Team Talk

State Support Team Region 12 - September 2015

Meet Our New Consultants

We are pleased to introduce four new consultants to the team!

Ann Rentsch

Ann received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Malone College (aka Malone University) in 1990 and 1992 respectively. In 2013, she completed her administrative leadership licensure from the University of Cincinnati. During the last twenty-five years, she has had the privilege to teach students ranging from preschool to grade six. Twenty-four of those years were spent in the Indian Valley Local School District located in Tuscarawas County. Ann resides outside of New Philadelphia with her husband Brian and two sons, Brennan and Brett.

Susan Siemer

Susan has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Muskingum University with Principal Licensure in grades 4-12, a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in Education with Teaching Licensure in Social Studies- grades 7-12, and an Associate’s Degree from Ohio University in Applied Business.

Her teaching experience is from a rural public school in Perry County, Ohio where she taught High School Social Studies for thirteen years. She resides in Perry County with her husband and daughter. Together, her husband Mark and Susan has five children and three grandchildren. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, cooking, golf, and bike riding, and loves to travel!


As a life-long learner, she is currently using Twitter to create a Professional Learning Network and to connect globally with other educators to discuss and learn new things.

Charles "Buddy" Tucker

Buddy has had 20 years of experience in education: Fourteen as a K-12 school administrator and six years as a guidance counselor and teacher. Most of his 20 years has been spent working in school districts in Belmont and Jefferson counties in Ohio. Buddy is originally from Bellaire, Ohio and now resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife, Diana, and two children, Hayley and Eli.

Michele Richards

Michele earned her bachelors degree in Special Education: Mild/Moderate disabilities, through Youngstown State University and her master’s degree in Special Education: Moderate/Intensive disabilities, through Muskingum University. She is currently working on earning her administration license. She began her teaching career for one year at New London Local Schools co-teaching all academic subjects in grades 6 and 8. She taught in a self-contained unit for grades 4-6 for four years and grades K-3 for four years at Coshocton City Schools. She lives in Coshocton County with her husband, Scott and two step-sons, Coby and Carter. When she's not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, running, and spending time with her family.

Ohio receives ESEA flexibility waiver extension from USDOE

The U.S. Department of Education has notified the Ohio Department of Education that it has accepted Ohio’s application for a one-year Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver extension. The department will send notification letters to districts and schools identified under the waiver requirements as needing state support to improve student performance. District designations under the waiver are Independent, Moderate Support, Intensive Support and Academic Distress Commission, with support levels increasing for each category. Categories of schools that will receive graduated levels of support are Watch, Focus and Priority schools. Principals of these buildings also will receive notification letters.

In the next few weeks, a transformation specialist or state support team member assigned by the department will contact each district and school to begin work. In the meantime, see the department’s Support Schools and Districts web page for more detailed guidance.

The Ready for Kindergarten Comprehensive Assessment System

The Ready for Kindergarten Comprehensive Assessment System continues to evolve. The Early Learning Assessment (ELA) 3-K component is an area of focus this fall. Preschool teachers and administrators in Region 12 have been engaged in professional development targeting the new ELA Learning Progressions and requirements for the 2015-2016 school year. The ELA B-3 is currently being designed for children 4-36 months targeting implementation beginning Fall 2016. These developments prove to be an exciting time for early childhood educators as we think about supporting the growth and development of children ages 4-72 months. Stay tuned for future developments around the use of technology and the Online Reporting System.

Walter-Horn Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Walter-Horn Outstanding Achievement Awards is an opportunity to recognize one outstanding educator or team and one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio's sixteen State Support Team regions. At this years awards luncheon on June 17th, the Region 12 award recipients were: Kaitlynn Hodges from Mid-East Career Tech (R. A. Horn award recipient) and Kathryn Snodgrass from Buckeye Local (Frankllin B. Walter award recipient).

Free PD Opportunities Being Offered

We are offering FREE professional development sessions that are designed for K-12 principals, general education, and Title teachers, intervention specialists, and central office personnel in Region 12. These offerings presented by Muskingum Valley ESC's Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment department include: Extending Lesson Understanding with Vocabulary Development, Looking at Student Work as Evidence of Learning, and Effective Teaching Practice's for Students in Inclusive Classrooms. Visit our website at www.sstregion12.org to register for these and other professional development opportunities.