Neshannock Township School District is happy to announce that we have welcomed two new teachers to our professional staff. Mrs. Laura Gibson was formally approved by our Board of School Directors in May and Mr. Zach Sarver was formally approved by our Board of School Directors in August. Both Laura and Zach are a wonderful addition to our Lancer Community and we look forward to our students and community members having the opportunity to get to know them.
Mrs. Laura Gibson was hired as a fourth grade teacher. Prior to her current post, she fulfilled long-term substitute positions in both the junior high and elementary schools. She taught seventh grade during the 2018-2019 school year and sixth grade during the 2019-2020 school year. After graduating from Lakeview High School, Laura attended Geneva College where she was a four-year starter on their softball team. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education upon graduation in 2018.
Laura’s hobbies include coaching softball, golfing, and spending time with friends and family. She also serves as a coach for Neshannock’s Junior High softball team. You might even find her and her husband, Wes, picking, washing, and selling pumpkins at Innocenzi’s Pumpkin Farm. Laura’s family has owned and operated the Cortland, OH pumpkin farm for over 40 years.
When asked about teaching at Neshannock, Laura said, “Teaching is my absolute passion and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the staff, students, and the Neshannock community. This community is truly a special place to be and I am honored and humbled to be a part of it. Thank you, staff and students, for your kindness and continued support.”
Mr. Zach Sarver was hired as a high school mathematics teacher. Prior to his current post, Zach taught for ten years with Sharpsville Area School District and two years in Charles County Public Schools. Upon graduation from Slippery Rock University, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, as well as two Master’s Degrees – Master of Education in Secondary Education and Masters of Science in Sports Management. Zach is also the head basketball coach at Sharon High School.
Zach and his wife, Kristin, are parents to sons Caden (6) and Keegan (3). When Mr. Sarver is not busy coaching, teaching or watching his boys play soccer and run cross country, you might find him golfing, running, or biking.
When asked what has him feeling most excited about teaching at Neshannock, Zach answered, “The opportunity to work within a community that values education and preparing their students for an ever evolving world.”
Neshannock Township School District also added a familiar face to the roster this year. Mr. Aaron Viggiano will be working as the Staff Development Coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year. He has assisted the District with various technology needs since his graduation from NHS in 2016. Aaron recently graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry. In addition to his role at NTSD, he is also pursuing his Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics at The University of Pittsburgh.
Aaron has been providing an incredible amount of support to our teachers as they navigate both the Schoology (Jr./Sr. High) and/or Google Classroom (Elementary) learning platforms. He has also played a very large role in the live streaming of our sporting events. We are thrilled to have Aaron on board.
In addition to our permanent professional staff members, we have welcomed quite a few long-term substitute teachers to fulfill various positions within the District.
- Mrs. Sarah Harrison – Junior High English
- Mrs. Erika Kendra – Jr./Sr. High Art
- Mrs. Jacqueline Ridenbaugh – Junior High Reading
- Mrs. Amy Nixon – Special Education
- Miss Lexie Ferrese – First Grade
- Mrs. Alicia Simmons – First Grade
- Mrs. Joline Urban – Sixth Grade
- Mrs. Kelly Robles – Fifth and Sixth Grade Cyber
- Miss Marly Nichols – Kindergarten
- Mrs. Alexandra Morrone – Second Grade Cyber
We are grateful to each one of these teachers for their commitment to providing first-class instruction and creating welcoming learning environments for our students.