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Introducing New Staff Members!

Meet the new teachers

Mrs. Kelly Burge

Mrs. Kelly Burge is one of the high school’s new science teachers. She graduated from Lake High School and then went on to Miami University of Ohio. Her hobbies are cooking, gardening, and knitting. She loves Indian food, and her favorite holiday is Halloween. She felt teaching was the career for her because she loves science, but she is too social to be in a lab type setting. She discovered that she loved to be in front of a class in high school which also led her to teaching. Her favorite T.V. show is Criminal Minds because she likes to see how crazy people can actually be. Her biggest fears are being abandoned and heights. During her summer break she takes college classes and takes care of her house. She has 33 pets, nine of which are in the classroom. There are four axolotls (aquatic salamander), one chameleon, one turtle, and three snakes in her classroom. Her favorite vacation was going to Venice, Italy. As a child she wanted to be a doctor, but soon realized that was not the right job for her because she could not cut into people. Mrs. Burge is a great addition to our high school staff!

written by Kaylah Ullom

Mr. Michael Burge

Mr. Michael Burge is one of our new science teachers. He went to Fairfield high school and graduated in 2009. He attended Miami University, majoring in life science education, and graduated in 2013.

Mr. Burge enjoys collecting magic cards and playing video games. He has a total of 33 animals. Four cows, seven dogs, two dumbo rats, two rabbits, two degus, two cats, one chameleon, three snakes, one stinkpot turtle, three Russian tortoises, two sulcata tortoises, and four axolotls.  

A lot of people don't know that Mr. Burge has five brothers that are all at least six foot, three inches tall. He is six foot, nine inches tall. He likes to listen to Spanish music, his favorite food is roast beef, mashed potatoes, and broccoli cheddar soup. His favorite holiday is Christmas. He loves Harry Potter, Marvel and Disney movies, and anime shows such as Naruto. His biggest fear is burglars. He is team Android. When he was little he wanted to be a veterinarian. His favorite vacation spot is Harry Potter World (Universal Studios) or Gatlinburg with his dogs.

When asked why he chose teaching as a career he said, “I've always loved animals since I was a kid. My parents used to threaten to leave me at the zoo because I wouldn't walk away from the animals. Over time that developed into a love of science in general. I wanted to be a vet for a very long time, but eventually I decided that I liked people too much to be a vet. I like talking and interacting with people. I decided the best combination of science and people was education. I have found since then that I love what I do and wouldn't change a thing.”

written by Maggie Holloway

Mr. Dan Bolen

Mr. Dan Bolen is the new high school and junior high band director. He is a graduate of Dover High School and The University of Akron. He enjoys playing Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon Go. He personally does not have pets but his girlfriend has cats. Mr. Bolen can solve a Rubik’s cube in fewer than 30sec.  His favorite food is somewhat unusual as he enjoys tofu. His favorite holiday is Halloween and his favorite sports band is the Carolina Crown. He chose teaching as a career because he loves music and there’s nothing better to do than teach it to students. His favorite show is Breaking Bad and his favorite movie is Donnie Darko (Directors Cut). He has Lycanthrophobia which is fear of werewolves. Over the summer he continues to teach band. He loves Mohican State Wilderness for a vacation. As a child, Mr. Bolen wanted to be a mailman. Mr. Bolen is a great addition to our staff and an amazing band director.

co-written by Maddie Burk and Kaylah Ullom

Mr. Pollock

This year we have a new gym teacher and he is also the head football coach for our Tigers. Mr. Pollock is a graduate of Mogadore High School and earned his degree from the University of Akron. He is engaged and will be married in December. He has 2 dogs, a chinchilla, and some fish. When Mr. Pollock was younger his dream was to be a coach and a teacher and this year his dream was fulfilled. He became a teacher because he has a love for kids and being in a school system.

When he is not teaching or coaching he is out playing tennis, golf, or you might find him cooking in his kitchen. Mr. Pollock is a food lover, his favorite holiday being Thanksgiving. You can tell the man likes his food. As a football fanatic his favorite team is the Ohio State Buckeyes. That's not all, he is also team Android. His biggest fear is probably the most common fear in the world. He is terrified of heights.

When Mr. Pollock is not in school, and on his summer break, he is coaching our Strasburg Tiger Varsity Football team or on vacation with his family. His all time favorite vacation spot his Hilton Head, South Carolina. If you ever get the chance, talk to him about his favorite movie, the Gladiator.  He is a great fit for the Strasburg community, and is one of the greatest people you will ever talk to.

written by Garnet von Kaenel

Mrs. Samantha Raber

Mrs. Samantha Raber is not a completely new face at Strasburg. She was a full time sub last year, and after a great year she was hired on full time. She teaches 7th and 8th grade language arts.  Mrs. Raber went to Lady of the Elm High School. Some of her hobbies are crafts, canoeing, and whitewater rafting. Mrs. Raber and her husband have 2 cats, Calvin and Autumn. A fact that not a lot of people know about her is she’s a vegetarian. However, her favorite food is ice cream.What better time to have ice cream than on her favorite holiday which is New Years? Mrs.Raber found her inspiration to teach in a middle school as an English teacher. Her biggest fear is heights, which is understandable. Her idea of a good vacation is a nice trip to the beach. Her favorite TV show is Breaking Bad. She is team Iphone. Last but not least fact of interest, her childhood dream was to be a writer. Mrs. Raber is a great teacher and an even better person. We are excited to have her as a part of the Strasburg-Franklin staff.

written by Shevin Javersak

Mr. Rauckhorst

Mr. Rauckhorst is a new teacher to the building teaching high school Physical Science. He graduated high school from Curwensville, PA, and later from Hiram College. He likes to kayak and go camping. He has many aquariums containing fish, turtles and frogs. As a child, he wanted to become a paleontologist, but became a USPS carrier. He eventually found his way teaching in the best dang school in Ohio. The change was because he finds teaching enjoyable and wants to contribute. In the infamous over or under debate he splits the field by not using a holder at all and storing his toilet paper roll on its side on the sink. Over the summer, his favorite vacation spot is the beach, where he probably finds dinosaur bones in amatuer paleontology.

written by Dustin Redden

Ms. Courtney Stewart

Ms. Courtney Stewart is a new Title teacher at Strasburg Elementary School.  She went to high school at Strongsville, and went to Kent State for college.  Some of her interesting hobbies are snowboarding and running races.  She has two dogs and a chinchilla.  An unknown fact about Ms. Stewart is she was born in England.  She loves Christmas and the Texas Longhorns. Her favorite food is ice cream.  She decided to be a teacher because she loves kids.  She wanted to be a teacher growing up as a child.  Her favorite movie is The Grinch because she loves Christmas.  In her bathroom, she places her toilet paper over.  Ms. Stewart's biggest fear is drive-by-shootings.  In the summer, Ms. Stewart loves to read and relax.  Her favorite vacation spot is Hilton Head.  She prefers Iphone over Android.  We hope she has a great school year.

written by Robin Fearon

Mr. Chad West

We would like to introduce you to Mr. Chad West.  He is teaching Kindergarten this year at Strasburg Elementary School.  Mr. West attended New Philadelphia, Ohio State University, and Kent State University.  Mr. West is married and has three boys: Jackson who is nine, Evan who is four and Kaden who is due on January 1.  Mr. West lists his favorite food and holiday as pizza and the Fourth of July.  Some of his hobbies included fishing, reading, gardening and hunting.  He loves to cheer on the Browns, Indians, Cavs, and Buckeyes.  When the final bell rings for the summer break, he enjoys Cub Scouts with his son.  Also, his family likes to go to the beach, however, his biggest fear in life is drowning, and his favorite movie is Jaws!  Mr. West recently started taking banjo lessons, which he enjoys very much.  As a child, he dreamed of being a police officer.  However, he chose teaching using his own words, "I love to see the kids when they catch on to an idea and take off with it."  Strasburg schools is lucky to have him!

written by Claire Downin


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