Ronan welcomes new teachers, principal
RONAN — Ronan School District No. 30 has added several new teachers and a high school principal to the roster for the 2012-13 school year. In an effort to introduce these newcomers to you and you to them, we’ve asked them to fill out a short list of questions.
Rebecca Seago will be teaching fifth grade general music and choir at both the middle school and high school level.
Originally from Wyoming, Seago moved to the valley from Houston, Texas, where she’d been teaching for the past two years.
Seago earned her bachelor’s degree in choral music education from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
“I decided to be a teacher because I wanted to share my passion for music with the next generation. I love when the choir becomes a team and the music truly becomes theirs, not just notes on a page,” she said. “It’s evident in their singing and on their faces and that makes all the rehearsal time and hard work worth it.”
Seago enjoys reading, playing the piano and oboe, and taking in the scenery while hiking or riding her bike.
A born and bred Montanan, Rowe was raised in Lewistown and moved the Mission Valley in 1991. She’s taught as a Title I Para-educator at K. William Harvey Elementary School in Ronan for the past 20 years and just recently graduated from Salish Kootenai College. She will teach the third grade this upcoming school year.
She and her husband Mark have been married for the past 35 years and have four married children and seven grandchildren.
“I love working with the students and their families,” she said. “I believe children learn better when parents, caregivers and teachers form strong relationships with them.”
Rowe enjoys reading, baking, playing football and spending time with her family on Flathead Lake. She also teaches children’s church and is on the Women’s Ministry Team at a local church.
Ronan High School’s new principal, Kevin Kenelty, attended Jamestown College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science and Psychology. He later attended the University of Montana to attain his teaching certification and Montana State University for his Masters in Educational Leadership.
He is married to Shawn Kenelty and together they have two children; James and Brooklyn. Kenelty says they’re excited to start second and fifth grade for this upcoming school year.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and watching high school and college sports.
While he admits it might be a tad cliche, the new principal says his favorite aspect of teaching is the students.
“Each year, a new group of individuals comes into the school along with the students you already know, bringing excitement and enjoyment to my job,” he said.
Kenelty taught social studies in Poplar, Mont., for 12 years before moving into administration. He worked for two years as the assistant principal at Poplar Middle School and a year as the eighth- and ninth-grade principal and a year as the seventh-through-12th grade principal. He also coached football, wrestling and softball while working for the Poplar School District.