Jodi Adams, 41, teaches developmental kindergarten at Ottawa Elementary School. She has four years of experience as a substitute teacher.
In her new position, Adams looks forward to "working with one group of students for the entire year and watching their growth."
Katlyn Cosens, 24, is teaching health occupations classes at Petoskey High School. Her work background includes an internship in the Michigan State University Extension's SNAP-Ed nutrition program in Charlevoix County.
Cosens obtained a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University with a major in public health education and minor in nutrition.
"I'm looking forward to introducing my students to the many career opportunities in the health care industry," said Cosens, a Petoskey resident. "In addition, I look forward to giving my students the opportunity to be involved in the community and create networks with health care professionals."
Samantha Hunter, 30, teaches first-grade at Ottawa Elementary School. She taught first- and second-grades at Concord Academy Petoskey for the past seven years.
Hunter obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's with a reading specialist focus from Central Michigan University.
"I am looking forward to building relationships and growing professionally with my new co-workers and families at Ottawa," the Petoskey resident said.
Matt McSweeney, 32, teaches special education at Petoskey High School. He has seven years of teaching experience, having taught at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, East Rockford Middle School in Rockford and an alternative education program in Parchment.
McSweeney obtained his bachelor's and master's degree from Western Michigan University. The Petoskey resident said he looks forward to "being part of (a) great school in a great community."
Lisa Oehring, 30, teaches kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School. She has eight years of teaching experience, including stints in the St. Charles and Freeland districts downstate. She also worked as a history day camp instructor at Midland Center for the Arts during summers from 2008 through 2012.
Oehring received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree with a reading specialist focus and an endorsement in early childhood education from Saginaw Valley State University and obtained Reading Recovery education at Oakland University. A Boyne Falls resident, she is married to Ryan and has two sons, Austin and Riley.
Oehring looks forward to "working with a fantastic group of colleagues at Lincoln Elementary; discovering the fairly complex intricacies of my new class of kindergarteners; creating instruction to best fit their needs; and inspiring young children to have a great love for literacy. I can't wait to get started."
Erin Sarki-Fate, 28, teaches second-grade at Sheridan Elementary School. She has 4 1/2 years of teaching experience, having spent time as an academic tutor, long-term substitute teacher and summer school teacher in the Petoskey district since 2008. She also taught at the C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy in Grand Rapids during 2008. Sarki-Fate obtained a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University with a focus on integreated science and an elementary education minor. She is married to Matthew Fate and lives in Petoskey.
"I have had the privilege of working in the district over the past four years, subbing and filling in for teachers on maternity leave," Sarki-Fate said. "I am so excited to have my own classroom here, build rapport and meet new students and their families. This year is going to be one I will learn a tremendous amount and always look back on."
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