New Teacher Orientation in East Rockaway

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East Rockaway School District welcomed its new faculty members during New Teacher Orientation on Aug. 28-30 at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School.
The orientation began with the 10 new hires enjoying breakfast with district administrators. It continued with Superintendent Lisa Ruiz presenting the Danielson Framework for Teaching, a session on lesson planning and a meeting with East Rockaway Teachers Association’s executive board members.
Topics to be covered on day two and three included sessions on APPR Plan and the observation process; thinking maps; technology orientation; collecting, understanding, analyzing and using data to drive instruction and teacher professional responsibilities; and participation on the Committee of Special Education.      
Superintendent Ruiz said she is excited about the new faculty members, who have enthusiasm, strong educational backgrounds and expertise.
“I know these new professional staff members will be a great asset to our students and their colleagues,” Ruiz said. “Together, we will continue working towards achieving the goals in our five-year strategic plan. I hope the community will join me in welcoming these fine educators.”
The following is a list of the new hires and their positions: Brianna Lively (life skills teacher), Bryan Palermo (physics teacher) and Jimmy Zervas (math/science chairperson) at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School; Kellie Higgins (fourth-grade teacher), Heather Loughran (first-grade teacher) and Patricia Sertzoglou (fifth-grade teacher) at Centre Avenue School; and Caroline Drummy (kindergarten), Julia Garvey (teacher assistant), Maryann Raffaniello (second-grade) and Kassie Tillem-Spero (sixth-grade math and science) at Rhame Avenue School.