New Mustang English teacher gallops in


by Kinsey Phipps

“PCM seems a lot like a family, they have each other’s back.”

After 21 years of teaching, Kim Brannian has found herself behind a desk in the PCM Community School District. For the 2016-17 school year, Brannian will be teaching English 9 and British Literature. She has found herself as advisor of the yearbook and journalism classes at the high school, as well.

Brannian graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in language arts.

Because of her degree in elementary education, Brannian is taking classes while teaching full time in order to get her degree in secondary education. This will be one of Brannian’s biggest challenges heading into the school year.

“Learning things for the new classes like yearbook and journalism will be a challenge,” Brannian said.

She has written for the Northern Iowan while in college for a while, but that is the extent of her journalism knowledge. The yearbook and journalism students are learning to adapt alongside their new advisor, as well.

Brannian is looking forward to getting to know all of her students and the PCM community better.

Brannian’s best advice for her students is, “Never give up, always pursue your dreams; never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”