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Thursday August 27, 2015

The temperatures and abundant sunshine make it feel like summer is still here, but it truly is fall; schools in South Burlington resumed classes August 25.

On August 20, prior to the beginning of school, the annual district convocation took place. Superintendent David Young welcomed educators and staff with a convocation message on ‘Believing’. He said, “I believe in this district and in every one of you. I want you to collectively believe in us and know that we must continue to work at developing trust and sharing and transferring our knowledge and wisdom to the students we serve, and to each other. “

Facilities Director Bart Miceli received the Dom Marabella Support Staff Award, the SBSD Outstanding Teacher recognition went to Jennifer Belisle and Theresa Mazza-Anthony, and the Ted Manazir Award went to Kristen Romick who is a special education teacher at Tuttle Middle School.

SBSD welcomes new staff

Central School begins the year with Brent Coon as the new principal. Along with Mr. Coon, new teachers are Kristen Couillard, Megan Downing, Amy Kelliher, and Patrick Knepp. Other new hires include Colleen Springer as Library Media Specialist, Math Coach Barbara Yerrick, Paraeducator Kelsey Miller, and sub caller Julie Brancato.

Chamberlin School welcomes Behavior Facilitator Sara Kruk and Interventionist Autumn Rakowitz.

New Hires at Orchard School include teachers Raechel Barone and Deirdre Phalon, with Sarah Waterman teaching ELL and Kathy Lamphier as Math Coach.

Frederick Tuttle Middle School starts the year with a new school nurse, Erin Phelan, teachers Christy Nold and Alison Parisi and paraeducator Jeanne Neu.This year South Burlington High School welcomes teachers Melanie Cashell, Emily Gilmore, Jill Kellogg, Nathaniel Moore, and Torey Olson. Kevin Downey is the Big Picture program coordinator and Carol Spradling steps in to the music and drama programs.

The South Burlington School District is fortunate to have an astounding number of dedicated teachers and staff. Moreover, from the elementary level to the nutrition services department, these devoted professionals are often a part of our school system for decades, creating not only a lasting impression on parents and students alike, but on the community as a whole. Awards were given at convocation recognizing ten, twenty, and thirty years of service.

Last year saw the retirement of many teachers who had been dedicated to the students of South Burlington for long and rich careers.

Central School had many retirements including Principal Susan Luck (10 years) and teachers Kris Larson (42 years), Ellen Lascelle (31 years), Laurie Parmelee (29 years), Roberta Pennington (21 years), Janet Potash (28 years), and Joanne Smith (30 years).

Orchard Elementary said goodbye to teachers Lynda Waltien (23 years), Kay Howley (28 years), and paraeducator Maura Kehoe (25 years).
Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) bid farewell to teacher Michelle Price (24 years) and school nurse Kary Towne (13 years). Also retiring from FHTMS were long time paraeducators Donna Daigle (18 years) and Paula Draper (22 years).

South Burlington High School gave their good wishes to long time teachers Curtis Belton (26 years), Joe Maley (15 years), and Jill Wilkens (10 years).

Congratulations to all the retired educators and to the district’s new hires.

SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent