There are five new faces in the Archbold school district and two at Pettisville.
Amy Baden, a Pettisville resident, will teach special education at Archbold High School.
Baden, AHS ‘04, earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Huntington (Ind.) University in 2008.
Before coming to Archbold, she was a teacher in the Bryan City School district.
Baden will also coach freshman volleyball.
She and husband Chris have a two-year-old son, Carson.
Courtney Froehlich will teach music at Archbold Elementary School.
A 2010 graduate of L’Anse Creuse High School-North, Chesterfield, Mich., she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education with K-12 certification from Bowling Green State University in 2014.
Froehlich did music internships through Project Day- Dream, an arts and theater group based in Birmingham, Mich. She worked as an assistant music director and camp mentor.
Froehlich said, “Family, friends, and faith are very important to me. I really enjoy being involved at church, especially by serving in the church choir.
“I actually heard about the (Archbold) position while I was a student teacher at Pettisville. I am so excited to join the Archbold community!”
Archbold native Abbey Graber joins AHS as a special education teacher.
Graber, AHS ‘10, graduated from Bluffton University in 2014 with a degree as a K- 12 mid-moderate intervention specialist. She minored in sociology.
She will coach junior high girls basketball on a volunteer basis.
Graber plans to wed Steve Nafziger in October.
Dana Hilfinger, Whitehouse, will teach seventh grade social studies and language arts at Archbold Middle School.
A 2009 Anthony Wayne High School graduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from BGSU in 2013, majoring in middle childhood education in language arts and social studies.
She was a substitute teacher in the Anthony Wayne and Perrysburg districts during the 2013-14 school year.
Hilfinger said she is hoping to get involved in volleyball at Archbold.
She coached the seventh grade girls team at Anthony Wayne and a junior high league team at the Toledo Volleyball Club last winter.
“I am from a small community, and like the feel of a small town. I am looking forward to getting to know Archbold,” she said.
Jill Nafziger, Archbold, is a paraprofessional who will work with kindergarten through fourth grade students in the AES computer lab.
Nafziger, AHS ‘88, earned an associate degree in administrative office from Hesston (Kan.) College in 1990, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Defiance College in 2000.
She has served as a substitute in Archbold schools.
She and her husband Todd have two children, Clay 13, and Gabrielle, 13.
Kathryn Jones, Temperance, Mich., joins Pettisville as a seventh and eighth grade social studies and language arts teacher.
A 2005 graduate of Bedford Senior High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo in 2014.
She did her student teaching at Monroe Road Elementary School.
“I have a passion for education and learning,” she said, noting, “The team atmosphere at Pettisville is very special!”
Amy Neiling, Liberty Center, will teach kindergarten through sixth grade special education and gifted students at Pettisville.
A 2009 graduate of Liberty Center High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, in 2014.
Neiling said she enjoys music, crafting, and spending time with family.
“I came to Pettisville for the close support of community and its positive reputation,” she said.