BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Thomas Sharples was appointed Monday night, Aug. 26, as an assistant principal at William Annin Middle School, at a salary of $90,000 per year.

Sharples will come from the Hillsborough school district, where he was a seventh-grade team leader in the social studies department.

He is filling a vacancy created when Gina Donlevie left in July for a job as middle school principal in the West Essex school district in North Caldwell.

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Sharples will be working with the sixth-grade students, according to Superintendent Nick Markarian.

Other personnel moves approved at the Bernards Township Board of Education meeting Aug. 26.

The board accepted resignations of:

  • English language arts teacher Emily Davis, on or before Oct. 22;

  • Tom Napier, a social studies teacher at Ridge High School, effective Aug. 14;

  • Lyndsey Schaefer, a music teacher at Liberty Corner School, on or before Oct. 7;

  • Natalie Urbaniak, a Grade 4 teacher at Cedar Hill School, effective Aug. 31;

  • Adiba Syed, a special education teacher at Ridge High, on or before Oct. 14;

  • Victoria Thornton, a math teacher at William Annin Middle School, on or before Oct. 5;

  • Diane Pasi and Sean Ulichny, instructional aides at Ridge High, both effective Aug. 31, and

  • Debra Bove, secretary in the Special Services Department at William

    Annin Middle School, effective Sept. 30.

The board hired:

  • Mike Liddy and Mike McTernan as full-time social studies teachers, and Steven Horten as a part-time social studies teacher, all at Ridge High School;

  • Madison Mitchell as a math teacher at Ridge High;

  • Kasey Raillon as a social studies teacher at William Annin Middle


  • Maureen Stoto as a Pre-school Pals teacher at Mount Prospect School;

  • Brian Thomas and Alexandra Zabel as Grade 4 teachers at Cedar Hill School;

  • Linda Byrne as a receptionist at Ridge High School;

  • Catherine Castoro as a school aide at Oak Street School;

  • Julia Fackelman as an instructional aide at Mount Prospect School;

  • Gretchen Larsen as an instructional aide in the  PALS Program at Mount

Prospect School;

-- Valerie Nelson as an instructional aide at Mount Prospect School, and

- - Maxine Alstrom as districtwide accompanist.

The board approved child care leaves for Jacqueline Geiger, a math teacher at William Annin Middle School, starting Nov. 21 and returning April 27, and for Kathryn Miller Paul, a Grade 1 teacher at Mount Prospect School, starting Nov. 6 and returning April 13.

An unpaid family leave was approved for Brigitte Ritchkoff, an instructional aide at Ridge High, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 26.