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HFM BOCES welcomes new staff

2013-14 school year opens with more than 70 new faces at HFM

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 - Administrators, teachers, technology professionals, support staff were among more than 70 new employees welcomed to HFM BOCES for the 2013-14 school year. District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel announced the organization’s most recent hires at the annual BOCES-wide Opening Day activities on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“In today’s educational environment with fiscal constraints and added accountability, school districts are looking to regional services more than ever,” Dr. Michel said. “Our staffing at BOCES reflects the service demand from our districts and ensures we can fully meet their needs, and ultimately the needs of our region’s students.”

Special Education

New hires in the Special Education Department include: teachers Kaitlyn Gerke, Sarah Lajeunesse, Cynthia Lee, Freida Nellis, and Jennifer Olsen (long-term sub, filling a teacher position), Elizabeth Bauer (speech), Erin Drobnack (occupational therapist), Amy Esposito (teacher of the deaf), and Melissa Hesler (speech); aides Lorraine Fisher, Desiree Kocjan, Laura Liechti, Brittany Marcellus, and Jamie Sedal. Also joining the Special Education Department is Assistant Job Training Specialist Chris Schuttig and senior typist Carla Cristaldi.

Career and Technical Education

Joining the Career and Technical Education program are: Emily Lawlor, science teacher; Theresa Carr, Apprenticeship teacher; Eileen Casey, LPN instructor; Joseph Cirillo, long-term teacher aide sub; Tiena Kline, account clerk typist; Craig Newkirk, Environmental Conservation teacher; Adam Cancio, Environmental Conservation teacher; and Erika Bucenec, New Visions Health teacher.

Michael DiMezza joined the CTC as Administrative Coordinator mid-way through the 2012-13 school year, and was officially recognized today.

English teachers Marie Krohn and Joshua Wyan join the Alternative Education program along with Kelly O’Brien (literacy coach) and mathematics teacher Timothy LeMere. Lee Shaver, formerly HFM BOCES’ Network Administrator, was appointed principal of the Alternative High School over the summer.

The operations staff welcomes new custodial worker Shawn Albertine.

Itinerant Services

HFM component districts sometimes share itinerants – instructional, administrative and operational BOCES employees – connected with their regular education programs.

Itinerants joining HFM for 2013-14 are: Dawn Barrett (speech and hearing), Shelly Curley (English as a second language), Kayla Geelan (RTTT and math), Laurita Broady and John Lomanto (assistant food service managers) Teal Carpenter and Darla Sandford, (food service managers), Tina Avery (central food service typist), and Charles Goebel (physical education).

Photo of some of the new staff in HFM BOCES Transportation ServiceTransportation Service

Joining the new transportation department are: Christopher Olson (transportation assistant), Douglas Clute (automotive mechanic), and Nancy Hohenforst (typist).

New bus drivers are Gregory Baldwin, Michael Brown, Thomas Ellithorpe, Margaret Gallup, Renee Gardner, Jose Gonzales, Eileen Henry, Mary Jones, Michele Kuhne, George Lane, Allan MacVean, Peter Martin, Debra McArthur, Kelly Morrison, Gregory Musillo, April Ostrander, Deborah Ovitt, William Peek, Jonnie Perry, Aaron Sieg, Marie Smimmo, Danette Weddell, and Virginia Woods.

New school bus attendants are Jennifer Ambrosino, Jennifer Atkins, Doreen Banovic, Arnette Billington, Tresha Bleyl, Aubrey Buyce, Lynn Buyce, Cathy Catucci, Darcy Jo DiMaio, Patricia Dunham, Samantha Graham, Linda Hickok, Hannah Molina, Maria Morey, Rebecca Morrison, Deborah Smith, Leandra Smith, Melissa TenEyck, and Monique Wheeler.

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