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home : education : education August 19, 2014


4/30/2014 1:13:00 PM
Spear, Alberg join School Board
Gary Spear
Gary Spear
Tami Alberg
Tami Alberg
Ruth Erickson
Chronotype staff

Two new members were welcomed to the Rice Lake Board of Education at its meeting Monday, April 28.
Tami Alberg and Gary Spear will fill the city seats vacated by board members Paula Brettingen and Gary Stinson. Incumbents Doug Kucko and Janna Haack began new terms.
Alberg is a cross-categorial special education resource teacher working with Grades 9-12 at Cumberland High School.
She and her husband, Chad, have a daughter, Lauren, who attends Hilltop Elementary.
"I chose to run for school board as a way to serve my community," Alberg said. "I felt like this would be a good way for me to serve as I am finishing up my 19th year of teaching, so I have experience in the field of education that I can bring to the board."
Spear returns to the board after having filled a board vacancy during the 1991-92 school year when Charlene Sitenga was board president.
Spear brings to the board 35 years of experience in education and counseling. He and his wife, Mari, are both graduates of UW-River Falls. They moved to Rice Lake in 1975 when he accepted a social studies teaching position at Cameron High School and she began substitute teaching in Rice Lake. He remained at Cameron for 12-13 years.
Spear then went to UW-Stout in Menomonie to become a school counselor, after which he accepted a position in student services at UW-Stout.
Following that, Spear worked as a school counselor in the Siren School District for more than 6 years until there was a position opening with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for a state consultant for school counseling programs.
He then worked for the DPI in Madison from 2004-2008, when both he and his wife retired.
Since then, Spear has done private consulting.
Both their children are graduates of Rice Lake High School. Erika followed in her father's footsteps and is a guidance counselor in the Almond-Bancroft School District, 25 miles south of Stevens Point. Derek is a test pilot stationed at Duke Field at Eglin Air Force Base east of Pensacola, Fla.
Spear hopes to use his experience and insight to help the local district, particularly in the areas of curriculum updates and graduation requirements.

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