August 27, 2014

Gibbon city council filing correction

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Standard-Gazette & Messenger regrets an error in the August 20 edition of the newspaper.

In the “Primary results and city filings” article under the Gibbon heading, there was an error in identifying candidates filing for the city council.

Councilmen Jeremy Rieke and Ben Beranek’s positions are up this year and both have decided not to re-file.

No one filed for the two open council seats.

These positions will be filled by way of write-in on General Election Day. If either of the top two write-in candidates decline the position, the city council is responsible for appointing councilmembers. 

August 20, 2014

New high school principal at GFW

The Boyer family from left to right, is Kristie, Talia, Isiah, Nathaniel, and Avery. (Submitted photo)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Nathaniel “Nat” Boyer is the new high school principal at GFW on the Winthrop campus. If the name Boyer sounds familiar in connection with the GFW school district, you’d be right in thinking so.

Boyer’s father, Tony Boyer, was the GFW superintendent for the 2010-2011 school year, plus the first half of the next school year. He served as superintendent between Stephen Malone and Jeff Bertrang.

“Education has been a pillar in my family for so long,” Boyer said. “My parents always stressed the importance of education and encouraged our participation in it.”

Boyer has 16 years teaching experience and 17 years of coaching experience.

He has taught varying subjects to fourth through sixth grade. Boyer said math was his favorite to teach.

Boyer has been a teacher at a variety of locations, including Janesville, Tracy, Prior Lake/Savage, and New Prague. Most recently, he spent four years teaching sixth grade at Norwood Young America.

This position is the first time Boyer has stepped permanently from the teaching side to the administrative side. He feels he is ready to start the new chapter of his educational life.

“I had a very good 16 years teaching but I always saw my career evolving into an administrative role at some point,” Boyer said. 

Boyer grew up in New Richland, Minnesota. He obtained his undergraduate degree after studying at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and Minnesota State University-Mankato (MSU). He stayed at MSU to complete his master’s degree and then his specialist K-12 degree, which he just completed in December 2013. The specialist K-12 license enables him to be a principal.

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St. Peter’s Lutheran School

welcomes new principal

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

St. Peter’s Lutheran School in rural Gibbon welcomes new principal Curtis Boeder.

His installation as principal was June 22 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Boeder’s denomination within the Lutheran Church is Missouri Synod.

Just because school is not in session, doesn’t mean Boeder hasn’t been busy.

Throughout the summer, Boeder has been learning the history of the school and putting names and faces together.

 “Summer is the time to pick up the pieces after the school year is over,” Boeder said. “There are surveys and assessments to be done, talking to parents and coming up with goals for the upcoming year.”

Boeder is excited, and a little nervous, for the school year to officially start.

“As an educator, you always think ‘what else could I have done in preparation?’ ” Boeder said. “But you always want to be in that mindset so you can continue to improve.”

Boeder has been teaching within the Lutheran school system since his career started in 1977. He has experience teaching third through tenth grade classes. As a principal and administrator, he has experience with all grade levels.

Working in schools for so many years, Boeder can still say with a smile that “the kids” are the most fulfilling part of his job.

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