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October 22, 2019
 

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"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

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