ROXBURY, NJ - During the week of Aug. 28, 45 new eager educators attended Roxbury’s New Staff Orientation at Roxbury High School. 

The mix of new hires included general and special education teachers, guidance counselors, nurses and leave replacements. Organized by Maryann Gibbs, Roxbury’s human resources director, and the district administrative team, NSO is an event composed of two and half days of training followed by a half a day of building-based preparation.

All were greeted, by a team of welcoming veteran and new administrators, with a continental breakfast. Each day followed suit with various activities of introduction, instruction and initiatives.

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They got up to speed the first morning with what it means to live and go to school in Roxbury, a tech overview of the staff portal, SchoolDude, Google and Genesis as well as a Virtual Rox Tour. While the remaining day and a half focused on instruction.

New colleagues were at ease and already working together through various sessions of the Charlotte Danielson’s Framework of Teaching Domains 1-4. The newbies, under the guidance of various district supervisors worked together, shared ideas, and focused on planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction and assessment and professional responsibilities. 

Thursday morning’s NSO included a showcase of what makes Roxbury great with a performance by Roxbury Performing Arts students followed by ALiCE Training with Director of Security Jim Simonetti. The remaining portion of the morning included instruction on special education, co-teaching, and content area break-out sessions.

 “The goals of New Staff Orientation are all-encompassing," Gibbs said "It facilitates the process of new teachers acclimating themselves to our district as well as fostering a sense of teamwork and collaboration among all. These three days are an exciting time for both new staff and administrators. They signal the year is officially here.” 

Roxbury also has some new faces on the administrative team due to transfers, resignations and retirements.

In the list below, we are proud to announce and welcome these individuals to the Roxbury Township Public Schools for the 2018/2019 school year: 

  • Emily Abreu, Leave Replacement Elementary Teacher at Nixon School
  • Nicole Acevedo, Principal at Kennedy Elementary School
  • Robert Allison, Elementary Teacher at Franklin School
  • Victoria Arms, Elementary Teacher at Franklin School
  • Jennie Asaro, School Nurse at Nixon School
  • Michael Baldino, Special Education Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Jill Brown, Elementary Teacher at Franklin School
  • Jenna Burke, ELA Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Emily Cafaro, Science Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School
  • Lauren Conklin, Nurse at Roxbury High School
  • Alison Correnti, Elementary Teacher at Lincoln/Roosevelt School
  • Brianna Costello, Elementary Teacher at Nixon School
  • Brittany DeMaio, Leave Replacement Elementary Teacher at Lincoln/Roosevelt School
  • Sean Drury, Elementary Teacher at Franklin School
  • Jeffrey Fiscina, Grades 6-12 Math Supervisor
  • Corey Forlenza, Physical Education/Health Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Amy Gallagher, Director of Special Services
  • Paul Gallagher, Principal at Eisenhower Middle School
  • Melissa Gardner, Leave Replacement Elementary Teacher at Kennedy School
  • Tessa Giordano, Occupational Therapist at Franklin, Jefferson, and Kennedy School
  • Sarah Goodyear, Elementary Teacher at Kennedy School
  • Casey Hoopes, Elementary Teacher at Jefferson School
  • Desiree Hornung, School Nurse at Eisenhower Middle School
  • Erica Kim, Elementary Teacher at Kennedy School
  • Gabrielle Koch, Leave Replacement Elementary Teacher at Kennedy School
  • Sanja Kocoski, School Nurse at Kennedy School
  • Sofie Kohler, Leave Replacement School Counselor at Roxbury High School
  • Shannon Lombreglia, Special Education Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Jillian Lutz, Applied Sciences PreK-5 Supervisor
  • Katherine Machere, Leave Replacement Art Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Cathy McInnes, Elementary Teacher at Nixon School
  • Dominick Miller, Principal at Roxbury High School
  • Michael Mitchell, Director of Instructional Innovation and Planning
  • Alexandra Murray, Speech Specialist at Kennedy School and Eisenhower Middle School
  • Casey Obraitis, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Sarah Ort, Elementary Teacher at Lincoln/Roosevelt School
  • Alicia Parsons, Leave Replacement Elementary Teacher at Franklin School
  • Candice Posey, TIDES Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School
  • Eric Renfors, Assistant Principal at Lincoln/Roosevelt School
  • Stephanie Ryan, Math Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School
  • Shelby Salas, Speech Language Specialist at Franklin School
  • Eric Schmidt, Grades 6-12 English Supervisor
  • James Shaw, Chemistry Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Alan Smarz, Business Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Troy Spier, English Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Marissa Sprofera, Leave Replacement Music Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School
  • Meghan Storm, Elementary Teacher at Kennedy School
  • Jessica Susin, Social Worker at Roxbury High School
  • Jennifer Suarez, Physical Education Teacher at Franklin and Jefferson School
  • Vanessa Uccello, Leave Replacement Elementary Teacher at Nixon School
  • Alexandra Urban, Physical Education Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Devin Wason, Elementary Music Teacher at Jefferson and Kennedy School
  • Kimberly Wenner, Italian Teacher at Roxbury High School
  • Erin Wente, Special Education Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School