Two teachers join Fayette staff 2013.08.21

When Fayette students return to the classroom Monday for the start of the new school season, pupils in the upper grades will have a pair of new teachers to meet.

Clete Stechschulte is Fayette's new science teacher, set to cover classes in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physics.

The Columbus Grove native is a self-proclaimed science nerd who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Bluffton University in 2012. He did his student teacher in Kalida and worked as a substitute teacher during the past school year.

"I do like science," Clete said, and that includes watching science specials and keeping up on science news.

Clete is no stranger to the Fayette area since he's been on the staff of 4-H Camp Palmer for the past three summers. With his love of the outdoors, it was a perfect match.

Fayette's new mathematics teacher, Blake Ruffer, is somewhat familiar with the community, too, since he graduated from Stryker High School and did his student teaching at Pettisville. Blake says he seems to be doing a tour of the BBC.

Blake earned a degree in integrated mathematics from Defiance College last spring and he will teach a variety of courses to junior high and high school students.

In his spare time, Blake enjoys wakeboarding on the Maumee River, hunting and playing "old man's softball" at the age of 22.

OPEN HOUSE—Fayette's two new teachers will join the remainder of the staff for the annual school open house scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 Thursday.

THIRD GRADE—Superintendent/elementary school principal Erik Belcher reminds the parents of third grade students about a new state law called the Third Grade Promise. Any student not scoring at a minimum level on the reading test will have to remain in a third grade reading class for the following year of school.