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WDC Schools welcome new staff members

Tania Mielke joins WDC as a speech-language pathology program paraprofessional. She will be working primarily in the middle/high school where she will be assisting Lecia Parker and Tabitha Petrowski, WDC speech-language pathologists. Mielke will be taking online classes the fall 2014 at Alexandria Technical College, where she will be obtaining a speech-language pathology assistant license in the spring 2016.

Tania's husband, Jason, is one of WDC's third grade teachers and the head boys' basketball coach. Tania and Jason have three sons: Luke, a 5-grade student at WDC; Lincoln, three; and Carson, six months. Tania grew up in Portland, N.D., which is 45 miles southwest of Grand Forks. Her favorite pastimes include being with family, going to the lake, fishing, and being a cheerleader for her husband and boys who eat, sleep and breathe basketball.

WDC also welcomes Ed Lewis, who will serve as an agricultural assistant. He will be coordinating the operation of WDC's new greenhouse.

Lewis also serves as pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Wadena. Prior to moving to Wadena two years ago, he served as a special education teacher and pastor in Seattle, Wash., and Waukegan, Ill. In 1993, Lewis retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service. Lewis was born and raised in Round Lake, Ill., which is located about 45 minutes north of Chicago.

He and his wife, Louise, have been married 25 years. They have seven children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His hobbies include fishing and gardening. Lewis said he is looking forward to working with students in the greenhouse.

In other WDC staff news, Shane Snyder will be helping Mike Shrode with the WDC Robotics program this year. Shane and Mike will split duties as the Robotics Coaches/Advisers. Shane serves as WDC's technology facilitator and joined the school district in April 2013.