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Mr. DiMauro to take new job as Human Resources director

After this year, Chris DiMauro will no longer be the principal of the high school. DiMauro will be taking the job of the director of Human Resources for Stow-Munroe Falls city schools.

Although DiMauro is sad to be leaving the high school, he is excited for his new position in the school district.

As the director of Human Resources, he will be a major component of the hiring process in the school district. This includes teachers, administrators, custodians, and secretaries. He will also be responsible for federal and state accountability for things such as insurance, time cards, school calendars and hours for the staff members.

District-wide programming and terms of staff development also include some of DiMauro’s new duties.

“It is very much a comprehensive job,” DiMauro said.

DiMauro will miss many things when he leaves the high school to pursue his new position. The thing he will miss most is interaction with students and staff. His new role is more centralized away from schools and he will spend more time in an office than in a classroom.

“I’ll still be in buildings, but not nearly as much as I am now,” DiMauro said.

He will also miss the pep rallies the high school hosts and big events he will not be as involved with now. Although he will not be as involved, he will still enjoy coming to football games and other fun events the school puts on. Through these events, he plans to stayed involved in student culture.

DiMauro is looking forward to many new opportunities in his new position and he is excited he will be able to institute change in all schools now instead of just at the high school. He will be working with all 700 employees in the Stow-Munroe Falls school district. He will have many relationships with many different people with his new job.

It is still not known who will be replacing DiMauro. The interviewing process for the principal of the high school will begin sometime next week.

DiMauro said, “My first major task as Human Resources Director is to replace myself.”

HAPPY’s annual Kindness Week – Monday & Tuesday

April 27 through May 1 is Kindness Week sponsored by HAPPY at the high school this year. The students and staff are celebrating in many different ways, including yoga and therapy dogs.

On Mon., April 27, there was yoga in the library during periods one through four. Mrs. Macali, a retired teacher from the high school, came and showed students the basics of yoga. Macali went through many different poses and exercises commonly performed in yoga, including the warrior pose and downward dog.

Overall, the morning yoga went well. This was the first year of yoga during Kindness Week, and the high school will now have yoga available every Kindness Week from here-on out. Next year, there is even the chance of the yoga going on all day instead of just in the morning because of the positive feedback.

“Mrs. Macali is awesome,” Sally Dean, the staff member in charge of Kindness Week this year, said.

Also on Monday, the high school hosted therapy dogs in the morning during periods five through nine. All the dogs are certified through a group called Therapy Dog International, and all the handlers who brought them in are volunteers. The woman who brought the dogs in, Ruth Drew, is a retired Stow teacher.

This is the second year in a row where the therapy dogs have graced the high school with their presence, and it was a hit yet again. Students have responded well to the therapy dogs and there was an overwhelming amount of happiness in the library that day.

“Later in the day [after the therapy dogs left], the kids were still smiling and happy,” Dean said.

On Tuesday, April 28, students of the high school wore blue. Blue is the color that symbolizes anti-bullying, and the students wanted to show their support. There was not a big activity scheduled for Tuesday because of the ACT tests and practice tests students were required to take this day.

Numerous students wore blue on Tuesday to show they care about bullying, and they know it is wrong. Bullying is a huge problem that students should not have to worry about. Wearing blue signified that bullying should be stopped, and kindness should be shown.

Many students participated in the multitude of activities available to them and kindness was spread throughout the halls of the high school.

New teacher introduced to high school math department

This year, the high school welcomes Angela Kibler to the math department. Kibler is excited to join the staff here. Kibler teaches Enriched Math I and Integrated Math II.

Although this is her first year at Stow, Kibler also taught at Maplewood, a school in Ravenna, for a year. There, she taught Algebra II and Technical Math.

Kibler did not start her career off as a teacher. She originally worked at Charles Schwab, an investment firm, under a Business Finance degree. She was there for 11 years before she went back to school so she could become a teacher.

“I have no regrets,” Kibler said.

Kibler graduated from Salem High School, which is near Youngstown, Ohio. She went to Kent State University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Akron for her Master’s Degree.

Kibler student taught at Coventry High School in Akron.

Last July, Kibler married Chris, and then she went to Hawaii for her honeymoon. She has two pets: an 18-year- old cat named Felix and a four-year-old dog named Hank.

Kibler and Hank both enjoy running in their free time. They usually like to run four to five times a week. When it is raining or too cold to run outside, Kibler runs on the treadmill. Then, once she is done, she lets Hank go. She loves how exercising makes her feel healthy.

“I know how much Hank enjoys it, too,” Kibler said.

One more thing Kibler enjoys in her free time is traveling. She loves many varieties of cultures and trying new and exotic things. Kibler has traveled to more than nine different countries with Chris, including Greece and France.

“My favorite place to travel thus far has been Hawaii. I loved it because there was a good variety of things to do. We could go to the beach, hike a volcano, hike to a waterfall, snorkel or go shopping. The weather, climate and scenery is awesome,” Kibler said.

Chris and Kibler have traveled to many countries and many states. The two have a bucket list of places they would like to go.

“The next place I would like to visit in the United States is New Orleans because I love music, and they are known for that,” Kibler said.

Kibler’s favorite sports are football and volleyball. She prefers professional football to college and her favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“My favorite sport to watch is volleyball because I love the team aspect,” Kibler said.

Ever since she was a child, Kibler new she wanted to be a teacher. She never acted on it though because she thought she did not have the patience to teach kids.

“When I began volunteering and working with children, I knew I was meant to teach, so I went back to school,” Kibler said.

Kibler really enjoyed school while growing up, hence the reason she decided upon a teaching career. Her favorite subjects were math, English and band.

Though Kibler did not start off being a teacher, she is very glad she followed her dream and became one. She is excit- ed to begin her journey here at the high school.