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.
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.