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Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Physical education instructor and assistant football coach Nick Schussler spearheaded the design and development of the new weightroom/fitness center in the JR Williams gym. Our student-athletes in all sports can now use a state-of-the-art weightroom to improve their skills and strength.

Technology teacher Cindy Gagan once again led a training session on the use and design of Infinite Campus, our on-line grading system, for new staff  at the beginning of the school year. In addition, Ms. Gagen has been an on-going resource for all faculty throughout the school year regarding their use of Infinite Campus and Microsoft Office.

Kudos to math teacher Jeff Eckles who directs the Beaver Bravo awards for our students.  Mr. Eckles  provides all staff with Beaver Bravo tickets and then collects the teachers’ completed submissions to identify our overachieving students who are then rewarded for being nominated.

Economics teacher Ed Humes  invited Jessica Croyle, a human resources executive at Lubrizol, to conduct mock interviews with his students.  These students had to submit their resumes to Ms. Croyle and then participate in a Q&A interview in the classroom while other students critiqued the performance.

Robotics teacher Scott Blank and science teacher Kristen Haury arranged for nearly 20 students to visit the Cleveland State University Washkewicz College of Engineering. Students toured the college, spoke to professors and students, and participated in a hands-on engineering activity as they explored the various careers available in the field of engineering.

Alex Meier and Chris Riley of our IT department at Riverside led an evening seminar on careers in technology for interested students and their parents.  Over a dozen attendees learned about the salary potential, the training requirements, and daily tasks of a typical IT professional. This presentation initiated the first of many Riverside Reports (seminars related to specific career fields) at RHS.

Ninth grade students enjoyed an engaging presentation by two chemical engineers from Lubrizol thanks to Ken Skorepa, STEM teacher.  

Special thanks to English teachers Stacey Lucas and Jaime McIntyre for organizing in collaboration with the Student Council officers a wonderful Homecoming week. The spirit days, parade, football game, and Homecoming dance were well-attended by both students and staff.

Art teacher Drew Hartman’s students have presented to all of us creative chalk drawings on the sidewalks behind the school adjacent to the parking lot. This is an annual activity for his students who truly enjoy displaying their artistic talents.

Congratulations to head volleyball coach Alexandra Schultz who led our team to an undefeated season in conference play and most recently the team won  championships in the Western Reserve Conference, the Sectional, and District Tournaments. The Riverside volleyball program continues as one of the best athletic programs in Lake County..  

Riverside varsity football players spent an evening with Bernie Kosar at the Mentor Barnes & Noble thanks to the efforts of assistant principal and head football coach  Dave Bors. Bernie signed and sold copies of his new book, and the Riverside football program received a percentage of the sales as a fundraiser.

Special thanks to Kelly Snyder who organized the Riverside Rocks 5K race and one mile walk as a fundraiser for the Mira Foundation.  This special event featured performer Theo Malkamaki and involved many Riverside students and staff as volunteers and participants. Kelly also is our lead person for the United Way here on the Riverside Campus.

Laura Poje, chairperson for the English Department, arranged for David Keltz, who impersonates Edgar Alan Poe, to perform for our students on October 20 in the auditorium. Keltz read from Poet’s literature and brought the famous American author to life in an engaging performance.

Jenny Cavell, a social studies teacher,  once again provided a wonderful experience for our students and staff by organizing Veteran’s Day 2017 activities on the Riverside Campus, including a Service and Sacrifice presentation in the auditorium and luncheon for our veterans and active service members of the military.

Choir teacher Glenn Obergefell arranged for over 60 Riverside students to hear the Cleveland Orchestra play at Lakeland Community College at no cost to the school district or students. The students truly enjoyed the performance.

Riverside teacher Jeff Eckles was a coach for the Kirtland Hornets football team that competed in the Division 6 State Football Playoffs.

College Credit Plus English teacher Keith Manos was a presenter at the Morley Library’s Writers on Writing Workshop on November 4. He also signed copies of his debut novel My Last Year of Life (in School).

Special thanks to Scott Bailis, director the Riverside school counselors, for providing an informative and engaging presentation for students and their parent/guardians on college planning and important timelines.
 RHS Choir Director Glenn Obergefell recently held the RHS Holiday Choir Concert at the Painesville United Methodist Church and did an outstanding job.
Congratulations to RHS Varsity Head Coach Mike Richner and the wrestling team for winning the championship of the 2017 Riverside Rumble Wrestling Tournament.
RHS Social Studies Teacher Jenny Cavell has been named the VFW Teacher of the Year....Congratulations!!