Mr. Downing is starting his 13th year as an Agriculture Education Teacher and FFA Advisor. Mr. Downing grew up in Southeast Kansas and attended Butler County Community College and Oklahoma State University. Mr. Downing taught 9 years at Elk Valley, 2 years at Sedan and 1 year at Marysville. Mr. Downing recently got married to his wife Jill this summer! Hobbies: Farming, enjoying time with nieces and nephews, K-State football and his golden-doodle; Cooper!
Mrs. Kolbek grew up in Silver Lake, KS with three siblings; 2 sisters and 1 brother. Her mother is an RN and her dad work construction. Mrs. Kolbek was and still is very active in all things extracurricular: athletics, musicals, forensics, yearbook, etc. Mrs. Kolbek studied abroad in Leicester, England for a semester while in college and studied British Literature while there. Mrs. Kolbek is in her 4th year of teaching. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband Jacob, 3 year old daughter Faith and their 8 year old beagle, Maggie. Hobbies: crafting, cooking and baking new recipes and reading.