NAME – Ryan Hartshorne
SCHOOL – Osnaburg Local School District
RESIDENCE – Marlboro Township
JOB TITLE – Bus mechanic/transportation secretary/substitute bus driver.
HOW LONG WITH DISTRICT – Nine years.
FAMILY – Mother, Cindy Hartshorne; many cousins that are like siblings.
NOMINATION – “Ryan Hartshorne is the transportation technician/bus mechanic at Osnaburg Local Schools. Ryan has been the MVP for our transportation department during these unprecedented times. He makes sure our transportation fleet has a perfect inspection every year. Mr. Hartshorne drives a bus nearly every day because of substitute driver shortages. Mr. Hartshorne opens the bus garage early before 6 a.m. every day and can often be seen late in the evenings driving an athletic trip. Ryan always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to ensure all students have opportunities through transportation. Osnaburg Local Schools has been blessed to have a person with the work ethic, commitment, and character of Mr. Hartshorne in our transportation department.”
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR POSITION? – I have many rewarding moments in my position, too many to pick just one. Taking something that is broken and breathing new life into it is a very rewarding process to me. When sub bus driving, I have really gotten to know the kids and enjoy getting to see them outside of the bus. I also get to work with some of the best bus drivers that Stark County has to offer. All these combined make the small town of East Canton a wonderful place to work.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING? – Working for a small district, things can change so quickly and you have to be ready to act. This may mean I have to stop what I am doing and go do something else. It can be frustrating being short-staffed and not having enough time in a day to get done what needs done.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS, YOU’D BE … – … an accountant or school treasurer. I love numbers. Or I would be traveling.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE STUDENTS YOU DEAL WITH THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW OR APPRECIATE? – Once some of the students find out I am actually the bus mechanic, they love to talk to me about buses, engines, and how the garage runs. I love questions and talking to them about that stuff because I was the same way when I was a kid.
HOW DO YOU UNWIND AFTER A LONG DAY AT WORK? – I enjoy music, hiking, biking, and hanging out with my many cousins.
STUDENTS AND COWORKERS WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT YOU … – … Used to line dance quite often and was really good at it. I can still tear up a dance floor!
WHAT IS ONE RESPONSIBILITY ABOUT YOUR POSITION THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED BEFORE TAKING IT? – The amount of responsibility that is on me as the lone mechanic is immense. It is up to me to find anything wrong with multiple 20,000-pound vehicles that carry from 40 to 60 kids at a time and run 100+ miles per day. If I miss anything dangerous, the results could be catastrophic. It is more than just changing oil and greasing. That responsibility weighs on me with every thing that I do, in all aspects of my job.
Jackie Barrington, climate specialist at Alliance Early Learning School – Jackie just started in her new role as climate specialist a month ago, and has already made an impact – she is kind and caring to all students. She jumped in and immediately began building relationships with students to help better understand behaviors! We are thrilled to have her as part of the AELS family!
Dr. Amy Cramer, director of special education – Dr. Cramer is a compassionate, hard-working and energetic individual who jumped into her new role at the beginning of the year, ready and willing to do what’s in the best interest of the students. Her kindness and passion for helping students and families shows in her work each and every day. We are lucky to have her as a member of the administrative team!
Tom Spreainde, custodian at Belle Stone – Mr. Tom works tirelessly to keep sidewalks, steps, and parking lots shoveled, salted, and safe for everyone. Sometimes, unwanted “friends” fly or scurry their way into the building, and Mr. Tom comes to the rescue! He works hard to keep our lovely old building clean, safe, and in good repair.
Matt Chambers, dean of students, Arts Academy – Mr. Chambers is a positive role model for our students. He does a fantastic job leading PBIS in our building and running the school store for positive rewards.
Jane Powell, educational paraprofessional – Jane Powell is a paraprofessional who works with teachers and students. She is always cheerful and willing to step in and help. We are very thankful for her willingness to support our Wildcats.
Matt Juhasz, volunteer – Matt Juhasz is a Central Catholic alum who gives back to his alma mater in a number of ways. He has served as an assistant coach for both the cross-country team and the track and field team, he often serves as a substitute teacher, he’s even been known to help sanitize and clean the building! He is always ready and able to answer the call when the administration needs help; always leading with a true servant’s heart.
Brenda Jennings, Fairless Middle School secretary – Brenda is the first person on the scene at Fairless Middle School each morning. She assesses the situation and makes sure everyone is set up for success. Brenda is relied upon by staff, parents and students to advise with knowledge and compassion as she faces the unexpected throughout the day. She takes on many roles as needed; nurse, counselor, mentor, disciplinarian, sympathetic ear, teacher, cook, customer service rep, shopper, and oh yeah, secretary. She often works long hours into the evening and on weekends. Brenda has an incredible work ethic and is indispensable to all who know and rely on her.
Barb Bryan, Fairless Middle School head cook – She is in the kitchen every morning by 6:30 to prepare breakfast for our Middle School students. When the students come into her kitchen, she greets them with a smile and good morning. She is such an organizer and has things ready as the rest of her cooks come into the kitchen for the day. She leads by example, so she has handled the pandemic calmly and smoothly so her co-workers follow suit, along with the students that come into the kitchen to get their meals. With the pandemic, some days she’s had to work with only three staff in the kitchen, tough job but she has handled it without a complaint. Barb is a terrific head cook and knows the importance of working as a team.
Angelia Walter, cook’s helper – Angelia is a tremendous, hard-working and dedicated employee! She comes to work each day willing to dive into all tasks and not only complete her own work obligations, but she lends a hand to others. Her smile is contagious and she shares that with our little ones that always need that special smile to warm their hearts! Congratulations to Angelia for being a team player, and we are proud to have you as a part of Jackson Local.
LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN
Jo Ann Misener, kitchen helper – Jo Ann faithfully serves in our cafeteria. Her pleasant smile and the way she supports her co-workers makes her an essential part of our Lake Center team.
Crystal Maarschalk, secondary principal – Mrs. Maarschalk is serving her first year as our secondary principal. Her gifts of administration, encouragement and mercy enable her to lead our junior high and high school students and faculty with a true heart of service.
Jan Borsellino, secretary – Jan Borsellino is energetic and always has a positive attitude. She is incredibly kind and her ability to relate and communicate with everyone is definitely a huge strength of hers. As the face that visitors see first as they enter the high school, she makes everyone feel comfortable. As head secretary, she is invaluable. She’s detail-oriented and never hesitates to offer her help when another colleague might need it. Jan is the reason why our high school runs like a well-oiled machine. She is a leopard through and through, and we are lucky to have her at Louisville.
Jason Greathouse, assistant principal – As assistant principal, Jason Greathouse wears many hats within Louisville High School and the district. From handling misbehavior and attendance to truancy and testing, Mr. Greathouse handles every situation with a level head and unbelievable patience. The pandemic has changed many things for our students and building, but Jason Greathouse has continued to be a steady force that has helped steer our school out of these trying times.
Diane Mitchell, Marlington High School’s main office secretary – Mrs. Diane Mitchell is our main office secretary at Marlington High School. She is an integral part of keeping things organized and running smoothly for the building. She treats every job the same and works to make sure everyone has what they need. Mrs. Mitchell is often seen helping others learn how to do certain skills and tasks. She will stop what she is doing to help others with whatever they need. Mrs. Mitchell is often one of the first people someone speaks with when they call the school and she always assists them in any way she can. Mrs. Mitchell, you are a crucial part of our team here at MHS and we greatly appreciate everything you do for us.
Kris Mossor, custodian – Kris had the challenge of completing more work than in a typical summer in an elementary school with less staff to complete the work. We had many challenges come up with staffing, materials and time, but he helped create a positive atmosphere for our students and staff!
Louanne Smith, athletic secretary – Mrs. Smith is our veteran athletic secretary at Hoover HS. She has a wonderful personality and work ethic while assisting four athletic directors over her career. Mrs. Smith assists with collecting student and coaching paperwork, along with keeping our athletic schedules up to date on our website. She is a caring professional and works each day to make Hoover HS a special place. Thank you, Mrs. Smith!
Erica Collins and Ashley Marteney, lunch and recess monitors – Erica Collins and Ashley Marteney serve as the lunch and recess Monitors at East Canton Elementary School. These two ladies have worked diligently to implement the Playworks curriculum during recess time. Our recess has transformed due to their dedication, passion, continual positive attitude, and love for the students. Behavior incidents on the playground have dramatically declined, the students engaging in positive play and interactions have increased, and the students are learning all kinds of new games and structured activities to play in and out of school. Erica and Ashley are truly Difference Makers at East Canton Elementary School. Thank you, ladies!
Shannon Fisher, Perry High School secretary – Shannon Fisher is the first person that many see when entering the building. She greets them with a smile and always has a positive attitude. Anyone who has a question knows to see Shannon for the answer. She works hard and is very efficient at her job.
Michael Beall, custodian – Mr. Beall, our Warstler custodian, always goes above and beyond to help people with such genuine care. love and smile. His mentoring of students makes a difference in creating a positive culture at our building.
Scott Esporite, Freshman Academy principal – Mr. Esporite can be seen with a smile as he works in creating excellence with the students at GlenOak High School. His creation of a leadership course including speakers from our community has made a huge difference in the Freshman Experience. Mr. Esporite gives many hours to supporting our students and athletes and we appreciate his dedication.
Greg Glaser, custodian – Greg Glaser is an incredible staff member who is always ready to lend a helping hand. He continuously has a smile on his face and cares about everyone at Sandy Valley Elementary. His kind heart and giving personality make him a truly special Cardinal. SV is lucky to have Mr. Glaser!
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Maurisa Roby, family support specialist – Maurisa Roby is a new addition to the St. Thomas Aquinas staff, helping the STA community-at-large as their family support specialist. She has been instrumental in opening a food pantry and starting a weekend backpack program for families, she set up an after-school snack program for students staying for extracurricular activities or enrichment, she led the school’s Adopt a Family program during the holidays, she has served as a liaison between families in need and the school. Thanks to her help, more STA families are empowered for success.
STARK COUNTY CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Doug Eberhardt, athletic director – Doug Eberhardt is the volunteer athletic director for the school. He makes sure athletics run smoothly for the school and ensures that every child has a clean uniform, shoes, and what they need to succeed. He helps the coaches and parents by keeping them up-to-date and handles any issues that may pop up.
Brian Meader, school grounds/building maintenance – Mr. Meader is a consummate professional and team player, always willing to go above and beyond to help the staff and students at Tuslaw Schools. Brian is way more than a maintenance worker, he is truly a “difference maker” as demonstrated by his polite and positive attitude, his impeccable work ethic and his willingness to “get it done.”
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