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Mendy Hamilton

Mendy Hamilton has been a smiling face in the ES hallways for almost two decades! She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Wilmington and a Masters in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Reading. Mendy is currently teaching K-3 science and reading intervention. She is a member of two district leadership teams, and serves on the Literacy Committee. Mendy was an essential part of the organization and creation of the ES Learning Garden which will be awarded the Wild School Site designation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! In addition to working hard for her students, Mendy also supported her fellow teachers by serving as the FPEA President for eight years. In her time away from school, Mendy and her husband are remodeling an 1800’s Victorian farmhouse.

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  • Mendy Hamilton

    Mendy Hamilton

    Mendy Hamilton has been a smiling face in the ES hallways for almost two decades! She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Wilmington and a Masters in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Reading. Mendy is currently teaching K-3 science and reading intervention. She is a member of two district leadership teams, and serves on the Literacy Committee. Mendy was an essential part of the organization and creation of the ES Learning Garden which will be awarded the Wild School Site designation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! In addition to working hard for her students, Mendy also supported her fellow teachers by serving as the FPEA President for eight years. In her time away from school, Mendy and her husband are remodeling an 1800’s Victorian farmhouse.

  • Kevin Dutro

    Kevin Dutro

    Kevin Dutro is in his thirty-second year at FPLS where he currently teaches K-6 Physical Education. During his time at Fayetteville, Kevin has taught 7th/8th grade English, 5th grade math, and 5th-8th PE. He has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Ohio University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, and he holds all three principal’s licenses! During Kevin’s long career at FPLS, he has impacted and inspired thousands of children, including many of our current teachers and administrators. When he’s not at school, Kevin loves watching sporting events -- especially when he has a chance to root for the Rockets!

  • Michelle Purdin

    Michelle Purdin

    Michelle Purdin is in her 30th year of teaching at FPES! She has a B.A. in K-8 Education from Morehead State University, and a M.S. in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton. Michelle spent the first twenty-nine years of her career teaching 4th grade math, but when the need for a proven math teacher for 3rd grade arose, she accepted the challenge to help fill the district’s need. Michelle serves on both Teacher Based Teams and the Building Leadership Team. When she’s not at school, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, boating, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Michelle and her husband have been married for twenty-five years, and they are long-time members of the Mr. Orab Church of Christ.

  • Jen Knabb

    Jen Knabb

    Jen Knabb teaches 4th grade Science and Social Studies at FPES. Jen has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Evansville and a Master’s degree in Education from Mount St. Joseph University. She holds a Lead Professional License and has over 21 years of experience -- all in 4th grade! Aside from her duties in the classroom, Jen also serves on the District Leadership Team and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Committee. Jen’s unofficial title is “Best Teacher Ever!”, and her student’s will completely agree! When she’s not at school, Jen enjoys traveling and would love to complete the National Park Quest to visit all 62 national parks with her husband Mark.

  • Nathan Birkhimer

    Nathan Birkhimer

    Nathan Birkhimer is the Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor for FPHS. “Birk” is in his 7th year teaching all areas of Agricultural Education including Mechanical Principles, Agribusiness, Animal and Plant Science, AFNR, and Livestock Selection, Nutrition, and Management. He has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Agriscience Education from The Ohio State University and holds a Professional Career Technical (4-12) Licensure. Being the district FFA Advisor keeps Birk busy with the students both inside and outside of school, but when he’s off for the summer, he always looks forward to going home to compete in the Combine Derby at the Columbiana County Fair. Birk is engaged to 4th grade teacher Gabby Valentine, and he is looking forward to their December wedding!

  • Erika Lockhart - FPMS

    Erika Lockhart

    Erika Lockhart brings seventeen years of teaching experience to FPMS where she teaches 7th and 8th grade General Science. She has a Bachelor of Education in 4-9 Science and Language Arts from Otterbein University and a Master’s in Zoology from Miami University. Erika advises the 7th and 8th Grade Science Club who maintain the school’s outdoor habitat which offers hands-on learning experiences for MS students. Erika is also the advisor for the 7th and 8th grade Science Fair, and she serves on the Building Leadership Team and the District Leadership Team. In her time away from school, Erika loves spending time outdoors with her family, traveling, and exploring new places!

  • Gretchen Ansteatt

    Gretchen Ansteatt

    Gretchen Ansteatt has been teaching 1st grade at FPES for the past 13 years, and she has 25 years of elementary teaching experience all together! Gretchen has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Wilmington College, and she holds an Elementary (1-8) License. In addition to supporting her students in the classroom, Gretchen also serves on the Literacy Committee which works to improve instructional cohesion throughout the ES. In addition to her work with students, Gretchen serves as the FPEA Vice-President. She is an avid football and baseball fan, she enjoys gardening and being outside, and she always looks forward to spending time with her seven children and her granddaughter.

  • Marci Schaefer - FPHS

    Marci Schaefer

    Marci Schaefer brings over 26 years of experience to her classroom at FPHS where she teaches World History, Ohio History, and Street Law to grades 9-12. Marci also teaches CCP American History and CCP Western Civilization which allows students to earn college credit on the FPHS campus. Marci has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and History from Wilmington College, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has 18 hours toward her Master’s in History as well. She has a licensure in 7-12 Comprehensive Social Students and K-12 Specific Learning Disability. Outside of the classroom, Marci continues her work with students as Academic Team Coach and National Honor Society Advisor. She also supports district improvement by serving on the Local Professional Development Committee, the Building Leadership Team, and the District Leadership Team. Outside of school, Marci enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, reading, and avidly supporting streaming services

  • Kevin Dutro

    Kevin Dutro

    Kevin Dutro is in his thirty-second year at FPLS where he currently teaches K-6 Physical Education. During his time at Fayetteville, Kevin has taught 7th/8th grade English, 5th grade math, and 5th-8th PE. He has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Ohio University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, and he holds all three principal’s licenses! During Kevin’s long career at FPLS, he has impacted and inspired thousands of children, including many of our current teachers and administrators. When he’s not at school, Kevin loves watching sporting events -- especially when he has a chance to root for the Rockets!

  • Michelle Purdin

    Michelle Purdin

    Michelle Purdin is in her 30th year of teaching at FPES! She has a B.A. in K-8 Education from Morehead State University, and a M.S. in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton. Michelle spent the first twenty-nine years of her career teaching 4th grade math, but when the need for a proven math teacher for 3rd grade arose, she accepted the challenge to help fill the district’s need. Michelle serves on both Teacher Based Teams and the Building Leadership Team. When she’s not at school, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, boating, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Michelle and her husband have been married for twenty-five years, and they are long-time members of the Mr. Orab Church of Christ.

  • Jen Knabb

    Jen Knabb

    Jen Knabb teaches 4th grade Science and Social Studies at FPES. Jen has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Evansville and a Master’s degree in Education from Mount St. Joseph University. She holds a Lead Professional License and has over 21 years of experience -- all in 4th grade! Aside from her duties in the classroom, Jen also serves on the District Leadership Team and the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Committee. Jen’s unofficial title is “Best Teacher Ever!”, and her student’s will completely agree! When she’s not at school, Jen enjoys traveling and would love to complete the National Park Quest to visit all 62 national parks with her husband Mark.

  • Nathan Birkhimer

    Nathan Birkhimer

    Nathan Birkhimer is the Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor for FPHS. “Birk” is in his 7th year teaching all areas of Agricultural Education including Mechanical Principles, Agribusiness, Animal and Plant Science, AFNR, and Livestock Selection, Nutrition, and Management. He has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Agriscience Education from The Ohio State University and holds a Professional Career Technical (4-12) Licensure. Being the district FFA Advisor keeps Birk busy with the students both inside and outside of school, but when he’s off for the summer, he always looks forward to going home to compete in the Combine Derby at the Columbiana County Fair. Birk is engaged to 4th grade teacher Gabby Valentine, and he is looking forward to their December wedding!