Riverview Community School District welcomes newcomers

The new school year almost always means new faces around the school district. This year is no different. Meet a few of the newcomers: 

HAILEY ZACHARSKI, RCHS social studies teacher

I grew up in Southgate, MI and attended Southgate Anderson High School. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in History, Social Studies, and Health Education. I also recently received my Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction. This will be my third year teaching. I enjoy reading, traveling, camping, hiking and exercising.

Quote:  “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”- Abraham Lincoln

MEGAN NAPIER, RCHS special education

My name is Megan Napier and I was born and raised in Trenton. I have an extremely tight-knit family, and I enjoy spending quality time with them. I attended the University of Michigan – Dearborn for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I have been married to my best friend Mark for five years, and we have two children – Delia (2) and Calum (1). We reside in Wyandotte. I love fashion, so I spend much of my free time shopping, crafting, and sewing. I am passionate about handmade clothes and taking photos of my two children. I grew up figure skating and dancing. I love music and dancing with my children in our kitchen. 

KRISTI KRUGER, Forest/Memorial music

Grew up in Livingston County, graduated a Pinckney Pirate. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Eastern Michigan University. Taught two years at Hamtramck High school, then at Allen Park High school for 23 years as instructor of band, choir, marching band and jazz band. My significant other is chiropractor Dr. Kevin Karadeema. Have a dog named Louis and a cat named Milo.

Quote: “You can’t worry about something until you know you have something to worry about.”

MATT GIARMO, Seitz social studies 

I grew up in Grand Rapids. I have one older brother. I attended Byron Center High School and Western Michigan University. I enjoy sports, movies and music.

Quote:  “Everything you can imagine is real.”  – Pablo Picasso 

HANNAH DAHL, Memorial fifth grade

I grew up in the Downriver area with my parents and my older brother. I attended Riverview Schools from 6th to 12th grade, so I am a proud Riverview Alumni! I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana. I enjoy being around my family, relaxing at the cabin, floating on the river and reading a good book.

Quote: “It’s A Good Day to Have A Good Day!” 

AMANDA PETERSON, Seitz physical education

I grew up in Wyandotte – I graduated from Roosevelt High School in 2014. This year is my first-year teaching as I recently just graduated from Eastern Michigan University in the spring. I have two sisters and one brother; I am the oldest. My favorite activities are CrossFit, Paddle boarding, boating, hanging out with my dog and pretty much anything outdoors/keeps me active.

Quote: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

LISA GADWELL, developmental kindergarten

I grew up in Taylor Mi with my amazing parents and sister, who is also my best friend.  I graduated from Aquinas High School and went to college at U of M Dearborn. My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in June. We have a daughter who graduated from Riverview High School this past year and a son who is currently a sophomore at Riverview High School. I love to spend time up north with my family, go boating, relax at the beach, watch my kids play sports and, of course, shop!

Quote: “Never regret anything that made you smile.” – Mark Twain

JOSHUA SAMMONS, Memorial fourth grade

I grew up in Wyandotte with my parents and two older brothers and one younger sister. I went to Eastern Michigan University. Shortly after I graduated I married my wife Melissa and we moved to Southgate and have lived there for seven years. We have three kids. Joshua (6) is starting kindergarten at Forest Elementary this year. Nora and Luke are twins and they are 3. They will be going to Riverview Co-Op for preschool. I tend to keep myself very busy. I love to travel and I love all sports but during the summer I especially love golf. My friends and I travel the state to play the best courses Michigan has to offer. 

Quote:  “ In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

ELIZABETH WINT, Memorial fourth grade

Hello! I am Liz Wint. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2017. I am married and have one son, Boston. I love knitting, baking, and spending time outside. I am so excited to join Riverview Community Schools!

ANGIE DEMELIS, Memorial fifth grade

I grew up in the Downriver area and graduated from Lincoln Park High School. I attended Wayne State University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree. I also attended WGU where I received my Masters degree. I have been married for 18 years and have three boys. My boys attended Riverview Schools. I enjoy spending time at the lake with my family and friends, swimming and boating.

MARCIA O’CONNELL, developmental kindergarten

I’m from Southgate, have a gorgeous 9 year old dog named Miggy, went to Eastern Michigan and Concordia University. This is my 17th year teaching.  I love kindergarten and helping the little ones grow socially, emotionally, and academically! I’m very excited for all the developmental kindergarten fun!

TOM HUGHES, Seitz science 

Growing up in Dearborn, I had one older brother, two older sisters and one younger sister. Graduated from Edsel Ford High School in 1983. Back then, top movies were E.T. & Return of the Jedi.  We wore Calvin Klein designer jeans and the No. 1 pop song was Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. I taught in the Riverview Community Schools for 29 years. They gave me a coffee cup that states, “Once a Pirate, always a Pirate,” so I took them literally and came back.  I went to EMU. I am Married with two children, Troy (10) and Twyla (7).  I love time with my family, camping, travel, hanging out on a beach or sitting by a fire. 

Quote:  “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

KELLEY MCSHANE, transition center teacher

I grew up in Lincoln Park and graduated from LPHS. I live in Riverview with my son, Jonah, who will be a freshman this year at RCHS.  I attended Eastern Michigan University for my undergraduate degree, and also for my graduate degree in autism spectrum disorders. In my free time, I love hanging with family, being outdoors in the summer, and attending live music shows.

Quote:  ‘The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell.

AMANDA OSAK, Seitz math

TIM SOHN, Seitz math

My name is Tim Sohn and I graduated from Riverview High School in 1995. After high school I graduated from Eastern Michigan University. I began teaching middle school math in 2001.  I worked in Southgate Schools for 20 years.  Things I enjoy doing are working out and watching tv.

Quote:  “We cannot control the waves but we can learn to surf.”

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