New faculty settle into classrooms

The new school year brought five new faces into the building.

These new faculty members are agriculture and industrial arts teacher Jaret Wohler, special education teacher Robin Amend, band director Abby Giles, strength and conditioning teacher Brent Schneider, and science teacher Layne Gilliland. 

Wohler last taught in the Little River school district, heading up the ag department. Prior to that, he worked for Downing Sales, but he said he felt drawn to education and the Sterling school system.

“I love it. I absolutely love Sterling,” Wohler said. “The staff is awesome and the kids are great.”

Wohler is now working with his wife Tina Wohler, who serves as the high school counselor. 

However, this isn’t the only family reunion happening in the district. 

In his eighth year of teaching, Schneider is now working alongside his brother Derek Schneider, who teaches art classes and coaches football.

“We have been very, very close, and it’s been an awesome opportunity to be in the same building as Derek,” Brent Schneider said.

Some new teachers have been in Sterling before. Giles was a student teacher here prior to applying for the band director job.

“My goal when I graduated was to teach beginning through 12th grade band in a small, Kansas high school that valued the arts and excellence,” she said. “What kept me here was definitely the people I get to work with. The staff, especially the students, and as well as the community.”

Sterling isn’t brand-new to Amend, either. She had previously worked at Sterling Grade School as a para educator.

“It’s just so rewarding when you can see the little lightbulb go off. Like they finally learn something or they finally understand it,” she said.

Gilliland, who began teaching at Stafford High School, might be new to the area, but she’s focused on students regardless of where they live.

“I love teaching and helping students learn things, but I also love blowing things up,” she said. “I want you guys to love science. I want you to learn.”

Giles agreed.

“I genuinely want to see students succeed in not just music but in everyday life and become contributing members of society,” she said.