SCS kicks off new school year with nine new faculty members

From left: New SCS teachers Jennifer Lawson (grades 6-8), Adam Giles (grade 4), and Natalie Watson (grade 5).

From left: New SCS teachers Jennifer Lawson (grades 6-8), Adam Giles (grade 4), and Natalie Watson (grade 5).

By Rachel Dunphy

The teachers are scattered through the school’s classes and age groups, with almost every grade seeing a new educator, including Kindergarten, Triple E, the special education, and intensive needs departments.

After two weeks of hectic teacher in-service days and the first few days of classes, they were exhausted but thrilled for the upcoming year.

“It looks like I’ve got a great group of kids, ready to learn. I like the enthusiasm of kindergarten,” said Kim Elia, now teaching a Kindergarten class on the Treehouse team.

“I’ve felt very welcomed by both the school community and the parent community that I’ve come in contact with,” she added.

From left Kimberly Elia (K) and Cristine Hertz (grade 3) join the teaching staff at SCS.

From left Kimberly Elia (K) and Cristine Hertz (grade 3) join the teaching staff at SCS.

Another new hire, Christine Hertz, teaching the 3rd grade class on Believe, said she was delighted to get started and excited by SCS’ enthusiasm for learning. “There’s a really thorough interview process, and it was apparent as soon as I walked into the building that this was a really wonderful school and a great community of learners to be a part of, and I was really thrilled to find out that I got the position.”

The sentiment was echoed by several other teachers, including Elia who came from a long term substitute job at Williston Central School.

Though at this point most of the new hires are focusing on getting adjusted to the school and becoming better teachers, some are already talking about contributing new ideas.
“I have been working a lot with the best practices math course, and so I’ve been working on implementing some of the new learning, and I’m also excited to implement a reading and writing workshop in the 3rd grade,” Hertz said.

All the new hires spoke of the vibrant community at SCS and said they were looking forward to a great year getting to know the school and the students.

Other new additions to the staff include EEE director Shelley Henson, 4th grade teacher Adam Giles in Polaris, 5th grade teacher Natalie Watson in Enterprise, 6-8th grade teacher Jennifer Lawson in Winton, intensive needs educator Meghan Bustamantes, and special education director Jon Strazza.

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