As the sun shined bright during new teacher orientation in the district on Aug. 24, administrators spoke about the bright futures ahead for its newest faculty members. They gathered for a welcome breakfast in the high school senior courtyard before diving into the nitty-gritty of Bethpage schools.
The 16 new teachers were hired for their knowledge, skills and potential in a variety of areas including elementary and secondary education, library media, literacy, music and art, world languages and pupil personnel services. They will work at the high school, middle school and the three elementary schools, striving to make a difference in the lives of their students.
“You are the best of the best, and you are in one of the best places to work,” Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Caroline Lavelle told the new teachers during her welcoming remarks, noting the rigorous hiring process they went through to make it to new teacher orientation.
Superintendent David Schneider spoke about the strong partnership between the community and the district, as well as the “kids first” philosophy of a very supportive Board of Education. He wished the new teachers long and healthy careers in Bethpage. There were also remarks from Board President Michael Kelly and the directors of several departments.
After the breakfast, teachers learned about the district’s vast array of instructional technology resources. Later in the day, they had a chance to get acquainted with their new schools.
New teachers this year are Kayleigh Alonso, Brian Arcari, Diana Easteadt, Amanda Gherardi, Stephanie Gould, Rachel Heym, Maria Kambouras, Margaret Kammerer, Cristin O’Neill, Anthony Regateiro, Ashley Scotto, Adrienne Sodano, Amanda Tepedino, Heather Tullo, Nicole Turano and Erin Zassman. The district also welcomes Valerie Filbry as director of ELA and literacy and Chris Pallatos as director of science to the administrative team, as well as teaching assistants Diane Fierro, Darlene Happel and Sandra Hoffman.