With the start of school a little over two weeks away, Bexley is sending out the welcome wagon to a handful of new teachers in the district -- particularly at the high school level.

With the start of school a little over two weeks away, Bexley is sending out the welcome wagon to a handful of new teachers in the district -- particularly at the high school level.

Bexley's Principal of Secondary Schools Harley Williams has been busy this summer recruiting, interviewing and hiring several new faculty members to replace retirees.

Kathleen Shelton, whose hiring was approved by Bexley Board of Education in July, joins the team this fall as a French teacher replacing the retired Barb Romanczuk. She has served in Westerville City Schools in a similar capacity since 2009, having developed that district's standards-based World Languages and French Curriculum. Shelton holds a master's degree in French literature and language from Ohio State University; her bachelor's degree in French language is from the University of Toledo.

Brian Davis takes on duties in both science and technology areas this year. Having received both bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University, Davis has previous experience teaching physics and math at Yuma Union High School in Yuma, Ariz. His duties there included teaching "at-risk, native Spanish speaking students." As a Research Assistant at Brigham Young, he trained researchers and presented research at formal conferences.

Michelle Rogers already has one year at Bexley High School under her belt as she steps in this fall for English teacher Jeannie Goodwin, who is on leave this year. Over the summer, she taught a BHS course that helps students write their college application essays and prepare for college admissions interviews. Rogers has served in West Carrollton Schools and Springboro Community Schools in addition to her year in Bexley City Schools. She holds a doctorate from the University of South Carolina, as well as a master's degree in English from the University of Dayton.

Tami Golliday joins the science department at Bexley High School, bringing her experience from St. Marys Memorial High School in Wapakoneta, Wright State University in Dayton, Urbana City Senior High School and Urbana University in Urbana, among others. She holds a master's degree in integrated science from the University of Findlay and her bachelor's degree is in zoology from OSU. She has coordinated local sciences fairs, written STEM grants and conducted individual research as well as assisting students with research projects.

Golliday replaces Bexley High School science teacher James Flores, who departed this spring to join his spouse who begins a new job at St. Louis University.

Bexley High School's English Department chairwoman Eileen McMahon takes a leave this year to teach at Highland Park High School in Chicago's northern suburbs. The Board of Education approved a one-year contract for teacher Ashley Moore to take McMahon's place. Moore has been a substitute teacher in Columbus Public Schools and has a master's degree (Integrated Language Art 7-12) and a master's degree in African-American and African Studies from OSU.

The first bell of the year will ring Aug. 15 as classes for the 2012-2013 school year in Bexley get under way.