St. Richard School teachers and staff were pleased and excited to open their doors to a new school year last week, welcoming back lots of familiar faces, but many new faces as well. Once again this year enrollment is on the rise with the school welcoming 14 new families.
Following this school year’s theme, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), the students began their year with a Kindness Retreat. Utilizing the book and video, “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch,” by Eileen Spinelli, the students discussed how acts of kindness changed Mr. Hatch’s life. They then talked about what they could do in their classrooms to demonstrate kindness to their classmates, as well as to their school family and their own families.
Through the discussion and activities the students came to realize that their simple acts of kindness will go a long way to make this a wonderful year at St. Richard School.
St. Richard School is pleased to welcome four new staff members. Paula Westmeyer is the new preschool aid and comes with 28 years of preschool teaching experience.
For the previous 13 years she was the Pre-K teacher for Anthony Wayne Preschool and has also worked for Lucas County and Grace Church preschool programs. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Owens Community College, and is currently studying Interdisciplinary Study and Elementary Education at Lourdes University.
Westmeyer knew that she wanted to be a teacher since she was a young child and what she enjoys most about teaching is honesty of young children and the excitement and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom.
Kristen Zimmerman is a graduate of Hicksville High School and Defiance College. Before coming to St. Richard as the kindergarten teacher, she was a substitute teacher and was a Title I teacher at Evergreen Elementary School.
Zimmerman lives with her husband and son in Wauseon, and enjoys camping and spending time with her family. She was drawn to teaching because of a desire to help students feel more confident in their learning abilities and to encourage children to become lifelong learners.
The new fifth and sixth grade teacher, Mr. Mark Gehres will be instructing middle school students in the areas of math and science. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Ohio State University, and a teaching license from Ashland University for middle school math and science.
Gehres hails from northeast Ohio where he was a substitute teacher in Catholic schools for several years. What he enjoys most about teaching is looking out at the class and seeing the students’ eyes light up. In his free time he enjoys sports, gardening and hiking.
Mrs. Beth McArthur joins the St. Richard staff as the new art instructor. She is a graduate of BGSU, and brings with her 22 years of experience having taught at Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton elementary schools, and most recently at Sylvania Franciscan Academy.
Her love of art weaves throughout her life, enjoying mural art and canvas painting in her spare time. McArthur is very happy to be a part of the St. Richard family with its inspiring, caring teachers and outstanding students. She feels it is her calling to share her gift of art through teaching and most enjoys watching the creative process unfold in the classroom through exploring an array of art materials. Mrs. McArthur and her husband Paul have three daughters, and they enjoy reading, swimming and biking.
Ann Geise is a staff member at St. Richard