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Bonnie Clark, a new cook hired at Woodbury Central Community Schools, was raised on a farm west of Climbing Hill. Growing up on the farm and a graduate of WC, Ms. Clark says she “was always busy working and had to do a lot of chores; unfortunately, there was not much time for playing.” Currently widowed with two daughters and two grandsons, Mrs. Clark worked for an eyeglass company before working in W.C’s school kitchen. The job responsibilities there are much the same as working here at WC, says Ms. Clark, “I always make sure the product goes out the door, my communication is efficient, and my work is done on time.”  

An employee who likes “to help out when and wherever I can and make good suggestions,” Ms. Clark describes her work style as “kinda OCD. I like to find shortcuts with a job, and stay busy.”

When a student gives Ms. Clark a compliment is when she feels most satisfied with her job. “The toughest part of my job,” states Ms. Clark is to “make sure to give it my all and best every day.” She motivates others by “never putting my coworkers down, always giving them encouraging words, and helping them.”  

Ms. Clark appreciates her “free life of coming and going, friends and family, and her daughters and two grandsons.” Her favorite thing about teaching her grandchildren is “when my grandsons don’t know what a word means, they always ask questions and I explain it to them.” The techniques and tools Ms. Clark uses to keep herself organized include making notes, cleaning her house top to bottom, and downsizing a lot of items in her house.

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Substitute Teacher interview By Katelyn Champion

One of Woodbury Central’s substitute teachers is Alexa Modrell.  

Miss Modrell chooses to substitute at WC because “I grew up at WC and some of my best memories were made here.” She explains that she “wanted to be a substitute teacher so I would have compatible hours to coach the dance and basketball cheerleading teams.”

Miss Modrell is most satisfied with her job when she feels like she helps a student to better understand material, or helps them think about their personal potential.

“You need to be adaptable because you do not know what school you will be at or what subject you will be teaching until you get called that morning for subbing,” Miss Modrell says while explaining what strengths she needs for her job. She also says that her favorite thing about substitute teaching is to share her experiences after she left Moville five years ago.

After she graduated from WC, Miss Modrell earned a major in psychology and a minor in biology from Creighton University in Omaha. She will attend Loyola University in Chicago for her Master’s Degree in medical sciences, which she decided to do during her freshman year of college. As she looks into the future, she states, “One of my goals in life is to start a scholarship for rural Iowa students who are interested in healthcare.”

Miss Modrell describes herself as ambitious, easygoing, conscientious, energetic and loyal. To keep herself organized, she uses a daily planner.

The most important things in life for Miss Modrell are her happiness, friends and family. She says, “I would not be going to medical school without the support of my family and friends, and truly knowing that being a physician is the career that will make me the happiest in the long run.”

Miss Modrell is the daughter of Jim and Stacey Modrell of Moville.