When students enter Petoskey St. Francis school today, Wednesday, they will be greeted by some new faces.
The kindergarten through grade eight school has four new teachers for the 2011-12 school year.
Kalie Daniel will teach third grade.
Daniel, who is from Petoskey originally, returned to the area earlier this year.
She is a Michigan State University graduate with a degree in elementary education, and spent four years teaching in the Grand Rapids area. She most recently worked as the Petoskey High School online learning coordinator.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in the classroom setting with young children,” Daniel said.
“I’m also excited to be part of a faith-based community and watch students learn and grow throughout the year.”
Daniel and her husband, Josh, have a 1-year-old son, William.
Jeff Sulitis will welcome students to his fifth-grade classroom.
Sulitis, who is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio, area, moved to Petoskey in 2009 with his wife, Kate, and their three children — Korbin, 5, Leah, 3, and Ella, 10 months.
He previously taught fourth grade at Waverly Community Schools near Lansing.
Prior to teaching, Sulitis worked as a border patrol agent near San Diego, Calif.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the classroom and working with children and their families and being a part of their educational experiences and helping them grow,” he said.
First year teacher, Ashlee Lechowicz, will teach middle school language arts.
Lechowicz, who graduated in December 2010 from Central Michigan University with a degree in secondary education and English, grew up in Pellston and graduated from Pellston High School.
“Being able to stay in the area and teach is amazing — I’m very blessed in that regard,” Lechowicz said.
“I’m really excited to get in the classroom and start teaching.”
First year teacher, Erica Stuck, will teach middle school math and kindergarten through eighth grade computers.
Stuck, who grew up in Manton, previously worked as an engineer for General Motors, before returning to Ferris State University to work toward her certificate in teaching.
She most recently worked as a math tutor for Petoskey High School.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting my students and their families, and having my own classroom,” Stuck said.
Stuck and her husband, Matt, have three children — 9-year-old twins Elise and Luke, and Caleb, 7.