PELLSTON — With recent hiring of a special education teacher at Pellston Elementary School, the search for new teaching staff in the district is complete.
This year, two new teachers are working in the district, along with a familiar face that has returned to teaching duties.
Shari Saddison returned to the classroom this year as a fourth-grade teacher. Saddison was employed by the district in 2008, but was laid off because of declining enrollment and funding cutbacks.
She was later brought back as the 21st Century Learning Center director position and continued in that role until this fall, when she was hired back as a teacher.
In 2012, Saddison and her staff received the first place award from the Michigan Association of School Boards for Education Excellence for before and after school programs.
The Lake Superior State graduate said she loves to be with children and through her two positions in the district, she has demonstrated her love for education and the need to help children become highly successful in all core content areas as well as learning to get along with other students.
Benjamin Schley is the new health and physical education teacher for grades seven-12.
Schley grew up in the Cheboygan area and graduated from Central Michigan University in 2011 with a teaching degree with an emphasis on physical education. In 2012, he earned an additional endorsement to teach health education.
Schley coached the Pellston varsity football team this fall and was recently appointed to the boys junior varsity basketball coaching position.
Schley said he enjoys working with the students and athletes and hopes to help students understand their responsibility to live healthy lifestyles.
In October, Lori Smith assumed the role of elementary special education teacher.
Smith has also taught special education, Title I and at risk students in Syracuse, Ind., Onaway and Concord Academy Petoskey before coming to Pellston.