We have many new teachers in our district this year. This week we are featuring Mr. Roach, Mr. Myers, and Ms. Holcomb!
Ranger Spotlight: Mr. Roach
Mr. Josh Roach is a new member of the sixth grade team this year. This is his second year in the teaching profession. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in May 2014. Last year he taught eighth grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra in Connersville, Indiana. Mr. Roach is looking forward to implementing many hands-on, creative projects in his classroom. He also hopes to involve the community with some of these projects. When asked about special units that his students can look forward to, Mr. Roach explained that during the second half of the year, students will be studying economics. During the economics unit, students will either be creating their own city, where they can practice running businesses, or they will practice being in a government position. The goal is for students to learn the importance and challenges of economic decisions and the impact those decisions have on the community. He also hopes that his students can collaborate with the NEO! In his spare time, Mr. Roach enjoys playing sports, particularly basketball. He is a dedicated Cleveland fan, despite all of their struggles. Mr. Roach is also busy preparing for his wedding which will take place in June of 2016. Mr. Roach encourages families to call or email anytime with questions, concerns, or positive comments!
Ranger Spotlight: Mr. Roger Myers and Ms. Lisa Holcomb
The High School English Department is excited to welcome two new members to the team, Mr. Roger Myers and Ms. Lisa Holcomb. Mr. Myers will be teaching seventh and eighth grade English, while Ms. Holcomb will be teaching ninth grade English, ninth grade Honors English, and Creative Writing for grades nine and ten. Both Mr. Myers and Ms. Holcomb graduated last spring from Bowling Green State University!
Mr. Myers student-taught at Gateway Middle School in Maumee, Ohio. More than anything, he is looking forward to getting to know the staff and students at Northwood. He has many exciting units planned for his students, but he is really looking forward to the seventh grade mythology unit and the eighth grade journalism/blogging unit. Mr. Myers loves music and his students can look forward to having music implemented into daily lessons throughout the year. Additionally, he stated that his door is always open to concerns. He wants his students to know that they should never be afraid to ask questions!
Ms. Holcomb student-taught at Four County Career Center in Archbold, Ohio. She is most excited about getting to know all of her new students and to see each of the unique talents and skills they have to offer. All of Ms. Holcomb’s English classes can look forward to an exciting unit of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This unit will include pantomiming and other drama-related activities. The Creative Writing classes can look forward to a group writing project that involves the entire class working on its very own novel. When asked to provide a fun fact about herself, Ms. Holcomb shared that she had her first “star-struck” moment on a trip to New York City last summer. She attended Idina Menzel’s musical If/Then and was seated about 10 feet away from her. For those not familiar with the name, Idina Menzel is also the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen! When asked if there was anything else she would like to share, Ms. Holcomb stated, “I am very excited to join the extremely welcoming staff at Northwood schools and the Northwood community. Go Rangers!”