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Mabton School District hires new staff members

MABTON - The Mabton School District has hired five new staff members for the 2006-07 school year. Jeff Ross, Cindy Howe, Andrea McCallum, Lucia Tovar and Joseph Ansingh will be the new faces in Mabton this year.

Jeff Ross of Sunnyside will be teaching junior high math this year. Ross did his student teaching in Mabton before going to work at Sunnyside High School. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1975 with a Bachelor's degree in math and earned his teaching certificate from Washington State University in 2005. Ross said he is looking forward to working with Mabton Junior High math students again. He and his wife Penny have two children.

Prosser's Cindy Howe was hired to be a school district nurse. She received her nursing degree from Yakima Valley Community College and currently is working at Prosser Memorial Hospital. She previously worked as a school nurse for the Prosser School District and has five years experience as an office nurse for a local ear, nose and throat specialist. She is married and has three sons.

Andrea McCallum is from Mabton and has been hired to teach second grade at Artz-Fox Elementary School. McCallum previously taught for four years at Pioneer Elementary School in Sunnyside. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Heritage University and her Master's degree from Walden University. She and her husband, Chris, have three children, ages 9, 7 and 2.

Lucia Tovar of Sunnyside was hired as a new counselor at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School. She previously worked at Sunnyside High School as a graduation specialist for one year and a high school counselor for one year. Tovar received an Associate of Arts degree from Yakima Valley Community College, a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University and her Master's in social work from UCLA. Her counseling certification is from City University. She and her husband, Sergio, live with their two dogs.

Joseph Ansingh, formerly of Yakima but now residing in Kennewick, joins the Mabton staff as a 9th and 10th-grade English teacher. He attended the University of Montana before transferring to Central Washington University, graduating in June 2006 with a teaching degree. Ansingh did his student teaching at Zillah High School in the spring of 2006.

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