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AC hires two teachers, taps department ‘leads’

June 14, 2012

AC Middle School Principal Aaron McClure

     The Adams Central Board of Education made several personnel decisions Tuesday evening including hiring two new teachers, naming lead teachers for the 2012-13 school year, a maternity leave request, and a resignation.
    After interviewing several teachers for the position of middle school title English teacher, AC Middle School Principal Aaron McClure and ACCS Title One Coordinator Anna Spalding recommended the school board hire Lana Shoaf.
    Shoaf is a graduate of AC and of St. Mary of the Woods College, and was a student teacher at AC during the 2011 school year with Lauretta Zurcher, who retired at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
    Shoaf, who has spent the past year teaching at Southern Wells, said she is "very excited to begin her new position and is thankful for the opportunity that has been given to her."
    McClure also recommended board members hire John Davis as a business teacher.
    Davis is a graduate of Mississinewa High School and spent several years in the business world before returning to college for his MBA. Davis has taught at Wabash High School for the past six years.
    McClure said Davis has the ability to fill several needs for the school, including teaching business/keyboarding a few periods a day, a few periods of computer applications in the high school, and assisting in the IT department at the school.
    McClure also noted that Davis has a vocational license, meaning he is certified to teach some duel credit courses through Ivy Tech and IPFW, "which means we can expand our business department a bit, maybe offer some new things for our students."    In other news, McClure and Elementary School Principal Terri Laurent named their recommendations for lead teachers for the upcoming school year. According to the board, being named a lead teacher at AC means these staff members will lead their respective grades or departments.
    Teachers being awarded these positions in the elementary school include:
    • Kindergarten: Sebastian Ranly.    
    • Grade one: Mary McCullough.
    • Grade two: Leann Schwartz.
    • Grade three: Christie Beer.
    • Grade four: Lanette Buchan.
    • Grade five: Ked Moser.
    • Title One: Abby DeRoo and Amanda Andrews.
    In the middle and high schools, teachers awarded these positions include:
    • Math: Alan Arnold.
    • Science: Sam Beer.
    • Business/Vocational: Sharilyn Boots.
    • Health/P.E.: Dave Neuenschwander.
    • English: Krista Jauregui.
    • Social Studies: Susie Byerly.
    • Fine Arts: Mike Satterwaite.
    • Special Education-Joan Arnold.
    In other personnel decisions, the board received a request for maternity leave from teacher Alyssa Hildebrand, who recently gave birth to her family's second daughter.
    Laurent said that the fourth grade teacher had been a kindergarten teacher in Indianapolis prior to coming to AC and would like to return to teaching kindergarten. The current kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mishler, was looking for a new challenge so the two have chosen to switch positions, "which I'm really excited about," she said.
    Hildebrand stated that she would like to begin the 2012-13 school year as normal for the first week in order to help students adjust to the flow of the school year. She would then work Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next eight weeks, while Deb Bonham would teach the class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    Laurent noted that Hildebrand will do all the planning for the class and added, "Alyssa doing both, only working three days a week until her baby is a bit older, and Deb stepping in to help, I just feel this is a really good fit."
    In a final piece of personnel news, cafeteria worker Anita Lehman submitted her letter of resignation, effective May 22. Superintendent Mike Pettibone said that Lehman worked in the cafeteria for a few hours a day and that "she's been a piece of gold to us."
    All motions were approved by the board, 6-0, with member Dave Fox absent while on a mission trip in Haiti.

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