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Highland school board welcomes new teachers

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

The Highland Local Schools Board of Education welcomed five new teachers to the district at the meeting July 15.

Three new teachers will join the faculty at Highland Middle School, while two new teachers will join the Highland High School staff.

Highland Middle School Principal John Deuber introduced Brian Hare, who will teach intervention-level math. Deuber said Hare’s experience includes teaching in the Southwestern City School District in Columbus, coaching football at Finland Middle School in Columbus and coaching lacrosse at Bexley High School. Deuber said Hare has a great background in special education.

Deuber announced Shelby Cowles will teach language arts at Highland Middle School. He said Cowles graduated from Kent State University and received experience as a student teacher at St. Patrick School in Kent.

Deuber announced Jason Cress will teach sixth grade math at Highland Middle School. He said the Ashland University graduate received experience teaching in Beaufort, S.C., for one year and student teaching in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for three months.

Highland High School Principal Dana Addis introduced the two new teachers in his school who will start this coming school year. He announced Rachel Matejin will teach family and consumer science at the high school. He said Matejin, a graduate of The University of Akron and a 2009 Highland High School graduate, is heavily involved in the family and consumer science program at the state and national level.

Addis also announced John Whitman will teach ceramics at Highland High School. He said the Pennsylvania native previously taught in Florence, S.C. He said Whitman is also an artist who sells art for part of his living and features some of his artwork on his website.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following items:

  • the Certificate of Standards governing types of foods and beverages sold on school premises, which would monitor food and drinks made available to students on school grounds based on nutrition standards;
  • the applications for use of school facilities at Highland High School, Highland Middle School and Hinckley Elementary School for various functions;
  • the hiring and resignation of personnel in various positions within the school district;
  • a contract with the Positive Education Program, a program designed to help students with special learning needs, for the 2013-14 school year; and
  • the resignation of Highland High School Assistant Principal Ray Braunscheidel, who served in the school district for seven years.

The next Highland Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road.

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