Duneland School Board meeting, the board was introduced to a host of new
teachers and staff who will be starting next August.
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.
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
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.
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.
Jackie Gore will move from teaching 2nd grade to 3rd grade at Liberty
Elementary and 6th grade teacher Dalila Reeder will move