New teachers join Munich Public School District this year

The Munich Public School will have several new teachers to greet students on the first day of school.

Posted on 8/15/15

By Melissa Anderson

Munich Public School shows its parents and students that it provides a world class and diverse field of instructors for their students in the upcoming school year proving it’s never too late to pick up a textbook.

BEston teacher

Quenna Beston is originally from Belcourt, ND. Beston graduated from the Turtle Mountain Community High School in May of 2004 and then attended college at Mayville State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems and also a Bachelor’s in Sports Management.

“Then in 2012 I went back to College for my Master’s degree,” Beston said.

This will be Beston’s first year teaching and she will be the technology education teacher.

“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing my knowledge with the students at Munich,” Beston said.


Rachel Houle grew up on a farm northeast of Egeland and graduated from Bisbee-Egeland in 2007. Houle graduated from Mayville State with degrees in elementary education, health education and history education.

Houle previously taught in Wolford last year and along with husband, Chris, who works for Cando Lumber, has two young sons.

Houle will be teaching 2nd grade in the upcoming school year at Munich.

“I love reading and literacy so I am really excited to use Munich’s curriculum,” Houle said.

Houle is looking forward to working in a school that has high standards for teachers and students, uses technology to further the curriculum and places importance on the standards.

Houle, who as a student athlete remembers playing against Munich recognizes some last names but is also looking forward to meeting new people in the community.

“I know some family names from when I played sports but am looking forward to really meeting everybody and getting to know the students and their families,” Houle stated.

“I know that I am coming into a wonderful school that has great community support and am looking forward to a successful year in Munich,” Houle said.

Rod Richter

Rodney Richter is originally from Grand Forks where he graduated from high school and attended the University of North Dakota where he received his first degree in geology and finished this degree at the University of Miami of Ohio, completing his geological field work. Richter later attended Minot State University where he received a second degree in chemistry and environmental science and will soon finish his third college degree in  teacher education at Minot State.

This will be Richter’s first year teaching, as he recently completed his practicum teaching in Minot and Surrey and substituted at Rolla last year and St. John the year before. Richter will be teaching science at Munich.

“This year we will be offering courses in earth science, biology, physical science, anatomy and physiology and physics,” Richter said.

Richter previously worked for BNSF railway as a supervisor and engineer  for the past 40 years but has recently retired.

“I am very much looking forward to starting a new career and hope to retain the excellent science program that Munich has had in the past,”

Richter plans to not only emphasize the curriculum but will also try to offer a complete program of extra curricular science activities, including science fair, Science Olympiad, Legos and robotics.

Richter, and wife of 36 years, Susan, hope to become apart of and be active in the community.

“I am looking forward to meeting the parents and students of Munich School,” Richter said.

Gene Sertain

Gene Sartain is originally from the “Windy City” of Chicago. Sartain attended Northeastern Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in music and psychology. Sartain went on to achieve a Master of Music Education from Northern Arizona University.

Sartain has a world class resume, having previously taught in Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Montana as well as abroad in Guangzhou, China and Christ church, New Zealand.

Sartain has experienced all levels  of education having taught kids from kindergarten through seniors and at community colleges.

Sartain will be teaching music in Munich with specialities in band and guitar.

“I’m looking forward to a small school teaching experience and quiet in a rural area,” Sartain said.

Sartain hopes to have a strong band program up and running in the Munich school system for the kids to learn the joy of music.

“I would like to say….hello to all, I am excited to be coming to Munich,” Sartain said.

Rick Vannett

Richard Vannet grew up in Bismarck and graduated from Bismarck Century. Vannet then attended Bismarck Junior College before transferring to North Dakota State University where he obtained a degree in Ag Education.

Vannet has taught in Powers Lake, Wishek, Jamestown, and Rugby. Vannet has one son, who is a senior in Rugby.

“I will be teaching Ag Ed classes and have a strong background on FFA,” Vannet said.

Vannet is looking forward to working with the students. His goal is to help them achieve success in life and help them discover interest that may lead to their career.

“I am hoping to help the student achieve success and become the future leaders of our area, state and nation,” Vannet stated

Vannet went on to explain that a huge part of the FFA is community development. It is his goal that Munich School Ag Department and FFA chapter can take on a wide variety of community projects that will help benefit the community.

“I am excited to be starting an Ag Ed/FFA Program in Munich.  It is my hope that we can bring a level of success to our program that will make the school, community, and students proud,” Vannet said.

He is looking forward to working with the community of Munich and looking forward to meeting everyone.

“If there is anything the program can do for you, please contact me, and if you are willing to help support the program, I look forward to hearing from you,” Vannet said.