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Duneland hires teachers for new school year

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At Monday’s Duneland School Board meeting, the board was introduced to a host of new teachers and staff who will be starting next August.

Chesterton High School will see Porter resident Brent Martinson as a new assistant principal in the fall. Martinson for the past three years has been the principal at Hobart High School and has been in education for 20 years, previously teaching at Pierce MS in Merrillville and Tolleston MS in Gary.

“I am excited to be a part of the ‘Duneland Difference.’ I want to work hard to make this the best community each and every day,” Martinson.

Martinson’s cousin, Justin Martinson, will be teaching 2nd grade at Liberty Elementary this fall. A 2007 graduate of CHS, Justin Martinson will complete a transition-to-teaching program at Calumet College of St. Joseph in July and recently received an Indiana Association of College Teachers Future Educator award.

He is the son of Bridget Martinson, Duneland’s longtime Public Relations Director, has been a long-term substitute at Liberty Elementary and has taught German.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity and danke schšn,” he told the board.

Lindsay Trout will teach 4th Grade at Yost Elementary after teaching nine years in the Porter Twp. School Corporation.

Trout is the daughter-in-law of school board member Mike Trout who abstained from voting on the consent agenda containing the personnel report. All of his colleagues voted in favor.

A long time sub and student teacher at Brummitt Elementary, Katie Hines, has been hired to teach 1st grade there.

Kristen Bonez will be the guidance counselor at Liberty Elementary. She has been a counselor at Crown Point Schools for nine years.

Kaitlyn Townsen will teach 5th grade at Westchester Intermediate. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University. Also at WIS, Sarah Thompson will teach 6th Grade and graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University.

At Yost Elementary, Olivia Sloan will teach 4th grade and Jose Carrillo will teach art.

“I’ll be brief. Thank you and go Hawks!” said Carrillo, who is a CHS graduate. The Chicago Blackhawks were given a few shout-outs throughout teacher introductions before their Stanley Cup championship game Monday night.

Sloan has also been selected to coach Girls Soccer at CHS.

Also at CHS, Margaret Wolgamot and Patricia Stellfox will teach English. Stellfox graduated Magna Cum Laude from Valparaiso University.

Ben Bellinger will teach Social Studies at CHS. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University and will coach freshman football at CHS.

Another Cum Laude graduate from Ball State, Samantha Bailey will teach 3rd grade at Jackson Elementary in the fall.

Sam Marshall, who has taught English at CHS since 2009, will now be a part-time Dean at WIS, starting in the fall.

Transferring, Jackie Gore will move from teaching 2nd grade to 3rd grade at Liberty Elementary and 6th grade teacher Dalila Reeder will move from Westchester Intermediate School to Liberty Intermediate School.

Kelly Bonich will move into a full-time position teaching English at CHS.

Other coaches hired at CHS include Dawn Matthys for Varsity Gymnastics and Morgan Bradley for Varsity Cheerleading.

Hired on probation status is kitchen helper Gail Reich.

Retirement and resignations

The personnel report, prepared by Duneland Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett, included one retirement. Jackson Elementary 3rd grade teacher Jo Reichler is retiring after teaching 37 years at the school.

A graduate of Valparaiso University, Reichler began teaching permanently in 1979 after one year as a substitute teacher in Duneland, Moffett said.

Resignations named in the report were WIS media secretary Cindy Splitgerber, kitchen helper Julie Behrendt, and Drivers Education instructor Richard Hurey.


Posted 6/17/2015

Correction on Duneland teacher transfer

The Duneland School Corporation reported an error in its latest personnel report which was included in an article appearing in Wednesday’s Chesterton Tribune.

Contrary to what was reported, 6th grade teacher Dalila Reeder will be transferring from Westchester Intermediate School to Liberty Intermediate School effective for the 2015-2016 school.

Revised 6/19/2015




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