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New faces at county schools

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By The Staff

Ten educators join Cannelton, Tell City, Perry Central staffs

PERRY COUNTY - The students and staffs at Cannelton City Schools, Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. Schools and Perry Central Community School are welcoming new teachers and administrators. Here is a short bio for Perry County's newest educators.

CANNELTON CITY SCHOOLS

Eric Harris

A 2007 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, Eric Harris isn't new to Cannelton High School.

He graduated from the county's smallest school in 2002 and is its new history and careers teacher. Before this teaching assignment, Harris taught language arts in the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. during the first semester of the 2007-08 school year and was a substitute teacher at Cannelton.

He said he wants to provide students education on the same level he received as a student and give students "interesting information while reminding them of the importance of having knowledge in our society."

"I try to create a learning environment for my students in which they can feel free to ask questions and expand upon the curriculum," Harris said. "I also hope that some of my lessons transcend the classroom and cause students to reflect on their own everyday lives."

TELL CITY-TROY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL CORP.

Kyle Miles

Kyle Miles, the new sixth-grade science and social studies teacher at Tell City Junior High, graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in natural resources and environmental science; a master's in science education from Indiana State University and a master's in teaching from Oakland City University.

She previously worked as an environmental educator for the Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District, as education director for Mission to Mars Outreach Imagination Station and was a substitute teacher for Richland Bean Blossom Community Schools. A volunteer for the White River Humane Society and Wildcare Wildlife Rehab, she said her students already know how much she loves animals.

"I hope to share my enthusiasm for science with students," said Miles. "The classroom will be a positive learning environment where each student has an important role. Also, my goal is to provide students with hands-on activities so that they are active learners."

Natasha Judy

Splitting her time between Tell City's junior-high and high-schools, Natasha Judy will help young musicians as an assistant band director.

She graduated in December 2007 with a bachelor's degree in secondary instrumental music education from the University of Evansville.

In addition to being a private clarinet instructor and assisting the Jasper High School marching band, she was a student teacher at Henderson South Middle School and held student internships at Glenwood Middle School and Bosse High School.

In her resume, Judy states that she is dedicated to teaching music and has creative lesson planning.

Ronnie Robinson

Ronnie Robinson will carry a full plate this year as Tell City High School's newest English teacher, assistant varsity football coach, drama club sponsor and spring play director.

He received an English composition degree from DePauw University and teaching certification from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis.

He taught at Western Boone High School for three years, Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fla., for two years and was the youth director for Pittsboro United Methodist Church for eight years.

Robinson's goals for this year include improving students' writing and Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus performance; improve the football team each week and get the drama club more involved with the community.

Robinson and his wife, Jody, and children, Amelia, 3, and Bobby, 11, reside in Tell City.

Jason Wilkerson

A Marine with five years of active service and three years reserve, Jason Wilkerson teaches special education students at Tell City Junior High.

He graduated from Heritage Hills High School, attended Vincennes University for two years then graduated from Oakland City University.

In addition to teaching at Owensboro Middle School and Chandler Elementary School, he coached football, basketball and baseball for five years.

"My goal is to make the learning experience wonderful for my kiddos; and the teaching experience for those who will have my kiddos in their room very rewarding," Wilkerson said.

A Dale resident, he is a member of the American Legion and Dale Fall Fest Committee. He has two children, Logan and Kayla.

PERRY CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

James Powell

The new assistant band director for Perry Central, James Powell said he plans to gain experience, friends, patience and lots of wisdom this year.

A graduate of Murray State University with a bachelor's degree music education, he taught at Owensboro, Castle and South Spencer high schools and Charleston School of the Arts in South Carolina.

At Perry Central he will teach first-, fourth- and seventh-grade music classes and percussion.

Powell and his family, wife, Shawna, and children, Jacob and Makenna, reside in Owensboro, Ky.

Seth Clark

As Perry Central High School's assistant principal, Seth Clark said his "foremost objective is to improve and promote academic success by building a structured school environment through appropriate discipline and attendance oversight."

Also, he wants to provide support and leadership to the "hardworking staff and faculty members."

Clark taught eighth through 12th grade general science, biology, environmental science, scientific research and earth and space science in the Springs Valley School Corp. in French Lick.

During his time there, he initiated the school's first science fair, coached boys junior-varsity basketball and the junior-high and high-school science academic teams and developed and taught the school's first scientific research course. He received a bachelor's degree in geology, teaching license, master's degree in education and administrative and principal license from the University of Southern Indiana and plans to receive his doctorate in education leadership from Northcentral University in 2009.

Clark and his wife, Ashli, reside in Birdseye. He also enjoys fishing, being in the outdoors and looks forward to being more involved with the community.

Rob Moskos

Rob Moskos traded his Bulldog black and gold for Commodore green this year, joining the school as its social worker.

A licensed school social worker by the Indiana Department of Education, he also holds an occupational specialist II license.

He worked as Cannelton's school social worker from 2004 to 2008 where he also coached track and cross country; he was a therapist for Southern Hills Counseling Center in Tell City and was a school counselor and special-education teacher for Ganado Middle School in Arizona.

He said he wants to get to know students and staff at Perry Central, provide individual and group counseling and "have some fun."

Moskos and his family reside in Cannelton. He also enjoys preserving historic buildings and running.

Brian Springer

Increasing FFA enrollment and interest about the organization are a couple of the goals Brian Springer has set for himself this school year.

The agriculture, science and business teacher graduated from Purdue University with an agricultural education teaching license.

He taught at Bedford North Lawrence High School and owns Springer Brother Farms.

Springer, who resides in Paoli, also wants to get students excited about agriculture and help them develop an understanding on what it all entails.

He is engaged to Brandi Mills, a second-grade teacher at South Central Elementary School.

Phil Zellers

A 2002 Perry Central High School graduate, Phil Zellers received a degree in social science education for fifth through 12th grades from the University of Southern Indiana in 2006.

He worked at Foust Elementary in Owensboro as an intervention assistant during the 2006-07 school year and then worked at Branchville Correctional Facility as a correctional casework manager until August of this year.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to work for the school from which I have had so many positive experiences," Zellers said. "My goals for the school year are to expand students' knowledge of the world in past and present times, as well as teaching the importance of citizenship education."

He resides in Tell City with his wife, Heidi, and son, Luke.