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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:50

By Amy Straub

The Wauneta Breeze


There are four new faces among the faculty members at Wauneta-Palisade Schools for the 2011-12 school year — Justin Bernhardt, Patti Holmberg, Betsy Johanson and Janessa Wood.

This week Breeze readers will have a chance to get to know Johanson and Wood, with profiles on Bernhardt and Holmberg coming up next week.


Betsy Johanson

Johanson is the new Junior High English and History teacher, she also teaches English 10 and Junior High girls PE.

She is the assistant girls basketball coach and coaches junior high girls sports.

Betsy is married to Nik Johanson who is the park superintendent with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Johanson grew up near Palisade and was a 2006 graduate of Wauneta-Palisade Schools known as Betsy Anderjaska. She attended Doane College majoring in English and History with a secondary education endorsement. She graduated from Doane in May of 2010.

Her parents are Jon and Patty Anderjaska of Palisade.

Her previous teaching experience was teaching 7-12 English at Maywood Public Schools for one year.

Betsy enjoys athletics and the outdoors.

Check out Betsy’s classroom website at



Janessa Wood

Wood is the new Wauneta-Palisade High School and Jr. High School Art, foods and Family Consumer Science teacher. She also coaches Jr. Varsity volleyball and Jr. high track.

This is her first year of teaching, although she student taught in Russel, Kansas.

Wood grew up in Macksville, Kansas, on a farm with four sisters.

She then went to college at Fort Hays University where she graduated in the spring of 2011.

In her spare time she likes to hunt, paint, play guitar, drums and piano.

Wood commented that this school reminds her of where she went to school so she is enjoying working in Wauneta.

A fun fact about Wood is when she was in elementary school, her mascot was a colt. In high school it was a mustang, where she student taught it was a bronco.

She cannot seem to shake having a horse for a mascot.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:53