We have increased our staff by three this year. With the retirements and out of country teaching opportunities, Essex Middle School was in need of filling three roles. The first was that of a half time Spanish Teacher. Fortunately for us and Essex High School, we found a woman whose smile is contagious and knowledge of Spanish is remarkable. Reina Guarnaccia comes to both of us eager and vibrant to teach our students not only about the language but also the cultures.
Kristen Johnson is filling the role of Shawn Willis, a beloved teacher by her students, families and staff. No Problem! During the interview and inservice, Kristen showed us why she's here. She is a true professional with a great deal of knowledge and truly understanding of the middle school student.
Dana Cummings, who previously taught mathematics in the classroom is now our Math Interventionist. This position is new to EMS and I'm looking forward to watching Dana share his knowledge of meeting the needs of the math students who are finding something confusing or need just a little more teaching.
With Dana filling the role, it allowed us to hire Therese Schroeder. Therese has impressed me with meeting with families. Like all of our staff she understands middle school students and increases the value of our staff.