Five New Teachers Announced for 2017-2018 School Year

Superintendent Edward Grande welcomed new teachers at the August Board of Education meeting. Credits: TAPinto Clark File Photo
Kimberly Bennett joins ALJ as a Social Studies maternity leave replacement teacher. Credits: Kristen Busch
Gregory Baker joins Kumpf as a Special Education teacher. Credits: Kristen Busch
Raymond Urbanski joins Kumpf as a Social Studies maternity leave replacement teacher. Credits: Kristen Busch
Tara Gordon joins the Clark Preschool as a part-time teacher in the inclusion classroom. Credits: Kristen Busch

CLARK, NJ – With the new school year quickly approaching, the Clark Board of Education approved several personnel changes and additions during August’s monthly meeting.  Among the list are five newly appointed teachers.

Kimberly Bennett was appointed to a maternity leave replacement position.  She will teach Social Studies at Arthur L. Johnson High School.  Bennett expressed her excitement for the new role as she was introduced by Superintendent Ed Grande.

Grande also introduced a new Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Special Education teacher and ALJ graduate Gregory Baker.  “Greg is no stranger to Clark,” said Grande.  “Greg was a paraprofessional aid at Kumpf School and has coached with us at the high school.”

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“Thank you to the board members, Mr. Grande, and Mrs. Babis for giving me this great opportunity,” said Baker.  “I can’t wait to get started.”

Raymond Urbanski is also joining Kumpf in September.  He was appointed to a maternity leave position in Social Studies.  Urbanski thanked the board and Grande for the opportunity to join Clark School District.

Gabriella Martucci will join Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School as a Special Education teacher.  Martucci was not in attendance at the meeting.

Tara Gordon, another ALJ graduate, was appointed a part time teaching position in an inclusion class at Clark Preschool Annex.  “[Gordon] has done several leave positions for us,” said Grande.  “She has always done a great job.”

The Board of Education also approved two programs for the new school year that partner with New Jersey Universities.  Civics Unplugged partners with Kean University and targets students in the Holocaust and Genocide class.  “It's going to teach kids about awareness and some of the larger themes that the [Holocaust and Genocide] class touches on,” said Grande.

The other program approved, Tomorrow’s Teachers, partners with Rider University.  “These are just some examples of where our students are taking college level classes while at ALJ,” said Grande.

A donation of 24 high top chairs from the Cece family was accepted and approved by the board.  Grande thanked the Cece family for their generous donation.

Teachers return to school on Tuesday, September 5th.  The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 7th.  “We are looking forward to our whole family being back together again,” said Grande.

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