Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools Honor Retiring Educators


CALDWELL, NJ — The following Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School educators were recognized by the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education at its meeting on June 5 on the occasion of their impending retirement at the end of the school year"

Annelie Fahlstedt: Fahlstedt is a music teacher at Grover Cleveland Middle School. She graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Music degree, and also received a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University in Illinois. 

Fahlstedt was hired part time in 1992 as an elementary string teacher, focusing on the Suzuki violin and general music. She enrolled in the New Jersey Provisional Teacher Program in order to obtain her Teacher of Music certification and was selected as one of 30 new provisional teachers in the state to receive a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Teaching Fellowship. 

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After two years, her position evolved into exclusively strings, and she spent a total of 12 years at Jefferson, Wilson and Lincoln Schools. In 2004, she transferred to Grover Cleveland Middle School, also with string responsibilities. 

Her performing experience includes the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, Oslo Radio Orchestra, the Caracas Philharmonic, and her quartet, Vive Voce Strings. During her 25-year tenure with the district, Annelie’s additional duties included orchestral coaching at James Caldwell High School and serving as a mentor for the Alternate Route Teacher Program and advisor to the Con Brio Chamber Players Ensemble.

Lynda Fraley: Fraley, an English teacher at James Caldwell High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Jersey City State College and an Instructional Teaching Certificate in English from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University. She was hired as a Teacher of English at James Caldwell High School in 1998 and retires from the district after 18 years of service.

Wayne Rush: Rush is a library/media specialist at Grover Cleveland Middle School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Master of Library Science from Kutztown State College in Pennsylvania.  

Rush was hired in 1986 as an Educational Media Specialist at Grover Cleveland Middle School. As a result of his highly professional and creative work, Rush received the prestigious “1998 Outstanding Media Specialist of the Year” award from the Educational Media Association of New Jersey.  

In addition, during the past 17 years, Rush served as the district representative to the Operations Committee of the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal. He was also awarded the Teacher Education in a Democracy Award by Montclair State University in 2006.

During his 31 years of service, Rush’s extracurricular responsibilities included Assembly Programs Advisor, Audio Visual Coordinator, Library Supervisor for students before and after school, and Computer and Software In-service Instructor.

Kathleen Ryan: Ryan, a social studies teacher at James Caldwell High School since 2001, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Caldwell College and a Master of Letters from Drew University. During her 26-year tenure with the district, Kathleen also served as a Mentor to Provisional Teachers and a Forensics Club Coach.

Melissa Tauro: Tauro is a Teacher of the Handicapped/Resource Room at Grover Cleveland Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Special Education from Temple University.

She was hired in 1988 as Teacher of the Handicapped at James Caldwell High School. Tauro was then transferred to Grover Cleveland Middle School in 1991, where she continued to serve in that position during her 29-year tenure with the district. In addition, her extracurricular responsibilities included Grade 7 Team Leader.

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