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Iron Mountain – Andrew Mendini has been named principal of North Elementary School and Amy Galvan has been named principal of grades five through 12 at the Iron Mountain High School/Central Middle School/East Elementary School building, Jerry Sardina, Superintendent of Public Schools, announced. of Iron Mountain.

Mendini replaces Donny Bianco, who worked for the Iron Mountain School District for 25 years as a teacher, coach, principal and athletic director.

Mendini previously held elementary teaching positions at Iron Mountain for 13 years and at Kingsford for the past nine years. He spent two years in the military and another 13 in the Michigan National Guard as a combat engineer and military policeman.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. He and his wife, Amy, have two children: Alyssa, who attends Northern Michigan University; and Evan, who will be a sophomore at IMHS. He is excited to return to Iron Mountain and ready to welcome students and parents to a new school year. He is looking to continue his efforts to make North Elementary the best place to learn.

Galvan replaces William Traber, who served as principal of East Elementary, Central Middle School and Iron Mountain High School for three years. Galvan has worked in education in Illinois for 21 years, the last eight in administration. Before that, she was a specialist educator in colleges and high schools.


She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership in Education with Honors as Director of Special Education, and a PhD Candidate in Educational Administration and Leadership. Galvan has three children: Natalie and Drew, who will attend North Elementary School; and Brooke, who will attend Central Middle School.

Galvan looks forward to the school year ahead and is excited to be part of the Iron Mountain community and begin working with exemplary students, staff and families at East Elementary School, Central Middle School and Iron Mountain High School. His philosophy on leadership in schools can best be expressed by this quote from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in him, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in them”,

Other personnel changes and additions include:

– Kylee Curry-Backlund, the new North Elementary kindergarten teacher, graduated from Bay De Noc Community College and Michigan State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Early Care and Education with a minor in Human Behavior and Social Sciences . She previously taught at Holy Spirit Catholic schools for three years. “I love teaching kids at kindergarten age and instilling a foundation and a love of learning,” said Curry.

— North Elementary School’s new third-grade teacher, Sommer Spencer, graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and has since worked as a long-term substitute teacher throughout the region. “I am thrilled to join Iron Mountain Public Schools. I love to read and learn and look forward to sharing my passion with the community,” said Spencer.

–Eric Penn, a new English teacher at Central Middle School and Iron Mountain High School, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education at NMU.

–Janey Christiansen is also joining the team of secondary educational assistants this year. Christiansen has a degree in early childhood education and has been teaching preschool for three years. She joined the Iron Mountain family earlier this year when she became a college track coach. “As an IMHS alumnus, I am thrilled to be back home and starting my position as a teaching assistant to help students achieve success,” said Christiansen.

— Benjamin Reath, the district’s former director of technology, has been promoted to district director of non-academic services. His responsibilities include managing the technology and physical operations of Iron Mountain Public Schools facilities. Reath has been an integral part of the IMPS District for three years and will continue to serve IMPS staff and students well in its new endeavors. Iron Mountain Public Schools also welcomes Michael Harrison as its new Operations Assistant. He will help Reath implement and maintain the plant’s technology and physical operations.

— Sarah Baumgartner, will replace Laura Hagan as Executive Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Superintendent. She was secretary of transportation and sports at North Elementary School last year.

– Hagan will continue to work for IMPS as the district’s newest Educational Data Specialist, in a new location, North Elementary School. “I look forward to this new position. I will continue my five years of work and specialize in educational data”, Hagan said. It will continue to be an essential element of the IMPS.

– At North and East Elementary, Beth Bray and Maria Basanese-Hill will transition from their roles as Art/Drama and Title 1 teachers to full-time Title 1 teachers. Bray will teach Title 1 math at North Elementary School and East Elementary School. Basanese-Hill will also teach Title 1 English Language Arts North and East.

– Linda Carpenter will be the new councilor for the Middle and High School Drama Club. The club is long overdue and is already attracting the interest of many students of all levels.

She has been in professional theater since she was 3 years old. She received a classical education at Southern Utah University and was heavily involved in Utah’s famous Shakespearean Festival. She has participated in more than 200 productions, whether on stage or behind the scenes. There will be two full productions each school year.

This 2022-2023 school year will be marked by “Carol Against Christmas” (a story of “A Christmas Carol”) and “The day the internet died.” Auditions for “Carol Against Christmas” will be September 1.

— Maryssa Gussert, the district’s communications coordinator, will also be the new high school student councilor for the next school year. Gussert graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and also served on her high school and college student councils for years. She said she is “I look forward to getting to know students on a more personal basis, helping to develop their leadership skills, and sharing what I have learned from my years as a leader on and off the board. student.

Iron Mountain Public Schools is seeking individuals interested in applying for these district positions: vice principal and athletic director in grades five through twelfth; specialized educator and interventionist in primary school; part-time school nurse; Spanish teacher; college girls’ basketball coach; and catering professional.

Applications and job descriptions are available at

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