It was a night of celebration at Washington Street School on Oct. 6 as staff and board of education members were recognized at the monthly Franklin Square Union Free School District Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jared Bloom announced that the district proudly hired 47 new staff members this school year. He took a moment to acknowledge each one and welcome them to Franklin Square.
The new staff members at John Street School are Denise Altare, Angela Barbieri, Rosa Carino, Bonita Choi, Kerri Conlon, Alexa Gottesman, Tracy Haripal, Christina Luca, Michele Proper, Nicole Schmidt, Lauren Sink, Dario Suarez, Vincent Tenaglia, Amanda Turturro and Christine VanGuilder.
The new staff members at Polk Street School are Ryan Cowen, Sabrina Ferrigno, Christine Gambino, Julianne Ignasky, Jamie LaPorte, Julie Oei, Nicole Rodriguez, Jaclyn Rubino, Amanda Sager, Morgan Shaw and Dorotea Yetman.
The new staff members at Washington Street School are Alexandra Alleva, Tiffany Barrett, Vincent Centore, Maryam Chaudhry, Lisa DiNardo, Irene Drivas, Alanna Gelman, Valerie Giovanelli, Marie Impastato, Sally Lettieri, Steven Malinowski, Michael McCroary, Megan McManus, Jason O’Connor, Christine Restivo and Susan Uhoda.
Districtwide, Jen Horton was hired as a coding teacher and Maureen Schepis and Martha Mancilla were welcomed to the transportation department.
Following the acknowledgments of the new staff, Dr. Bloom recognized Polk Street School reading teacher Lisa LaBella for receiving tenure.
“We are honored to be celebrating this achievement this evening, as it is a major milestone in the career of a teacher,” Dr. Bloom said.
“She is steadfast in her belief that the work she does every day can and will make a difference in the students’ lives, because it does,” Polk Street School Principal Gilbert Torossian added.
Attention then turned to the commemoration of Board Recognition Month. Several community leaders, including Franklin Square Teachers’ Association Vice President Lynn Connors and Interschool PTA President Kristy Bourne-Jaime, thanked the board for their hard work and dedication. Washington Street School Assistant Principal Dominic Gobbo also said a few words on behalf of the administration, reading an excerpt from the children’s book, “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden.” The board was then treated to video presentations created by the students and staff from all three school buildings.