Classroom countdown

By on August 17, 2016

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Warwick welcomes seven new teachers

By Laura Knowles

The Warwick School District has realigned its personnel roster for the approaching 2016-17 school year, which begins Sept. 7.

“My nephew has informed me that we have just three weeks and one day,” said Superintendent April Hershey at the Aug. 16 school board meeting.

In anticipation for the start of school, the board approved seven new teachers, two long-term substitute teachers, and more than 25 transfers and changes of status.

“We appreciate your willingness to make these switches,” said board member Michael Landis, adding that the changes of status and transfers are being done to save taxpayer money and benefit the students.

For at least one new teacher, his appointment is a homecoming. Christopher Shaffer is a new sixth grade teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School. As a child, he was a student at Kissel Hill and was inspired to become a teacher by one of his Kissel Hill teachers. He graduated from Warwick High School in 2010, the first class that Hershey officiated at as superintendent.

Another new teacher who attended the meeting is Angela Dymond, who graduated from nearby Manheim Central High School. She is pleased to be teaching at her neighboring school district. Dymond will be a fifth grade teacher at John R. Bonfield Elementary School.

Also new to Warwick are Daniel Johnson as a mathematics teacher at Warwick Middle School, Rebecca Cetkowski as a fourth grade teacher at Bonfield Elementary, Abby Stauffer as a learning support teacher at Lititz Elementary School, Sarah Rossi as an art teacher at the middle school, and Ashley Walter as a learning support teacher at the middle school.

The board approved Austen Lambert as a long term substitute (LTS) science teacher at the middle school, replacing Ruth Gallagher, who will be on child rearing leave for the first semester of the school year. Amy Henschel was also approved as an LTS third grade teacher at Bonfield, replacing Megan Cupo-Fisher, who will be on a family medical leave of absence (FMLA) and child rearing leave.

A number of volunteer coaches were approved, including Alyson Becker, Pam Dickow, Austin McGuire, Stacy Schucker-Martinez, Kelly Bollinger, Lesley Foltz, Jerry McKonly, Aaron Schwartz, Amy Bomberger, Cassidy Godber, Steve Mousetis, Mary Sham, Joseph Brenner, Pete Gomez, Mark Mueller, Michael Sham, Steve Carvell, Michael Hess, Lydia Peifer, Jennie Streich, Amanda Darling, Matt Kemble, Todd Rucci, Amy VanScoten, Michelle Deckard and Laurel Longencker.

Among the transfers that were approved were Shelly Chmil from a fifth grade teacher at Bonfield to a technology integrated coach for the school district, Ashley Darzinikas-Walters from a language arts teacher at the middle school to a language arts teacher at Warwick High School, Melissa Reifsnyder from an art teacher at the middle school to an elementary art teacher at Lititz El, Caroline Keller from a kindergarten teacher at Lititz El and John Beck Elementary School to a full-time kindergarten teacher at Lititz El, and Tara Richards from a second grade teacher at Lititz El to a first grade teacher at Bonfield.

Changes of status include Amanda Peiffer, whose hours as a middle school Spanish teacher will increase; Cameron Avery, from a first grade to a full-day kindergarten teacher at John Beck; and Megan Cupo-Fisher, from a sixth grade to a third grade teacher at Bonfield.

Other changes of status are Ashlee Garman from a third grade to a fourth grade teacher at Kissel Hill, Lynn Brubaker from a second grade to a first grade teacher at Bonfield, and Susanna Grubb from a fifth grade to a fourth grade teacher at Kissel Hill.

Changes of status were approved for Lisa Colino from a reading specialist at Lititz El to a sixth grade teacher at Kissel Hill, and Elizabeth Smith from a sixth grade to a second grade teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School.

The board approved three Sunday use requests by Cue the Music to use the middle school gym, auditorium, gallery, orchestra and other rooms for the Cue the Music Dance Competition in February; Laurel Dance Company to use the high school auditorium for the performance of the Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 18; and the Five Star Swim Club to use the middle school parking lot and grounds for the Five Star Carnival/Cup Jan. 2 and Feb. 12.

Laura Knowles is a freelance reporter who covers the Warwick School District beat for the Record Express. She can be reached at lknowles21@gmail.com.

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