Superintendent's Message

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Melissa Kircher

Superintendent's Message:

Dear Bethel-Tate District Students, Parents, Families, and Community: 

I want to personally welcome you back to the 2018-2019 school year, which is always a very exciting time for students, parents and educators! I hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable summer filled with many opportunities to spend time together. We are busily preparing for the first day of school on Wednesday August 15th. 

The start of a new year brings wonderful opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends and become involved in school activities like clubs and organizations. The beginning of a new school year also reminds me we have another year's worth of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students. 

We have an outstanding team of educators and support staff that are highly qualified and prepared for their arrival. As we strive to promote healthy developments in all aspects of each student's life, we also strive to develop our schools with character where students make good choices and decisions resulting in successful and healthy outcomes. We encourage students to demonstrate their best every moment of everyday and to make positive contributions to groups, team sports and organizations to which they belong.

Through our journey for excellence, we pave the way for students to be provided appropriate learning opportunities and maintain an environment where students, faculty, and staff strive to become their best. We are responsible for the future of our students and it is our responsibility to help all students to be challenged to do their very best each day. I recognize and appreciate that it is the hard work of our dedicated staff that makes our district a top notch system that we can all be proud. 

I would like to introduce the new staff that will be part of the Bethel-Tate Local Schools team: 

George Sturgeon is the new principal at Bethel-Tate High School. He comes to Bethel from Sycamore Community Schools where he served as the assistant principal of Sycamore Junior High. Prior to Sycamore, Mr. Sturgeon served as assistant principal at Colerain High School and Northwest High School. He also served as an administrator at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center. He spent four years as a special education teacher at Glen Este High School in the West Clermont District. He also taught in the Campbell County schools. His undergraduate degree to from the University of Cincinnati and he has two Masters degrees from Northern Kentucky University. 

Matt Folkerth is the new assistant principal/athletic director at Bethel-Tate High School. He comes to us from Grant Career Center where he was a social studies teacher. Mr. Folkerth was also a teacher at Ripley and their co-athletic director. Prior to Ripley, he taught at Milford Exempted Village Schools and at The General Chappie James Leadership Acadamy in Dayton. Mr. Folkerth undergraduate degree is from the University of Dayton and he has two Masters degrees also from the University of Dayton. 

Erica Stablum is a new guidance counselor at Bethel-Tate High School. She has more than nine years of experience in education. This will be her eighth year as a guidance counselor. Ms. Stablum has had the opportunity to work in schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, England and most recently in Iowa. She recently moved to Ohio over the summer. Her undergraduate degree is from Millersville University and master's degree is from the University of Scranton. 

Jenny Benjamin is a new science teacher at Bethel-Tate High School. She is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She did her student teaching at the Cincinnati Public Schools Hughes STEM High School and at Winton Woods High School. 

Christine Kuschel is also a new science teacher at Bethel-Tate High School. She holds two undergraduate degrees from University of Ohio and from Northern Kentucky University. Ms. Kuschel was long term substitute biology teacher last year at West Clermont High School. She did her student teaching at Batavia High School and at Dixie Heights High School in Kentucky. 

Kourtney Runski is a new English teacher at Bethel-Tate High School. She is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Runski did her student teaching at Western Hills University High School. Prior to teaching, Ms. Runski was a classroom instructional aide at Amelia Middle School. 

Betty Armacost is a new science/social studies teacher at Bethel-Tate Middle School. She is actually a returning teacher having retired in 2012 after teaching 40 years at Bethel-Tate. Ms. Armacost's undergraduate degree is from Florida Atlantic University and holds a master's degree from Xavier University. 

Amy Buschard is a new special education teacher at Bethel-Tate Middle School. She is a Bethel-Tate graduate who attended U.c. Clermont and Mt. Vernon Nazarene University for her undergraduate degree. She holds two master's degrees also from Mt. Vernon. Ms. Buschard was a long term substitute teacher at Bethel-Tate High School last year. 

Amy Parlier is a new language arts/science teacher at Bethel-Tate Middle School. She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has taught for six years in Kentucky. 

Jessica Wessel is a new personal assistant to a student in the Multi Handicapped Unit at the 
Intermediate School.

Melanie Hauserman is a new personal assistant to a student in the Multi Handicapped 
Unit at Bethel-Tate High School. 

Also please note that there are a changes in school times as follows;

   High School - start time 7:45 a.m. end time 2:45 p.m.

   Middle School -  start time 7:30 a.m. end time 2:30 p.m. 

   Hill Intermediate - start time 8:45 a.m. end time 3:45 p.m. 

   Bick Elementary - start time 8:35 a.m. end time 3:35 p.m.


Thank you for all your support of our students and staff each year, knowing that without the support of our community we would not be as successful. I am honored to be Superintendent of Bethel-Tate Schools. I look forward to an exciting 2018-2019 school year. 


Melissa Kircher
Bethel-Tate Local Schools









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