Meet The New Staffers At Archbold, Pettisville Schools
At Pettisville, one new teacher and one school counselor join the staff.
Cindy Clark, a 2003 Archbold High School graduate, will teach math and science to Archbold fifth graders.
She is a 2007 Bluffton University graduate, with a degree in middle childhood education. Prior to joining the Archbold staff, she taught seventh and eighth grade language arts in Wabash, Ind., and was the supervised study director for Hicksville middle and high schools. She also was the junior high girls track coach at Hicksville.
She and her husband Josh reside in Archbold.
"It's a special opportunity to return to Archbold and give back to this community," she said. "The warm support that I have received has reminded me that Archbold truly has a one-of-a-kind school system. I'm thrilled to be here, and I'm looking forward to a great year."
Maria Oyer, a 1985 AHS grad, joins the Archbold staff as an intervention specialist for kindergarten through second grade.
She spent eight years teaching reading recovery and special education at Groveport Madison school in Columbus, then another six years teaching third grade and special education at West Elementary School in Napoleon.
She and her husband, David, live in Archbold and have two children, Benjamin, 8, and Daniel, 6.
"I grew up in Archbold. The majority of my extended family lives in Archbold," she said.
"I received an excellent education through Archbold schools. Our sons are receiving an outstanding education at Archbold Elementary, and I am honored to become a staff member."
Nick Meyer, Sherwood, is a 2004 Fairview High School graduate. He is a reading, English, and math intervention specialist for the seventh and eighth grades.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 2009 from Bowling Green State University. This is his first teaching position.
Meyer plays piano and guitar. In 2004, he was injured while playing in a sectional boys basketball game- against Archbold. That year he also made an appearance on a television game show, "The Price Is Right."
"I have always thought of Archbold as a great community and school district," he said.
Jacinta Nafziger, a 2000 Archbold High School graduate, is a school counselor in the Pettisville Local School District, working with students in grades seven to 12.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies, secondary education, and justice, peace, and conflict studies. In 2009, she graduated from George Fox University, Portland, Ore., with a Master of Arts degree in school counseling.
She taught social science at the high school level at the Western Mennonite School, Salem, Ore., from 2005 to 2009.
"I taught American government, U.S. history, global geography, psychology, sociology, and global citizenship," she said.
In 2009 she received the Outstanding School Counseling Student award at GFU and the Oregon School Counselor Association Graduate Student Scholarship. She also received the Outstanding Woman Scholar in Education award at EMU in 2004.
She worked as an eligibility referral specialist with Fulton County Job and Family Services from 2004-2005.
Nafziger also has been a volunteer mediator with the Shalom Ministries' Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program, and has led yearly mini-terms at Western Mennonite School, traveling to places such as Washington, D.C., and Saskatoon, Canada.
She was an assistant girls soccer coach at Archbold in 2004.
Her mother, Joyce, is an art teacher at Pettisville. Her father, Mark, is the resident potter at Sauder Village.
"I am enthusiastic about supporting the academic, personal, social, and career development of students at Pettisville. I am looking forward to collaborating with the Pettisville community to advocate for the success of all students," she said.
The Pettisville School Board approved the hiring of Kendra Stahl as physical education and health teacher. This newspaper did not receive a questionnaire from her.