New teachers reflect on experiences in RASD, look forward to more

Erica Mailand

More than 10 years ago, Murray Park third-grade teacher Erica Mailand visited Wisconsin for the first time with a friend for vacation.

After years of traveling around, Mailand always would return to the state, where she would visit friends.

Last year when she was on a flight back to New York, she realized she didn’t want to leave; she wanted to stay in Wisconsin.

Upon returning home, she worked toward obtaining her teacher licensure in Wisconsin and researching the best school districts that fit her philosophies, goals and aspirations.

That’s when she discovered the Ripon Area School District (RASD).

“I did very extensive research about RASD: watching videos, reading articles, looking up statistics, and more,” Mailand said. “I was excited when I finally found that RASD was looking to add a new member to the elementary team ... And was even more thrilled when I had the opportunity to interview for the position ... Now, here I am, entirely grateful to be a part of this warm and welcoming community. I couldn’t imagine teaching any place else.”

Prior to working with Ripon, she worked as a reading intervention teacher in New York and previously taught special education.

Mailand is one of 19 new educators who joined the district this fall. She and several other teachers explained what attracted them to RASD, their favorite memories they’ve made so far and the best part of their jobs.

Read the full story, including the teachers' favorite parts about their jobs and their favorite memories, in the Nov. 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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