New Year, New Faces

New Year, New Faces
Photo of the new teachers joining the PVRHSD familyPhoto Credit: Dr. Barry Bachenheimer

Each new school year brings a great deal of excitement and energy to our community.  This year, we are happy to welcome many new members to our faculty and staff.  Some of our staff started in July, working through the summer to get our schools ready to open, while many started in late August.

Below is a list of those new to our district, as well as a few familiar faces in new roles.

District:
  • Lori Birdsall, Executive Secretary to Director of Facilities and Capital Improvements 
  • Jaclyn Derwin, Regional Instruction and Curriculum Coordinator
  • Robert Donahue, Director of Facilities and Capital Improvements
  • Valerie Mattessich, Supervisor of English, Media, and Art
  • Paul Zeller, Director of Technology and Communication 

Pascack Hills High School

  • Vani Apanosian, Special Education Teacher (English)
  • Steven Casamento, Guidance Counselor
  • Scott Ehalt, Special Law Enforcement Officer Class III
  • Jamie Kornitzer, Special Education Teacher (RISE Program)
  • Tracy LaRocca-Ralph, Learning Disabilities Training Consultant
  • Vickie Liquori, Teacher Assistant
  • Vanessa Martinez, World Language Teacher (Spanish) 
  • Jill McCabe, General Secretary (Main Office)
  • Mauricio Penilla, World Language Teacher (Spanish)
  • Virena Rossi, English Teacher
  • Nicholas Scerbo, Social Studies Teacher
  • Marianne Simak, Executive Secretary to the Principal
  • Kate Vargo, Special Education Teacher

Pascack Valley High School

  • Hugh Ames, Special Law Enforcement Officer Class III
  • Lauren Bielen, General Secretary/Attendance Officer 
  • Shawn Buchanan, Athletic Director and Supervisor of Physical Education (PV)
  • Christine Casbar, Intern to the Wellness Center
  • William Crispino, Special Education Teacher (Social Studies)
  • Nari Dabis, Special Education Teacher (English)  
  • Laura Ely, Special Education Teacher (Math)
  • Jimena Ladino, World Language Teacher (Spanish - starting in October) 
  • Daniel Phillips, English Teacher
  • Pamela Schwartz, Social Studies Teacher
  • Christine Steinmetz, Library/Media Assistant
  • Jamie Taylor, General Secretary (Main Office)
  • Jessica Weischedel, Teacher Assistant
Finally, here is a photo from our New Teacher Orientation, featuring several of our new teachers:
Photo from our 2018 New Teacher Orientation featuring several of our new teachers
Top Row (from left to right):
Jaclyn Derwin, Steven Casamento, Daniel Phillips, Mauricio Penilla, Vani Apanosian
Bottom Row (from left to right):
Danielle Nelson, Tracy Ralph, Nari Dabis, Jamie Kornitzer


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