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Clergy Chat with Rev. Wayne Albertson

Former pastor of Ada First United Methodist Church

Compiled by Darlene Bowers

My favorite Bible story is what is commonly called ‘Doubting Thomas,’ but it is not so much about intellectual belief as it is about the ability of those who are wounded and vulnerable in life being able to move through the barriers of fear and bring peace and compassion to others in need.

Rev. Wayne Albertson
Richfield, Minnesota
Previously at First United Methodist Church in Ada

When did you serve the Ada pastorate?
I served the First United Methodist Church in Ada from  June 1999 to June 2011.

Teri Salyer, Ada HS grad, ONU grad, Ada school teacher

"There is no better profession in the world."

Compiled by Darlene Bowers

Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Teri Salyer.

“I gave up too easily. Math was scary for me!” shares Teri Salyer. Giving up too easily did not remain in Teri’s equation as this Ada and ONU grad is in her 27th year of teaching.  Read on to learn why Teri believes she is in the best profession in the world.

What to do you teach at Ada?
I teach 4th grade Math.

"I like to see my students having fun in the classroom"

Tabitha McPeeks tells about teaching in Ada

Compiled by Darlene Bowers

Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Tabitha McPeeks.

“I like to see my students having fun in the classroom,” shares Tabitha McPeeks, Ada Elementary music and 5th grade band teacher. Read on to learn more about a memorable exclamation heard in her classroom…“Hey! That actually sounded like a song!”

What subjects and grades do you teach?
Elementary music and 5th grade band.

Jack Duffy talks about his ministry and thoughts on being a pastor

Can you guess how he proposed to his wife?

Compiled by Darlene Bowers

Every day is a gift from the Lord and you never know what is going to come your way. I need to trust in Him daily for guidance,” shares Jack Duffy whose Bible is filled with many underlined passages and verses. Read on to learn more about this Ada pastor and his life and work in Christ with the First Baptist Church of Ada.

Jack Duffy
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Ada
350 West North Ave.
Ada, OH 45810

Meet Ada's new school superintendent, Meri Skilliter

"My career is child-centered. Ada’s kids are my kids."

The Icon caught up with Meri Skilliter a couple days after she accepted the superintendent position at Ada schools. She holds her principal/superintendent certification from the University of Findlay. Her superintendent certification courses are from Ohio State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University and a master's in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

Here’s a portion of our discussion.

When you were a student, what teacher excited you about making a career in education?

Erica Shadley: Ada schools have such positive energy!

"My students motivate me every day. They are my best teachers."

Compiled by Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Erica Shadley.

“I’ve never pictured myself doing anything else,” shares Erica Shadley about choosing a career in teaching. Read on to hear this 5th grade teacher’s advice to her students and who she wants them to be in the classroom. Hint: themselves with open minds and a readiness to learn!

What grade do you teach?
5th Grade ELA (English Language Arts).

Meet Alayne Schrock, Ada junior high science teacher

"Relationship building is at the top of the list of what gets me excited about being in the classroom"

Compiled by Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Alayne Schrock.

“I teach to impact the lives of my students,” shares Alayne Schrock. From middle school math to middle school science to field trips and science fairs, Alayne Schrock is creating that impact each day at Ada Schools.

Alayne Schrock

What are you teaching this year?
I teach 7th and 8th grade science.

Rachel Cooney Temple likes to have students focus on more than just math in the classroom

My goal: "At the end of each day I've helped improve a student's day somehow."

Compiled by Darlene Bowers
Welcome to Ada Icon's "Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Rachel Cooney Temple.

Have you ever thought about trying to be a positive moment in someone’s day or how about being a better version of yourself each day? Rachel Cooney Temple has…whether personally, academically or both, she’s working toward these goals with her students each day. Read on to learn about more of Rachel’s awesome goals.

Rachel Cooney Temple

15 minutes with Amos Wolber

He learned the machinist trade working at Lima Locomotive Works

By Monty Siekerman
The Ada Icon caught up with Amos Wolber at the Harold and Nancy Barker home where Amos was filling a tank with fuel for his riding mower. In two months, Amos will be 95 years old...and he's still going strong.

Amos continues to repair lawnmowers, even make the mower parts, if needed. He's been a machinist most of his life, having learned the trade at Lima Locomotive, which turned into Lima Baldwin Hamilton, which turned into Clark Equipment, which finally closed the facility in Lima.

Amos was born in Ada, but lived elsewhere. In his youth, he took farm jobs in various states.

Meet Meghan Harmon, second grade teacher

"I hope all of my students leave me this year not afraid to try something new or afraid to make a mistake."

By Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Meghan Harmon.

Hands on learning, arts and crafts at heart, and the power of “yet” all create one fabulous mix in this second grade teacher with a passion for helping others and making a difference with hard work and practice.  Meghan Harmon teaches lessons we all can use.

Meghan Harmon

What grade are you teaching?
I teach second grade.

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