School district welcomes new teachers

Following is a list of the new teachers who will start this year in School District 55 schools in the Sweet Home area:

– Michelle Clarno, science at SHJH. Clarno graduated from Oregon State and received her master’s degree from Portland State. She taught in Florida for two years and is licensed in integrated science, grades 6-12.

– Jesse Chandler-Dreher, vocal music at SHJH and SHHS. Chandler-Dreher received his bachelor of arts degree in music from Vanguard University and his MAT from Oregon State. This is his first position.

– Jim Chroninger, science at SHHS. Chrininger graduated from Western Oregon University in 2001 and taught the last four years in California. He has science, health and physical education endorsements and is a track and volleyball coach as well.

– Patty Douglas, special education/basic life skills, at SHHS. Douglas is a Western Oregon graduate who taught life skills this past year in the Portland School District. She is a veteran special education teacher.

– Gelindo Ferrin, art at SHHS. Ferin received his bachelor’s and his master’s in education from Northern Arizona University. This will be his first high school teaching assignment.

– Deborah Handman, language arts at SHHS, Handman received her bachelor of arts in English from University of Oregon, a master’s of divinity degree from Emmanuel School of Religion and her secondary credential from Lewis and Clark. This is her first teaching position.

– Patrick Johnson, instrumental music at SHJH and SHHS. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Oregon and his MAT from OSU. He previously taught band and choir in the Monroe School District.

– Patrick Kanealey, special education/Resource Room at SHHS. Kanealey received his bachelor of arts degree from Marietta College. He has several years teaching experience.

– Paul Kingsbury, automotive technology at SHHS. Kingsbury received his bachelor of science and master of science from the University of Idaho. He has many years experience as an automotive-mechanic teacher.

– Georgia Macrellis, special edcuation at Foster (.5 fte) & district reading specialist (.2 fte). Macrellis is a veteran special education instructor who received her bachelor of arts from Stephen Austin University in Texas and her master of science degree from University of Kansas.

– Daymond Monteith, vice-principal at SHHS. Monteith graduated from Pacific University in 1992 with a bachelor of science in biology, master of arts from Southern Oregon and his administrative license from Portland State. He taught six years in the Klamath Falls School District.

– Barbi Riggs, second grade at Hawthorne. Riggs has been working as a temporary teacher since February. She is a Western Oregon graduate with a reading endorsement.

– Melissa Severns, third grade at Oak Heights. Severns is a SHHS graduate. She received her bachelor of science degree in education from Western Oregon. This is her first teaching position.

– Marie Spackman, family & consumer studies at SHHS. Spackman received her bachelor of science from Utah State University. She majored in family and consumer sciences. This is her first full time teaching assignment.

– Susan Stavas, English teacher at SHHS. Susan received her bachelor of arts in English from Oregon State and her master of arts from Western Oregon. This is her first regular teaching position.

– David Younger, health at SHHS. David is an SHHS graduate. He earned his bachelor of science degree in exercise and sports science with a physical education option from Oregon State. He received his physical education and health endorsements from Western Oregon. This is his first full-time teaching position.

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