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Superintendent welcomes teachers back to school

on September 1, 2016
teachers attend Superintendent's Conference Day

Teachers are gearing up to welcome students back for 2016-17.

During the Sept. 1 Superintendent’s Conference Day, Warwick’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Leach, addressed all new and returning teachers, stressing the importance of focusing on what matters most – our students.

View more photos from Superintendent’s Conference Day on the District’s Facebook page. 

He mentioned the three priorities for the year – curriculum, instruction and authentic literacy.

Dr. Leach discussed curriculum as the single largest factor in successful learning for students; how it’s not about using a pre-scripted program, but a plan authored together with colleagues; that there should be significant teacher input and autonomy for teaching professionals in creating a cohesive curriculum.

Teachers heard more about the curriculum mapping set to take place over the next few years in Warwick. Teachers will help craft a K-12 curriculum that doesn’t duplicate lessons and that flows logically from one grade to the next, so there is consistent progression of learning in all disciplines.

Looking at student achievement in Warwick, Dr. Leach pointed out areas where the District has seen gains and others where there is room for improvement. He remains confident, he told the group, that with more input from them as teaching professionals, and strong support from the administrative team, the District can make more gains and increase opportunities for students to succeed. “We need to prepare our students for their future, not our past,” he said.

Finally, Dr. Leach presented commemorative pins to those who have reached service milestones at WVCSD:

Five years of service:

Linda Barbero, food services
Gwynneth Buckbee, transportation
Reeanne Davies, transportation
Michael Doucette, transportation
Susan Laroe, central office
Donald Ledwin, transportation
Charles Moore, transportation
Jeanne Podeszwa, health and attendance
Charles Vealey, buildings and grounds

Ten years of service:

Sarah Begley, teacher
Kelly Brunner, high school office
Charles Bryant, food services
Daniel Caplicki, transportation
Alix Casimir, buildings and grounds
Joyce Darcey, middle school office
Ghada Dawud, transportation
Danielle Diglio, teacher
Alison Echevarria, teacher
Beth Eurich, teacher aide
Joyce Guerrieri, food services
Debra Hocker, food services
Matthew Hoctor, teacher
Donna Kowal, teacher aide
Richard Lahey, teacher aide
Meghan Murphy, teacher
Stacey Mydosh, teacher aide
Joseph Piascik, teacher
Diana Ramirez, food services
Karen Reiber, teacher aide
Elize St. Vil, buildings and grounds
Kelly Sciarra, teacher
Heidi Thonus, athletic office
Diane Trimlett, school support
Paula Vaillant, teacher aide

Fifteen years of service:

Patricia Babin, security
Theresa Blake, school support
Edward Botbyl, buildings & grounds
Donna Burge, teacher
Laura Campora, teacher
Sarah Cordisco, teacher
James DeBlock, buildings and grounds
Denise Dickten, central office
Mary Fitzgerald, instructional aide
Jilleen Flynn, teacher
Claudia Gerbino, teacher
Louis Gil, teacher
Barbara Glover, teacher
Kenneth Kovatch, buildings and grounds
Patricia Langton, teacher
Barbara Leary, teacher aide
Lois Leonard, central office
Anthony Mancuso, security
Mona Mason, food services
Janna Milazzo, teacher
Melvin Moore, transportation
Renee Moraczewski, transportation
Amy Neumann, teacher
Lorna Nyland, teacher
Gloria O’Donovan, school support
Joy O’Leary, teacher
Susan Perez, teacher
Chris Persad, teacher
Shannon Pravetz, teacher
Edward Reck, buildings and grounds
Shad Scarpulla, teacher
Frances Sinclair, teacher aide
Carrie-Lynn Taylor, teacher
Dawn Trone, school support
Barbara Urbanski, food services
Carolyn Weyant, teacher
Maureen Wihry, teacher

Twenty years of service:

Mary Augustyni, central office
Linda Belokostolsky, central office
Donna Brierley, teacher aide
Nicholas DiLeo, teacher
Jo Ellen Gambino, teacher aid
Madelyn Layng, teacher
Nancy Mauro, school support
Donna Moran, school support
Jeanette Myrick, school counselor
Paul Myruski, teacher
Brian Nelson, teacher
Donna Nestor, Sanfordville office
Denis O’Connor, teacher
Michelle Ryder, teacher
Marilyn Smith, teacher
Cynthia Wall, school counseling

Twenty-five years of service:

Linda Buteau, teacher
Betty Bryant, teacher aid
Nancy Friedler, school support
Eileen Vance, transportation

Thirty years of service:

Linda DeVries, library media teacher
Jane Diermeier, teacher
Dolores Dougherty, transportation
Sharon Walsh, buildings and grounds office

Congratulations to these dedicated employees, and best wishes to all for a wonderful new school year!

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