MONTVILLE, NJ - Thirty-four new faculty members joined the Montville Township Public Schools district last week. The “Class of 2019-2020” met at on Monday, Aug. 26, in the Media Center at Montville Township High School to begin two days of New Staff Orientation and classroom preparation.

“I am extremely proud to welcome you to Montville Township Public Schools,” Superintendent René Rovtar said. “This district is a great place to work. It is a wonderful district.”

Rovtar noted several of the district’s awards and honors highlighting outstanding academic achievement, athletic achievement, extracurricular achievement and volunteer achievement.

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Montville Township Board of Education President Charles Grau and the district’s principals, vice principals and curriculum supervisors for all seven Montville Township Public Schools also attended the event.

“You should be proud,” Rovtar added. “You have been hired following a rigorous interview process. We have selected the absolute best.”

Board of Education President Charles Grau reiterated the district’s excellent reputation.

“Montville Township is truly a wonderful school district,” Grau said.

An active Montville Township resident, Grau told the new members of the faculty that he began his own career in education as a math teacher in 1962. The veteran educator has also served as an administrator in a variety of New Jersey districts. Grau has been a member of the Montville Township Board of Education for 25 years.

“Montville Township Public Schools are excellent,” Grau added, noting the district’s outstanding administrations and leadership. “You have access to a wealth of support in this district. Use that support.” 

Following the introductions, the new teachers had an opportunity mingle before having their photo taken and beginning the orientation training.

Training for the 34 new hires began with Technology Orientation and Schoology Training.

Schoology is the district’s new Learning Management System. It is designed to improve student performance, foster personalized learning, and improve collaboration between students, parents and teachers. 

The three hour segment was headed by Austin Thomsen, Director of IT Services and Andrea Wallace, Education Technology Teacher Coach.

Other day-one training topics included: an introduction to the district’s Business Office, by the district’s Business Administrator, Katine Slunt; School Counseling and HIB (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying) introduction by Leslee Scheckman, Director of Schools Counseling; and a review of the district’s outstanding Special Services resources, presented by Director of Special Services Jennifer DeSaye and Supervisor of Special Services Patricia Stryker. 

The teachers also met with Montville Township Education Association President Scott Riotto.

Day two of the New Teacher Orientation focused exclusively on district objectives, goals and requirements with regard to the Danielson Framework for teaching. Danielson is a method of instruction that is research-based and employs a validated set of components.

New Teachers also had the opportunity to work in their assigned buildings to prepare for the arrival of the district’s 3,539 students on Thursday, Sept. 5. 

The names of the district’s new teachers are: Priscilla Ahern, Kindergarten, Hilldale; Lauren Bristow, Music, Hilldale & William Mason; Jodi Capman, Long Term Sub SAC, MTHS;Nancy Cinquino, Family Consumer Science, MTHS; Frances Corr, Social Studies, Lazar; Joanna De Los Santos, World Language, MTHS; Nicholas DeChino, Phys Ed, MTHS; Denise Fanelli, Chemistry, MTHS; Scott Farro, Math, MTHS; Brittany Funicelli, Elementary, Hilldale;Susan Harrington, Math, MTHS; Kelly Hennigan, Long Term Sub Special Education Kindergarten, Woodmont; Charles Hilgendorff, Long Term Sub Special Education, Lazar; Zishan Huang, Mandarin, MTHS; Jennifer Huster, SIL, Lazar; Alexandra Iemmello, English, MTHS; Heesook Inn, Long Term Sub Special Education, Valley View; Aaron Kalman, Math, MTHS; Erica Koehler, Elementary Spanish, District-wide; Matthew Kreder, Math, MTHS;Peter Lachenauer, SIL, Lazar; Elietty Lobo-Gonzalez, Elementary Spanish, District-wide;Ryan Nardi, Media Specialist, Cedar Hill; Caitlin Neffke, SIL, MTHS; Victoria Parsloe, Replacement Teacher Art, MTHS;Ilia Pizarro, Spanish, Lazar;Jessica Prentice, Long Term Sub Language Arts, Lazar; Gabriel Rios, Social Studies, Lazar; Eleni Sakacs, English, MTHS; Leanna Sauser, Leave Replacement Special Education, Cedar Hill; Jamie Schultz, Kindergarten, Hilldale; Julie Smithers, Special Education, Hilldale; Katherine Van Der May, Social Studies, MTHS; and Heather Volltrauer, Long Term Sub Special Education, Lazar.