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Weisman pioneered Beachwoods ASL curriculum.

ASL Teacher Sharon Weisman

Elijah Kriwinsky, Arts & Life Editor June 10, 2024

American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Sharon Weisman is retiring after 25 years of impactful teaching at BHS. “I’ve had Mrs.Weisman since my freshman year and I’m now in ASL 3,” junior London...

I’ve done everything from using a mimeograph machine to putting in homework assignments online via virtual lessons, Willner said.

Math Teacher Lena Willner

Jacob Tannenbaum, Staff Writer June 10, 2024

Lena Willner is retiring after 43 years of teaching, the last of which was here at BHS. She previously taught at a local parochial school, Regina High School, which no longer exists, and Brush High...

Haight performing with the student-teacher band at White & Gold 2019. Photo from Beachcomber archives by Emily May.

Choir Teacher Darlene Haight

Ritika Iyer, Staff Writer June 10, 2024

After 33 years of dedication to the education and enrichment of students in the Beachwood Schools, choir teacher Darlene Haight is retiring.  Prior to teaching at Beachwood, Haight spent two years...

“It gives me hope to see how this district embraces different cultures,” Scotese said. “I feel  fortunate to be a part of this community.”

Educational Assistant Jackie Scotese

Alex Bravo, Staff Writer June 7, 2024

Educational assistant Jackie Scotese is retiring after 35 years in the district. As an educational assistant, Scotese works one-on-one or in small groups with students to help them achieve their individualized...

“For me coaching and teaching were very similar,” Perse said. “[They are both about] motivating students to accept [a] challenge.” 

History Teacher John Perse

Jack Soroka and Elijah Kriwinsky June 7, 2024

History teacher John Perse is finishing up his last year of teaching after 38 years, 27 of those at BHS.  Mr. Perse always wanted to be a teacher.  “It was just something I always thought I wanted...

You guys have a lot of support in the school, in the community you have lots of protective factors, Nowak said. You have a lot of people who care and I think that it prepares you for college.

Health Teacher Kim Nowak

Alma Saltzman, Staff Writer June 7, 2024

Kim Nowak, who teaches health at BHS and P.E. at Bryden, is retiring after 36 years working in the district.  Nowak didn’t always know teaching would be her career.  “I was going to go into...

Howdieshell recently received an educator excellence award from the Northeast Ohio Educational Service Center.

Interpreter Coordinator Mark Howdieshell

Allie Rindsberg, Sports Editor June 7, 2024

Educational interpreter coordinator Mark Howdieshell is retiring after 36 years in the district.  Howdieshell grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and went on quite a journey before landing a job with Beachwood....

Here at Beachwood you didnt need to explain why they were learning this,” Luce said. “No one asked that because people were invested in education here.

Math Teacher Jeff Luce

Lyndia Zheng, Layout Editor June 7, 2024

Math teacher Jeff Luce, who teaches Calculus AB, BC and Support Algebra 1, is retiring this year after 35 years of teaching. Luce grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Northwestern University to major...

We’ve already got some trips planned: backpacking in the upper peninsula of Michigan; we’re going to do a safari in South Africa and a possibility of Portugal, Bugenske said.

Science Teacher Lisa Bugenske

Daniella Portner, Staff Writer June 7, 2024

BHS is experiencing a loss this week as science teacher Lisa Bugenske retires.  Bugenske grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and attended Arthur Hill High School. She describes it as a working class town...

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