When students in the Archbold and Pettisville school districts return to the classroom next week, they will see some new faces.
Archbold has six new teachers, while Pettisville has one.
A profile of Beth Voll, new AHS band director, is omitted because she was featured in last week’s edition of the Archbold Buckeye.
Krysti Bowerman returns to her hometown to teach Spanish at Archbold High School.
A 2003 AHS graduate, she earned bachelors degrees in Spanish and Spanish education from the University of Toledo in 2007.
She taught Spanish I, II, and III at Bryan High School from 2009 through this year.
She will also be the advisor to the AHS junior class and the National Honor Society.
Bowerman and her husband Curt have two children, Ethan, 4, and Brynlee, 1.
“I wanted to teach in my hometown, especially since I know firsthand what an amazing school district Archbold is,” she said.
Christa Gasser is the work and family life teacher for grades 8-12 at Archbold.
She is also the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America advisor.
A 2009 Paulding High School graduate, she earned degrees in family and consumer sciences-teacher education at the University of Akron in 2012.
She previously taught at Convoy Crestview High School.
“I lived in Ft. Myers, Fla., this summer, working as a mentor for single moms at a non-profit organization,” she said.
“I have heard only positive things about the Archbold community, so when God opened the door to work here, I jumped at the opportunity!”
Shelby Lynn Graber will teach first grade at Archbold.
A 2001 AHS graduate, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Bowling Green State University in 2005.
She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education in 2011.
She taught kindergarten and first grade in Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, N.C., for six years.
While at Charlotte, she was the coach of a program called “Girls on the Run.”
She and her husband Spencer have a daughter, Grace, 1.
The daughter of Rodney and Pat Wyse, “My husband and I both graduated and grew up in Archbold,” Graber said.
Megan Nafziger is the new speech and language pathologist for Archbold, working with students in all grades.
A 1994 AHS graduate, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in hearing and speech sciences in 1999 from Ohio University.
She earned a master’s degree in speech pathology from OU in 2001.
She received school administration certification in 2008 from Bowling Green State University.
From 2002-08, she worked for the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center in the Montpelier and Edon schools.
From 2008-12, she was the NwOESC special education supervisor, and between December 2012-Jan 2013, she was the substitute principal at Archbold Elementary School.
She is married to Kent Nafziger.
“I previously worked with the Archbold school district as their NwOESC special education supervisor from 2010 to 2012,” she said.
“After 10 years in education, it is exciting to have the opportunity to work for my home district!”
Mindy Wanemacher will teach third grade reading and writing at Archbold.
A 2006 AHS graduate, she earned a bachelor’s degree in early education from the University of Toledo in 2011.
She and her fiancé, Travis Gruenhagen, plan to marry in December.
She is the daughter of Joel and the late Beth Wanemacher, and the granddaughter of the late Bill and Arlene Lovejoy. Bill was the mayor of Archbold for 22 years.
Lacee Lovins is the only new teacher at Pettisville.
She will teach fourth grade mathematics and science, and is an assistant girls basketball coach.
Lovins graduated from Wauseon High School in 2010.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in middle childhood education from Bowling Green State University in 2013.
The daughter of Wendee and Junior Lovins, she did her student teaching at Pettisville, where she served as assistant girls basketball coach.