As with any new school year, there are new faces in the halls of Swanton schools. New teachers, counselors, and a principal have already started in the district.
Anthony J. Menna
Anthony J. Menna, 38, is the new assistant principal at Swanton High School. He has an Associate of Arts degree from Owens Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo, and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Lourdes University.
He said that Paul Harr was is favorite teacher. “He is the main reason that I decided to become involved in public education,” Menna said.
Menna loves the outdoors, camping, boating, etc. “I love pizza and my favorite restaurant is anything with a good steak.”
What he likes most about his new job and how welcomed he has felt. Menna is most looking forward to meeting new kids and assisting in student achievement.
“I am excited to be part of such an amazing school district,” he said.
Menna is married with three children. He is originally from Toledo and resides in Sylvania.
Denton Saunders, 29, will handle credit recovery at Swanton High School. He has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University as an intervention specialist and a Masters in Education Administration.
He is the football coach and said he came to Swanton because it was a great opportunity to coach at a great school and in a great league. Saunders said his dad always set a great example and inspired him to be a teacher.
His favorites include Loma Linda Restaurant, watching, playing, and coaching sports, and drive-in movies.
What he likes most about his new job is the community. “Everyone is so friendly and supportive,” he said.
He is most looking forward to “leading the Bulldogs out onto the football field and developing great leaders on and off the field.”
Saunders, who is originally from Liberty Center, and resides in Bowling Green, is married.
Kori Reiser, 25, is the new middle school counselor. She has a Masters of Education in school counseling from Bowling Green State University.
What Reiser likes best about her new job is working with students to help them cope with difficult life changes. She is most looking forward to meeting the students and joining the Bulldog community.
Her favorite teacher was her second grade student teacher, “who believed in me and helped me become the educator I am today.”
Reiser enjoys collecting retro video games and Mexican food.
Reiser has one child, is engaged, and is originally from Wayne, Ohio.
Shannon Cargill, 26, is a new high school counselor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo, with a minor in counseling, and a Master’s degree in school counseling.
Cargill completed her internship at Swanton, and was most looking forward to setting up her office and creating a space for students. And, being a Bulldog!
She enjoys rodeos, painting, being outdoors, and barbecue.
Her favorite teacher was Mr. Lyons. “He cared about every one of his students and recognizes every student for who they are as an individual.”
What Cargill likes best about her new job is being able to help students. She also hopes to get the community involved more.
“I am very excited to be here,” she said. “Go Bulldogs!”
Cargill is married with two children. She is originally from Metamora, and resides in Berkey.
Dakota Ulrich, 25, is a new fifth grade social studies teacher at the middle school. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in adolescent young adult education – integrated social studies, with a minor in vocal music.
Ulrich student taught at Swanton.
“I love the Swanton community feel,” she said. “So homey, feels like family.”
She is most looking forward to learning new things about students and the teaching profession.
Ulrich enjoys sewing, singing, dancing, dark chocolate, ice cream, and Carlos Poco Loco. She also teaches dance classes in downtown Toledo through her drop-in studio, Dance with Dak.
Her favorite teacher was her high school choir teacher, Mr. Moses. “He always encouraged us to go after what we want and never give up. He is 100% my inspiration,” she said.
Ulrich is originally from Macomb, Mich., and resides in Toledo.