Homecoming for teachers – bringing them closer to home | Tri-County Citizen – Browncitybanner

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Veteran Montrose Blueberry Festival pancake breakfast volunteer Chet Ptasnik (right) teaches pancake flipping 101 to the visiting royalty on Saturday, Aug. 21. See page 7 for more festival photos. Photo by Keith Salisbury
MONTROSE – During the Tuesday, Aug. 24 meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Linden Moore reported on a trend toward teachers moving closer to home. Several new hires will be returning home to Montrose. A few staff members who have been driving an hour or more to school have accepted positions closer to home.
Moore said, “Many of these (staff changes) were opportunities to work minutes from home.”
Moore began by confirming that Hill-McCloy High School Principal Grant Hegenauer is now officially the superintendent of Frankenmuth Schools.
Currently, former Hill-McCloy High School principal Jim Ply is serving as interim principal at Hill-McCloy until Friday, Oct. 1.
Moore announced that Kuehn-Haven Middle School special education teacher Shawn Compton, who has served the Montrose school district for five years, has accepted a job with Hartland Consolidated Schools, which is just minutes from her home. She had been commuting an hour each way to Montrose.
Ike Guziak, Chesaning, rears up his tractor as he competes in the Dead Weight Pull during the Mid-Michigan Old Gas Tractor Show on Saturday, Aug. 21. See Page 6 for more photos Photo by Jeanne Marcello
Kuehn-Haven sixth grade teacher Mandy Hanel has accepted a position in Millington; another one closer to home.
And the theme continued.
Moore informed the school board that he just received a letter of resignation from Hill-McCloy High School industrial arts/career technical training instructor Mike Roberson. Moore explained that in his letter, Roberson wasn’t looking for another job, he enjoys working in Montrose. The school district has provided state-of-the-art equipment to train students for today’s high-tech industrial arts jobs. However, a headhunter sought Roberson out for a position that is very close to his home in Midland. The new job would enable him to spend a lot more time with his three children, Moore said. Moore can understand that.
Then Moore told the board, “Let’s hire some people. We found the perfect replacement for Hill-McCloy principal. I can’t believe we had 28 applicants. After all the interviews, Casey Schaub was chosen unanimously.”
Hill-McCloy High School Principal Casey Schaub
Schaub is the new principal for Hill-McCloy. He earned his teaching degrees in math and science and his administrative certificate for kindergarten through grade 12. He is the former educational technology specialist who previously assisted Montrose teachers with their computer needs, while working at the Genesee County Intermediate School District (GISD). Schaub is currently the principal of Montague Elementary School in Mt. Morris.
Moore contacted the Mt. Morris School District to let them know of Montrose’s interest in Schaub as a professional courtesy. Moore is working with Mt. Morris on a transition schedule for Schaub. Fortunately, Jim Ply is able to serve as interim principal at the high school.
Mary Andres has been chosen to teach sixth-grade math at Kuehn- Haven Middle School (KHMS). KHMS Principal Rhonda Barber explained that Andres holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math. She has 20 years of experience as a math coach and teacher. “She loves math. We are excited to have her on the team,” Barber said of Andres.
Barber also mentioned the addition of Jennifer Mathenia, who is a new special education teacher at Kuehn-Haven. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in special education.
Moore commented, “Special education teachers are very difficult to find. We are very lucky to have her.”
ShayLynne Hickmott has been selected to teach second grade at Carter Elementary School. She is a certified teacher, coming to Montrose from Zilwaukee Elementary School where she was teaching grades second and third. Moore said, “She’s a Montrose graduate as well.”
Abriana Anderson was chosen to teach third-grade students at Carter. She is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University. She is certified to teach grades kindergarten through fifth grade and she was working at Clio schools. Moore said Anderson was previously an assistant varsity girls basketball coach and a soccer coach for Montrose. “We are excited to have her back and she is also a Montrose graduate,” Moore said.
Shaun Brewer has been promoted to director of Montrose Choice Schools. He joined the Montrose school district in fall of 2015.
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