Several new staff members greeted students in Swanton Local Schools as they headed to class in August.
Kyle Baker is the new physical education teacher at Crestwood Elementary School. Baker is a native of Ada, Ohio and has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Ohio Northern University.
Baker said he most looks forward to meeting the kids and gaining experience. He said he is “really impressed with the Crestwood building principal and other teachers in the building.”
Jeff Dojcsak is a new high school English teacher for grades 9 and 11. He is originally from Temperance, Mich. and is a graduate of Bedford High School and the University of Toledo.
Dojcsak found his way to Swanton based on a referral of social studies teacher Ashley Ward.
“The staff members all seem like a great bunch and the school has been very welcoming,” he said of what he likes best about his new job.
As he looks toward his first year, Dojcsak most looks forward to “going to as many extracurricular activities as I can to support my students.”
Dojcsak, 24, currently resides in Sylvania.
Kevin Heintschel is an intervention specialist in sixth grade math and language arts at the middle school. He is originally from Oregon, Ohio and graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in communication studies and Bowling Green State University with a degree in education – intervention specialist.
Heintschel came to Swanton after a mentor suggested he apply in case an opening came up.
During his first year, Heintschel said he looks forward to “participating in community events such as Corn Fest and cheering on all Bulldog sports.”
He said what he likes best about the new job is working in a building that is invested in building up students through academic excellence, after school programs and extracurricular offerings.
“I am committed to working together with the Swanton community, parents and students to make Swanton Middle School a school centered on inspiring dreams, raising up young leaders and providing an education that is second to none!”
Heintschel, 36, is married and currently resides in Maumee.
Tim Ford is the new dean of students and a seventh grade science teacher at Swanton Middle School. He is originally from Delta and has bachelor’s degrees from Miami University and the University of Toledo as well as a Master’s in Administration from Bowling Green State University.
When asked what he likes best about his new job, Ford said, “I am going to have the opportunity to interact with so many students on a daily basis.”
He added that he looks forward to “becoming part of such an extraordinary school which I have heard so many positive comments about.”
Ford, 31, is married with three children and resides in Delta.
Becky Jo O’Shea
Becky Jo O’Shea is the new eighth grade language arts teacher at the middle school. She is a Swanton native and has a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.
“I have met several staff members who have made me feel welcome,” O’Shea said. “It already feels like a fun, yet educational environment where we can help students achieve success.”
She looks forward to meeting and getting to know her students. “Each new year brings excitement and fun.”
O’Shea, 36, is married with two children and resides in Swanton.
“I am very excited about being able to come home and finish my career,” she said.
Abby Matthews is a new fourth grade teacher at Park Elementary School. She is originally from Van Wert and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo.
Matthews said before the school year that she cannot wait to be a part of the Swanton Local Schools community. She is most looking forward to the students in her first year.
Matthews, 24, resides in Toledo.
Also new this year are Tyler Lauber, a fourth grade intervention specialist and Julianna Beaber, a third grade teacher. They did not return questionnaires.