The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 24, 2013

PV Lakers welcome three new staff members


Star Beacon

ANDOVER — Second-year principal Dan Jackson is very ecstatic on welcoming the new staff to Pymatuning Valley High School. Jackson said he expects the new staff to bring energy, creativity and excitement for their subject of interest in order for students to share the common goal of excellence. Jackson feels the added teachers will be greatly beneficial to the whole school community. The new staff consists of Biology (II) teacher Ricky Walters, freshman English teacher Andrew Drummond and Intervention Specialist Justin Smith.

Biology (II) teacher Ricky Walters is a graduate of Lima-Bath High School where he was an active member of the basketball and football teams. Walters pursued his education studying biology with a minor in environmental science at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he also played basketball. Walters decided to become a teacher in order to share his passion of science with others and to be involved with youth. He said he hopes to display a new enthusiasm and appreciation for what goes on in students’ lives, and loves that in Pymatuning Valley Schools everyone seems to get along.

Freshman English teacher Andrew Drummond is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Drummond also enjoys running and playing music in his spare time, for he was involved in marching band, track, cross country and basketball during his time at Brookfield High School. Drummond furthered his education at the University of Mount Union studying middle childhood education and is pursuing his Secondary English License. Drummond said he was inspired to be a teacher for the idea of changing the lives of young people and is hoping to bring excitement to learning.

Intervention Specialist Justin Smith said he is planning on being friendly, helpful and available to students, and loves the fact that everyone is nice. Smith graduated from Jefferson High School and Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in psychology. He recently moved back to his home town after living in North Carolina for several years. Smith enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports in his spare time.

Dan Jackson is in his second year as principal for Pymatuning Valley High School. Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in history and integrated social studies education from Hiram College and earned his master’s degree from Youngstown State University. Jackson was previously a football coach at Pymatuning Valley for four years, which sparked his newfound interest in Laker Country. Jackson said he was inspired in his high school career at Jefferson High School being highly involved in band, football, school plays, Student Council, Model United Nations, Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, and being a class officer, peer tutor and library aide. As a result, Jackson encourages and expects students to be highly involved and active and show continuous amounts of leadership and school pride. Jackson said he is looking forward to making many improvements within the school along with recognizing good deeds, achievements and activities taking place within the school.

When asked what improvements could be made to PV, Jackson replied, “If things aren’t broke, don’t fix it, [however] we can continually improve.”

Jackson is looking forward to another great school year, and is anticipating the excellence that has always been a PV tradition.