Teacher Bios

Ms. Catherine Eayrs

I have been teaching first grade for nineteen 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, is a graduate from Carleton College, and now works in publishing. 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. Kate Holcomb

Hi! I'm Mrs. Holcomb!  This is my sixth 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 (16), and Carter (14). They are very active and keep us busy cheering them on in football, basketball, baseball and track! We have a 2 year old Goldendoodle named Cooper who has been a great addition to our family! 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 tenth 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, daughters Sienna and Gabbie, our pets Maisie (dog) and Ricky (cat). I enjoy spending my time reading, traveling, and fishing up at our family cabin.

Contact: tnehring@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Miss Elisabeth McCabe

Hello! My name is Miss McCabe, and this will be my first year teaching First Grade in Pine Island! I am thrilled to serve the students and families of such a wonderful community. I grew up in Sartell, Minnesota (St. Cloud area) and earned my BA in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College. I recently completed my MS degree through Winona State. I live in Rochester, and prior to this year I taught First Grade in the Rochester Public Schools.

One of my passions includes studying and practicing mindfulness – things such as yoga, meditation, and gratitude, among others. I also strive to incorporate elements of these practices into my teaching! In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, cooking, and walking the many beautiful trails this area has to offer. Oh, and I am a proud coffee fanatic (read: addict)! 

Contact: elisabeth.mccabe@pineisland.k12.mn.us

Mr. Francisco Casero

¡Hola! ¡Soy el Señor Casero! I am the Spanish Immersion teacher in first grade. This is my third year in Pine Island. Before that, I have worked as a Speech Therapist in Spain for 10 years.  In this time, I also taught Math and Language in 3 third grade for 2 years, developing an Improving Spanish Language project in Kinder for six years and being the principal of Santa Margarita School in Mengabril for 3 years. I graduated from Extremadura University as a Speech Therapist teacher and a Physical Educational teacher.

I grew up in Badajoz (Spain), a little city two hours on the north from Seville and two hours on the east from Lisbon (Portugal). I live in Rochester. I enjoy practicing sports (running, weight lift, skiing…), cooking, watching series and movies, playing the guitar, reading and traveling (this is my passion).

Contact: paco.casero@pineisland.k12.mn.us


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