SIDNEY - Increased activity on the Lehman Catholic High School campus means that the start of the 2014-15 school year is rapidly approaching. Athletic team drills, cheerleading practices, and the sounds of the Cavalier marching band have already brought many students “back to school” before the August 19 start date.
Lehman will be offering dual enrollment classes again this year, allowing students to earn college credit simultaneously with high school credit. This program helps students get a jump-start on college coursework and prepares them for the academic rigors of college. The courses are taught by Lehman faculty using college course syllabi. Classes that can be taken for college credit are pre-calculus, calculus, AP calculus, physics, AP chemistry, senior English, AP English, and Spanish. The program is conducted through Edison Community College and Wright State University Lake Campus.
A new teen leadership class has been added to the curriculum for the coming year and will be taught by math and psychology teacher Melissa Safreed. Targeted for juniors and seniors, this class was developed by Teen Leadership Corps. They are providing the curriculum materials, instructor training, and program funding and support throughout the year. Enrollment is limited and students had to apply for admission to this class last Spring.
Staff changes for the coming year begin at the top where Lehman has transitioned to a new governance model. Former Principal, Denise Stauffer, has been named Principal/CEO and new members of her administrative team include Executive Director, Melissa Bennett, and Development Coordinator, Jenny Weber.
Students arriving on campus will be greeted by a number of new faces in their classrooms. Educators who have joined the Lehman staff also include Leah Bertke, Meghan McGlothin, Betsy Moorman, Greg Place, Rev. James Riehle, and Allison Thieman.
Leah Bertke will be teaching integrated science, chemistry, and AP biology. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Education from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Science from Loyola University. Her previous teaching experience includes science at St. John High School in Louisiana, and science and theology at Gordon Tech College Prep in Chicago.
Meghan McGlothin, who graduated from Ansonia High School, is returning to the area after teaching for six years at Rock Springs High School in Wyoming. At Lehman, she will teach English to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. She will also teach journalism and serve as the advisor for the Cavalier Crier newspaper and the Cavalcade yearbook. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts and English from Walsh University.
Betsy Moorman is the new chair of the Lehman Music Department. Moorman will teach band, show choir, and Cavalier choir at Lehman and band classes at Holy Angels School. She will also direct the spring musical. A native of Versailles, she graduated from Capital University with a degree in Music Education.
Greg Place will be teaching business, accounting, and computer applications. Holding degrees from Bluffton University and the University of Dayton, Place comes to Lehman with a wealth of experience in teaching, counseling and school administration.
Ordained a priest this past May, Rev. James Riehle is the new Parochial Vicar at Holy Angels Parish, Sidney. He will teach senior religion and serve as Lehman’s Chaplain.
Allison Thieman will be the chair of the Art Department and teach art fundamentals, ceramics, drawing and painting, and studio art at Lehman. She will also teach art classes at Holy Angels School. Thieman holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati and a teaching license in Visual Arts Education.
The new staff members met exclusively on August 13, followed by a Religious In-Service and Faculty Meeting for all staff on August 14. On Friday, August 15, freshman students as well as new upperclassmen arrived to school at 8 a.m. for new student orientation. Bus transportation will be provided from Piqua and Troy and the day will conclude at 1 p.m. after lunch.
Father Riehle began the day by celebrating Mass for the faculty and new students in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel. Faculty members will be introduced to the new students following Mass and then attend meetings before being given afternoon time to work in their classrooms.
The first day of classes for all students at Lehman Catholic is Tuesday, August 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are expected to arrive on time, in uniform, and prepared for class.
The annual Beanie Weanie/Meet the Teachers and Teams Night is planned for Wednesday, August 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a supper of hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a beverage, and conclude with the introduction of the faculty and the fall coaches and their teams at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and proceeds benefit the Lehman Athletic Boosters.