Students returning back to school on Monday, August 24, will notice several staffing changes. Due to retirements, DCC said farewell to first grade teachers, Brenda Aravich and Barb Dettore, Joseph Lesnick, Librarian & Elementary Music teacher and Diane Himes, MS/HS Administrative Assistant.
Brenda Aravich, began her career at St. Catherine of Siena School as a Kindergarten teacher for two years and then moved up to become a First -Grade instructor for 28 years for a total of 30 years of service. Her position has been filled by DCC Elementary Technology instructor, Nicole Finalle.
First-grade faculty member, of 29 years, Barb Dettore also began her teaching career at St. Catherine of Siena School. Her position will be filled by her daughter, Jennifer Pisarcik, a DCC alum and Second-Grade faculty member. Pisarcik’s position has been filled by Kassandra Loudon, DuBois. Loudon previously taught at St. Leo Catholic School, Ridgway.
Joseph Lesnick was employed by St. Catherine of Sienna School for two years and then DCC for 10 years as Elementary Music Instructor and Head Elementary Librarian. His position of Elementary Music Instructor will be fulfilled by Nikki Forsythe. Forsythe will also continue her role as Elementary Art Instructor. Elaine Jacob, DuBois, part time Elementary Library Assistant will fulfill the position of Head Elementary Librarian. Angela LaBenne, DuBois, has accepted the part time position of Elementary Library Assistant.
Middle/High School Administrative Assistant, Diane Himes, retired after seven years of service. Himes position has been filled by Kristi Oakes, Falls Creek.
Nicole Finalle, Elementary Technology Instructor’s position will be filled by Kathryn Ellenberger, DCC Alum.
Elementary Enrichment Instructor, Chris Felix, Reynoldsville, will now be conducting small group math classes for fourth and fifth grade students and has been added to the middle school faculty, as a part time 6th grade Math and Science instructor.
Alena Park, high school Pre-Calculus, SAT Math, Trig Stats/Trig Stats Honors, and Algebra II Honors has relocated. Her position has been filled by Max Hrinya, Brockway who is returning to DCC after covering for Park during her maternity leave.
Molly Kelsey, DuBois has joined the DCC staff to teach Finance in the high school.