New Faces Dot Halls

ST. MARYS — Local school administrators  met with new staff members as part of an annual welcome luncheon held Monday.

The St. Marys City School District welcomed eight new staff members and included two previous St. Marys teachers who had a change in their title — Mary Miller, who was formerly the assistant principal at the middle school and who is now the principal, and Cory Ahrens, a former fifth-grade teacher at St. Marys Intermediate School who will be the new dean of students at St. Marys Middle School. The new staff members present at the luncheon also included Athletic Director Doug Spencer.

“I’m glad to be a part of all of the new changes,” Ahrens said.

St. Marys Superintendent Jerry Skiver, also new this school year, welcomed the group and thanked the cafeteria staff at the high school for preparing the lunch.

Greg Phillips will be teaching physical education at Memorial High School and will also serve as the head football coach. Phillips is a Wellston High School graduate, with education also from the University of Rio Grande and from Ohio University. He has previous experience with Hilliard City Schools, Jackson City Schools and Oak Hill Union Local Schools.

Diane Schulze will be the new school nurse at the high school and middle school. She is a graduate of St. Henry High School and received her R.N. from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, her B.S.N. from Franklin University and her school nurse certification from Wright State University.

“I’m looking forward to working with the students, the parents, the staff and the community and promoting healthy lifestyles,” Schulze said.

Nicole Wiley will be teaching fifth-grade math at St. Marys Intermediate School; she has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, both in education, from Wright State University.

Wendee Bertke will be an intervention specialist at the middle school. She is a St. Marys Memorial High School graduate, and she attended Wright State University, where she received a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in intervention specialist. Bertke has previous experience at the Mercer County Educational Service Center.

“I’m happy to be with the district,” Bertke noted.

Kimberly Strasburg will be teaching eighth grade math/algebra at St. Marys Middle School and will help with prom. She is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in middle childhood education. She has previously worked as a permanent substitute with the district.

“I’m excited to be in the district and to be in this building and all the awesome technology I get to use,” Strasburg said.

Rebecca Moore will be the counselor at the St. Marys Middle School. She is a graduate of Dayton Christian High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Toccoa Falls College, a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Kennesaw State University, a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

She has previously worked as a first-grade and second-grade teacher at City Day School, as a middle school counselor at Ohio Connections Academy and as a kindergarten teacher at Hamilton City Schools.

“I’m excited to work with the new staff at the middle school,” Moore said. “I think we have a great staff, and it’s going to be a great year for the kids and for the community.”

Ashlie Rowen will be teaching kindergarten at St. Marys Primary School and will serve as the majorette adviser. She has previously served as a paraprofessional and as a library technician for the district. She graduated from Benjamin Logan High School and has a bachelor’s in early childhood studies from Bowling Green State University.