NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — When West Essex Regional School Districts opens its doors on Sept. 6 for the 2016-2017 school year, the district will welcome 18 new staff members. From Aug. 22 thru 25, the new teachers attended an in-district orientation at Kean University, where they were officially welcomed by Superintendent of Schools, Barbara Longo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Ryan Gupta and the entire administrative team.

A presentation by nationally renowned author and speaker Harry Wong enlightened the group about classroom management, while other orientation topics included Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, classroom technology and district policies/procedures. 

Pomptonian, WEEA, PTO and Manhattan Bagel of Fairfield all donated breakfast and lunch to help welcome the new teachers to West Essex Regional.

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The group, pictured above, includes (standing) Timothy Shea, high school Industrial Arts; Melissa Ayers, high school Math; Michelle Giampapa, high school Physical Education and Health; Heidi Klein, middle school French; Sarah Schiffelbein, high school Special l Education; Laura Richards, high school Family & Consumer Science; Stephanie Vallone, middle school Spanish; Mu You, high school Chinese; Clare Sweeney, middle school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and David Semaya, high school Business. 

Sitting teachers include Janice Tufaro, middle school Special Education; Lauren Macko, middle school Guidance Counselor; Kira Maier, high school English; Abigail Martin, high school Social Studies; Amber Tobia, middle school Special Education; Keri Georgewitz, high school School Psychologist; Sara Brachfeld, high school Math; and Lisa Albertini, middle school Special Education.