PCS has three new teachers
By Tim Linscott, Managing Editor
There are three new faces at Perkins County Public Schools this year.
Chasta Bonisas is the special education teacher for Perkins County High School.
The Aurora native recently graduated from York College and is excited to start her education career at Perkins County.
Her roommate is the elementary music teacher in Ogallala, so Bonisas is familiar with the region and is getting acclimated to the geography.
Her hobbies include running, watching Netflix and being an aunt.
Molly Strand of Imperial is familiar with the area in more ways than one.
She not only grew up in Imperial, the daughter of Dennis and Penny Strand, but did her student teaching at Perkins County Elementary last year, teaching special education and kindergarten.
This year she will teach second grade at PCS Elementary.
She has a twin sister, Morgan, and a younger brother, Alex.
Strand is engaged to Alex Sharpe, also an Imperial native.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing sports and spending time with friends and family. Strand will be an assistant girls basketball coach this upcoming season.
Erica Rhodes will be teaching sixth and seventh English, spelling and reading at the middle school this year. This is her second year teaching, having started in Ogallala.
The Paxton native is set to marry Tyler Turner of Grant soon. She did her student teaching at Perkins County and when a job opened up locally, she said she jumped at the chance.
The University of Nebraska-Kearney graduate enjoys watching sports, especially the Huskers and outdoor activities.
She will be the junior high girls basketball head coach and a high school track assistant.