Former Chatfield teacher returns in new role

Former Chatfield teacher returns in new role
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April McBroom’s back to the future.

“This is my first year in preschool – I have taught kindergarten full time,” stated McBroom.

McBroom is getting ahead by returning to her former occupation as a Chatfield Elementary School teacher and is excited to be sharing knowledge with young people who will be tomorrow’s grownups.

She’s returning to the classroom after several years, but this time, she’s going to be in charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays, teaching a blended class of 3- and 4-year-olds.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I had some great teachers in elementary school that got me interested in teaching, and then I had wonderful high school teachers that kept my passion for it going,” McBroom said.

She grew up in Chatfield and graduated in 1997, then went to Mankato State University and graduated from college in 2001.

“I have worked in the Chatfield School District since 2002, working as a paraprofessional, long-term substitute in speech language, second grade and first grade, special education paraprofessional, and 4-year-old preschool,” she said.

She also taught special education summer school at the elementary and reading prep summer school at the high school.

“I also substituted on a daily basis for many years, and I have subbed in multiple other school districts, doing long-term positions and day-to-day subbing,” McBroom shared. “I taught kindergarten for three years before staying home with my children. I have also coached volleyball, basketball and track and field at varying levels in Chatfield. I look forward to working with the staff in Chatfield again because I have made many friends over the years.”

McBroom also said, “Children should learn that school is a safe place for them to learn and have wonderful experiences. It is a fun place for them to try many different things. I love working with young children. To be able to see the excitement on their faces is so rewarding. I love that preschool is their first experience with school. I get to make it a fun and rewarding time for them. I hope that I can be someone my students look up to. I am so excited to be back in the classroom.”

McBroom lives in Chatfield with her family. She is married to Shane McBroom, the new elementary principal.

“Shane and I lived in Dover for a few years right after we got married, but we moved back to town and have been here ever since,” she said.

They have three children – Aspen is 10 and in fifth grade, Brandt is 8 and in third grade, and Cayleigh is 2.

“I love to spend time with my family,” she said. “We enjoy being outside playing just about any sport. Shane and I coach our kids’ youth sports teams, so that keeps us pretty busy. I also coach the seventh grade volleyball team, and I love to read a book or two when I get a chance, and also sit and watch a good movie.”