Mr. Johnson to Lead NHS, New Faces, and Mrs. Canaday’s Kindergarten Class!

Mr. Erik Johnson to Lead NHS in the 2018-2019 School Year


Erik Johnson is no stranger to the hallways of Northwood Local Schools. In fact, Mr. Johnson has spent his entire 18 year professional career helping to educate and lead our Rangers. Mr. Johnson was first hired as a Social Studies teacher. Since then, he has acted as the Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal. This year, he is taking on his newest role as the Northwood High School Principal.

Mr. Johnson plans to continue the joint efforts between our community and schools, to grow young people into successful contributing adults. He is looking forward to working with students in a different capacity and helping them to set and reach their goals.

Mr. Johnson added, “Northwood is a special place. A place where there is a strong sense of community. A place where students have a wonderful support network, both at home and school. A culture that helps to lift one another up when needed and to celebrate all of our victories, both individual and group. I look forward to continuing to have a role in our community, being part of our support network and growing our culture here at Northwood High School.”


NLS Welcomes New Teachers to the District:

NES Welcomes Chelsea Lord as Intervention Specialist

IMG_3439This year, NES welcomes Chelsea Lord as our new second grade Intervention Specialist. Mrs. Lord is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. Most recently, she completed her student teaching experience in K-2 Intervention at Anthony Wayne Schools.

When discussing special units, projects, or lessons that her students can look forward to, Mrs. Lord said that Telling Time is one of her favorite units to teach in the second grade. She explained that her students can look forward to a fun twist on the traditional math topic, including the use of props, games, and even a rap song or two!

Mrs. Lord also shared that at her previous teaching placement, she was well-known as the teacher that would trade Pokemon cards. She explained that during arrival and dismissal, students would read her the cards that they wanted to trade. “This was a really fun, high interest activity that allowed me to interact with all students while working on basic reading skills,” said Mrs. Lord.

When asked what she is most looking forward to this school year, Mrs. Lord replied, “I am looking forward to collaborating with such a knowledgeable staff. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite teaching strategies and lesson ideas while learning what the other educators have to offer.” She added, “This beautiful new school has so many resources available. I can’t wait to put them to good use and give my students an amazing year!” She concluded, “I am just so excited to be here!!!”

Haley Eaton to Join NHS Science Department

Mrs. Haley Eaton will be joining the NHS Science Department this year, teaching Biology, IMG_3435Anatomy, and Environmental Science. Mrs. Eaton, who is entering her first year of teaching, received her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Toledo. Last year, she student taught Chemistry and Physical Science at Rossford High School. When asked about a fun fact about herself, Mrs. Eaton stated that she played flute and piccolo in band from 5th grade to senior year of college!

Mrs. Eaton is most looking forward to getting to know all of the students and being a part of the Northwood community. Some of the things students can look forward to in her class will include dissections for Anatomy, outdoor lab work for Environmental Science, as well as interactive lab work and peer teaching for Biology.

Nicole Schmeltz Joins the High School Social Studies Department

IMG_3533.jpgWe welcome Mrs. Nicole Schmeltz as she begins her first year of teaching! Mrs. Schmeltz recently completed her studies at Huntington University. She is quite familiar with Northwood, as she explained that growing up, she had a Northwood address, but lived within the Lake Local School district.

Mrs. Schmeltz will be teaching Modern World History, Psychology/Sociology, and Economics/Contemporary World Issues. When asked about her new classes, Mrs. Schmeltz stated, “I am super excited for Psychology/Sociology and Contemporary World Issues because we can focus on what the students are interested in, for instance, different personalities! For Modern World History, I am excited for the World Wars because that seems to be what students enjoy most!” Above all, Mrs. Schmeltz is looking forward to building relationships with the students, as well as staff and faculty. Mrs. Schmeltz concluded, “I am so excited to be a part of this community and can’t wait to get to know you all better!”

Matthew Shirey Chosen as Leader of Northwood Bands

Mr. Matthew Shirey brings with him five years of experience as he takes on the role of IMG_3436band director to our Rangers. Mr. Shirey begins his sixth year of teaching as he begins his new journey in Northwood. Previously, he taught K-6 Music and was the Assistant Band Director for Sandusky City Schools. This year, Northwood Band students can look forward to participating in parades, Friday night football games, the Vermilion Band Festival, a Cavs pregame performance, the winter concert, Band-O-Rama, and the annual spring concert. Mr. Shirey said, “We will be performing a lot this year!” He added, “I also have several guest artists lined up to work with the students throughout the year, such as Dr. Younglove, Vandoren Artist and Professor of Saxophone at Wayne State University.”

When asked to provide a fun fact about himself, Mr. Shirey shared, “I was supposed to play the trumpet, but after telling my band director that I was about to get braces, he told me to pick a new instrument. My dad then told me to play the saxophone because then I could ‘be Clarence Clements’ from the Bruce Springsteen Band. I ended up loving it and even made a career from it!”

Mr. Shirey concluded, “I am looking forward to working with some great students and building upon the excellence of the Ranger Bands.”

Classroom Spotlight:

Mrs. Canaday’s Students Learn Letters and Numbers

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Mrs. Canaday’s Kindergarten students are learning letters and numbers, the building blocks of all learning! These students are using centers to learn all about letters and numbers. Within these centers they have especially enjoyed using various manipulatives, such as snap cubes, play doh, play foam, and tan-grams, to form all of the different letters and numbers! Mrs. Canaday said, regarding her newest class, “They are a great group of kiddos who are eager to learn and they try their best!”


NLS District Updates




To view the posting and to apply with a letter of interest, click on the following link:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Thurs. Sept. 13: Key Club Blood Drive

Mon. Sept. 17 – Fri. Sept. 21: 5th Grade Camp

Mon. Sept. 17: NEO Meeting, Conference Room, @ 8am

Mon. Sept. 17: Music Boosters Meeting, Music Room @ 7pm

Tues. Oct. 2: NEO Marco’s Pizza Night

Fri. Oct. 5: Homecoming 

Sat. Oct. 6: NHS Homecoming Dance @ 8pm


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