Teacher Bios

Mrs. Stacie Dallmann

I live in the Oronoco area with my husband and two children. I grew up in rural Mantorville. After graduating from UW-River Fall, I spent several years traveling the globe with my family.  We relocated back to MN to be near family. I enjoy being in the outdoors camping, kayaking, and hiking with my family. I am excited to begin my second year at Pine Island Elementary. Go Panthers!

Contact: sdallmann@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Catherine Eayrs

I have been teaching first grade for fifteen years of my extensive career in education. I'm a graduate of the U of MN--Minneapolis with BS and MA degrees in elementary education with an English minor. I enjoy working at Pine Island Schools and I think it is an awesome school district! I have previously worked in both public and private schools. One highlight of my career was teaching second grade at the International School of Berne where I enjoyed living in Switzerland and traveling around Europe for three years. I am also a published author and have done a variety of projects in children's literature and local history.

I grew up on a farm west of Pine Island in the Berne (West Concord) area. My daughter, Annemarie, attended Pine Island Schools for twelve years and is now a senior in college. My favorite things include spending time with family and friends, hanging out with my pets, reading, hiking, baking, and doing activities in the fine arts.

Contact: ceayrs@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Jodi Giesen

Hello and welcome to First Grade!  I am very excited to be working with you and your child this year.  First Grade is an important year for children and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of my students.  I am eager to get to know all of the personalities that will fill our room.  This is my 15th year teaching in Pine Island--I cannot believe how fast the years go by!    
Originally from Kasson, I earned my Prek-grade 3 license from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I also have my Master's Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.  I currently live in Pine Island with my husband, Cal, my son Beckett and our two dogs. We are also expecting a baby girl around the beginning of 2017!  In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my son, photography, reading, walking my pups, shopping, and watching MN Wild Hockey.

Contact: jgiesen@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Kate Holcomb

Hi! I'm Mrs. Holcomb!  This is my third year teaching first grade at Pine Island.  Before that I taught first grade in Rochester for 15 years.  I grew up in Delafield, Wisconsin (yes, true PACKER fan!); I graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor Degree and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

I live in Rochester with my husband, Donny, and our two boys: Cayden (13), and Carter (11). They are very active and keep us busy cheering them on in football, basketball and baseball! I enjoy reading, running, playing volleyball, and most importantly spending time with my family and friends!

Contact: kholcomb@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Mr. Tim Nehring

Hello, I am Mr. Nehring! This is my seventh year teaching first grade at Pine Island Elementary School. Previously, I taught English abroad in Taipei, Taiwan for three years. I grew up in Byron, Minnesota and went to Luther College, where I graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and History. I received my Master’s Degree from Walden University in 2014.

I live in Pine Island with my wife Liz and our pets Ricky (cat) and Rubi (pup). We will be expecting our first child in December.  I enjoy spending my time reading, traveling, and fishing up at our family cabin.

Contact: tnehring@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Katie Welle

Hello!  My name is Mrs. Welle and I am excited to be teaching first grade again this year!

A little about me:  I grew up in Faribault, MN.  After high school, I attended the College of Saint Benedict.  I started my teaching career in Saint Cloud, MN where I taught third grade for four years. Then my husband and I moved to Rochester and I was lucky enough to start teaching in Pine Island!  It's hard to believe this will already be my fourth year teaching in Pine Island!

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I also enjoy reading, running, shopping and cheering on our Minnesota sports teams!  

Contact: kwelle@pineisland.k12.mn.us

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