Roxbury Central School welcomes new faculty
By Julia Green
Three new teachers have joined the staff at Roxbury Central School this year.
Greg Funck, the newest math teacher at Roxbury, has math in his genes. His father, Rick, teaches math at Margaretville Central and his brother teaches in Delhi.
“My whole family’s full of math,” he said. “It would have been weird if I had gone to school for something other than math.”
Funck earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in math from SUCO-Oneonta after graduating from Roxbury Central School in 2002.
“All the same teachers are still here that I had,” he said. “The first day walking in it was kind of awkward, but it’s really great now.”
In addition to teaching, Funck hopes to eventually get into coaching, though his main focus at the moment is getting acclimated to teaching. He plays in the Roxbury Nine and is also an avid golfer.
“Golf and baseball are pretty much my life, outside of teaching,” he said.
A native of the Woodstock area, Dawn Kalleberg joins the faculty of Roxbury Central School as a high school special education teacher after 10 years in the teaching field.
“I’ve done a variety of things,” she said. “I’ve done some elementary ed, but primarily special education. I did elementary special education in the Delhi School District and taught high school special ed at Andes.”
In addition to teaching at Andes, Kalleberg also worked with a career exploration program at ACS, which set up job shadowing opportunities for students and tried to help students explore what they wanted to do upon graduation.
For the past four years, she served as the chairperson for the committee on special education at Gilboa-Conesville.
“Basically, my goal as a teacher is for students to become independent learners, and I try to place as much influence as possible on making the connection between school and real life so they’re learning things that will help them get a good job and be successful adults,” she said. “And, of course, instill a love of learning and help kids who may be discouraged in school learn how this will help them in real life.
“It’s challenging, but it’s worth it.”
Kalleberg and her husband, Eric, have been living in Roxbury since 2002, and are members of the Jay Gould church.
“We just love Roxbury and like to participate in the community-wide events – things at Kirkside Park, for example,” she said. She also enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening, and traveling, adding that her daughter, Kelly, 1, already likes watching the cooking channel with her.
“I love Roxbury, and I’m really happy with the opportunity I have to be working at Roxbury Central School. I definitely see myself here for many, many years.”
Kalleberg holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Syracuse and a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from SUNY-Albany.
After leaving Roxbury to have her youngest son, Tina Peters has once again joined the teaching ranks at RCS. A 1990 graduate of Roxbury Central School, Peters earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in secondary English education and is currently completing her master’s degree at Walden University in specialization in middle grades.
Her involvement during her last tenure at Roxbury extended to involvement with the drama club, PTSA Board, and Boy and Girl Scout troops.
“I’ve kind of run the gamut,” she said. “Right now my main focus is on teaching; teaching 7th-, 8th-, and 9th-grade English and being the best mom I can.”
Peters is also an avid scrapbooker, and held monthly classes until teaching consumed most of her spare time.
“I told them, ‘You’re going to have to give me a little rest until I get my feet wet with school,’” she said.
Peters said her teaching philosophy revolves around making connections.
“Connections for the kids in education between classes; I’m big on integrating curriculum, going cross-curricular, connecting with their own lives, and integrating technology as much as possible,” she said. “And creativity, giving kids as much opportunity to express themselves as possible. I’m just a big believer in the idea that their success is my success.”