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Duneland School Board names new elementary principals, meets new teachers

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At its meeting Monday night, the Duneland School Board opted to appoint Joshua Huwig and David Alvarado as principals of Yost Elementary and Liberty Elementary, respectively.

Duneland Schools Superintendent Dr. Ginger Bolinger began by thanking the principal selection committee who helped choose the new appointees before Alvarado and Huwig introduced themselves. She said the committee spent hours reviewing applications and conducting interviews, and added “Parents, teachers, and admin came together to find the best principals for our school corporation.”

Both Huwig and Alvarado thanked the board and the committee members and said they can’t wait to begin working hard for Duneland. Alvarado, who brought his family to the meeting, said, “Being a father of four, I have a real passion for elementary school.”

The Board was also introduced to four new teachers who will start this coming school year. Samantha Leja, a resident of Chesterton who went to school at Liberty Elementary herself, will begin teaching third grade there. Taylor Thompson, a resident of Valparaiso who has studied abroad in Italy and completed a long-term sub position at Jackson Elementary, will begin teaching fourth grade at Liberty Elementary. Diane Schmiegel will begin teaching fifth grade at Westchester Intermediate. Brian Grenier was appointed the new strings/orchestra teacher at CHS. Grenier, who comes to Duneland from the Hobart school system, where he founded an orchestra program, said he is thrilled and honored to start work in Duneland. “I’m looking forward to exerting every power I have in the service of the students and the school community.”

Other Appointments

and Resignations

The Board made the following decisions regarding appointments for the new school year and summer school:

* Austin Haire was appointed boys’ varsity assistant soccer coach at CHS.

* Amber McCaw was appointed girls’ head volleyball coach at CHS.

* Dakota McCoy was appointed English teacher at CHS.

* Dawn Riley was appointed English teacher at CHS.

* Lauren Mitchell was appointed first grade teacher at Liberty Elementary.

* Jill Krieger was appointed cheer coach at CMS.

* Tom Biel was appointed boys’ JV soccer coach at CHS.

* Gena Roberts and Valerie Warren were appointed aides for summer school at Bailly Elementary.

* Inga Yarber was appointed nurse for summer school at Bailly.

The following people resigned from the positions listed:

* Jason Conway, head girls’ soccer coach.

* Kyle Prow, assistant boys’ tennis coach.

* Lisa Scheiber, color guard director at CHS.

* Wendy Smith, fourth grade teacher at Yost Elementary.

* Kellie Cahillane, fifth grade teacher at Liberty Intermediate.

* Rachel McCrum, third grade teacher at Liberty Elementary.

* Jackie Williams, kindergarten teacher at Liberty Elementary.

* Kathleen Zimmerman, science teacher at CHS.

* Dave Bullock, eighth grade assistant boys’ track coach at CMS.

* Andrea Zubriggen, JV volleyball coach at CHS.



Posted 6/5/2018




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