CS Staff Bios


Gerre Martin is the Principal at Atchison Alternative School. Mrs. Martin is a northeast Kansas native. She is a graduate of Midway High and received her Bachelor’s of Art degree in Education from Benedictine College. Mrs. Martin taught at Elkhart, Kansas and Wathena, Kansas before she went to the Kansas City Missouri School District. While teaching in the KCMO district, she went back to school and received her graduate degree in school counseling from Emporia State University. Mrs. Martin was a counselor in Topeka, Kansas and Highland Kansas. During her years in Highland she went back to school once again and received her graduate degree in school administration from Benedictine College. Mrs. Martin came to USD 409 in the fall of 2008 as the 9th and 10th grade counselor. Then she was named the principal at AAS in June of 2012.

Mrs. Martin loves working with the students and staff at AAS. She is impressed with everything the staff does for the students – the Alternative School really is a family setting.


Paulette Augustine English

Mrs. Augustine was initially employed as a para-educator for three years (including adult ed after-school

program,) at Atchison Alternative School. She currently teaches English for grades 6 – 12. Mrs. Augustine who is originally from Minnesota taught in Missouri schools before coming to Atchison. She taught

at Lafayette County C-1 Schools - middle school English grades 7/8,

(140 students per week) for 20 years. Then she taught high school English grades 9, 11, and 12.

Mrs. Augustine also taught English through Wentworth Junior College and Missouri Valley College.

During this span of time she also was an English teacher for 400 students at two schools during summer break in Beijing and Tianjin, People’s Republic of China-AFS.

She would be the first to say that educating students is not possible as one teacher. It is a process for a cast of thousands. Each year a student progresses to become who they are. Mrs. Augustine’s classes are called upon to read and write, which is not always the first choice of activity for a high school student. Each unit has opportunities for self-expression and includes music, art, technology, poetry, or writing. Even though the students have not all had success before, they can find success in her class. Mrs. Augustine will tell you the following three things; that the best days are those where the kids discuss and continue the conversation into the hall, it is nice when students come to school prepared to learn and it is really nice when parents support the school and conversations about their children are productive.


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