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Litchfield Welcomes

New Staff 2015

New Teacher Orientation

Danielle DruryPosition and School: Pre-K Graduated From: Bachelors ~ Early Childhood Education ~ Eastern CT State UniversityFun Fact: Ive been skydiving.Favorite Book this Summer: I Am Malala, [Malala Yousafzai]

Why am I a teacher? I love children and watching them learn and grow is amazing!

Jennifer Nichols

Position and School: Grade 2 Graduated From: Masters ~ Elementary Education ~ Quinnipiac UniversityFavorite Book this Summer: Lies We Tell Ourselves, [Cortney S. Warren]Fun Fact: I took dance lessons for 20 years.Why I Became a Teacher: I want to make a difference in the lives of my students and watch them blossom into amazing, caring people.

Katie Frank

Position and School: Speech and Language PathologistGraduated From: Masters ~ Communication Disorders ~ Southern CT State UniversityFun Fact: I was a Division 1 Scholar Athlete in swimming.Favorite Movie this Summer: Dog Genius Why I Became a Teacher: I want to inspire kids to love learning.

Michael Bucci

Position and School: LIS/HS Art Graduated From: MA ~ Illustration ~ Academy of Art University, CA; MA ~ Art Education, Central CT State UniversityFun Fact: I went to over 10 museums this summer.Favorite Book this Summer: We Should All Be Feminists, [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]Why I Became a Teacher: To spread my love of art and the art world and to have children look at the world through a creative lens.

Helena Morris

Position and School: Grade 5 Graduated From: Bachelors ~ St. Olaf College, MN; Masters ~ St. JosephsFavorite Book this Summer: Yes, Please, [Amy Poeler]Fun Fact: I have performed [in theater[ in Minnesota.Why I became a teacher: I like sharing things I love and the things I have learned with students.

Katie Gallucci

Position and School: LIS Special EducationGraduated From: Bachelors ~ Developmental Psychology ~ University of Pittsburg Fun Fact: I went to college with a pre-dental focus.Favorite Movie this Summer: Ant ManWhy I Became a Teacher: I became a teacher because I wanted to help students make achievements they never thought they could.

Sarah Norwood

Position and School: MS Special Education Graduated From: Masters ~ Special Education ~ UCONN Favorite Book this Summer: Pride & Prejudice, [Jane Austen]Fun Fact: Im from North Carolina and love trying new things.Why I Became a Teacher: to help students become the people they want to be by teaching them the skills they need and want.

Jacob Gioia

Position and School: MS Special Education Graduated From: Bachelors ~ Special Education; Bachelors ~ English Literature; Southern CT State UniversityFun Fact: Im a good cook.Favorite Movie this Summer: Jurassic WorldI became a teacher to pursue my passion for being a positive role model and guiding influence.

Michael Sadej

Position and School: Grade 7 English Graduated From: Bachelors & Masters ~ NEAG Program ~ UCONNFavorite Book this Summer: A Collection of Short Stories by Edogawa RanpoFun Fact: I can speak, write, and read some Japanese.Why I Became a Teacher: to spread my personal love of learning.

Melissa Swanson

Position and School: Grade 8 English Graduated From: MS ~ Education ~ Long Island University, BrooklynFavorite Book this Summer: Teach Like A Pirate, [Dave Burgess]Fun Fact: I have lived and taught in Hong Kong.Why I Became a Teacher: Because I love children, especially adolescents, and want to make a difference in their lives.

Sandy Carlson

Position and School: HS EnglishGraduated From: MA ~ Literature ~ University College, Dublin, IrelandFavorite Movie this Summer: Left 4 Dead Fun Fact: I love turtles.Why I Became a Teacher: because I love to work with kids and to foster in them an appreciation for the power and beauty of language.

Emily French

Position and School: HS Biology Graduated From: Bachelors ~ Biochemistry ~ Northeastern University Honors ProgramFun Fact: I have a 7 month old son named Sam.Favorite Book this Summer: The God of Small Things, [Arundhati Roy]Why I Became a Teacher: I love to work with my students.

Martin Ariola

Position and School: School Psychologist Graduated From: 6th Year & Masters ~ School Psychology ~ Fairfield University Fun Fact: I worked as a boat builder for 3 years before becoming a school psychologist.Favorite Book this Summer: Thoughts Without a Thinker, [Mark Epstein]Why I Became a Teacher: to make the world a better place.

Michael Pascento

Position and School: Dean of Students Graduated From: 6th Year ~ Educational Administration ~ Southern CT State University; Doctorate ~ Nova Southeastern University, FloridaFavorite Book this Summer: Mindset, [Carol Dweck]

Fun Fact: I am a runner.Why I became a teacher: To impact all students of all ability levels.

Robert Caldwell

Position and School: HS Latin Graduated From: Ph.D. ~ Classical Studies ~ University of MichiganFun Fact: I used to work in Petra, in Jordan.Favorite Book this Summer: Horaces OdesI love the Latin language and I like helping students connect Latin to their lives and experiences.

Bethany Raymond

Position and School: HS Special EducationGraduated From: Bachelors & Masters ~ East Stroudsburg University, PAFun Fact: I was a comedian.Favorite Movie this Summer: The GruffuloWhy I Became a Teacher: I enjoy caring for others.

Wendy Pena

Position and School: HS SpanishGraduated From: Masters in Education, University of Texas ~ ArlingtonFun Fact: I was a comedian.Favorite Movie this Summer: The GruffaloWhy I Became a Teacher: I enjoy experiencing students journey when learning a language.

Jillian Kuraska

Position and School: HS Guidance Graduated From: Two Masters ~ Counseling & Mental Health Services ~ University of Pennsylvania Jillian is returning to Litchfield following a successful long-term substitute position in our high school guidance department.

We are also welcoming:

Kelly ReardonKatie CimminoTom SimmonsKristina OlmsteadTheresa Cirullo-Vernaglia

Picture courtesy of Doug Parker Litchfield BZ