Another round of staff have been hired at the Duneland School Corporation,
announced at the school board’s meeting Monday.
The board was introduced to two new second grade teachers -- Michelle
Albright at Brummitt Elementary and Michelle Wyatt at Liberty Elementary.
Albright graduated Summa Cum Laude from Purdue University-Calumet in 2014
and Wyatt is a 2011 alum of Chesterton High School.
“It’s been an awesome time so far,” said Albright. “I can’t wait for the
rest of the year.”
The latest Duneland personnel report included appointments for various aides
and coaching positions around the schools.
At Bailly Elementary, Kristen Janowiak has been appointed as an
instructional aide, Dawn Tirado and Heather Huckleby as lunch/recess aides,
Amy Taylor and Maliani Correa-Velz as Title 1 aides.
At Brummitt Elementary, Trenton Tyler has been appointed as a technology
aide. Nadia Komp and Christina Smith will be instructional aides.
At Jackson Elementary, Rose Pokrzywa, Bonnie Flint and Samantha Coen have
all three been hired as instructional aides.
Lori Fields will be a lunch/recess aide at Liberty Elementary. Marrianne
Harrison will be an instructional aide at Liberty Intermediate.
Shanna du Mont, Angela Fender and Lisa Cain have been hired as instructional
aides at Yost Elementary, along with Julie Fladeland as a lunch/recess aide.
At Westchester Intermediate, Traci Miller will be a lunch/recess aide and
Staci Stimmel will be an instructional aide.
Jocelyn Johnson and Tatiana Hulser will be High Ability Aides for the school
In coaching positions, Kaitlyn Deehr will coach the 8th Grade B Volleyball
team at Chesterton Middle School. Brady Severs will be the assistant coach
for the CMS Boys Cross Country Team. Breann Fife will coach the 7th Grade B
Basketball team and she will be the assistant coach for the CHS girls track
At CHS, Pat Antone will coach J.V. Baseball, Justin Jenks will coach
freshman football and Dan Caudill will be the assistant coach for Varsity
Baseball. Jordan Nelson will be the assistant coach for Boys Golf.
At CMS, Sara Fratto will coach cheerleading and Bill Heintz will be the B
team assistant coach for football.
In other appointments, Amanda Hicks has been chosen as the Veteran’s Day
Program coordinator, Liz Coutroubis and Kat Zimmermann will be class
sponsors of the CHS freshman class. Andrew Hall will be working part-time as
a maintenance worker on a temporary basis.
Meanwhile, staff who have resigned recently according to the personnel
report are Liberty Intermediate instructional aide Sharon Wozniak, Bailly
Elementary Title 1/remediation aide Hayley Wadowski, CHS front
desk/detention supervisor Doreen Hilbrich, CHS study hall supervisor Eric
Schaefer, CHS lunch aide Vicki Smith, CHS lunch aide Sally Franciskovich,
Jackson Elementary Title 1 aide Dolores Laughrey, kitchen helper Donna
Moreno, bus driver Dawn Rosene and CHS freshman basketball coach Bryan
The board approved unanimously, under the recommendation of the service
committee, to accept the lease agreement with the Northwest Indiana
Education Services Center for the use of three classroom spaces and six
parking spaces at Liberty Elementary.
The NWIESC will pay $1,000 per month to use the space which will be paid by
offsetting the total funds the school owes in dues to the organization. The
contract is for a year with an option to renew for another year.
In other approvals, the board agreed to a bid from Aunt Millie’s Bakeries in
Griffith, Ind. to continue being the schools bread supplier for student
lunches and Cover Crest Dairy of Hobart for milk this school year.
Duneland Schools Superintendent David Pruis informed the school board that
the Steinway Concert Grand Piano gifted by Bob Urschel this spring will be
played at a student recital on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the CHS
Auditorium for the community’s enjoyment.
Auditions for the recital will be Wednesday, Sept. 2 and registration forms
for students must be completed and turned in by this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 3
Registration forms are available online at