Welcome to the Lakeview Elementary 3rd Grade website! The 3rd grade teachers are excited to get to know your child and help them grow as students! On this site, you will be introduced to our third grade staff. You will find important links to curriculum and practice resources. Please use the teacher links below for specific information about your child's classroom. (Information about building wide staff can be found at Lakeview's full website)
My name is Samantha Dzurinda and I will be your child’s third grade teacher. I’d like to start off by telling you a little about myself. I graduated from Lakeview in 2006. I am beyond thrilled to be able to teach in the same district where I went to school! After high school, I attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where I received my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education K-6. I furthered my education by fulfilling the reading requirements set forth by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee as well as obtaining my Masters in Special Education from Western Governors University. After graduation, I accepted a teaching position at Lakeview and have been here ever since. I have taught both kindergarten and third grade. This is my ninth year teaching third grade.
My goal is to provide a learning environment that is fun, safe and full of experiences where students will not only advance academically but personally. It will be a year of challenges and growth that I believe will excite students about learning! In hopes of making a positive impact on my students, Maya Angelou said it best, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” There is so much to look forward to this school year and I think that with all of us working together we can make this a very positive experience. I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure a successful school year!
My name is Mackenzie Hoolihan. I recently graduated from Youngstown State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist. This is my first year teaching at Lakeview Elementary. I look forward to a great school year with your child!
My name is Melissa Kmetz and I'm a third grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School. I graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1999 and obtained a full academic scholarship to Youngstown State University. I graduated in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. In 2007, I obtained a Master of Science in Education with a specialty in Reading from Youngstown State University.
I began my teaching career in the Salem City School district where I taught kindergarten for one year and first grade for two years. I then accepted a teaching position here in Lakeview in the fall of 2006 and have been here ever since! This is my 16th year teaching third grade and my 18th year teaching overall.
I strive to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students while sparking their interest and enthusiasm in learning. It is my goal to teach all students how to learn not just what to learn. This year though, the most important lessons learned in our classroom won't always be academic ones. It is incredibly important to me that students embrace kindness and compassion and strive to make the world a better place. I want them to learn they are never too young to make a difference in the lives of others. As Aristotle once said, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
Hello! My name is Mrs. Emily Liplin. I began my teaching career here at Lakeview Elementary in 2006 in first grade.The following year I taught kindergarten. During that time I earned a Masters in Reading from Kent State University. The next five years I taught eighth grade reading. I was then welcomed back to the elementary to teach first grade. Finally, I was moved to teach third grade.
I am married with two wonderful and energetic children, Hank and Halle. We have three cats and one dog. Our whole family enjoys watching the Browns, Cavs, and Indians; as well as being outdoors.
I’m very excited to be meeting and teaching your child this year. We're going to have an awesome year!
My name is Mary Beth Townsend. I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3). I have a Reading Endorsement (K-12) in addition to a Master of Science in Education degree with a specialty in Reading from Youngstown State University. I began my teaching career at Children's Rainbow Preschool. Then, I taught second grade in Youngstown City Schools. Now, I am honored to be teaching at Lakeview where I initially taught Title I Reading/Math as well as First Grade.
I live in Howland with my husband, Brian, also a teacher, our son, Caleb, who is currently attending college, and our two dogs, Albus and Luna. I enjoy reading, music, making jewelry, cardmaking, painting, writing/bullet journaling, spending time outside, and anything to do with technology. I am so excited to be part of the 3rd Grade Team here at Lakeview Elementary.
Teaching is one of the absolute loves of my life. I cannot imagine a life without the opportunity to know and impart learning into my students. My teaching career began in North Carolina, where I attended college and lived for 11 years, after graduating from Champion High School. With the exception of kindergarten and 5th grade, I have taught every grade up to 8th. My degrees include a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading Specialization. Reading is my favorite hobby, and I enjoy sharing that with my students. Mr. Weber and I'm the parents of 2 adult children and grandparents to one granddaughter (with one more on the way) and an old English Cream Golden Retriever, named Sidney Rose (after Sidney Crosby, of course! Go Pens!!!) We enjoy golf, sightseeing, watching/attending sports events, and visiting family and friends in North Carolina, Texas, and Florida. It is my hope that students and parents will find me approachable and sincere in my attempts at meeting needs, offering guidance, and helping make students’ academic experience positive.