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Kathy Brenny to fill new elementary teaching position in Hancock

Facing a classroom full of students could almost feel like home for Kathy Brenny, the new elementary teacher at Hancock Schools. In fact, a room of 15-20 students is almost like growing up with her 11 siblings and now with 20 nieces and nephews. Family gatherings and classrooms filled with busy children may make her feel comfortable, but Brenny added that the entire staff at Hancock Elementary has come to feel like family to her.

Brenny is actually not a new face at Hancock Elementary. Last year she was hired to teach part-time fifth grade and as a paraprofessional part-time with first grade. This year her position will be full-time with either the second grade class or she will teach core classes to half of second and sixth grades; either one being the classes she worked with last year. She will probably not know until closer to the start of school, which class(es) she will be teaching, but for now she has a classroom located on the second floor of the new wing, next to the computer lab.

Hancock is the second teaching position for Brenny. After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with an Elementary Education degree, specializing in pre-primary education, she taught for two years at a private catholic school in Springfield, Minn. She moved to Morris last summer to be closer to family with the intentions of subbing around the area for the year. She believes everything happens for a reason and was then hired the day of open houses at Hancock to teach the two grades.

This rural area is very comfortable for Brenny. She grew up in Pierz, Minn. where her parents raised pigs along with corn and soybeans. She was active in 4-H and in Business Professionals of America (BPA). One of her best memories of high school was going to BPA Nationals in New York City with the Administrative Support Team. She also played volleyball and summer softball. She graduated from Pierz High School in 2007 with a class of 76. Her family of 11 siblings may have helped prepare her for teaching especially as the second to the youngest. Her older siblings provided the nieces and nephews who may have encouraged her desire to teach. She also has a sister and brother-in-law who are teachers.

 Outside of teaching and and spending time with family and friends, Brenny has been teaching herself guitar, likes to meet new people, and enjoys anything that keeps her active such as summer volleyball. This summer she is also working at Heartland Girls' Ranch in Benson and helped the Hancock School custodians prepare for the start of the school year. She is excited to see the students again on Sept. 2 and absolutely loves teaching in Hancock.

She stated that the teachers are like one big family working together for one common goal which, in this case, is the students. She also likes how welcoming and close knit the Hancock community is; from the families of the students, to the employees at the local businesses, Brenny always feels welcomed.

 With the new school year fast approaching, Brenny is busy getting her classroom ready for either grade and looking forward to the year ahead. Along with teaching, you might also find her helping with line judging at volleyball games or with the BPA group during the school year. Through it all she will feel very comfortable with this added ‘family’ at the Hancock Public School.