Killbuck Savings Bank Co. Superstar on Staff: Amanda Thiel

Amanda Thiel

Nomination from a parent: 
Mrs. Thiel has reignited my son Kayson Yutzys love for school. Everyday she starts the day by showing Kayson to have a wonderful attitude not only towards students but to staff as well. Mrs Thiel is a fantastic person both inside as well as outside the classroom. She helps whenever she is able to outside the classroom as well as inside the classroom. I love her for her enthusiasm.

What do you love about working at Dalton Local Schools?
The Dalton community is amazing. If there is ever a need, all anyone has to do is ask and someone, somewhere will find a way to help. That is what I love about Dalton. Working here is like being part of a family. Staff members are kind and caring, and we teach and expect those behaviors from our students. At Dalton I have built friendships with colleagues that I will treasure forever.

How did you get to where you are today?
Being a teacher has been my dream since third grade. I don’t remember exactly what Mr. Allard said or did, but something happened that year and from that point on I never really considered another path to take. Years later, I graduated from Orrville High School and then attended the University of Akron focusing on elementary education. For my student teaching, I was placed at Dalton Elementary with Kelly Wenger and Shelly Menuez. I did not know much about Dalton at the time, but I instantly felt welcomed when I met my two cooperating teachers at the Bliss for breakfast before the school year started. It was a wonderful experience, but unfortunately there were no job openings the following year in the Dalton district. My first official teaching position was for the Tri-County Preschool, which has classrooms all over the county. They placed me at Kidron Elementary where I had the opportunity to share a classroom and be unofficially mentored by Barb Ressler. That next year a first grade position opened. I immediately jumped at the chance to be an official Dalton staff member. I have been a teacher in the Dalton District ever since, as a first grade teacher, 1st/2nd reading and math teacher, and now teaching the best grade ever – second grade. It is crazy for me to believe, but this is my 20th year teaching, and my 14th year in second grade.

Tell us one interesting little fact about yourself that people would be surprised to hear.
My dad was in the Navy for most of my childhood. My parents moved all over until I was born. I grew up in the small coastal town of Warren, Rhode Island. I lived there until my freshman year in high school. At that time my dad retired and my parents decided to move closer to extended family in Ohio.

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