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Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:31

Joseph Frecks, Chad Cochran and Jennifer Loker join the teaching staff at Wauneta-Palisade Schools this year.

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


Wauneta-Palisade Schools have recruited three new teachers to join their ranks for the 2012-2013 school year.

Two of the three teachers will be teaching for the first time. One joins the team at W-P after teaching for two years at Sandhills High School in Dunning, one after eight years of life experience and one fresh from college.


Joseph Frecks

Joseph Frecks joins the W-P teaching staff after spending the past two years teaching at Sandhills High School in Dunning. He also served as head football coach, assistant girls basketball coach and assistant track coach for the Sandhills/Thedford athletic cooperation.

At W-P Frecks will start out teaching elementary PE, high school weights and junior high PE. He will also serve as co-head football coach with Superintendent Randy Geier, assistant girls basketball coach, assistant track coach and junior high football coach.

Frecks says he is looking forward to working with and teaching the great kids at W-P.

“I have been fortunate enough to get to know many of them over the summer, and can’t wait to work with all of them. This is a great community and I am excited to be a part of the W-P school district and communities,” he said.

Frecks is no stranger to southwest Nebraska. He attended Culbertson High School through his sophomore year of high school. After it consolidated he attended his last two years at Hayes Center.

He graduated from Hastings College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in K-12 physical education and a coaching minor.

Frecks, his wife Amy and their 11-month-old son, Barrett, live in Palisade. He says he and Amy are very family oriented and the opportunity to live close to both their families (Amy’s parents Mick and Marlene Cox live near Hayes Center) was a big reason for moving to the W-P district. He said, “We love this area and are very excited to be back in southwest Nebraska!”


Jennifer Loker

Jennifer Loker, originally from California, will be teaching 7-8th grade math, Algebra II, 7th grade science, introduction to business, junior high study hall and essential math. Loker will also be assistant volleyball coach.

Loker graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in math. She’s always wanted to teach, but wanted to get some life experience first.

For four years she managed fitness centers in California, then headed to Colorado for a job with an oil and gas company that lasted four and a half years. She’s taken teacher’s education classes and is qualified as a substitute teacher in Colorado and California. This year will be her first full-time teaching job.

Loker said she has already been getting to know some of the W-P staff and faculty and has “loved the support,” she’s seen so far.

She said she’s, “excited to get started and is excited about the small class sizes at W-P.”

Loker and her husband Zach live in Benkelman.


Chad Cochran

Another of the new teachers at W-P is a near-local returned home. Chad Cochran, an Imperial native, is, “excited to be teaching in western Nebraska. Being from Imperial I feel comfortable in Wauneta,” he says.

The first-year teacher says he’s looking forward to the lower student count as he feels it will allow him to make personal relationships with the students and concentrate on their individual needs.

Cochran will be teaching fifth through eighth grade art as well as art I, II, III and independent art at the high school. He will also teach foods in second semester. He may also serve as wrestling coach in the future.

Cochran graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in art education.

Cochran has an older sister who resides in Kearney, a younger brother attending NCTA in Curtis and his parents reside in Imperial. Cochran is also living in Imperial.