The Manchester Board of Education approved the hiring for 15 teaching positions to start the new year.
At the close of the 2012-2013 school year, Manchester Local Schools administration faced the daunting task of filling 11 fulltime, three part-time and one permanent substitute teacher positions. Those hired to fill the open positions were recognized at the September board meeting
“I want to thank the (administration) for the many hours put in over the summer during the interviewing process,” Superintendent Sam Reynolds said, adding that the selection process has resulted in an exemplary group of educators.
Seven teachers joined the Manchester Middle School staff while, six were hired at Nolley Elementary and one joined the Manchester High School staff.
“This was a rigorous process and you truly won the positions you are in,” Reynolds told the new teachers. “I feel this community’s families and children will benefit because you are in these positions.”
Reynolds added that, in addition to the usual stresses of meeting new students, the district’s new hires will also be among the first group of educators subject to new, more stringent state mandates that address core curriculum and evalute teachers.
“These are standards that are very high,” Reynolds said. “But I feel that, based on who we have selected, we will not simply do well, but great.”
School Board President Rick Sponseller said he was certain the new teachers will feel the same.
“This is such a great work environment, I’m sure you will fall in love with this place if you haven’t already,” Sponseller said. “Most likely, we will see you all still here 30 years from now. Well, maybe I won’t.”
MEET THE TEACHERS
• Aaron McVay is the new high school art teacher. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and has teaching experience at the high school and elementary levels.
• Joshua Cintron teaches seventh-grade social studies. He is a recent graduate of Mount Union where he lettered in wrestling.
• Christopher Dougherty will teach fifth-grade Language Arts and reading. He has one year experience at St. Francis de Sales and has been a Manchester assistant track coach since graduation. He is a University of Akron graduate.
• Christine Heatherman is a part-time Spanish teacher. She has taught in the Republic of Ireland, Parma, St. Joseph and John Elementary School, Olentangy Local and in New York State. She is a graduate of the State University of New York – Brockport.
• Paul McMasters is a new seventh-grade science teach. He was a long-term substitute at Manchester Middle School last year. He is an army veteran and has extensive training in geology and earth science. He holds a bachelor and masters degree in geology from Kent State and the University of Akron.
• Ashley Nowak is instructing special needs children in grades seven and eight. She has three years of full-time experience in Michigan and Virginia.
Page 2 of 2 - • Lori Sewell teaches fifth-grade science and math. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.
• Joshua Chadima teaches fourth-grade. He is a recent graduate of Mount Union where he lettered in football.
• Alison Gareri is a new kindergarten teacher. She worked a our part-time technology teacher at Nolley last year. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Early Childhood Education, she has tutored at Massillon’s Gorrell Elementary, the Goddard School in Jackson Township.
• Desiree Kramer filled the part-time Title I position. She student taught last year at Nolley and is a graduate of Kent State.
• Rebecca Matson is a fourth-grade teacher who served as a long-term fourth-grade substitut at Nolley last year. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.
• Chelsea Megyes teaches primary special education. She was a long-term substitute at Marlboro Elementary School in Louisville and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Walsh University.
• Amber Slimak is a new Title I teacher. She was a part-time teacher in this program last year and helped many children with their reading. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.