New teachers at Sterling Middle School include familiar faces

As the new school year gets underway, Sterling Middle School is welcoming a whole slew of new teachers.

David Mauler (Courtesy photo)
David Mauler (Courtesy photo)

David Mauler

David Mauler is a new technology education teacher. He is a Colorado native and grew up in Denver, but has lived in Sterling for three years now and he and his family love it.

“I love the small-town life and I do not miss the hustle and bustle of the big city,” he said.

Mauler is going into his 13th year of teaching. He has taught primarily physical education and has taught in Colorado Springs, Jeffco Public Schools, Brighton School District and Holyoke School District. Recently, he completed his principal licensure and hopes to make the move up to administration someday.

He went into education because he has always wanted to be a teacher and to teach the young minds of the future.

Mauler decided to join the SMS staff this year because he wants to teach in the community he lives in.

“I believe schools play a very important role in the community and they need the best teachers. It will be great seeing students around town that I teach,” he said.

Ryan Einspahr

Ryan Einspahr is a new social emotional learning specialist. He is actually returning to RE-1 this year, he had previously spent three years in the district before leaving to take a school counselor job in Fort Morgan the past couple of years.

Einspahr is from Fleming and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling (school counseling). He got into education because I love working with students and being a support to them.

After leaving, he decided to make the move back to SMS because he still has many friends there and loved working with that age group of students.

David Mitchell (Courtesy photo)
David Mitchell (Courtesy photo)

David Mitchell

David Mitchell is the new sixth through eighth grade band teacher. He is from Arvada and has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado.

“Music for me is a wonderful art form where I can express myself, tell stories, and invoke different emotions to my audience. I loved these aspects of performing and want to help the next generation discover this dynamic background of music,” Mitchell said.

He decided to come to SMS because it had an opening and he thought it felt like it would be a good place for him to teach.

“I’m very excited to make Sterling my new home and to be a contributing member to this community,” Mitchell said.

Tyler Corey

Tyler Corey is a new seventh grade math teacher. Corey was raised in South Lake Tahoe and has been raising his family in Gardnerville, Nev., for the last 12 years. He just moved to Sterling in April.

Corey went into teaching because he enjoys working with kids and he remembers every teacher that ever made school a better place or made an impact on him and he wants to be that teacher for as many students as possible.

Currently finishing his master’s degree in education, he spent five years teaching in the juvenile justice system in El Dorado and left there in 2011.

He decided to come to SMS because he likes that age of students and feels like middle school is where students have the most difficult transition.

“It is exciting to get back into the classroom, while technology has changed and I have a lot to learn, I am excited to learn and grow with the students,” Corey said.

Other new faces include Dana May, sixth through eighth grade choir instructor, who has served as director of the Sterling Miracle Players for a number of years and last year taught at Ayres Elementary; Deron Feather, sixth grade math; Michelle Jorgensen, seventh grade language arts; Debbie Marshall, sixth through eighth grade life skills coach; Lauren Payne, eighth grade science; Amanda Roche, sixth grade language arts; and Nathan Schumacher, seventh grade social studies.