BRIDGEWATER, NJ – As we enter a new school year, two new Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School alumni have returned to take on different roles where they were once students.  Paige Garruto (Cosmetology Aide) and Laureen Westover (Instructional Aide) are the most recent SCVTHS graduates to come back and become SCVTHS staff members. 

When asked about her opportunity to return to SCVTHS, Laureen Westover said, “I found myself yearning to be a part of such an education which provided real-world, life and work skills for our students.  I am most honored to be a part of the SCVTS family where everyone has been both extremely welcoming and professional.”

Paige Garruto also reflected on her return by saying, “All the staff has welcomed me with open arms and I think the students appreciate that they can relate to me and my personal experiences from SCVTS.  I was in their shoes at one point and I believe they respect that and like that I can understand where they are coming from.  Julie Francis was an excellent teacher when I was in her class and now she is even a better mentor for me to start my career in teaching.”

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Other graduates who have returned include:  Child Advocate Erick Bowers, Autobody Instructor George Byrd, Substitute Instructor Adam Fulmore, Substitute Instructor Tony Kennette, Electrical Construction Instructor Michael McClain, and Classroom Aide JaLisa Williamson.

“Having former students return to our school as staff members is a very unique experience for us as educators,” said Principal Diane Ziegler.  “To be able to once again help guide and train these individuals in this professional capacity brings our work with these former students to a new and rewarding level.”

For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526 – 8900 x7169 or