Ten New Teachers Join Anthony Wayne Local Schools

Anthony Wayne Local Schools welcomes new teachers this year, including (from left) back row, Abigail Miller, Madalyn Wimmer, Haley Baun, Kelsey Dotson, Ellyn Haviland and Katie Pilcher; and front row, Marissa Dazell and Nicole Stansfield. Not pictured are Laura Buchanan and Agata Piestrack, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West employees who will be working in the district. MIRROR PHOTO BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — For 10 teachers, Monday, August 20 will be the first day as a full-fledged General.

Anthony Wayne Local Schools recently announced the hire of the following teachers and other professionals to fill vacancies due to retirements and resignations: 

Haley Baun is a social studies teacher at Anthony Wayne High School. A 2010 Delta High School graduate, Haley earned her bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Toledo and recently completed coursework for a master’s degree in American history and government from Ashland University. For the past four years, she has taught American history and world history at Edison High School in Milan, Ohio. In her free time, Haley enjoys traveling, fishing and skiing. 

Laura Buchanan, an employee of the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, is the new fifth-grade LEAP teacher. A Woodville native, Laura has a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University, a license to teach grades 1-8, and a K-12 gifted endorsement. Since 2008, she has worked with gifted students in grades 5-8 in Fostoria schools, where she also served in a variety of leadership positions.

 Marissa Dazell, a 2011 Anthony Wayne graduate, is an intervention specialist at the junior high. After earning a bachelor’s degree in special education from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Marissa taught one year with Findlay City Schools and two years at Bowling Green City Schools. She worked as an intervention specialist and co-taught geometry in an inclusion setting. Marissa also wrote and implemented IEPs (individual education plans) for the students she served. She lives in Maumee with her husband.

Kelsey Dotson, junior high math teacher, is a Shelby Senior High School and Capital University graduate with an integrated math degree. Previously, she taught high school geometry in Erie, Mich. She and her husband Josh, a financial analyst, moved to Sylvania in 2016.

Ellyn Haviland is the intervention specialist at Whitehouse Primary, where she served as a student teacher. A Sylvania Northview graduate, Ellyn was a part of BGSU’s study-abroad program, spending time in England while earning her degree. Ellyn loves traveling to new places, spending time with her cat and rereading her favorite books. 

Abigail Miller is a third-grade teacher at Waterville Primary. After graduating magna cum laude from BGSU, she received her fourth- and fifth-grade teaching endorsement from Walsh University. During her five years of experience, Abigail taught guided reading and math, 21st-century technology skills, PBIS, STEAM, Makerspace, Growth Mindset concepts and project-based learning. 

Agata Piestrack, also an ESC of Lake Erie West employee, is a part-time Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teacher. A native of Poland, Agata earned her master’s degree in English philology, specializing in teaching English as a second language and Polish/English translation. Agata moved to the United States eight years ago and has worked as a substitute in the Washington Local and Sylvania City school districts. She lives with her family in Toledo.

Katie Pilcher is a districtwide school psychologist. After earning a B.A. in psychology and sociology in 2009, she continued her studies at BGSU, earning a master’s degree in school psychology and as an educational specialist in school psychology. She has worked with both Sylvania City Schools and Springfield Local Schools, where for the past five years she has served in three elementary buildings and the Penta Career Center. Katie lives in Whitehouse with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Dexter. 

Nicole Stansfield, an AW graduate who started her career as a reading tutor at Monclova Primary, is a third-grade teacher at Waterville Primary. Nicole has a degree in education from BGSU and three years of experience teaching kindergarten for Bowling Green City Schools. 

Madalyn Wimmer, an AW graduate and Waterville resident, is a second-grade teacher at Monclova Primary. While earning her degree in early childhood education from Miami University, Madalyn was involved in fundraising for charities. For the past two years, she has taught kindergarten with Toledo Public Schools. During the summers, she has worked as a children’s program director with White Birch Lodge.

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