The Summit Board of Education, at its September 15 meeting held at Summit High School, honored staff members who have recently received tenure or who are beginning their first fully tenured year in the Summit Schools.

Speaking on behalf of the entire board, board member Celia Colbert congratulated the staff being recognized.

"Staffing decisions are among the more significant decisions made in our school district," said Ms. Cole. "We are fortunate - and have worked hard - to develop a thorough, thoughtful curriculum, enriching programs, and beautifulf acilities. But the success of our schools lies primarily in the ability of our faculty to effectively deliver this excellently prepared educational plan to the students. The people we are honoring tonight have successfully come through a three-year process of scrutiny and evaluations by demonstrating the skill, commitment, and professionalism that makes our staff second to none."

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The newly tenured staff members are:

Summit High School – science teachers Lauren DiMisa, Peter Koppenaal, and Christine Stelmach; math teacher Danielle Dombrowski; English teachers Kristy Lauricella and Anne Weisgerber, Spanish teacher Vanessa Monell; and special education teacher Deborah Penner; Lawton C. Johnson

Summit Middle School – art teacher Juana Rodriguez, librarian Megan Hartley, social studies teacher Kevin Kostibos, and guidance counselor Cristina Martinez

Brayton School – Elizabeth Essig, Meghan Garibaldi, Michael Gleason, and Matthew Stanbro; Jefferson School – William Hannis, Beatriz Mendez, Matthew Santos, and Janet Warbeck

Lincoln-Hubbard School – Dana DiPaola, Karen Harrison, and Lauren Winner; Franklin School – Lori Alfone, Cristina Colineri, Jennifer Dickson, Eleanor Wang, and Jonathan Slevens

Washington School – Daniel Garcia and Jennifer Lowe

Jefferson Primary Center - Ashley Winchester-Karpinski

Wilson Primary Center – Rachel Gordon and Carolyn Kiley

Secretaries - Jeannine Dotten from the superintendent’s office, Patricia Lagua of the business office, and Patricia Olsen, secretary at the Brayton School library

Administrators - Matthew Block, principal of Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School; Felix Gil, principal of the Primary Centers at Jefferson and Wilson; Assistant Superintendent Julie Glazer; Technology Administrator Douglas Orr; and Business Administrator Louis J. Pepe