Spanish teacher Jacqueline Davis brings a love of travel to her language classes at the high school.
The pastor’s daughter chose to study at Bowling Green State University specifically because of its study abroad program which led to a year in Spain, along with travels throughout Europe.
She visited Bolivia for her first trip out of high school, and she and her husband, Garrett, chose Panama for their honeymoon trip.
“Communication, travel, new discoveries, meeting new people—the language classroom is the perfect place to bring it all together,” Jacqueline said.
The Defiance resident taught in the Wayne Trace school district before taking the Fayette job. She continues to work on a master’s degree.
In addition to teaching Spanish at Fayette High School, she will assist the district with translation for students who have English as a second language.
When school started Tuesday in Fayette, new elementary school intervention specialist Tim Morr felt like he was coming full circle, and in more ways than one.
Morr enrolled at Mt. Union College after high school and studied for two years while playing on the school's basketball and golf teams. But when he came home and started making money at a summer job, his 19-year-old mind got the best of him.
"I decided it was better to make money than pay money," he said.
He stayed in factory work and eventually became the third shift supervisor at Ferro Corp. in Stryker. Downsizing eliminated his position and he returned to where he started years earlier: pursuing a teaching degree.
He graduated in May from the University of Toledo and was hired at Fayette, his alma mater. Morr will work with third, fourth and fifth grade special needs children by assisting teachers in the regular classroom and pulling some students out for individual help.
Morr has more than 20 years of coaching experience in softball and baseball and he's thinking about serving as a coach again.
He says he's nervous about starting his first teaching job, but he's also really looking forward to the experience.
"You don't get a lot of chances to come back to your home town and give back to the community," he said. "I'm hoping to make an impact on some lives."