15 new teachers at Greenville Public Schools


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:15 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GREENVILLE — When students at Greenville Public Schools started the new year last week, they were introduced to 15 new teachers throughout the district.

During the Board of Education meeting Monday night, the board was presented with a list of new teachers hired on Aug. 20.

“I am very impressed as I went through these,” said Board President Janet Ralph about the new pool of hires. “We have done very well.”

Superintendent Pete Haines said the district received many applications. One position alone received more than 95 applications.

“Our pools are deep,” said Haines of how many people applied for the positions.

Teachers were hired to lower class sizes, implement new classes and fill positions of those who retired.

“They are replacing some very valuable people,” Ralph said. “But they have been filled with excellent people who are well qualified.”

 

New teachers

• Rita Long is now teaching third grade at Cedar Crest Elementary School. She attended the University of Michigan and Aquinas College.

• Amanda Schroeder is the new school counselor at Greenville High School. She attended Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.

• Jonathon Banker is now a secondary teacher for the mathematics department at Greenville Middle School. He attended Central Michigan University.

• Darcy Seelye is now a secondary teacher for the mathematics department at Greenville Middle School. She attended Central Michigan University.

• Greg Miller is now an elementary teacher at Lincoln Heights Elementary School. He attended Grand Valley State University.

• Kim Harding is now an elementary teacher at Walnut Hills Elementary Schools. She attended Ferris State University.

• Kelsey DeDonado is now an elementary teacher at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. She attended Central Michigan University.

• Kelly Junis is a secondary teacher for the arts department at Greenville Middle School. She attended Grand Valley State University.

• Wendy Johnson is now an elementary teacher at Baldwin Heights Elementary School. She earned her bachelor of arts in learning disabilities and English.

• Andrea Timmins is now a secondary teacher in the resource department at Greenville High School. She attended Spring Arbor University.

• Kelly VanGessel is now an elementary teacher at Walnut Hills Elementary School. She is currently getting her master’s from Grand Valley State University and attended Aquinas College.

• Sarah Gilbert is now a speech and language therapist at Walnut Hills Elementary School. She attended Michigan State University and Calvin College.

• Li Xin is an elementary teacher at Walnut Hills Elementary School. She is from China and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Thailand.

• Zu Shule is a secondary teacher at Greenville Middle and High School. She is from China and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from China.

• Kenneth Poor is now the foods and nutrition director at Greenville Public Schools. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has experience in catering.

 

In other matters …

The board approved:

• a textbooks request for the new Chinese language classes.

• a foreign trip request for 2014.

• donations to the school district.

• board committee assignments.

• superintendent evaluation.

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