Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Two new teachers added to our staff

We are pleased to announce the addition of two outstanding young teachers to the Taylor staff.

In the special education department, we interviewed several outstanding candidates for the open gifted position vacated when Laura Hurlbirt moved to New York. We were fortunate to be able to offer the position to Sarah Resnik. Sarah is currently teaching gifted language arts at McKinley MS. She has a very strong language arts background in addition to her work with gifted student. She has her BA in speech communications from Middle Tennessee State and a MS in curriculum and instruction from College of Santa Fe. She is a Highland HS graduate and was recognized as a Golden Apple Scholar in 2006. Sarah has endorsements in gifted education. She is well versed in continuous classroom improvements and has implemented PDSA at McKinley. She has taught with APS since August 2006.

For the position of ISS monitor, we again interviewed some well qualified candidates for this position. One gentleman stood out however – Michael Williams. (Yes we know that makes two Mr. M. Williams at Taylor). Michael has his bachelor’s degree in health education from Mount Saint Vincent College in Riverdale, NY and an associate’s degree from Queensborough CC in computer programming. He was the TIPS EA at Cleveland MS last year and we were very fortunate to pick him up from Cleveland. He is a licensed Health teacher and in addition to his duties at Taylor, he will be an assistant football coach at Valley HS. He has worked with behaviorally and emotionally challenged children in New York since 1995 and we feel very lucky to have hired someone with his depth of experience.

Sarah and Michael join four other outstanding young teachers we hired this summer:
• Bonnie Bissell – science
• Tobi Camilli – science
• Annette Caro Castilla – math
• Melissa Navarro – social studies

We are still interviewing for a social communications teacher. We expect to interview for this in early July.

We are very excited to have added such bright and dynamic young educators to our staff.

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