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New teacher finds position rewarding

September 21, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Jennifer Gillis said she's delighted to be the new fifth-grade special education teacher at Karaffa Elementary School.

The city resident, daughter of Roxanne and Kevin Gillis of Toronto, graduated from Toronto High School in 2005. Hired by the city school board for the position in June, Gillis said she's been welcomed by staff with open arms.

"I've been treated very well here," said Gillis."They are all so very nice and willing to help. I attended West Liberty University and obtained my bachelor's degree in elementary education. Then I attended Baldwin Wallace College and earned a degree as an intervention specialist.

"I did substitute teaching here for two years," continued Gillis. "While substitute teaching here I found out there was an opening (for the full-time position). I applied for the position at the end of May."

Gillis went back to school so she would be eligible to be hired for the position to teach math and English, she added.

"I teach about seven pupils," said Gillis. "I also help my pupils in other classes as well."

Gillis said she's enjoying doing what she's always wanted to do - be an educator.

"It's been challenging, but it's very rewarding," she said.

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