Solanco’s new teachers

| August 20, 2014

A total of 27 new teachers have joined the Solanco School District for the 2014-2015 school year. Also new to Solanco this year are two school counselors, two speech therapists, and a reading specialist. Solanco also has a new athletic director as the fall sports season gets underway.

New Teachers - ELThis photo features Solanco’s new elementary teachers.

Kneeling:  Nicole Laverty, Caitlyn Engle, Marissa Leo, Debra Harnish, Denise Deaven, Alyson Thorp.

Second row: Mollie Shreiner, Chanel Haraseviat, Mary Kent, Samantha Witman, Courtney (Wallace) Wagner, Rachel Olszewski, Amber Rohrer.

Third row: Shawn Moyer, Sarah Henry, Souzan Boules, Phillip Cogdill, Kayla Zeller, Brenna Hazlett, Jessica Matz.

Elementary schools:

Jessica Matz will teach extended day kindergarten at Bart-Colerain Elementary. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University. Her interests include reading and spending time with family and friends.

Amber Rohrer is a 5th grade teacher at Bart-Colerain. She graduated from Solanco High School and Millersville University. Her hobbies include reading, golfing, hiking and outdoor activities.

Alyson Thorp is a special education-learning support teacher at Bart-Colerain Elementary. She graduated from Elizabethtown College. Her interests include running, playing the violin, and spending time with family and friends.

Souzan Boules will teach 4th grade at Clermont Elementary School. She is a graduate of Millersville University. Her hobbies include cooking, art, traveling, exploring cultures and do-it-yourself projects.

Debra Harnish is a 2nd grade teacher at Clermont Elementary. She is a graduate of Solanco High School and Millersville University. Her interests include running, biking, kayaking, hiking, reading, scrapbooking and baking.

Sarah Henry is a 4th grade teacher at Clermont Elementary school. She is a Millersville University graduate who enjoys cooking, and watching and participating in sports.

Shawn Moyer is the school counselor at Clermont Elementary. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University, Eastern Mennonite University and Lancaster Bible College. His interests include family time, sports, the Philadelphia Phillies, fantasy football, and walking.

Phillip Cogdill is an emotional support teacher at Providence Elementary. He has five years teaching experience in Harford County, Maryland. He is a graduate of Millersville University and earned a Master’s in special education at Towson University. His hobbies include board games, traveling, basketball and baseball.

Caitlynn Engle is a learning support teacher at Providence Elementary. She is a graduate of Millersville University and her interests include spending time with family and friends and participating in sports.

Chanel Haraseviat is a life skills teacher at Providence Elementary. She has previous experience as a kindergarten teacher at a private school. She is a graduate of Messiah College and she is interested in eradicating human trafficking.

Denise Deaven is a kindergarten and 1st grade reading specialist at Quarryville Elementary. She has previous experience as a special education and regular education teacher, and as an intervention specialist. She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Penn State University and her interest include spending time with family and pets, and reading.

Mary Kent is the school counselor at Quarryville Elementary School. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College and earned a Master’s in school counseling at West Chester University. Her hobbies are scrapbooking, reading, biking and Philadelphia Phillies baseball.

Marissa Leo is a learning support teacher at Quarryville Elementary. She is a Millersville University graduate and enjoys baseball, baseball, music, singing, reading and going to the beach.

Rachel Olszewski is a kindergarten teacher at Quarryville Elementary. She is a graduate of Solanco High School and Millersville University. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Samantha Witman is a 4th grade teacher at Quarryville Elementary. She graduated from Shippensburg University and her interests are basketball, soccer, reading, gardening, running, and outdoor activities.

New Teachers - SECIn this photo are Solanco’s new high school and middle school teachers.

Front Row:  Megan Yeich, Rebecca Fairchild, Alexandria DeCicco, Allyson Pruskowski, Mollie Wishneski.

Second row: Jake Bongiovanni, Amy Hummer, Rebecca Sykes, Beth Hanna, Kayla Zeller, Brenna Hazlett, Julie Gordon.

Third row:  Tim Tercha, Anthony Cox.

Middle schools:

Alexandria DeCicco is a new 7th grade English and language arts teacher at Smith Middle School. She is a graduate of West Chester University. Her interests include family and friends, coaching soccer, baking, reading, shopping and the beach.

Rebecca Fairchild will teach 8th grade language arts at Smith Middle School. The Millersville University graduate is interested in reading, writing, romantic literature, Russian literature, art, and running.

Tim Tercha will teach 8th grade integrated geography at Smith Middle School. He is a graduate of Solanco High School and Millersville University. His hobbies include barbering, sports and wellness.

Megan Yeich is a 6th grade science teacher at Smith Middle School. She is a Penn State graduate. Her interests include playing field hockey and soccer, running, and family and friends.

Beth Hanna is a learning support teacher at Swift. She has previous experience as a 1st grade and emotional support teacher. The Millersville University graduate enjoying reading and spending time with her children.

Amy Hummer will teach 7th grade math at Swift Middle School. She has previous teaching experience in North Carolina and Maryland. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech and her hobbies include her two dogs, hiking and learning how to golf.

Molly Wishneski will teach 8th grade language arts at Swift Middle School. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and she earned a Master’s in education at Carlow University. Her interest include reading, writing, crafts, intramural sports and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

High school:

Jake Bongiovanni will teach algebra 2 and intermediate algebra at Solanco High School. He graduated from Millersville University and his activities include sports, watching movies and spending time with friends.

Anthony Cox is a physical education teacher at Solanco High School. He is also the new varsity head football coach. He is a graduate of Indiana State University and his interests include camping and fishing.

Julie Gordon is an earth and space science teacher at the high school. She graduated from Clarion University and gardening is her hobby.

Allyson Pruskowski is an emotional support teacher at the high school. She is a graduate of Millersville University. Her hobbies include exercise, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

Rebecca Sykes is a 9th and 10th grade math teacher at Solanco High School. She is a Lebanon Valley College graduate. Her hobbies include sports, reading, surfing and outdoor activities.

Solanco’s new athletic director is Anthony Hall. He is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi, SUNY Brockport, and Springfield College. His hobbies are spending time with his family and reading.

Multiple schools:

Nicole Laverty is a kindergarten teacher at Clermont and Providence elementary schools. She is a Millersville University graduate, and her interests include running, cooking, reading, archery, and spending time with family and friends

Mollie Shreiner is a physical education teacher at Bart-Colerain and Providence elementary schools. She has previous experience in the Warwick School District. She is a Penn State University graduate. Her interests include spending time with family, wellness and horseback riding.

Courtney Wagner is a learning support teacher in Clermont and Quarryville elementary schools. She has previous experience at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. She is a Millersville University graduate and enjoys running and cooking.

Brenna Hazlett is a speech therapist at Solanco High School and Providence Elementary. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests include family and friends, reading, and playing trivia.

Kayla Zeller is a speech therapist as Smith Middle School and Quarryville Elementary. She is a graduate of Towson University where she was a division 1 swimmer, and Clarion University. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, reading and trivia.

Category: Elementary News, Featured Stories, High School News, Middle School News

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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