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Chris Stoffer

Chris Stoffer

 

Chris Stoffer had the pleasure of growing up in Canton, Ohio and experiencing all of the rich heritage this area has to offer. As one of five boys, he was always active in school events and sports, especially at GlenOak High School. Upon graduation, Chris attended Malone University where he was a member of the football team, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in History. For two years, he had the opportunity to work with middle school and high school students as a coach with Plain Local Schools. This experience led to a position at Herzing University In Akron as an Admissions Advisor, where Chris worked for the last nine years helping students reach their educational goals. He is looking forward to bringing this same passion to Canton Country Day School and to its fantastic staff. He cannot wait to be a part of this legacy that has been in this community for many years. Currently, Chris resides in Canton with his two dogs, but most of all, he is looking forward to getting married in the fall to his beautiful fiancé, Desiree.

Maggie Roby

Maggie Roby

Maggie Roby is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she majored in English Pre-Education. After college, Maggie spent two years teaching English at Fudooka High School in Saitama, Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. She returned to the United States to study children’s literature at the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught undergraduate courses in writing and composition. She earned her Master of Arts in English Literature from Pitt in 2017.

Sarah Nieto

Sarah Nieto

 

Sarah Nieto has worked with children in many capacities for more than 30 years. She earned a B.S. degree in early childhood development and psychology.  She lived in Mexico for 5 years where she studied Spanish and taught English at a private elementary school.  Upon her return to the U.S., she developed a Spanish curriculum for preschool and elementary children, which she taught for 12 years.  Trained in Montessori education, she was the lead teacher in a primary classroom for 6 years in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  Ms. Nieto loves spending time in her garden and enjoys kayaking, hiking and biking with her husband and two sons.  She is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures with the Canton Country Day community.

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

 

Amanda Cox has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood degree. Mrs. Cox holds a K-12 Reading Endorsement and has been trained in Responsive Classroom. In the past, Mrs. Cox has taught 1st Grade general education and Reading Intervention for 6th Grade.   

Mrs. Cox grew up in southern Tuscarawas County, but now lives in Canton with her husband and two children, Evrit and Lillie. In her spare time, she enjoys going on small outdoor adventures with her family. Football season is her favorite time of year, every Saturday you can find her watching The Ohio State Buckeyes!     

Mike Pence

Mike Pence

 

Mike Pence is a Certified Public Accountant who is thrilled to be a part of the team at Canton Country Day School. Mike desires that his background in accounting be used to serve the students, parents, and staff of our wonderful school. Mike has spent over 40 years in the field of accounting since graduating in 1976 from The University of Akron with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. His varied experience includes work in public accounting and in education.   Mike was a local school district treasurer for over 25 years before retiring in 2009. Mike also teaches accounting and business classes at Stark State College. Mike has been married to his wife Lynn, a registered nurse, for over 40 years. Mike and Lynn have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of Lorenzo and Adora. Mike and Lynn are blessed to serve together in prison ministry. Mike is a commissioned chaplain of The First Baptist Church of Jackson.

Mike enjoys spending time with his family including his dog Roxy, reading, and riding his bicycle whenever time permits. He has participated in many biking tours in the western United States and has ridden in both the American and Canadian Rockies. He still dreams of riding his bicycle cross-country.

Lora Kavanaugh

Lora Kavanaugh

Lora Kavanaugh earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Ohio University. She has more than twenty years of experience teaching, tutoring, and working with children. For the past five years, Lora has been teaching the 1st and 2nd grades. Lora has recently completed the language-based Orton-Gillingham Foundations course, which is a multi-sensory approach to learning. She has taught tennis, coached multiple basketball and baseball teams, has been active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and as a victims’ rights advocate. She is the mother of three boys, ages 11, 8, and 6, who attend Canton Country Day School. Lora loves reading, cooking, playing sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Joey Bruce

Joey Bruce

Joey Bruce has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education K-12 from Slippery Rock University, where he also earned a Coaching Minor. Before CCDS, Joey lived in Pennsylvania where he was a substitute teacher and helped coach basketball.  Joey has just recently became certified as an archery and Pound instructor.  Joey currently lives in North Canton where he enjoys being outdoors that include kayaking, hiking, archery, and running.

Brandon Shook

Brandon Shook

This year marks Brandon’s twelfth year of teaching at the middle school level. He grew up in Brewster, Ohio in southwest Stark County and obtained his Bachelors of Education at the University of Akron. Upon graduation, he taught for five years in South Carolina at the sixth and seventh grade level. At this time, he worked with Winthrop University on his Educational Leadership degree. In 2011, he had the opportunity to move back to Ohio and help open a brand new, high-performing charter school in Cleveland. Over the next six years, this school became very well-known for preparing students to attend rigorous high school programs in the area.
Now that he’s here at CCDS, he feels as if he has found a long-term home. He’s working hard to make sure that the math program is continuously growing and assessing how our school can best prepare our students to be lifelong learners in math. He has stated that the CCDS community has been incredibly welcoming and has expressed gratitude at having the opportunity to work with such amazing students and families.
Mike Brown

Mike Brown

 

Mike Brown is a head of school with a proven track record for helping schools identify their strengths in order to build a strong, vision-oriented culture. Before moving to Canton, he doubled the size of his last school and transformed it into a highly sought-after environment during a time where most schools were declining or remaining flat in their enrollment.

Mike has worked in the field of education for almost 30 years, gaining experience by leading educational programs as a National Park Ranger, a Youth Minister, teaching preschool through middle school in multiple subjects, and serving as a school administrator. As a seasoned educator, Mike is passionate about making sure schools operate for the best interest of their students and creating a safe, inspiring and caring atmosphere for them to stumble, grow, and learn on their path to becoming educated and devoted citizens of our communities. In addition to his work in schools, Mike is also involved in various service organizations, serves on multiple non-profit boards, and has recently been involved in publishing a national guide on helping schools prepare and navigate through situations of educator sexual misconduct. Outside of the school, Mike enjoys being outdoors with his family, fishing, photography, playing the piano, and experimenting in the kitchen! He has also spent several years taking adults and students to Haiti where he is helping to develop a school in a remote part of the country.

As the Head of School at Canton Country Day School, Mike loves helping teachers rediscover their passion for teaching. He is the proud alum of the University of Southern California (Sorry Buckeye fans!) where he earned his bachelor’s degree, Pepperdine University and Saint Leo’s University where he earned his master degrees and is currently working on his doctorate in Educational Leadership. When he is not working at school, you can usually find this native Californian browsing in a bookstore, spending hours in a museum, or throwing the Frisbee for his family dog, Maddie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

School will be closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. School will resume on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!