FLINT TWP. — Five new teachers were introduced to the Carman- Ainsworth School Board last week and the board also accepted the retirement or resignations of five other employees.
The new teachers are Kimberly Herd, Erin Martin, Laura Stoeckle, Shavonta Trouser and Angie Zimmerman.
Herd and Martin will teach at the high school. Herd, a science teacher, worked previously for the district in 2006-07. She left for a while and taught in North Carolina because her husband is in the military, she said.
Martin, who will teach chemistry and physical science, is a first-year teacher. She completed an internship in the 2013-14 school year at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
Stoeckle and Trouser will be special education teachers. Stoeckle will teach in the special education resource room at Randels Elementary. She is also a first year teacher who did her student teaching and was a long-term substitute teacher for Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools.
Trouser, who will teach at the middle school, said it is the third time around for her. First she was a student there, then a parent for the past two years and now is joining the staff, she said.
Zimmerman will teach Spanish I at the high school. She taught for 13 years in Dryden so it will be a big change for her going from a small school to a large one, she said.
Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff welcomed the new teachers and commented on a recent turnover rate in Genesee County.
“I have been talking to other superintendents and there is so much movement going on,’’ he said. “I don’t know if that is a sign of things getting better or worse.”
Due to a spate of August resignations resulting in the need to hire quickly, C-A was very fortunate to get these new teachers because their specialty areas – science, foreign language and special education are harder to fill, he said.
“We refuse to go on without knowing we have the very best people.”
At the same time, the board accepted resignations from Kirk Anderson, a special education teacher at the high school, effective August 4; Andrea Atkinson, who has been on personal leave, effective Aug. 8; Jennifer Feurt, a speech pathologist, effective Aug. 6 and Jacquelyn Traub, a high school Spanish teacher, effective Aug. 11.
The board also approved a contract for Deborah Davis as the interim high school principal for 2014-15. She replaces Rory Mattar, who retired, effective Aug. 20.