Students will see several new faces among the staff at Swanton Local Schools when they begin classes this week.
Brianna Bergman will be a middle school intervention specialist. Bergman, 25, is a Maumee native, who attended Miami University and Bowling Green State University.
She heard about the open position at Swanton from a Bowling Green professor.
Bergman said what she will like best about her new job is “Who I will be working with, and where I am working – Go Bulldogs!” She most looks forward to being involved, getting to know people/students from Swanton, and making Swanton her “home away from home.”
Her hobbies include running, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling and decorating. She resides in Monclova.
“(I’m) very happy and excited to be joining Swanton Schools – looking forward to what’s in store,” she said.
Kelsey Gillen will be physical education teacher at Crestwood Elementary School. Gillen, 34, is a Delta native with a bachelor’s degree from Bluffton College and master’s from Walden University.
She heard about the position from Mike Vicars, director of student services.
What she likes best about her new job is “guiding today’s youth in understanding the importance of a healthy, physically active lifestyle.” Gillen is also looking forward to getting to know all the staff and students.
Her hobbies include running and watching her children play sports. She is married with five children – Karsyn, 10; Keagyn, 8; Jensyn, 6; Jaedyn, 5; and Jaxtyn, 1 – and resides in Delta.
Cory Lehman will be a middle school intervention specialist. Lehman, 26, is a Rossford native and Central Catholic graduate with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Siena Heights University.
Lehman found out about the position from district basketball coach Frank Onweller.
“I like that I will be in a small knit community, that has a lot of pride in their school,” said Lehman.
His hobbies include sports, especially Cleveland teams.
“I look forward to getting involved in the community and extra-curricular activities,” said Lehman, who resides in Toledo.
Taryn Casteel will be a seventh grade math and science teacher at Swanton Middle School. Casteel, 24, is a Beavercreek, Ohio native who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University.
“I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know the students and staff,” said Casteel, who now lives in Toledo. “I also am looking forward to implementing exciting and unique real-world based lessons.”
Sam Wesche will be the new physical education teacher at Park Elementary School. Wesche, 25, is a Napoleon native with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay and is currently pursuing a master’s in education from Findlay.
Wesche, a Findlay resident, said what he likes best about his job is “the teachers I have met that I will be working with.”
He looks forward to building good relationships with staff, students and community. A new idea for the district he has is junior high strength training. He said he wants to make sure they learn the right way.
His hobbies include pick-up sports and lifting.
Ashley Hendrix is the new second grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School. Hendrix, 25, is a Sylvania native who received a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a graduate reading endorsement.
Hendrix, a Toledo resident, was previously both a student teacher and long-term sub for Swanton Schools.
Her hobbies include running. What she likes best about her job is that she gets “to work with the second grade team again.”
Also in the district, Becky Nelson is the new superintendent’s secretary and is working at the board office on Main Street. Tammie Boyd is also a new pre-kindergarten teacher at Crestwood.