Wolf Creek educators start year with tradition

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times Missy Antill, right, welcomes the breakfast service provided by Wolf Creek Local Schools board members Monday at Waterford Elementary.

WATERFORD–Getting back into the routine of school kicked off with a tradition unique to Wolf Creek Local Schools Monday.

That’s because teachers, staff and administrators were treated to breakfast before beginning two days of in-service and professional development training.

“It’s something different. I taught for 27 years and always appreciated when the board did this,” said board member Jerry Barnett. “It’s been a tradition since my dad was on the board.”

The entire staff of the district was met with eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and pastries before a motivational speech and introduction of new team members and those moving into new roles in the small district.

“I drove a school bus for 14 years, but we just became a foster family, growing our house from three to six children,” said Missy Antill as she accepted breakfast servings from board members Greg Adams, Roger Doak and Jerry Barnett.

Now Antill is excited to join the high school as the new librarian, and the fresh challenges that may bring.

“I am excited to see some new faces in the move to the high school, you get to know the kids you drive but now I’ll meet the whole school,” she said. “And this will really challenge me to read more young adult, high school books too so I can give informed and real recommendations.”

Between the motivational speech and sweet donuts, pastries and bacon, there were smiling faces happy to be back under the same roof with co-workers and friends.

“Everything’s better with sprinkles,” said Jana Thomas, principal of the elementary, laughing alongside teachers in her school.

First-grade teacher Danette Schaad sat nearby, intent to listen to the first speaker of the in-service day.

“There are so many ways to give students hope,” she said. “About everything in life and their learning, it’s a mindset.”

Superintendent Doug Baldwin explained the staff will continue today with the second day of in-service and professional development with Life and Purpose Services prior to the first day of school Wednesday.