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Meet the 'New Kids on the Block'

New kids on the block
Posted On: Friday, August 23, 2019

New kids on the block

12 new faculty and staff joined the district this week. They include paraprofessionals, teachers, a psychologist and an intervention specialist. Meet the new staff for the 2019-2020 school year:

Farkas

Julie Farkas
Fifth-grade teacher
Elementary School

Julie and husband Sean have two children and a Yorkie named Floyd. She previously taught for Perrysburg Schools. In her spare time, Julie enjoys being with her family and friends, boating, and traveling. People would be surprised to know that Julie hiked up 87 floors to the Great Wall of China in 100 degree heat; she’s swam with sharks and rays; rappelled down cliffs; and helicoptered over volcanoes. Julie is honored to become the newest member of our fifth-grade team and is excited to work with others who are passionate about education and doing great things for kids.

 

 

 

 

Gorsuch

Ashley Gorsuch
American Sign Language teacher
Junior/Senior High School

Ashley and husband Joseph have three children. Scarlett, their dog, completes the family. Ashley enjoys gardening, cooking, and exercising with her children. You may be surprised to know that Ashley’s love for ASL began in high school when she traveled with a select group of students to work at a school for the deaf. Since she’s began teaching ASL, she has returned to Jamaica several times. Ashley is thrilled to join the amazing team and family here, and looks forward to sharing her love and enthusiasm of ASL with Ottawa Hills students and community.

 

 

 

 

Hayes

Mackenzie Hayes
First-grade teacher
Elementary School

Mackenzie lives in Perrysburg and is the middle child of three. She has two “insane” cats and a very old lizard. Mackenzie enjoys running, playing tennis, and many other outdoor activities. She also enjoys watching movies, reading, and shopping. She also can play the piano and cello. Mackenzie says she “cannot wait to continue getting to know everyone, and will strive to be a great team member who brings excitement and positivity.”

 

 

 

 

Qaquay

Chinnon Jaquay
Psychologist
Districtwide

After beginning her career as an accounting major, Chinnon decided she wanted to work directly with people so she could make a change for the better. She has one daughter, who’s studying graphic design at Owens Community College. In her spare time, Chinnon enjoys spending time at the pool with her daughter and word and trivia games. On joining Ottawa Hills, Chinnon says: “This is a major move for me and I am excited for the change and ready for the challenge. I am hoping to be able to have an impact on each and every student in the district!”

 

 

 

 

Jusice

Holly Justice
Paraprofessional
Elementary School

She joins the district from Maumee Preschool. Holly has two sons: one in Toledo and the other in Vermont (on a 150-acre farm). She has a grandson and another grandbaby due soon. Holly enjoys walking, hiking, biking, going to concerts, art shows, festivals, and fundraisers. It’s no surprise that she is a big bargain shopper. She is excited to start this new chapter in her life with our school district.

 

 

 

 

 

Keil

Anne Keil
Paraprofesional
Junior/Senior High School

She has two sons, a daughter, and a West Highland White Terrier (named Wesley). In her spare time, Anne enjoys reading, decorating, gardening, walking her neighborhood with Wesley, going to concerts, art shows, and festivals. She also enjoys traveling to visit friends and family in Illinois, Colorado, and Down South. Anne is super excited to become a member of the Ottawa Hills team after hearing so many great things about our district and having known some of our former students.

 

 

 

 

Anna

Anna Szalkowski
intervention specialist
Elementary School

Anna joined the district in December but took part in orientation activities for new staff in August. She and boyfriend Michael have a miniature Goldendoodle named Otis. Anna enjoys all things outdoors: hiking, rollerblading, being out on the lake, strolling through Toledo Metroparks, and weather-permitting, hitting the links as often as she can. She is a loyal Michigan State fan (“Go Green!”) and loves college football and basketball. March Madness is her favorite time of the year. Anna is excited to be a part of the Ottawa Hills team and enjoys collaborating with her co-workers and getting to know the students.

 

 

 

 

Weaver

Kerstyn Weaver
Second-grade teacher
Elementary School

Kerstyn previously taught at Bowling Green Schools. She and her husband Craig just recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary, and purchased and moved into a new home. Kerstyn enjoys traveling and trying new authentic dishes, reading, hiking, yoga, finding new ideas for her classroom, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. She secretly wishes she was a reality TV star or Lifetime Channel actress. She enjoys a good trivia night and has been told that she sounds exactly like Mariah Carey when she sings.

 

 

 

 

Wimmer

Madalyn Wimmer
Kindergarten teacher
Elementary School

Madalyn comes from a family of seven, and they all enjoy having a family dinner every Sunday with her grandpa. Madalyn just added a Miniature Goldendoodle puppy named Maisie to her family. In her spare time, Maddy enjoys reading, knitting scarves, taking walks, playing catch with Maisie, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

Woodruff

Chad Woodruff
Long-term substitute music teacher
Elementary School

Chad has been a substitute teacher for several area school districts, including Perrysburg, Anthony Wayne, Maumee, and Springfield. His family lives in Sylvania and he enjoys riding his road bike and going to movies. He also plays the tuba and likes to sing operatic arias using his operatic tenor voice. Chad says he’s grateful to teach at Ottawa Hills and everyone here has been very supportive.

 

 

 

 

 

Wyatt

Megan Wyatt
Intervention specialist
Elementary School

Megan and husband Jessie have two children. Rounding out the family are dogs Spencer (a dachshund mix) and Bella (pit bull mix) Megan enjoys reading (when she has the time) and spending time with her children. Megan and Jessie also enjoy traveling to Grand Rapids and Grand Haven in Michigan. People may be surprised to know that Megan used to dance competitively and she has performed and competed all over the country. Megan says she is “really excited about working for a small, tight knit community; loves to collaborate and looks forward to working with teachers to make the best decisions for our kids.”





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