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Principal Eric HoopsEric Hoops is a familiar face at CES but he returns to school with the title of Principal at Chanute Elementary this year.

“I am looking forward to the new opportunity of serving the students, staff and community of Chanute in this new role,” he said.

Prior to becoming building principal, Mr. Hoops taught special education, regular education, served as an assistant principal at CES, coached high school football and high school track. 

He and his wife, Wendy, have two children, a son Kyzer, who is five, and a daughter, Korbyn, who is two. 

“I enjoy reading books and playing games with my children,” he said.

Assistant Principal Brooke WireBrooke Wire has taught first grade at Chanute Elementary for 11 years. This year she moves to an Assistant Principal’s office and is looking forward to the best year at CES.

“I am so excited to begin a new position at CES,” she said. “This will be my first year as an assistant principal. I love this school and community and am proud to be a Chanute native serving my home district.” 

Ms. Wire is married to Jeremy, who teaches at the high school and is also a basketball and track coach. They have two boys who will both be CES Stars this school year. Drake will be in second grade and Daxson will be in kindergarten

“In our spare time we love to swim, ride bikes and play baseball together,” Ms. Wire said.

Assistant Principal Karla NothernKarla Nothern brings her experience as an elementary teacher, Title teacher and literacy coach to Chanute Elementary this year. Ms. Nothern will begin her 23rd year in education as an Assistant Principal at CES.

“I cannot imagine doing anything else but working with children,” she said. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of Chanute Elementary School and the community.”

Ms. Nothern and her husband, Chip, decided to move to Chanute so they could be closer to their children who live and work in the area. Ariel is a school counselor at Iola. A son, Nick, is a wrestling coach at NCCC, and his wife, Beth, is a Physician’s Assistant at the clinic. They have two daughters named Stella and Mia.

“The community and staff have been very welcoming and I look forward to meeting the students who help make CES a great school,” Ms. Nothern said.


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