SYCAMORE - Mohawk local school board got the "real deal" when they approved the hiring of Colombia, South America, native Julio Rendon as a Spanish teacher for the upcoming year.
The board met Monday evening to approve several personnel actions. Rendon told the board his goal is to "speak, practice and communicate" through Spanish with his classes, with second level Spanish at a 75 percent immersion level as a key.
Rendon graduated high school and college, Florida-Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., while also attending Ohio State University for three years. He received his teaching degree from Ashland College in Columbus. He most recently taught religion and social studies at St. Brendan's School in Hilliard where he also taught soccer. He has also taught other subjects such as health.
Mohawk school superintendent Ken Ratliff answered a concern from board member Beth Margraf, asking about fluency of students graduating after advanced Spanish, saying "we're going to work with students to get them where they need to be."
Margraf also questioned Ratliff on the scheduling of seventh-grade orientation in the morning which caused some to take off work to attend with a family members. Ratliff said he would look into scheduling them for the evening.
Supplemental contracts approved included:
Amanda Baker, assistant junior high track coach.
Erik Baker, junior high boys track coach.
Amy Gillig, junior high football cheerleader advisor.
Brent Konkle, assistant high school track coach.
Lori Kalb, junior class advisor.
Tyler Long, junior class advisor.
Julio Rendon, Spanish Club advisor.
Brad Weaver, 8th grade girls basketball coach.
The board also accepted the resignation of Brent Konkle as assistant baseball coach for the 2012-13 year, effective July 30.