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Brian Iseminger is the new teacher at Madras Christian School for grades first through eighth.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - New teacher Brian Iseminger, with his wife, Danielle, and kids, Marvin and Louisa.Brian Iseminger is the new teacher at Madras Christian School. He and his wife Danielle, with their two children Louisa, 3, and Marvin, 2, are newcomers to Central Oregon.

Brian Iseminger taught in a small multigrade school in Trout Creek, Montana, for the last seven years. Now at Madras Christian School, he is teaching grades one through eight in the community.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in automotive technology from Walla Walla University in 2008.  Then, literally shifting gears, he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary School from WWU in 2011. He also has an Associate Degree in business.

"Iseminger loves children and considers his work a special ministry to them. His greatest desire is to lead kids to Jesus, to share him on a daily basis in the classroom, making Christianity practical, and meaningful in serving others," said school board member Diane Gibbons.

"'Mr. I' enjoys emphasizing math and reading as essential to a good education. He is actively involved with his students' playground games and activities, promotes healthy lifestyle habits, and believes that outdoor activities are a real asset to the school curriculum," she added.

This year, his students will benefit from skiing, hiking, and biking. He also sees great value in emphasizing practical skills for everyday life — ways children can mature to be helpful and "others oriented."

Playing a guitar and ukulele are hobbies of "Mr I," who hopes to raise funds for ukuleles for each of the students, believing that music is one of life's great joys.

Danielle Iseminger also has a degree from Walla Walla University, with a major in communications and a minor in graphic design. She is very artistic and willing to share her skills in the classroom.

Madras Christian School is beginning a weekly story time for the preschoolers in the community on Nov. 5. "Your Story Hour" will include songs, Bible and other character-building stories, and a craft for children ages 3-5.  It is scheduled for Mondays at 10 a.m., at the school at 66 SE H St. Gibbons, a former teacher at MCS, will be leading in the program with other adult volunteers. Students from the school will also have a part in sharing with the children. "Your Story Hour" is free to the public.

Call 541-475-7545 or 541-475-7575 for more information about the school or for registering for "Your Story Hour."

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