Some teachers called back after cuts

By Kelsey Leyva -

Seven teachers who were laid off in March amid sweeping Wellington Schools cuts will return when the fall semester begins next Wednesday.

Pink slips were given to 35 staffers as the board of education struggled this winter and spring with the threat of a $2.4 million deficit.

Seven teachers who were originally pink slipped received call backs but declined the offer. Seven others were given new teaching assignments despite some previously being cut back to half-time. Six staff members resigned.

The asterisk indicates which teachers were originally pink slipped either half-time or entirely.


*Wendy Rappach – Teaching art at all three schools.

*Matt Wilkosz – Taught grade four through nine science last year.

*Holly Sommerville O’Daley — Teaching English half-time.

*Tara Gallagher — Teaching grades seven through 12 English.

*Margo Voss – Teaching health and physical education at Westwood and the high school five-eighths of the time.

*Jaqueline Woods — Moving from teaching title one last year to fifth grade language arts this year.

*Morgan Pilgrim — Moving from teaching kindergarten last year to first grade this year.


*Jennifer Garrett — Originally cut to half time English instructor but is now going to teach first grade.

Doug Allen — Moving from teaching high school math to teaching eighth grade math.

*Patty Strike — Originally cut back to half-time math teacher but is now going to teach sixth grade math.

Laura Gallatin — Moving from teaching kindergarten last year to Title I this year.

Amy Bogan — Moving from teaching grades four through eight math last year to teaching fifth grade math.

Sandy Cherpak — Moving from teaching fifth grade language arts last year to teaching special education for eighth-graders.

*Pete Keenan — Originally cut to half-time and will now teach high school physical education and health full-time.

*Sherry Arcuri — Originally cut to half-time and will now teach vocal music five-eighths of the time at Westwood and the high school.


*Brooke Morgan — Accepted offer from Black River school district.

*Shaun Coon — Accepted offer from Medina school district.

*Heather Smith

*Eric Baker

*Brianna Bowman

*Katie Tuttle — Accepted offer from Black River schools.

*Anne Arno — Accepted offer from Elyria schools.


Stephanie Senko — Resigned and went to Cloverleaf.

*Lisa Wallen — Originally cut to half-time and then resigned.

Kaylee Petek — Resigned and went to TRECA Digital Academy.

Tiffany Nicol — Resigned and went to Medina schools.

Andy Newberger — Resigned and went to Edison school district.

Jack Reyes — Resigned and went to Stow-Munroe Falls school district

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva