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Welcome New Staff to TCS!
Adam Booth is the new principal at Tallmadge Elementary School.  A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, he is a 1996 Lake High School graduate.  Adam is a former middle school and high school math teacher of 16 years, middle school football and track coach, and assistant principal at Lake Elementary.  In his leisure time, he enjoys pickleball, soccer, snowboarding, and biking with his wife and four sons.  Adam likes to frequent local Mexican restaurants, and his favorite food is fish tacos.  In the summer, he helps with Vacation Bible School.  Adam and his family enjoy vacationing at the beach, visiting Cedar Point, and occasionally camping. He is an avid reader, as some of his favorite books include Wonder, The Lightning Thief, and The Great Brain series.

Nicole Angelo is the new Intervention Specialist for 2nd grade at Tallmadge Elementary School. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University in 2018 with a dual degree in early childhood education Pk-3 and special education K-12. She enjoys taking care of her small dog Coco and tending to her plants. She is very crafty and loves to make shirts and decorations for any occasion. Her favorite food is pasta and will never judge a type of noodle as she loves them all. She chose the path of becoming a teacher at a very young age when in her second grade classroom her teacher would let her help teach the class and help around the classroom. She recently moved to Akron last year and loves the area and how much there is to do compared to her small hometown of Hubbard, OH. Teaching is her passion and she enjoys thinking outside the box to make learning fun for her students

Mariah Halasa is the new Tallmadge High School Intervention Specialist. She is a proud graduate of Tallmadge High School. She received her Masters of Science in Education, Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist K-12, from The University of Akron. She is newly engaged and loves to travel and visit the national parks with her soon-to-be husband. She is an avid Friends fan and always finds a way to fit a quote from the show into her daily life. As a child, she always wanted to be a teacher and she is thrilled that she has the opportunity to be teaching at an amazing school, which, as a bonus, is her alma mater!

Jessica Jarolim is the new 5th grade inclusion intervention specialist. She is a graduate of Wadsworth High school. Jessica finished her degree at Bowling Green State University in May 2020. She enjoys going for hikes, reading, and trying new things. Her favorite food is chicken pot pie and loves anything with chocolate. She chose teaching as a career because she sees every student individually and believes that, with the right support, each student will be successful. Jessica believes that the foundation to being a good teacher is building relationships with each student to show that she is invested in their learning. Jessica’s favorite show is Castle and her favorite movie is The Greatest Showman. Over the summer, Jessica taught summer school. She also went on vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee where she tried zip lining for the first time and went on plenty of waterfall hikes. She is very excited to be a new addition to the Tallmadge School district and can’t wait to get started.

Josh Stewart is the new Career Assessment Specialist and will be serving all the schools in the Six District Educational Compact. He is a graduate of Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, and the University of Akron. He enjoys playing volleyball and golf in his spare time. For him, the best part of education is working with students to help them determine what they might want to do with their futures.

Brittany Tosatto is a new third grade teacher in the Elementary School. She is a graduate of Norwayne High school. Miss. Tosatto enjoys spending time with her dogs Zoe and Willow. Besides spending time with her dogs, her favorite hobby is singing and dancing! She teaches dance at Art In Motion Dance Center, and performs at Weathervane Playhouse during the summer. Miss. Tosatto chose teaching as a career because she loves helping children learn! She graduated from Kent State University with a Master’s in Education, and a Bachelor’s in dance and theatre.  Her favorite vacation spot is Disney World, or the beach. Her favorite animal is an elephant and she is hoping to one day go to Thailand and volunteer at the Elephant Sanctuary.  She is a great addition to our staff and she is eager to meet your students!

Sarah Pilat, pronounced like an airplane pilot, is one of the new Title teachers at Tallmadge Elementary. She graduated from Kent State in May 2019. She was a part-time Title teacher for the past two years and is excited to move onto this full time position. Currently, she lives in a building that was built in the 1800s and that used to be an alpaca mill! Sarah has always had many hobbies and loves to complete DIY projects. Recently, she has been having success with houseplants and spends her time trying not to let them perish. Her favorite colors are light pink and dark green. She went to Italy in 2016 and since then has dreamt of going back and also going to Greece. She loves the Frozen movies, Mamma Mia movies, and the show New Girl. Over this past summer she was an administrator for a summer camp. She is incredibly excited to continue her journey here as a teacher at Tallmadge Elementary! Sarah loves to integrate her tech skills and enthusiasm into her teaching.

Ashley Hill is a new third grade teacher at Tallmadge Elementary School. She will be team teaching with Mallory Reiber. She is a graduate of Amherst Steele Highschool. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, running, hiking, and kayaking. She loves anything Disney related and values spending time with her family. She chose teaching as a career because of her passion for helping children succeed. She thrives in team settings and enjoys meeting new people and building new relationships.

Amibeth Allman is the newest addition to the English Department at Tallmadge High School. After attending Tallmadge City Schools throughout her entire K-12 journey and being a member of the first class to graduate from the new high school (class of 2009), Amibeth will be returning to the district to teach freshmen English. She earned her Bachelor of English and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Kent State University. She previously worked with students in the district through substitute teaching and cheer coaching. Amibeth has had some amazing opportunities to study, experience new culture, and volunteer in London, Germany, and Chile, as well as travel to many other countries and states! Outside of school, she enjoys seeing new places, finding new adventures, going to many live music shows, and enjoying time with her family and friends. She is excited to be a Blue Devil again and work alongside so many great teachers who impacted her as a student and person!

Katie Shoaff is the new Intervention Specialist for 5th grade at Tallmadge Elementary School. She graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education: Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate. She enjoys taking walks with her dog, Nick and working in her flower beds. Along with her husband, she is very active in her church. Together, at their church, they lead singing and work in various youth programs. Her favorite TV show is Brooklyn 99, she’s watched the entire series three times! Christmas is her favorite holiday and she will listen to Christmas music year round. Katie is also an animal lover, especially dogs. She chose teaching as a career because she has a passion for helping students succeed. Her desire as a teacher is to help students reach their full potential.

Kelli Slivka is the new school psychologist intern from Kent State University. Prior to
beginning her school psychology program, she received her Masters in Community Counseling
from Kent State University. After obtaining her licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor,
she spent 10 years at a community mental health agency as a School-Based Therapist. Kelli’s
experience in the Akron Public Schools as a therapist, inspired her to pursue a career in school
psychology. Outside of work, Kelli enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
She also enjoys cooking, reading, and yoga.

My name is Justin Schifko, but I go by Mr.S. I am new to Tallmadge Middle School. I am a graduate of
Valley Forge High School. My hobbies include weight lifting and playing video games. My favorite
holiday is Halloween because I love spooky things! One thing I love to do is quote from movies (I do it a
little too often). I chose a career in education because I love to share the knowledge that I know to eager
young minds. My favorite foods are eggs, potatoes and anything baked and sweet. Asking me to tell you
my favorite movie is near impossible because I have a pretty wide taste and I cannot pick an ultimate
favorite. However, I can tell you that my favorite genre of movie is comedy. My ultimate goal in
education is to willingly engage students in challenging themselves.

Melissa Aguirre is one of our new reading tutors at Tallmadge Elementary.
This will be Melissa’s fourth year in the district as she is transitioning from technology paraprofessional to reading tutor. Melissa lives in Tallmadge with her husband Matt and children Caleb who will
be in 10th grade and Sarah who will be in 8th..She has a slight obsession with everything Christmas and tacos.