DYS welcomes new staffers

Pegeen Keffer, Adriana Schulz, Kerri Tolen, and Dorothy Wiersema are no strangers to the local board of education system but they’re all new to Donald Young School in Emo this year.
Schulz and Tolen, who came over to DYS from Nestor Falls, will be teaching grade four/five and seven/eight respectively this year, while Wiersema, who came from Sturgeon Creek, is a special ed assistant.
Keffer, who was a supply teacher with both the public and separate school boards last year, will be teaching part-time in grade one, and also science, social studies, music, and art to grades five-eight.
She said she is enjoying the adjustment to the classroom procedures each day.
A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, she was married that same year to Rev. Brian Keffer.
They moved to Deep River in 1989, where her husband was the pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. The couple resided there until 1996, with the family growing to four children.
In August, 1996, she acquired her Ontario teacher’s certificate and Bachelor of Education from teachers’ college in North Bay.
The family moved to Fort Frances last July, where Rev. Keffer is pastor at Zion Lutheran Church. The family’s hobbies include canoeing, swimming, and gardening.
The children, who attend Robert Moore School, take piano lessons and also enjoy outdoor activities.
Other DYS staff this year include Vicki Loney (Junior Kindergarten), Wilma Esselink (Senior Kindergarten), Charleen Gustafson (grade one), Helen Mose (grade two), Kim Bolen (grades three/four), Lucinda Meyers, (grades five/six), and Bill James (grade seven).
Rod Enns (special ed), Gary Gamsby (French), Lorna Indian (Ojibwe), Marie-Ann DeGroot (library assistant), Tina McGinnis (teaching assistant), Tina Leonard (special ed assistant), Karen Wilde (speech language assistant), and Martha Siemens and Paul Peters (custodians) round out the staff.
Nancy Fretter is back as principal and Thelma Ogden as secretary.
“We have a total of 175 students from grades one to eight, and 32 in JK and SK,” Fretter noted.