It's a BEAUTIFUL thing when a CAREER and a PASSION come together.
The Clear Lake School District is home to roughly 1,400 students dispersed throughout four buildings. Sunset is home to our 3 and 4 year old preschool programs. Clear Creek Elementary houses Pre-Kindergarten-5th grade while the Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12) are in conjoined buildings. Daily student health needs are managed by Clear Lake's team of nurses- Bethany Hythecker and Josi Thompson share an office at Clear Creek while Kelly Myers on heads things up in the Middle School and High School. Check out our services page for more details!
Hi! My name is Bethany Hythecker and this is already my 8th year as a school nurse for Clear Lake! I'm entering my third year working part-time, though I see the students less, I still get to develop relationships with them and our great staff here at school, while spending more time with my family at home. At home, I spend much of my time attempting to be creative with healthy meals for the family, helping my husband take care of our small acreage, and learning to see life through the eyes of a toddler and infant.
When I started college, I pursued P.E. and Health Education at the University of Northern Iowa because I had always had an interest in health and wellness. However, with one year of college left, I made the jump from an education major to a nursing major at Allen College of Nursing in Waterloo to pursue my Bachelor's in Nursing.
After college, I took a job with the Wolfe Eye Clinic in West Des Moines and worked with a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. During my time there, I was able to travel to Romania and assist with eye surgeries of people unable to afford medical care. I eventually wanted to practice my nursing skills in a hospital setting because I hadn't had the chance since graduating from college and so started working at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines. When I got married and moved to North Iowa, I applied for the job as school nurse and and have loved the staff, students and families from the from the beginning. I'm so thankful I'm able use my education background with my training in nursing to serve others!
Hello. I'm Josi Thompson U of Iowa grad, former Intensive Care and Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse, current school nurse, lover of Jesus, farm life, and anything associated with the peace and beauty of the country. I'm wife to Seth and mommy to nearly a handful of girls.
This year is starting off a little bit slower than normal for me as I've been home spending time with our newest little one. With her arrivial our family has now reached a grand total of 6! So we are right along with you experiencing the joys and frustrations of raising little ones. Our home is busy, loud, full of little girl things and, on most days, lots of fun. :) In my spare time... yeah, ok, so I don't really have spare time but for fun we enjoy trucking all over the state cheering on daddy and the Clear Lake Lions Baseball Boys!
I'm finding a common theme each fall as I return to school- your kids are So. Much. Bigger! It always makes my momma heart ache a little when I see how quickly they journey through these early school years. We are honored and blessed to care for, invest in and enjoy your kiddos while they are here. Thanks for sharing them with us!
Hello. My name is Kelly Myers. I’m excited about being the new Middle School/High School nurse this year. It’s been a busy summer! My husband,whose name is also Kelly,and I had our beautiful baby daughter, Hazel, at the end of June. Henry, her not quite two-year-old brother, adores her. We relocated our family from Kansas City, and I am thrilled to be back in northern Iowa. I grew up in Lake Mills, and my husband is from Winterset. We both value our small town upbringing, and are looking forward to raising our children here.
While in Lake Mills, I was fortunate to experience being on the student council, participating in chorus, and playing four sports. I don’t feel like that would have been possible in a larger school. We want our children to have the same opportunities we had growing up. I am looking forward to being part of a smaller community and having my kids attend school here one day.
I started my college classes at NIACC and then went on to UNI where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. After that, I decided to pursue nursing so I returned to NIACC where I obtained my LPN license. My first nursing job was at Good Shepherd Care Center in Mason City. I later attended DMACC in Boone where I received my RN license. I have hospital nursing experience along with working in a surgery center, so I feel like I’m ready for any challenges the students throw my way.
In my free time, which isn’t much with two small children, I enjoy spending time with family. We are thrilled to be back in the area where we can be near friends and loved ones. I also love cheering for the Green Bay Packers, the Kansas City Royals, and going to country concerts when I get the chance. One of my first concerts was at The Surf where I got Darius Rucker to autograph my ticket when he was still with Hootie and the Blowfish.
I am looking forward to getting to know the faculty, students, and parents. This first year will be a challenge, but I’m eager to build relationships and start what I hope will be a long and rewarding career.