Meet Team A: Birtcher, Hartnell, Rogers

Hello!  Welcome to a new school year!


Meet Team A


The Mission Statement for Team A is to improve freshmen success by offering integrated, personalized, and relationship-oriented instruction that challenges students to be independent and high-level thinkers. Team Spartan believes that every student can learn and grow in a positive, supportive, and respectful environment.


The vision of our program is:


* To improve freshmen success by offering multiple approaches to teaching and learning.

* To create academic risk-takers.

* To instill high expectations for student achievement.

* To explore careers.

* To create life-long learners.

* To create a sense of belonging in a fair and respectful environment.

* To have students feel as though they have an adult advocate within the school system.

* To work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and parents to help achieve these goals.


Amy Birtcher is the English teacher on Team A.  In addition to 4 sections of English 9, she also teaches Speech Arts I and Introduction to Theatre.  This is Ms. Birtcher’s 13th year at Westerville North and her 29th year teaching English in public schools in Ohio.  Most of those years she has had freshmen, and she is thrilled with the success of Teaming at North.  Ms. Birtcher has lived in Dayton, Lima and Milan, Ohio, where she graduated from Edison High School.  She did her undergraduate work at Bowling Green State University – Go Falcons!  She received her Master of Arts in Humanities from Bluffton College.  When Ms. Birtcher was in Kindergarten, she started “teaching” her dolls and stuffed animals, and she has wanted to be a teacher ever since! 


Ben Hartnell is the Social Studies teacher for Team A. Specifically, he teaches American History 1 & 2 and Honors' American History 1 & 2. This is Dr. Hartnell's 13th year of teaching at Westerville North. He hails from Westerville, having attended both Robert Frost and Mark Twain Elementary Schools, Walnut Springs Middle School, and Westerville North High School (Class of '96). He went to Michigan State University, where he earned a B.A. Degree in History with a Minor in Geography in 2000. He was awarded his Teacher Certification in Secondary Education in 2001. In 2005, Dr. Hartnell completed his Masters in the Art of Teaching (M.A.T.) in the areas of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment through Marygrove College. In 2011, Dr. Hartnell earned his doctorate in Teacher/Educational Leadership from Walden University. Don't be alarmed to walk in to class one day and see him dressed as a knight, Henry VIII, or even William Wallace! For more classroom information please visit and


Tara Rogers is a 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  During her time in college, she enjoyed cheering the Buckeyes on to a National Championship in 2002 as a member of The Ohio State Dance Team.  In the years following her graduation, Mrs. Rogers worked as a sales representative in the medical industry, marketing pharmaceuticals as well as medical imaging services.  After making the decision to change careers and go into education, she returned to The Ohio State University and earned her Master of Education degree through the OSU STEM program.  In her first year at North, Mrs. Rogers teaches freshmen physical science and freshmen honors biology.  In her spare time, she enjoys teaching dance, cooking, and renovating her historic German Village home with her husband.