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New Teachers Hired at Troy for 2013-14 School Year

The Troy School District Board of Education approved the hiring of 11 new teachers at its meeting July 9:

Lindsey Becker

1.0 FTE Mathematics, Baker Middle School
Educational Background: B.A., Oakland University, Auburn Hills, April 2011
Major: Elementary Education - Math/LA
Michigan Provisional Certificate, May 2011
Teaching Experience: Math/Tech Teacher, Notre Dame Marist Academy, Pontiac, August 2011 – June 2013
Student Teacher, Troy School District, Troy, January 2011 – April 2011

Emily Burzynski

1.0 FTE Social Worker, Services Building
Educational Background: B.S., Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, May 2006
Majors: Psychology and Child Development
M.A., University of Michigan, December 2007
Major: Social Work
Master’s Social Worker Clinical License, May 2010
Teaching Experience: Social Worker, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, Clinton Township, August 2010 – June 2013
Child/Adolescent Therapist, Lifespan Clinical Services, Livonia, January 2008 – August 2010

Claire Castine

Fourth Grade, Barnard Elementary School
Educational Background: B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2012
Major: Elementary Education Michigan Provisional Certificate, June 2012
Teaching Experience: Math Tutor, Troy School District, Troy, September 2012 – June 2013
Summer Teacher, Lamphere School District, Madison Heights, July 2012 – August 2012
Guest Teacher, Washtenaw ISD, Ann Arbor, January 2012 – June 2012
Math Tutor, Mathnasium Math Learning Center, Rochester Hills, May 2011 – January 2013

Elizabeth Crawford

.5 FTE Developmental Kindergarten, Leonard Elementary School
Educational Background: B.S., Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, December 2011
Major: Language Arts
Minor: Child Development
Michigan Provisional Certificate, January 2012
Teaching Experience: Long Term Guest Teacher, Troy School District, Troy, April 2013 – June 2013
Guest Teacher, Temporary School Staff, Dearborn, April 2012 – June 2013
Intern Teacher, Troy School District, Troy, September 2011 - December 2011


Christina DePassio

1.0 FTE Elementary PE, Elementary School(s) TBD
Educational Background: B.S., Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, April 2009
Major: Physical Education
Minor: Health Ed
Michigan Provisional Certificate, May 2009
Teaching Experience: Elementary PE Teacher, South Lyon Community Schools, South Lyon, August 2009 – June 2013
Student Teacher, Richland Community Schools, Richland, March 2009 – April 2009 

Samantha Feldman

1.0 FTE English, Troy High School
Educational Background: B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2011
Majors: English and Psychology
Michigan Provisional Certificate, April 2013
Teaching Experience: Guest Teacher, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, March 2013 – June 2013
Intern Teacher, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, January 2013 – April 2013

Lauren Hilliker

.7 FTE Visual Arts, Elementary School(s) TBD
Educational Background: B.A., College for Creative Studies, Detroit, December 2012
Majors: Illustration and Art Education
Michigan Provisional Certificate, January 2013
Teaching Experience: Guest Teacher, EDU Staff, Byron Center, January 2013 – June 2013
Student Teacher, Warren Consolidated School District, Sterling Heights, October 2012 – December 2012
Student Teacher, Chippewa Valley Schools, Macomb Township, September 2012 – October 2012

Katherine Niedbala

1.0 FTE Elementary PE, Elementary School(s) TBD
Educational Background: B.S., Grand Valley State University, Allendale, May 2010
Major: Physical Education
Minor: Elementary Education
Michigan Provisional Certificate, May 2010
Teaching Experience: Elementary PE Teacher, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, Harrison Township, August 2010 – June 2013
Intern Teacher, Chippewa Valley Schools, Clinton Township, January 2010 – May 2010

Lori Opron

Fourth Grade, Wass Elementary School
Educational Background: B.S., Oakland University, Auburn Hills, December 2012
Major: Elementary Education Michigan Provisional Certificate, January 2013
Teaching Experience: Guest Teacher, Temporary School Staff, Dearborn, August 2012 – June 2013
Student Teacher, Troy School District, Troy, September 2012 – December 2012

Rachel Weiner

Fourth Grade, Hamilton Elementary School
Educational Background: B.S., Oakland University, Auburn Hills, December 2007
Majors: Elementary Education and Language Arts
Michigan Provisional Certificate, March 2008
Teaching Experience: Fifth Grade Teacher, Academy of Waterford, Waterford, November 2008 – June 2013
Guest Teacher, Temporary Schools Staff, Dearborn, December 2007 – November 2008

Melissa Zwolinski

1.0 FTE History, International Academy Central
Educational Background: B.A., Oakland University, Auburn Hills, April 2013
Major: History
Minors: Social Studies/English
Michigan Provisional Certificate, June 2013
Teaching Experience: Guest Teacher, Professional Education Services Group, Caledonia, August 2012 – June 2013
Intern Teacher, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, September 2012 – April 2013
Joe Public July 21, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Why do none of the newly hired teachers, with the exception of the social worker, have their Masters or at least 5 years experience? Surely a "National Exemplary School" would attract the best talent!

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