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October 21, 2020
 

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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).

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