Belfield High School has a new English teacher — Stacie Larson.
First-year teacher Larson teaches grades 9-12, speech, applied communications and journalism.
She's from West Liberty, Iowa but has lived in North Dakota for about three years now.
"I came out here to actually ride horses. I grew up on a farm. I graduated from Iowa State, and right after I graduated, you kind of have that thing of I’d like to be outside and out of the books for a moment, so it sounded great," she said.
She stayed on a campground with her uncle in Medora, but ended up moving here, like several of her other family members who has since moved back home.
She met her future husband, Mat Larson, in Medora, and last year, she worked as a paraprofessional in his classroom at DeMores Elementary School.
"We did pretty well for the first year. It was our first year of marriage, and our first year of working together. This has always been the dream job — high school English," she said.
Larson said she's most looking forward to teaching writing.
"I love all of it, but writing has always been a passion of mine. I edited a book a few years ago, which really kind of got me into some of the writing, grammar aspects (of English)," she said.
That book, titled Creating Moments of Joy, was written by her aunt, with whom Larson traveled on and off since she was 15.
"She knew, obviously, that English was my passion. Her editor ended up hiring me because they hadn’t dealt with a whole lot of relationship books … It led to me taking over the business," Larson said.
She learned a lot working with them.
"I went to her publisher often, so you learn the process of writing a book, and I learned about all of the things that goes into it," Larson said. "She’s already agreed to come in and chat with them about the writing process."
She's also looking forward to sharing her passion for broadcast journalism with her students.
"I was a sports anchor on our college television. That was super fun, so that’s why I wanted to bring in broadcasting a bit into my curriculum," Larson said.
Larson is also looking forward to helping her students find a love of reading and reach an understanding about how what they learn in class will help them in life.
"You notice that so many kids, they have struggled. They’ve been forced to read or for whatever reason, they don’t like reading," she said.
Larson will also be the faculty adviser for student congress and the junior high assistant coach for volleyball and basketball.
She and her husband live in Sentinel Butte with their dog, a lab/terrier mix named Nalah.