Employees of the Year 2018
Barb Coates - Brunswick High School
Mrs. Barb Coates has worked for Brunswick Schools for 25 years and is the 12th grade secretary at Brunswick High School. When asked what is the best part of her job, Mrs. Coates states that she enjoys organizing graduation and helping the seniors reach their goal of graduating.
Dave George - Towslee Elementary
Mr. Dave George has worked for Brunswick Schools for six years and is currently the site manager at Towslee Elementary School. He feels the best part of his job has been working with such amazing staff over the years, starting at Edwards, then Applewood and last but certainly not least Towslee, his home away from home.!
Peg Greenfelder - Edwards Middle School
Mrs. Peg Greenfelder recently retired after working for Brunswick Schools for THIRTY years. She worked for 22 years as a secretary at Edwards Middle School and prior to that, worked as a paraprofessional for eight years. Mrs. Greenfelder feels the best part of her job was being able to help people, including the students and staff.
Clara Kalal - Bright Beginnings Preschool
Mrs. Clara Kalal began working for Brunswick Schools as a substitute aide and has worked for three years in her current position as a special ed paraprofessional at Bright Beginnings Preschool. She feels the best part of her job is helping the preschoolers achieve their goals. “No day is ever the same.” Mrs. Kalal has always felt welcomed at every building she has worked in.
Tracy Merva - Crestview Elementary
Mrs. Tracy Merva has worked for Brunswick Schools for five years as a special ed paraprofessional at Crestview Elementary School. Mrs. Kalal says the best part of her job is spending time with the kids and working with an amazing team, including the caring and supportive staff at Crestview.
Kathy Sabol - Brunswick High School
Mrs. Kathy Sabol is in her 16th year working for Brunswick Schools. She started out as a substitute aide and was hired as a monitor. After two years, she transferred to the Special Education Department where she currently works as a special education paraprofessional at Brunswick High School. Mrs. Sabol loves working with the kids and making a positive influence in their lives. She tries to stress to them that if they are willing to help themselves, then she will do whatever she can to help them along their journey.
Brad Dye - Applewood Elementary
Cleveland State University: BA in Elementary Education
Cleveland State University: MA in Curriculum and Instruction
Notre Dame College: Principal's Licensure
15 Years at Applewood teaching 5th Grade
The best part of being a teacher is building relationships with my students and watching them learn and grow. The best thing about working for Brunswick is being able to live and work in such a great community which supports and values all of our students.
Lori Thomason - Crestview Elementary
Bachelor of Science in Education
Master’s and post-Masters in Administration at Baldwin Wallace University
12 years at Hickory Ridge teaching 3rd and 5th grade, 6 years at Crestview teaching 5th grade
The best part of being a teacher is making a difference in a child’s life. The best part of working for Brunswick City Schools is teaching in the community that I grew up in.
Marianne Dean - Hickory Ridge Elementary
Xavier University: BA in Early Childhood Education
Kent State University: MA in Curriculum and Instruction
11 years teaching 1st grade at Hickory Ridge
The best part of being a teacher is definitely the amazing kids that I get to work with and have fun with. The best part of working for Brunswick City Schools is the awesome families and amazing and dedicated staff that I get to work with.
Claire Trujillo - Huntington Elementary
John Carroll University: BA in Education & MA in Administration
12 years teaching 1st/2nd grade at Huntington
The best part of being a teacher and working for the Brunswick City Schools is the relationships you get to develop with students, families, and colleagues. The connections I've formed with people in this district will forever be a part of me and have made me a stronger teacher. There is nothing more inspiring than collaborating with Brunswick staff to make a difference in the lives of our students. The opportunity to inspire a love of learning that can impact a student's life forever is a privilege that I'm grateful to have.
Elizabeth "Bizz" Rinkes - Kidder Elementary
Trine University: BA in Education; currently pursuing: MA in Instructional Technology at University of Akron
Five years teaching 5th grade Language Arts & Social Studies at Kidder Elementary
I think the best part about being a teacher is forming lasting relationships with students and seeing their growth not only during the year I taught them but in the future years as well. I love teaching in the Elementary because the students come back to visit during events such as open house and get to tell me about their middle school experiences. Overall, Brunswick is a great place to work because everyone is always positive and encouraging you to task risks in the classroom to try new things. We also have a great connection with the community and family support. Education is not a one-way street and the home connection makes all the difference in a student's successes.
Jenny Bierman - Memorial Elementary
Malone University BA in Education
Four years teaching 4th grade at Memorial
The best part of being a teacher is working with kids and seeing them become passionate about something. I love seeing students understand a concept that they didn't understand before. Brunswick is home to me. The care and passion towards the schools and the students are paramount. The school district is like one big family working towards one common goal: what is best for every student.
Kristy Piper - Towslee Elementary
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory BM - Piano Performance, BME - Music Education
Cleveland State University MA - Music Education
The University of Akron MA - Educational Administration
13 years at Towslee, six years at Brunswick High School
The best part about being a music teacher is having the same students for many years. I love seeing students grow up and learn. Brunswick Schools is an awesome place to work. There is a family and team atmosphere that makes me look forward to coming to work each and every day. The specials team at Towslee is amazing. I always feel supported in everything that I do.
Bridget Butzier - Edwards Middle School
University of Akron: BA in Fine and Applied Arts, University of Akron: MA in Education (School Counseling)
Six years as the School Counselor at Edwards Middle School
The best part of being a school counselor in the Brunswick City Schools is the ability to connect with and support each and every student and family at Edwards Middle School as well working with an amazing staff.
Ellyn Lykins - Visintainer Middle School
Ohio University: BA in Education
5th year at Visintainer Middle School teaching 7th-grade language arts
I love teaching 7th-grade language arts because I get to help students grow up and learn about the world around them through reading and writing. I enjoy working for the Brunswick City Schools because I'm surrounded by so many passionate teachers who do amazing things for kids every day, and I've made great friends who have changed my life in a very positive way.
Kelly Wagner - Willetts Middle School
Bowling Green State University: Bachelors of Science in Education with concentrations in math, science, and reading
Three years at Willetts teaching 6th and 7th grade Science
I love working in Brunswick City Schools because of the amazing students, families, and staff.
David Telischak - Brunswick High School
John Carroll University: BA in History/Secondary Education
Cleveland State University: Master's in Special Education
12 years at the high school teaching special education and nine years at Visintainer/Edwards coaching boys basketball
The best part about being a teacher is having the opportunity to help young men and women reach their full potential. The best part about working for Brunswick City Schools is having the privilege of working in a community with amazing students, families, teachers, support staff, custodians, bus drivers, coaches, administrators, and board members.