New teachers and old ones were welcomed back to school Aug. 16 for the annual Worthington City Schools convocation, held in the auditorium at Thomas Worthington High School.
"Keeping the passion" was the theme for the morning as district leaders, along with the district symphonic orchestra and the TWHS marching band, kicked off the 2013-14 school year.
"In Worthington, we are truly, madly, deeply passionate about bringing the best out in everyone," said David Bressman, president of the Worthington Board of Education.
Superintendent Thomas Tucker welcomed 82 teachers and two principals who are new to the district.
Joe Jude is the new principal at Worthington Hills Elementary School, and Matt Keller will take over as principal at Wilson Hill Elementary School. Dan Girard will be principal at Brookside Elementary School this year. For the past three years, he has been athletics director at Thomas Worthington. Before that, he was principal at Slate Hill Elementary School.
The district's longest-serving teachers also received rocking chairs, in keeping with convocation tradition.
This year, four teachers each have been with the district for 33 years and received the honors. They are Leslie Ritter, who teaches music at Granby Elementary School; Toni Elovitz, a special-education teacher; Bill Wolford, who teaches at Worthington Hills and coaches lacrosse at Worthington Kilbourne High School; and Regina Malley, who teaches at Wilson Hill.
Other convocation speakers were Mark Hill, president of the Worthington Education Association; Pat Stegman, president of the Worthington Educational Support Personnel; and Tom Burton, director of administrative services in the Cuyahoga Heights school district and a former Ohio Educator of the Year award recipient.