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New faces ready to shine in teacher ranks

Whether you are gleefully counting the days remaining, or are like me, wishing that summer was just a bit longer, there is no doubt that the start of the school year is just around the corner. As administrators finalize class lists and prepare to open their doors, it is also time to welcome new faculty and staff members to our public schools.

Joining Hampton Elementary School this year are Carrie Haine and Rachael Rasmussen in third grade and Alexandra Boller as a fifth-grade teacher. Diane Frijia is returning to Hampton as the ESOL teacher after being gone for a few years, and Agatha Rodriguez will be working with the 3-year-olds. Megan Williams is joining Hampton as the new secretary; she is replacing Debbie Collins who recently retired. In June, Hampton Elementary also said farewell to retiring fourth-grade teacher Lynn Shew.

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Cara Collins is teaching the pre-kindergarten class at Pinewood Elementary School. Other new teachers there are Sally McGrain and Paige Scheiner. Both of them will be opening the doors to fifth-grade classrooms.

Pot Spring Elementary School has a new kindergarten teacher. She is Pegah Meymandi. Kellie Price is joining the school to support the countywide STAT (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) program. She will work directly with teachers to equip students with the technological skills needed to be globally competitive.

The Dulaney High School team is now operating under the guidance of new Principal Sam Wynkoop. Other additions to Dulaney include Jamie Bare in business education, Catherine Bloomer in math, Abigail Fair in science, Courtney Hedwick in math, Brittany Jackson in English, Alyson Klein in math, Daniel LaHatte in social studies, Matthew Lovett teaching Chinese, Kate Martiyan in art, and Tami Moon in English. Daniel Skelton is new to the guidance department.

These Dulaney faculty members have all been described as offering a strong sense of dedication, energy, and vitality to the school community.

New faces can also be seen in the halls of Ridgely Middle School. Sue Truesdell is now the principal and welcomes these new teachers: Caitlin Kambic (art), Mary Gates (language arts), Stephanie Galczynski and William Kolhoff (math), Jacqueline Freeberger (music), and Devlin Durham and John Ayres (social studies). Marjorie Thompson has joined the staff as the guidance secretary and Tsiporah Kauffman is the social worker.

If you have not already done so, don't forget to tap into the power of your school's website. You'll find out more about the plans for Back to School Night, and other helpful resources there.

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