Staff dedication highlights BCS Convocation

Staff dedication highlights BCS Convocation
Posted on 08/13/2021
Superintendent Brad Hall speaks at Convocation.

Marcia Kish explains blended learning.

Bellefontaine City Schools is ready for classes to begin after a day of staff recognition and professional development.

The annual convocation was held in the BHS auditorium Friday.

Staff members from each grade level were greeted by an inspirational speech from Superintendent Brad Hall.

Hall commended the staff for their dedication during the pandemic.

He said teachers overcame many obstacles to make sure students succeeded over the last 18 months.

Hall is looking forward to a “normal” school year.

BCS has several new employees this year. They include:

Patricia Bodey, 8th grade English Language Arts

Hayley Nease, Elementary School Intervention Specialist

Cheryl Daniels, 3rd grade Language Arts/Social Studies

Patrick Delisio, 7th grade Science

Jennifer Brown, Intermediate School Intervention Specialist

Skylar Mifsud, Middle School Intervention Specialist

D.J. Howell, 5th grade English Language Arts

Kate Carter, 8th grade English Language Arts

Heather Johnson, Middle School/High School Instrumental Music

Lori Lowery, Middle School Art

Heather Hoppe, School Psychologist

Julie Phillips, Behavior Support Specialist

Paula Shaw, High School Guidance

Jennifer Hanson, High School Science

Caroline Federinko, High School English Language Arts

Judith Withrow, High School Intervention Specialist

Brice Henry, Middle School/High School Vocal Music

Shelby Mifsud, 3rd grade English Language Arts

Stephanie Marker, Intermediate School Nurse

Thomas Edwards, 2nd shift custodian

Sean Egler, High School Paraprofessional

Andrea Torsell, Elementary School Paraprofessional

Michelle Whetsel, Bus Driver

Diane Hartzler, Intermediate School Cook

Tab Walls, School Psychologist

Matt Heaston, Technology Coordinator

Maddie Beck, 3rd grade teacher

Morgan Fultz, Strength and Wellness Instructor

Bill Tipple, Communications Coordinator

Many employees were spotlighted for their longtime service.

The following earned 20-year service pins:

Katie Cornell

Donna Brewer

Roxanne Sprouse

Tammy Overholser

Jennifer Salyer

Melanie Lehman

April Easton

Darcy Neeld

Stacie Cooper

Krista Adelsberger

Christina Dodds

Brian Lecrone

Cathy Ulmer

Tracy Huffman

Susan Stahler

Maria Borba

Jill Carey

Fame Faler

Karen Rader

April Wasinger

Jeremy Karg

Jason Steider

Max Earick

Jill Cronkleton

Rita Hall

Jon Reminder

Sandra Winter

Jordan Kesler

Kristy Feasel

Christina Prine

Adrienne Dearwester

Travis Hunsicker

Marilyn Smith

Desnee Wolters

Retirees were given a bell to commemorate their service.

Here is a list of their name and years of service (district years/total years).

Keith Krieger 40

Jerri Foreman 22 1/2

Jacqueline Harless 27

Russell Miller 22/31

Joni Siler 23

Tracy Brady 23

Donna Brewer 21

Gay Brunswick 28/33

Apryl Burtchin 16

Wayne Fahnestock 22

Rita Hall 20/29

Barb Hunt 13

Karen Rader 20/33

Ken Shank 33/35

Susan Steffen 18/23

Sandra Winter 20

Paula Wood 22

Current staff members spent much of the day in professional development training led by blended learning expert Marcia Kish.

The Mercer County native gave a detailed presentation on the benefits of blended learning.

She had teachers break into small groups to model the behavior of blended learning.

Kish also gave several examples of how this technique has succeeded in other districts.

Blended learning combines online educational materials with traditional face-to-face instruction. It became very popular during the pandemic.

Kish will return to Bellefontaine each month throughout the school year to support staff members.

Finally, the United Way of Logan County recognized Bellefontaine City Schools for being one of the top ten contributors during last year’s campaign.

BCS staff members donated $23,431 last fall.

This year’s campaign goal is $26,000.

Staff members kicked off the campaign today, which will wrap up next Thursday.

Bellefontaine will start the school year on August 17th.

Bellefontaine retirees.

United Way of Logan County honors BCS staff.
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