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August 3, 2013

Ex-wrestler hired as teacher

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Ballard has worked the last three years at the Litchfield Community Unit School District. His first two years there, he was a teacher’s aide and for the last year he was an in-school suspension supervisor.

“I’m a firm believer that everything comes down to effort, both (from) the students and myself,” Ballard said.

His new job at MVTHS will be his first full-time teaching position.

“He’s going to bring a very broad and interesting perspective,” Olson said of Ballard.

Ballard currently lives in Litchfield, but plans to move to Mt. Vernon for his new job.

His girlfriend, Valerie Coolbaugh, just recently returned from Afghanistan, where she had been deployed with the U.S. Army.

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