Polly Doyle lives in Louisville and was an English teacher at Louisville High School for 20 years before becoming headmaster for 13 years. In 2008 she retired.
After retiring, she started working as a communications coordinator for Northwest Local Schools and now.
“My position is through the Stark County Educational Service Center and I have done projects for the SCASC and other counties,” she said. “I currently only work with North Canton City Schools.”
She is married to Tom Doyle and has four step-sons: Kevin (chemical engineer, lives in Colorado), TJ (data scientist, lives in New Orleans), Joe (manufacturing technology manager lives in Columbus) and Eric (police officer and SWAT team, lives in Indiana). The Doyles also have a Westie named Ben.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
My father was a teacher, coach and school advisor. My mother wanted to be an English teacher, but she dropped out of Muskingum College to marry Dad just before he shipped to Europe during World War II. Our mother had a major influence on our career choices as she took my sister and me to the North Canton Public Library twice a week to check out the maximum number of books allowed.
She was also an advocate of proper grammar. My sister did her doctorate in TESOL and recently left teaching at the University of Munich. In our upbringing, teaching English was a natural choice.
What was your favorite role in education and why?
I loved being an English teacher because I had the opportunity to directly influence students’ lives. I particularly enjoyed teaching writing because no matter what career choice they have, students need to be able to think and write.
I have also coached athletics and served as a consultant for various organizations. The high school experience should offer outside of the classroom activities to help students build relationships, improve self-esteem, and learn leadership skills.
Why was education so important to you?
My parents taught us that quality education is essential to success in life and that education doesn’t stop with a high school or college degree.
When educators tell me they can’t use technology because they went to high school before computer class, I tell them I learned math on the abacus but can still use a computer. We can all learn and grow. Staying engaged keeps us mentally sharp.
What do you think are some of the strengths of Stark County’s school districts?
People don’t recognize the great quality of Stark County’s school districts. When schools across the country closed due to the pandemic last year, schools in Stark County stayed open offering face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning. The districts have enforced security standards to protect students, employees, and families. Thanks to the management of the school districts, our students were able to continue their education.
When our district schools saw the tragic loss of young people to suicide four years ago, the districts responded immediately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Akron Children’s Hospital investigated the cases and released reports that resulted in school districts in the area signing contracts with mental health authorities who are now working with students and families to provide services to protect them .
Of course, Stark Counties are familiar with inter-county competition in sports and other extracurricular or extracurricular activities, but many people don’t understand the collaboration that goes on behind the scenes. For example, in Stark County, when a district receives a scholarship or develops a program to help students succeed, that district shares the details to help other districts or schools succeed. We are really fortunate to have excellent educators who take care of all students, not just those who reside within the confines of their school districts. The Stark County Educational Service Center plays an important role in promoting this collaboration.
Would you like to tell a short story or two about your academic achievements during your career?
Certain stories are difficult to share because some are very personal. I am proud of our students who have achieved remarkable things, for example as the CEO of a large company, as the dean of a renowned university or as an expert on national security.
However, these accomplishments do not overshadow the success of students who have overcome personal struggles such as physical challenges, economic difficulties, or abusive family situations to become happy, responsible citizens who contribute to our community. People don’t teach because they want to get rich. Seeing our students succeed as adults is beyond monetary value.
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