SPRING VALLEY -- The Spring Valley School District welcomed three new teachers, two aides and a volunteer coordinator at the start of this school year.

The Herald sent out questionnaires to each, asking them about their interests and hobbies. Their responses are as follows.

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Donna Dawson

Dawson was hired as the band director. She will also teach fourth and fifth grade music.

The Twin Cities native graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University. She comes from Lake Benton School in Minnesota, where she spent four years as its band director.

Dawson now resides in Spring Valley. In her free time, she enjoys playing the trombone and running. Dawson is the oldest of two.

Jenna Bilskemper

The Onalaska native was hired as a middle/high school English teacher. She graduated from UW-River Falls in December 2006.

She previously spent a semester as a long-term substitute at Meyer Middle School in River Falls and also subbed in Hudson. Bilskemper now calls Spring Valley home.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, cross-stitching, gardening, reading and photography. She has an older brother named Justin.

Deb Franzen

Franzen was hired as a special education aide at the elementary school. The Woodbury, Minn., native resides in Spring Valley with husband Troy and the couple's three children, Amanda, Rachel and Kate.

Franzen was previously an assistant pre-school teacher for six years. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, camping, gardening and reading. Franzen is also a volunteer EMT for the Village of Spring Valley. Her goals for the year include setting individual goals for each child and taking things day-to-day and hope they can be secure enough at each level to progress.

Marcia Goveronski

Goveronski returns to the school district as a special education aide at the elementary school. Her first tour lasted seven years, which included four years working for Head Start.

She lives on a farm near El Paso, the same house she grew up in. Goveronski is married to Bill and the couple has three children, Dina, Bret and Jenna, and three grandsons, Zack, Brenden and Wyatt.

Her hobbies consist of horseback riding, walking and spending time with family.

Emily Faber

Faber was a 1999 graduate of Spring Valley High School. She returns to the district this year as its volunteer coordinator at the elementary school.

Faber earned her teaching degree from UW-La Crosse in 2004 and added her masters in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Stout in August. She has previously subbed in Elmwood, Glenwood City and Menomonie.

Daughter of Allan and Tammy, Faber has another sister, Andrea. In her free time, she loves cross-stitching and watching scary movies.

Some of her goals for this year include seeing some new faces come and volunteer at the elementary, and to collaborate in the efforts to update the school library.

Stacie Robelia

Robelia is the new elementary art teacher. She graduated from Dakota County (Minn.) Technical College in 2001 with a degree in graphic design and then added a degree in art education from UW-Stout in 2004.

Her past teaching experiences include two long-term substitute positions in Hastings, Minn., and Eagan, Minn., both being Elementary Art. She was also a K-4 New Horizons of Minnesota Business Software Instructor.

Robelia lives in Ellsworth.