Lakeview Middle School is pleased to offer a variety of special classes to our students outside of their core curriculum.

Students attend Art, Gym, Choir, Band and STEM classes to enrich their learning and development.


Mrs. Welshhans

I began teaching art at Lakeview in 1997. Before that, I taught art in Lisbon Local and Youngstown City Schools. I have earned all three of my degrees from YSU, an Associate’s Degree in Early Childcare (1983), a Bachelor of Fine Art with a second major in Education (1993), and a Master of Arts in Art Education (2010). While at Lakeview I have taught art at Cortland Elementary, Bazetta Elementary and the Middle School in grades first through eighth. In my spare time I enjoy making cards, reading and painting with watercolors. My husband, daughter and I enjoy doing yoga, bicycling and spending time with our two golden retrievers Brody and Daisy and our cat Oliver. I am honored to have the opportunity to teach your child about art. Visual Art teaches students how to creatively solve problems and practice higher order thinking skills. When students are the artists, they are in charge of the project and they make choices that will help them to reach their goals and convey the ideas they wish to express. This is an empowering opportunity for students that will enable them to become innovative, observant, reflective and confident. You are always welcome to contact me at any time.


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Mr. Husosky

I am beginning my 12 th year of teaching, and my first in the Lakeview School District. It is a privilege to be a part of an outstanding school district and music program! Prior to coming to Lakeview, I served as the Director of Bands in the Champion Local School District. Currently, I am the Percussion Advisor and Assistant Director of the Henry H. Stambaugh Youth Concert Band, and Assistant Conductor of the Salem Quaker City Community Band. I am also an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association, serving as an Adjudicator and being the OMEA District 5 President.

I also still perform on my instrument with the W.D. Packard Concert Band, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Salem Quaker City Community Band, Lowellville Mt. Carmel Band, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University, and my Master’s Degree in Music Education from Kent State University.

I currently reside in Howland, Ohio. I look forward to a fantastic year of music making with the students of the Lakeview Band program!


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Mrs. Briceland

I graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. I received my Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Prior to coming to Lakeview I worked in the Maplewood School district teaching K – 6 General Music and directing the High School Show Choir. I started my career at Lakeview Middle School in August of 1994. I also spent one year at Bazetta Elementary and 2 years assisting the high school choir director. I enjoy working with the middle school voices. I am always amazed at what our students can accomplish musically. My husband Jeff and I live in Boardman. We have 2 daughters who are in college. Many of your older children may know me as Miss Page. I look forward to working with all of your children.


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Ms. Lawrence

I have been involved with Lakeview since I started school in kindergarten and graduated in 1977. After graduation I attended YSU where I received my BS in Education majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Health and Basic Business.

I subbed for four years at Lakeview until I was hired to teach Health in 1986. I taught health for two years and then moved to Bazetta and Cortland elementary where I taught PE. When that building closed, I came to the middle school to continue teaching PE.

I received my Masters from Ashland University in Curriculum and Instruction.


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Mrs. Gillespie

My name is Billie Gillespie and I am so excited to be serving as the K-8 Media Specialist! Before coming to Lakeview, I spent a few years living in both Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia, where I had been teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Reading, Language Arts and Science for four years, I returned to Ohio to continue my career. I received my Middle Childhood Education degree from the University of Akron. I am certified to teach Science, Reading and Language Arts to grades 4-9. I also graduated from Kent State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science. I am married to my husband Ryan. We have two children, Rylie and Landon, who both attend Lakeview Schools. I feel so blessed to be at Lakeview Middle, and I'm looking forward to an awesome year!

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Ms. DeFrancesco

I am a proud member of Lakeview’s class of 2010. I am a graduate of Kent State University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education graduating Summa Cum Laude. In the spring of 2017 I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Integrated Curriculum Mathematics and Sciences with a STEM focus. After teaching out of state and at Grand Valley Middle School in Orwell, Ohio, I am happy to be a bulldog once again! I am passionate about STEM education and connecting learning to real world phenomena and skills that will benefit our learners both in and out of the classroom. When I am not in the classroom you can find me on the soccer field either coaching or playing. In my additional free time I enjoy spending time outside and with my pets, family and friends, and traveling. I also enjoy reading and biking. I am excited to get to know and learn with your student(s) as we explore STEM challenges and the real world connections they offer. The best way to stay updated on our STEM journey is to join your students google classroom (these codes can be found on the class syllabus). Please feel free to contact me at anytime and I will do my best to respond promptly.


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