NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex Regional school district has appointed Lisa Swanick as the new Teaching Instructional Supervisor of Fine, Performing and Practical Arts for the 2014-15 school year.

Swanick, who comes to the district after an eight year stint at West Orange High School, holds a master’s degree in in music education from Boston University, according to a press release from the district.

“I am very excited by all of the positive energy I have witnessed at West Essex by the administration, faculty, staff, parents and students I have met,” she said.

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Her top priorities in the supervisor role will be to grow the programs already in place through increased enrollment. Fostering a productive relationship between the individual Arts department and the greater West Essex community is also important, according to Swanick.

Swanick also looks forward to integrating new and emerging technology with arts education.

“I believe integrating technology into the arts curriculum is integral to empowering students with the creativity and critical thinking skills necessary for success in today’s competitive environment,” she said.

West Essex Middle School also appointed nine new teachers to its 2014-15 staff. The new teachers recently finished an orientation program that included training sessions and presentations by different departments.

The new middle school teachers are:

Reading Specialist: Noreen Deutsch
Spanish: Lucia Parellada
English: Genna Solari
Special Education: Zlata Danese
Art: Erica Lescota
Special Education: Michelle Ferretti
Spanish: JoAnn Salzarulo
Math: Alyssa DiEdwardo
Special Education: Cathy Butler

New staff members at West Essex High School include:

English: Tom Collins
Special Education: Maria Cirello
Guidance: Tracy Longo
Guidance: Rachel Ciottariello
Social Studies: Amanda Fernicola
English: Virginia Dunphy
Chinese: LiJuan Yan
English: Aaron Meyersen
English: Erik Carollo
Math: Vincent Carchietta
Math: Alyssa Lore
Spanish: Lucia Parellada
Spanish: JoAnn Salzarulo
Italian: Cristina Pivetta