teaching experience in his home state of Oklahoma.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Panhandle State University and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Oklahoma State University.

In addition to duties associated with the local FFA chapter, LaRue will be teaching agriculture mechanics, animal science, agriculture science, and agriculture communications at Peabody-Burns High School.

“I expect to have a great year full of excitement and involvement from the students in my ag education classes and the FFA program,” he said. “I hope to engage the students in FFA activities that will help to shed light on all the possibilities that agriculture has to offer them.”

LaRue lives in Peabody and is engaged to Alex Jones of Mounds, Okla.

Last modified Aug. 25, 2011

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