Team Excel Teacher Biographies

Hello I am Mr. Miller and I am the Life Science teacher on the Excel team. I look forward to meeting you on August 23rd and wish you the best of luck in the upcoming school year. I am a 1981 graduate of York County Area Vocational Technical School. I also graduated from York College in 1997. I currently attend Lebanon Valley College working on my Masters in Science Education. I live in the West York Area School District with my wife of 27 years Kim. I have two daughters Lynsey (24) and Madison (20) and one granddaughter Sophie (2). We have two dogs and two cats. I enjoy working around the house as well as walking, I collect SpongeBob, Yankees and Mountain Dew memorabilia.

Hello. My name is Mr. Gillis and I am the mathematics teacher on the Excel team. This is my fifteenth year teaching seventh grade here at the Dallastown Middle School. Many years ago in the town of Grantham, Pa, I attended Messiah College where I earned my teaching degree but more importantly met and later married my wife. We have twin siblings one boy and one girl who turned seven years old this past spring. When I’m not teaching in the classroom there are several interests I enjoy being a part of. You could find me, playing ping pong or cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles or completing some kind of exercise work-out like running, lifting, etc. I am looking forward to great school year together.

Hello. My name is Liz Bittner and I am the language arts teacher on the Excel team. Growing up in Louisville, KY, I played the flute in band and orchestra. At Millersville, I earned both my bachelor's and master's degrees. In 1990, I got my start at York City School district teaching English as a Second Language. I was married for 25 wonderful years, but my husband passed away from cancer in 2018.We have three kids: a teacher, a banker, and a student at Iowa State. We also have a sweet black lab named Molly and an energetic Bernese Mountain dog named Samson. I taught at Red Lion from 2003-2006 and have been at Dallastown ever since. Go Steelers!

Hi! I’m Mr. Stump , your ancient civilizations teacher. The 2018-2019 school year will be my 21st  year at Dallastown and my 26 th year teaching overall. I’m a 1988 graduate of Dallastown and have my BSED in Social Studies from Shippensburg University. I’m also certified to teach environmental education. I have been the sprint coach for the Junior High Track Team for 21years and the advisor of the Running Club for 16 years. I live in York Township with my wife Jennifer (a 1 st grade teacher at York Twp.), my daughters Beth and Janel, and our cats Rose and Mittens. I am an Eagle Scout and a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts. I enjoy nature study, kayaking, running, treasure hunting, local history, genealogy and karate (2nd Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do ). Outside of school I'm a freelance writer for several magazines with 16+ articles to my credit. 

Hello! My name is Miss. Best. I am one of the Learning Support and Language Arts teachers on the Excel team. This is my first year here at Dallastown Middle School and my second year teaching overall. I graduated from Clarion University with my bachelor’s degree in Middle Level English Education in 2016. In 2017, I graduated from Clarion University with my master’s degree in Special Education. I am from western Pennsylvania but moved to York in 2017 when a job opportunity arose. My fiancée and I live in York with our two puppies named Oreo and Marley. We enjoy doing outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter. We also enjoy travelling to new places, cheering on the number one team in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and discovering new books to read. I look forward to sharing this school year with you!

Hello! My name is
Mrs. Johnson. I am one of the Learning Support and math teachers on team Excel. The 2018-2019 school year will be my second year teaching at Dallastown Middle School and my seventh year teaching overall. I graduated from LaSalle University with my bachelor’s degree in Regular and Special Education and my master’s degree from Messiah University. My husband Chris and I have twin girls, Isabelle and Brielle, who arrived this past June. We have two loving cats, Minn a Maine Coon and Sayid a Persian. When I’m not in school you can find me spending time with my family, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, working out, reading, or relaxing. During the summer, I enjoy traveling to my favorite places, Disney World and Mexico.

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