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My PCSD Story: The Hanchuk Family from Valley Forge

The Hanchuk Family: Timothy, Larissa and Thomas

 

May 13, 2019

 

 

 

Name:  Timothy Hanchuk

 


High School: Valley Forge

 


Graduation Year: 1990

 


College, Major(s), Degree(s) Earned, Graduation:

 


History and Secondary Education. Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace. Master of Arts in Teaching from Marygrove College

 


Current career/position:

 


Social Studies teacher at Parma Senior. It’s my 16th year at Parma High, 25 years total in the district.

 


How did your experiences at Parma City School District help you to achieve success in your career today?

 


I received an excellent education from a host of outstanding teachers. They definitely prepared me for the rigors of college and also served as role models as I began my own career.

 


What is your favorite school memory growing up?

 


Probably playing football. We were Lake Erie League co-champs my junior and senior years.

 


Who was your favorite teacher and how did they inspire you?

 


It wouldn't be fair to pick just one, so I'll mention a few, though this list is far from complete: Bill VanJura, Ken Konchan, Gail Dailey, Art Beyer and Bill McCleave.  All of them were inspirational through their obvious dedication, subject knowledge, and genuine care for each student as an individual.

 


Looking back to your school years, what is one thing you learned that has stayed with you throughout the years?

 


Perseverance pays off.

 


What does PCSD mean to you?

 


To me, the PCSD is an excellent district that rises to meet challenges, and "expects the best".  My respect for the quality of education our district provides has also led my wife and me to choose this community in which to raise our family. Our sons are both students in the district.

 


What is one thing you want people to know about you?

 


I love history, especially pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe.

 


Why are you Parma Proud? 

 


This is a great community that has so much to offer.  Add that fact to our district, and you have a great place to live.

 


 

Name: Larissa Hanchuk (Young)

 


High School: Valley Forge

 


Graduation Year: 2001

 


College, Major(s), Degree(s) Earned, Graduation: 

 


I have an undergraduate degree in Math Education from Bowling Green State University and a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Dominican University.

 


Current career/position:

 


I teach math at Parma Senior High.

 


How did your experiences at Parma City School District help you to achieve success in your career today?

 


I was exposed to many excellent teachers and different teaching styles.

 


What is your favorite school memory growing up? 

 


Being on stage performing in all the musicals and choir concerts. 

 


Who was your favorite teacher and how did they inspire you?

 


I had many teachers I liked but some of my favorites were Mr. Blaha, Mr. VanJura and Mr. Plasterer.  They all pushed me to do my best and were excellent teachers.  I teach some concepts the way that I learned them in Mr. Blaha’s class, so they obviously stuck with me.

 


Looking back to your school years, what is one thing you learned that has stayed with you throughout the years? 

 


Time management.  I use it every day.

 


Why are you Parma Proud? 

 


This is where I grew up and had some of my best memories.

 


 

Name: Thomas Hanchuk

 


High School: Valley Forge

 


Graduation Year: 1992 

 


College, Major(s), Degree(s) Earned, Graduation: 

 


Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from Baldwin Wallace, Master’s Degree from Marygrove College.

 


Current career/position:

 


High School Art Teacher at Parma Senior High School.

 


How did your experiences at Parma City School District help you to achieve success in your career today? 

 


From my elementary days through graduation, I had many exceptional teachers and coaches that left their mark on me.  I have also been very fortunate to work and learn from the many art colleagues along the way in the Parma Schools.

 


What is your favorite school memory growing up? 

 


It would have to be playing football at Valley Forge and winning the league championship.

 


Who was your favorite teacher and how did they inspire you?

 


Mr. Semary, who was an art teacher at Valley Forge. I took his photography class 4 times and passed all four times with an A+.  I loved his laid back, no-nonsense approach to his teaching style and his expertise in the arts. 

 


Looking back to your school years, what is one thing you learned that has stayed with you throughout the years? 

 


I admire the art teachers I had in high school.  They all had different styles and approaches to teaching art.  I try to take from them the best parts and blend into what I do.

 


What does PCSD mean to you? 

 


It means an amazing group of teachers and staff that care about their students’ futures.

 

 

What is one thing you want people to know about you? 

 


If I can help you, I will try.

 


Why are you Parma Proud? 

 


Parma is a melting pot of good people, and to be able to contribute and give back to the community helps keep Parma, Parma.

 

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  The Hanchuk family, all graduates of Valley Forge High School, and currently teaching at Parma Senior High School. (L-R): Timothy Hanchuk, Larissa Young and Thomas Hanchuk.