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New Teachers Welcomed

Gabe Cobabe to teach at Malad High School this school year

Malad High School welcomed a new Math and Computer science teacher for the upcoming school year. Gabe Cobabe will be filling this position. 

Cobabe is originally from Malad and is the oldest child of Spring and Andy Cobabe. He  graduated from Malad High School in 2015 and then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fiji. After coming home from his mission, he met and married Kylie Hancock from Downey, Idaho. They moved to Hawaii for about a year and half so they could attend school at BYU- Hawaii after Cobabe completed his bachelor’s degree at Idaho State University. 

Cobabe will be teaching math and computer science at Malad High School and IHLA (Idaho Home Learning Academy) this coming fall. In his teaching he hopes to help students overcome the challenges that they face in mathematics. 

Both Cobabe and his wife enjoy working on old cars. Their current project is his wife’s 1968 Mustang that she has wanted since she was little.

Jorgensen to teach at Malad High School

 Malad High School will welcome  new teacher Candice Jorgensen for the 2022-2023 school year. She will be teaching Basic English, Basic Math, Life Skills, and Co-teaching Government at Malad High School. She will also be closely working with Stone Elementary to address any special education needs students may have.

Jorgensen received her Associate’s degree from Weber State University. She went on to receive a Bachelors of Arts degree in Special Education, Duel Elementary and Special Education Programs from Western Governors University and later in 2019, also earned her Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.

Jorgensen grew up in the Rupert/Burley area. Her family moved to Utah when she was in the 5th grade. In 2019, her family was able to buy a house here in Malad. They were so happy to be back in Idaho.

Jorgensen is married to Nathan Jorgensen. He works at Napa Auto here in Malad. Her in-laws are Annie and Arnold Jorgensen out in Holbrook. “Altogether my husband and I have 10 children,” said Jorgensen. “We have special needs children of our own and I believe that gives me a well-rounded perspective in my career working with Special Education.”

Jorgesen is looking forward to diving into complex stories and helping the students discover the meaning in literature. English is her favorite subject to teach and she cannot wait to share that love with her students. She is excited when students, who often do not like reading or writing, are able to produce an essay they are proud of. It is rewarding for her when a student personally relates to experiences in what they are reading and she gets to see the love for reading begin to blossom. “Working with Special Education has given me many great opportunities to see students surpass expectations and that is the reason I continue to teach.”

Jorgensen has many different hobbies and interests which include: fishing, gardening, remodeling, car shows/custom builds, trail running, hiking, drawing, Jeeping, goats, kayaking, interior design, and cooking. She and her husband have both served as Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs in Utah and they love off-road recovery.

The Jorgesen Family is very happy to be here and look forward to being a part of this community.

Evans is new agriculture teacher at Malad High School

 Malad High School will welcome a new agriculture teacher for the 2022-2023 school year, Lexie Evans will take over the agriculture program beginning this year. 

Evans graduated from Utah State University in 2020. Her first teaching assignment was in Rupert, Idaho at Minico High School. She has taught there the past two years.  She will be teaching a wide variety of agricultural education classes which include Ag Mechanics, Welding, Animal Science, Introduction to Ag, Livestock Management, Plant Science, and Greenhouse Management.

Evans was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. She met her husband, Darren, at Utah State University. They were married in December of 2019, then moved to Malad in the fall of 2020 and have lived here since. They have a sweet puppy named Dixie. She's their "baby" for now since they do not have any children. 

Some of her hobbies include camping, hunting, cooking, gardening, and shopping. She enjoys spending time with my family, watching baseball (Go Cubs Go), and traveling. 

Evans is very excited to start teaching here at Malad High School. She said, “I am extremely excited to get to know the students, staff, and community in Malad. I enjoy working with the local community members and FFA Alumni. It is a very important aspect of my teaching philosophy. Developing unity both inside and outside of the classroom is key to preparing students for their future careers. I am truly passionate about my career because it allows me to be involved in the two most important industries in our world: education and agriculture.”

Evans added, “The National FFA organization's mission statement sums up my goals as a teacher perfectly. That is - I want to help my students by developing their potential for “premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” 

The Malad FFA Alumni is growing locally and Evans encourages anyone that is interested in being part of the organization to reach out to her. She can be reached at [email protected] or 801.995.2565

Kay selected as new Athletic Director and Vice Principal for Malad High School

 Malad High School has a new Athletic Director and Vice Principal for the 2022-2023 school year. The new Athletic Director is Kory Kay. 

Kay said, “My main responsibility as Vice Principal is to help make sure everything runs smoothly in the high school and to support Mr. Corbett and the teachers in any way I can. My main responsibility as Athletic Director is to make sure our athletics programs and other extracurricular activities have what they need to be successful.”

Coach Kay graduated from Marsh Valley High School in 2009 where he played football and basketball. He was an assistant basketball coach the year after he graduated for the 2009-2010 season. He again was an assistant after returning from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2012. 

Later, Kay graduated from BYU- Idaho in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Social Studies Education. He did his student teaching at West Jefferson High School where he was also an assistant football coach for two years and an assistant boys basketball coach for one year. His first official teaching job was a Filer High School where he taught for one year and helped assist football and girls basketball. 

Kay arrived at Malad High School in 2018.  He is entering his fifth year at Malad. He was the head football coach for three years before stepping away. He worked as the assistant  boys’ basketball coach at the high school for two years and then served as the eighth grade coach for two years. Prior to getting the job as the athletic director, Kay was hired as an assistant football coach and assistant girls’ basketball coach for the upcoming seasons, positions he will continue this school year. 

 A couple weeks after graduating from BYU-Idaho, Kay married his wife Nika in 2017. She has been a huge support in everything that he has done. They have two young daughters. Miley is 3 and Taber is 1.

Kay is looking forward to helping Malad High School succeed and work towards achieving its potential. He is sad to leave the classroom because he felt like he could do good things as a teacher, but he feels like with this new job he can do more for the students and ultimately that is what he wants to be able to do. He wants to see the students succeed and achieve their potential. For this first year Kay is trying to learn the ropes but he wants to make sure that the students feel supported at all things.

Ashlyn Jacobsen to teach English at Malad High School

 One of the new teachers that will be welcomed at Malad High School  for the 2022-2023 school year is Ashlyn Price Jacobsen. Jacobsen will be teaching Junior and Senior English classes at the school.

Jacobsen graduated in June, 2022, from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. She is currently in the process of finalizing her teaching license through the ABCTE program. 

Jacobsen and her husband grew up here in Malad. 

“I moved away to attend college, but I missed the small town community and knew that this was the place that I wanted to raise my family,”  Jacobsen said. 

She married her husband Truman Jacobsen in 2019. They had a baby girl, Ireland, in November of last year. Jacobsen added, “She is now nine months old and she brings so much joy into our lives. She’s spoiled rotten and everyone laughs because I typically refer to her as my baby bestie.”

Jacobsen is looking forward to getting to know the students at Malad High School and to be able to encourage them to be their best. She hopes the skills they learn in her class will be helpful in their journeys after high school.

Jacobsen’s hobbies include reading, baking and hiking. She loves true crime and you will usually find her listening to a new podcast or talking about an insane case. She loves being a mom to baby Ireland and loves everything she is interested in too.