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Music Revival in D159: Former Music Teacher Rehired

Rebecca Rodey, who taught previously in District 159 from 2008-2011, was rehired as a full-time music teacher at MJHS July 11.

The sounds of music will fill the halls of  once more, after a "new" hire by the .

Rebecca Rodey will pick up where two recently resigned music teachers left off, as music teacher at . It won't be the first time Rodey walks the halls, though; she taught at the school from 2008–2011, and helped organize the district's music curriculum. Board members approved the hire at a special meeting July 11. 

“She's going to be MJHS, she's not going to be split [between schools,],” said District Superintendent Steve Stein. “We're fortunate to be able to [bring her back.]

Rehiring Rodey was a major plus for the district, Stein said. 

“You have somebody coming in who knows most of the staff, she knows the routines and procedures of the school,” Stein said. “You start off knowing those things, your learning curve to get going again isn't that difficult. When you have somebody who helped design the music curriculum, it's just a tremendous asset.”

Rodey's rehire comes a year after she was released from the district due to budget cuts, and just over a month after both and resigned within weeks of one another.

The district still has two more faculty openings in the music department: one full-time and one part-time. 

Stein said he was unsure about how many applications the district has received for the two remaining positions, but that there are numerous candidates.  

Chris July 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM
That is great news. A smart move by the school district. Welcome back!

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