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Teachers hired on eve of new school year

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Duneland School principals and administrators introduced their newly hired teachers to the School Board on Wednesday, many of whom have Duneland roots.

The school district appointed many new teachers on the eve of the new school year which starts today for teachers and staff,

Liberty Elementary Principal Christy Jarka introduced Jennifer Crosby who will teach 3rd Grade at her school. She taught in Maryland before returning to Porter County and previously was education coordinator for Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

“It’s good to be back home in the school I went to elementary school in so many years ago,” Crosby said.

Yost Elementary Principal Ann Stillman presented Todd Basich, a 1997 CHS graduate who recently taught physical education at Michigan City Area Schools in the elementary levels. He will now teach P.E. at Yost.

“I couldn’t be happier to be home and make a difference in my community,” he said.

Chesterton Middle School principal Mike Megyesi announced the hiring of nine new teachers.

Kyle Galloway will teach social studies at CMS. He taught for the middle school last year, filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.

Jodie Boy will teach English for CMS, previously teaching at Knox Middle School and Westville High School.

Leigh Long will teach Science at CMS, having previously taught at St. Patrick’s and LaPorte High School.

Carla Novreske, a CHS graduate and a long-term substitute last year, will teach Math at the middle school.

“I want to thank you for having me teach at Duneland, back where everything started for me. I’m right down the hall from where my inspiration for teaching happened many, many years ago. Thank you,” said Novreske.

Joe Nuzzo, a 2002 CHS graduate, will return to the area to teach Music at CMS. His wife, Maria Nuzzo, will teach Math. Both of them have taught in the Chicago Public Schools.

Kaitlyn Waltz, a 2013 CHS alum who graduated from Indiana University this past spring, will teach Social Studies at CMS.

Daphne Pantazis will teach English at CMS, having previously taught in Hammond.

Sam Zucker will teach Science at CMS and will be coaching the Boys Cross Country team. He previously taught at Culver Community High School.

CHS Assistant Principal Judy Malasto introduced two new teachers.

Charles Brennan will join the CHS staff as an industrial technology teacher. Sarah “Betsy” Glazner will join CHS’ World Language Department teaching French, having been a long-term substitute last year.

Duneland Schools Superintendent Ginger Bolinger said that the first day back for teachers is this Thursday for in service sessions.

“I’d like to thank our new teachers for being here,” said Bolinger, who is starting her first year at Duneland as well. “I am finding, just as you are, it’s a great place to be here and we are happy to have you as part of our team.”

Board President Kristin Kroeger shared her enthusiasm. “We’re excited for the kids to experience the energy you bring into the classroom.”

Personnel Report

Included in the School Board’s personnel report on Wednesday, Ann Frump will teach 3rd Grade and Jessica Schrenk will teach Kindergarten at Brummitt Elementary.

LES has hired Holly Nance as an instructional aide, Amanda Mayer as a remediation aide, and Lori Sumner as recess/cafeteria aide.

New Title I aides include Valerie Warren, Kristy Roberts and Jessica Rhoda at Bailly Elementary, Ariel Joseph at Yost Elementary and Megan Keen at Jackson Elementary. New Instructional aides are Tracy Melton at Westchester Intermediate School and Cheri Warkentien at CMS.

Joining the Duneland bus drivers are Katherine Morris, James Hopson, Elise Jones, Stephanie Daily and Diane Laramie. Also, Sarah Armstrong, Jeri Miller and Candice Jones will be kitchen helpers.

Debra Jo Graff will be coordinator of health services for Duneland. Jennifer Dimitroff will work for the corporation as a nurse. Lisa Watson will be an administrative assistant to the principal at Brummitt Elementary and Gianna Fraley will be a media center secretary. Kristen Bonez will be an assistant to the principal at LES.

Michael Cleary will be a media center secretary and Helena Royko will be a morning recess/cafeteria aide at WIS. Terry Medley will be a recess/cafeteria aide at Yost Elementary. Kristine VanCleef will be a recess/cafeteria aide at Bailly Elementary.

Retiring this month is Jackson Elementary P.E. teacher Pat Sella.

Transferring are Social Studies teacher Dana Huwig from CMS to CHS and P.E. teacher Tana Bamber from Yost Elementary to Jackson Elementary

Resignations this month include bus driver Kelly Fancher, CHS Instructional aide Beth Blohm, CMS Science teacher Nancy Simoni, LES 3rd Grade teacher Courtney Schmidt, CHS Social Studies teacher Ben Bellinger, WIS morning recess/cafeteria aide Tracy Melton, custodian Alex Allesee, custodian Thomas Cotner, LES assistant to the principal Joyce Goodwin and assistant cashier Katherine Gmyrek.


Kroger recognized Duneland Benefits Coordinator Elizabeth Howard and Chief Financial Officer Lynn Kwilasz for completing their 71 hours of instruction to receive the designation of Human Resources Specialist. Howard also achieved a designation of business office specialist, which required 58 hours of instruction.

“The board appreciates you continued dedication to continuing your education and recertifying in areas of specialization we request you be excellent in,” said Kroeger.

Bolinger commended the members of CHS Sandpipers who got to appear on stage with members of the band “Foreigner” in Chicago on Wednesday evening. She also gave kudos to Sandscript photography editor Brenna Farrell and editor-in-chief Jennie Moran who were recently honored by the Indiana University Media School’s High School Journalism Institute.



Posted 8/10/2017




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