TORONTO - Chelsey Fletcher, the new junior high school social studies teacher at the city junior/senior high school, makes no bones about how excited she is to be teaching there.
"This is fantastic," she said. "The opportunity came quickly during the summer. I sought it out. I didn't realize how much I missed teaching at a bricks-and-mortar school."
Fletcher said she'd been teaching online for the past two and one-half years before the opportunity arose at the high school.
Fletcher, a native of Weirton, also has been high school girls volleyball coach, junior high girls basketball coach and assistant girls softball coach for the past four years.
"I graduated in Michigan from Deckerville High School," she said, adding she attended the high school there to play softball.
She then attended Muskingum University, again to play sports and earn degrees, she said.
"I earned undergraduate degrees in business and psychology," said Fletcher. "I was in human resources, and decided education was where I really wanted to be."
Fletcher then left the business world and earned masters' degrees in secondary education and reading before returning home to teach at Steubenville City Schools.
"I just happened upon Toronto," she said, and she began substitute teaching and coaching for the school district. "This is my fourth year coaching here."
Fletcher said her experience at Toronto so far has been "exciting" and fantastic."
Maureen Taggart, high school principal, said Fletcher has been a part of the Toronto education community already.
"I feel she's always been a part of our staff," said Taggart. "She's been coaching for several years and substitute teaching, so I feel she's a natural fit."
"I'm really grateful to be here," said Fletcher. "It doesn't even feel like a job. This is what I want to do."
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