Special Edition September Newsletter

Special Edition of the VCMS Parent Newsletter

One of Mrs. Rannells’ English Language Arts classes recently conducted interviews with the new teachers and the student interns at Vinton County Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year.  They would like to take the time now to introduce these seven special people to you. Each group of students wrote their own questions, conducted their own interviews, and typed their own reports.  Below you will find the results of the interviews. Please join me in welcoming our new staff.

Miss Schultz

By Jamie and Gracie


The new 7th- grade math teacher, Miss Schultz, was nice enough to answer some questions about her work and school life. Some of these questions were: where did she go to college, what grade she taught, and where she is from? However, the first question that was asked, was how long she has been teaching. This is her first year teaching out of college, and she went to Ohio University. There she got her bachelor’s degree in math and language arts, but that’s enough about her work life, let’s get into her school life.

Miss Schultz did intern work as a college student, and she compared this school to the school where she interned. She said, that this school is a lot more organized, and the last school she was at was “hectic” and “not very organized” she also said that the “people here are very nice.” Miss Schultz wanted to become a teacher because she wanted to make a difference, and she figured that here and now was the best time to do it. Her favorite part of teaching is when a student is struggling with something and the moment they finally get it, she likes that she can be a part of that. Her favorite subject growing up was English. She didn’t play any sports, but she was in the marching band. Mrs. Schultz is from Greenfield, Ohio. Miss Schultz has teaching tactics that she likes to use to get students to understand the subject better. She said she likes to listen to the students and what they think more than she likes just telling them what they should do to see where they are and what they need help with. She likes doing group work with them, so they can share their ideas with their friends and get their input on the subject. Another question that was asked, was what she wanted to be if she wasn’t a teacher? She said she would be a writer. Her reasoning is that she likes being creative and she wants to share her ideas.

All in all, Miss Schultz is a very nice teacher, and she sounds like she knows what she’s doing. So if you have her as a teacher, consider yourself lucky!

Mrs. Maynard

By Sam, Lindsey, Jade

There is a new teacher in the 7th-grade hallway and her name is Mrs. Maynard. She has many different degrees in the subjects which she teaches. She also enjoys other activities outside of school.


Mrs. Maynard teaches Social Studies and English Language Arts, which are also her two favorite subjects from high school. Her overall favorite subject was reading. She has a bachelor in Social Studies and a masters in English Language Arts from Ohio University. She teaches middle school students because she prefers older students over younger ones.


One question we asked Mrs. Maynard was “Do you have any pets?” which she replied with “yes I have 2 cats and 1 dog.” Another question we asked her was “ What town did you grow up in?” and she said McArthur, Ohio. The third question we asked her was, “What’s your favorite thing to do outside of school?” and she responded with “spend time with her husband.” When we asked her “what her favorite color was”, she responded with “purple.”

Mrs. Chesser

By: Tasha, James, and Alexis

Mrs. Chesser is a new full-time teacher at the Vinton County Middle School. She has 14 years of teaching experience as a substitute teacher, but this is her first year as a full-time teacher. She is teaching English language arts in the 7th-grade hallway. Mrs. Chesser went to college at Rio Grande and Ohio University. She has earned a bachelor's degree and has taken many master classes.

Mrs. Chesser didn’t always want to be a teacher, but while in high school another teacher inspired her. Mrs. Chesser likes to get to know her students and would advise other teachers to get to know them as well. One thing she dislikes about her job is the lack of student’s efforts. Since she is a new teacher, Mrs. Chesser does not quite know her favorite standard to teach. If she wasn’t a teacher she would be doing something in the communication field.

Ms. Koker

by Mia, Josiah, and Alyssa

Ms. Koker is a new teacher at Vinton County Middle School. She teaches physical education to all grades at the school for her first year of being a teacher. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Science, P.E, and Teacher Education. She went to Alexander Local School District and grew up in Athens. In school, she played soccer, basketball, softball, and was part of the rowing team at Ohio State. Her favorite subject in school was mathematics, and she enjoys teaching and playing teamwork skill-building games. When asked why she wanted to become a teacher, Ms. Koker answered that she loves working with kids, and she wakes up every morning excited to come to teach. She loves her job and is excited to finish off her first year teaching.

Mr. Richardson

By: Caleb

Mr. Richardson is a student teacher from Cincinnati that goes to Ohio University. He previously interned at East Elementary in 4th grade in Athens, Ohio. He is student teaching in Mrs. Rannells’ class.

In school, Mr. Richardson liked his classes for the most part. He enjoyed learning new things in school. His favorite subjects were Reading and Social Studies. In school, he was in six extracurricular activities including student council, yearbook, service club, basketball, baseball, and soccer.

Richardson is 21 years old and likes hanging out with his family and friends and also enjoys traveling in his free time. Mr. Richardson has 1 sister and no brothers in his family. One interesting fact that Mr. Richardson would like us to know is that both of his pinky fingers are crooked.

Mr. Diana

By Samantha, Bethany and Karis

Today we interviewed Mr. Diana, a student teacher at Vinton County Middle School. We asked him questions about where he grew up, to what made him want to become a teacher. Mr. Diana is currently a student teacher in Mrs. Radabaugh’s eighth-grade social studies class.  

Mr. Diana grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended Amelia High School. His teachers and his baseball coach inspired him to go into the profession of teaching because his coach was a teacher once and he wanted to be a teacher and a coach too.

Another thing that motivated him was that he was the oldest of three brothers, and he felt like he needed to be a role model to them and other children. His teachers and family also supported him in starting his teaching career.

In school, Mr. Diana’s favorite subject was Social Studies. His favorite topic to learn about in social studies was World War II. His favorite book is Hatchet because he said it was about nature and he enjoys the outdoors. Mr. Diana learns best in a quiet environment. He is an undergraduate senior and attends Ohio University. In his first year, he studied business, but after that, he switched to teaching. If he could not be a teacher, he would like to work in business and real estate. The question that most people ask is why he wanted to become a teacher. His answer was that he wanted to become a teacher because he enjoys social studies class and wanted to teach the subject. He also really enjoys being around kids and being a good role model for them. He wanted to teach middle schoolers the most.

Mr. Diana, who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, went to Amelia High School, and now attends Ohio University, is a Social Studies student teacher at Vinton County Middle School; because he had determination, support, and motivation.


By Trista, Adam, and Marissa

Ms. Courtney Moog is an undergraduate student at Ohio University. She is completing her teaching internship in Mrs. Rafferty’s multi-handicapped class at the middle school.   Ms.Moog grew up in Hilliard, a suburb of Columbus. She wanted to be a speech pathologist growing up, however, she worked with a child that had special needs which inspired her to be a special education teacher. In school her favorite subject was math, but she doesn’t have a preferred grade or subject to teach. However, she does prefer to teach in an interactive form. She took Spanish in high school (though she admitted to not being good at it), but later in her freshman year of college, she took sign language. When we asked why she wanted to go to OU, she said it feels like home and that it has a good community.

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