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,
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
“It’s good to be
back home in the school I went to elementary school in so many years ago,”
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.
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
Carla Novreske, a
CHS graduate and a long-term substitute last year, will teach Math at the
“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
Kaitlyn Waltz, a
2013 CHS alum who graduated from Indiana University this past spring, will
teach Social Studies at CMS.
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.
Principal Judy Malasto introduced two new teachers.
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.
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.”
Kristin Kroeger shared her enthusiasm. “We’re excited for the kids to
experience the energy you bring into the classroom.”
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.
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
Retiring this month
is Jackson Elementary P.E. teacher Pat Sella.
Social Studies teacher Dana Huwig from CMS to CHS and P.E. teacher Tana
Bamber from Yost Elementary to Jackson Elementary
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.
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
appreciates you continued dedication to continuing your education and
recertifying in areas of specialization we request you be excellent in,”
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.