Alicia Umland will be the new special education teacher for grades 4-6 in the fall at Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Middle School. She is originally from Fairbury, where she graduated from high school in 2010.  
Umland received a degree in Special Education from Peru State College in 2014, and completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction last month.
For the last three years, Umland has taught in Cozad as a lower elementary special education teacher.
She has friends who live in Syracuse, and it’s much closer to her family, so those were the main reasons she applied for the special education position here.
Umland was drawn to teaching when she was still in high school.
She said,  “I was in 4-H, and through 4-H I did the junior leader program where I helped with different workshops.  Through that I got to work with kids and some of the 4-H people in charge (the directors) said, ‘You’re good at this; have you ever thought of a career in education?’”  Because of that, as well as her experiences in FFA, Umland decided that teaching was a great fit for her.  She’s looking forward to joining the Syracuse staff in the fall.