Kutztown appoints music teacher to School Board

Kutztown School Board appointed Christine Ryan as its newest board member on Jan. 6.

Ryan teaches music at Hamburg School District and is a Kutztown University professor.

The board voted 6-2 with Carl Ziegler and Jim Shrawder voting no.

The board vacancy was the result of Jennifer Clay, who had won a seat on the board in the November election, opting not to accept her seat on the board.

According to Kutztown School District Superintendent Kathy Metrick, a petition was signed by Greenwich, Lenhartsville, and Albany residents who were in favor of Jenn Schumaker being appointed to the board vacancy. Schumaker received votes as a write-in candidate in the November election.

The board interviewed candidates at a December meeting, including Schumaker, Ryan and Allison Stoudt.

According to KUs website, Ryan teaches Integrating the Arts in the PreK -Grade 4 Curriculum at Kutztown University and has been on staff since 2004. Ryan received her Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. in 1987, her Master of Music Education from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., in 1990 and her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University, Boston, Mass. in 2011. Her primary instruments are voice and piano. Ryan has also been a public school music educator for 23 years. Currently, she teaches middle school vocal music at Hamburg Area School District, including classes in applied guitar, general music, choir, bell choir and Mariachi music. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent and Young Adult Music.

According to Metrick, Schumaker is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and a lifelong resident of KASD, who was raised on a family farm. From the school board interviews, Metrick noted that Schumaker responded she was running for school board for community service. She worked in business for 18 years before becoming a nurse. She is passionate about education. She has experience with policy writing and is interested in cyber school. Her sons were cyber schooled after attending KASD to a point, according to Metricks notes. Confident she can make decisions to benefit our students and our community.

Stoudt lived in her current residence for 13 years, graduated from Albright College, went to law school at Wake Forest, worked as ADA for Berks County DAs office, prosecuted juvenile crimes and then served as corporate counsel and then worked for an office of Children and Youth Services and the Office of Aging, according to Metricks notes from the interviews.

Stoudt is now a stay at home mom, her daughter attends first grade at Greenwich Elementary. She has been a parent volunteer in the school, gets to see whats going on and get a feel for the teachers, according to Metrick.

She responded that she was applying for the position because she wants her daughter to have a great education, according to Metrick.

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