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June 13, 2014

D-80 hires teachers

MT. VERNON — District 80 Schools have hired six new teachers who will begin in August.

They include Keri Harrison, Mike Warren, Jeremy Clarke, Emily VanHoorebeke, Kelsei Green and Haley Haarmann.

Harrison will teach at J.L. Buford Intermediate Center and the remaining five will teach at the Primary Center.

“It’s a great group. We’re very excited,” said Superintendent Mike Green. “Many of them have a few years’ experience and that always helps.”

The District 80 Board of Education approved the hires Wednesday night following a closed session.

Harrison said she will teach fourth grade at Buford. She previously taught first and second grade at St. Theresa’s Catholic School in Salem.

“I’m thrilled and excited,” Harrison said of her new position. “I think District 80 is a great school district with lots of other great teachers and administrators.”

As a teacher, Harrison said she likes to challenge her students to “be the best they can be” and make a positive contribution to society.

Warren, who taught for two years in Johnston City, said his approach to teaching is to create an “active” learning environment so children can better retain knowledge.

“I like to get the kids as active as possible with their learning,” Warren said.

Staffing has been a major issue for District 80

moving into next year, considering the high number of recent retirements.

The district will have 17 retirements at the end of this school year, including two administrators, four teachers, one counselor and 10 non-certified positions. The retiring counselor, Teresa Barnfield, will be replaced by new hire Jodi Fatheree.

Retiring teachers include Becky Deaton, Helene Moore, Robin Tolbert and Julia Laur.

Tolbert teaches at the Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center. The other three are teachers at the Primary Center.

A 30-year veteran of District 80, Tolbert said she is proud of her career in education.

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