As Opening Day Approaches Bernards Twp. BOE Accepts Resignations, Hires New Staff

The Bernards Township Board of Education Office. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Board of Education had dozens of hires and resignations on its agenda Monday night as it filled out staff rosters for the start of school on Sept. 7.

The board accepted the resignation of Kristen Wolff, the district math supervisor in grades K-12, on Monday night, Aug. 28. Assistant Superintendent Sean Siet said the district has received 21 applications for the position and is scheduling interviews. The Board of Education should vote to hire a replacement for Wolff by the second meeting in September.

Also officially resigning were: Derek Boudreau, Grade 4 teacher, Cedar Hill School; Megan Colangelo, special education teacher, Ridge High; Barbara House-Quigley, instructional support in math, Liberty Corner School; Nicole Melfi, teacher of the deaf, Mount Prospect School; Sarah Omick and Lauren Capizzi, instructional aides, Ridge High; Jayshree Kapadia, school aide, Cedar Hill School, and instructional aides Jenifer Behrins (effective Sept. 28), Jessica Karlovich, Samantha Picone, Virginia Blackowski and Allison Tango, all at Mount Prospect School.

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The board appointed Julia Hamill as a part-time districtwide school psychologist and Cassandra Nerger as an instructional aide.

The board also appointed:

At Ridge High School:

Hillary Clifton, science teacher; Laura Phillips, art teacher, Martha Harvey, part-time theater teacher, and English language arts teachers Sharon Cerchiaro, Caitlyn Roper, Kathleen McGinley and Jennifer Collins.

At William Annin Middle School:

Catherine McPherson, social studies; Sarah Witko, teacher of Spanish; Valerie Nelson, special education BD teacher; and Elizabeth Braga, Lenay Sisto and Kristin Leskowits, all English language arts teachers.

Kimberly Wenner was hired as teacher of Italian for both Ridge High and Annin Middle schools.

At Cedar Hill School:

Benjamin Greene, grade 4 teacher; Tyler McKinnon, Grade 5 teacher; Jennifer Cherubini, Grade 3 teacher; Tricia Gasek, Grade 2 teacher; and instructional aides Linda Metcalfe, Neil Nemetz, Rebecca Gold, Jennifer Richardson and Virginia Suriano.

At Oak Street School:

Angela Di Petta, Grade 3 teacher;

At Mount Prospect School:

Jennifer Dempsey, school psychologist; Dawn Gibson, teacher of the deaf;

Monica Gupta, special education ABA teacher; Bridgette Godown, instructional aide.

At Liberty Corner School:

Jennifer Glaydura, instructional support, and Nicole Williams, instructional support in math.

The board approved child care leave for Katie Miller, Grade 1 teacher at Mount Prospect School;  Daria Pizzuto, teacher of Spanish, Annin Middle School; Maggie Rossi, behaviorist at Mount Prospect School; Fiorella Bologno, teacher of Italian, Ridge High, and Lyndsey Schaefer, music teacher at  Cedar Hill and Liberty Corner schools.

The board also approved salary guide advancements, various assignments and change in assignments, locations, leaves and/or salaries; extra sections at Ridge High School; district immigrant tutors; extra-curricular assignments; substitute teachers and nurses; student teacher placements; before and/or after-care certificated, other staff and Ridge High students as after-care staff.

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