Goshen welcomes 14 new teachers


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  • Some new teachers attended the Aug. 18 board meeting. Pictured (from left): Dave Ducham, father of Kelly Ducham (next to him), appointed part-time music teacher; Tina Masi, appointed part-time strings teacher; Emma Arnoff, appointed school social worker; and Dan Arnoff, Emma's husband. (Photo by Frances Harris)



By Frances Harris

— There are 14 new teachers and one new assistant principal starting in the Goshen Central School district this year, officials announced at the Aug. 18 school board meeting.

New to Goshen

Marisol Paneto — Part-time foreign language teacher (high school)
Cynthia Rosenzweig — Math teacher (high school)
Matthew O’Brien — Special education teacher (high school)
Katherine Shaffer — Social worker (high school)
Brittany Lobdell — Foreign language teacher (high school)
Christina Smith — Math teacher (high school)
Beth Laskoski — English teacher (high school)
Heather Carman — Assistant principal (middle school)
Emma Arnoff — Social worker (middle/intermediate school)
Marissa Kennedy — Special education teacher (middle school)
Sarah Rosenwasser — Teaching assistant (middle school)
Tina Masi — Part-time strings teacher (middle school)
Aliya Schwerner — Library/media specialist (intermediate and elementary schools)
Justine Humphrey — Special education (intermediate school)
Kelly Ducham — Part-time music teacher (intermediate school)
Christina Jordan — Elementary teacher (elementary school)
Alexa Savaglio — Special education teacher (elementary school)
Lisa Taravella — Elementary teacher (elementary school)
Cheryl Fitzpatrick — Elementary Teacher (elementary school)
James Cahill — Music teacher (elementary school)
Long-term substitute teachers:
Carol Larca — Elementary teacher
Loren Soltish — Elementary teacher
Barbara Sfugaras — Elementary teacher

(Please see sidebar for complete list and related story on page 1 about Heather Carman, the new assistant principal).

Good scores — Test scores that Superintendent Dan Connor says "speak well of our staff" will be reviewed at the Sept. 2 meeting of the school board.

New AP texts — Kurtis Kotes, the high school principal, said the new advanced placement texts for U.S. history and government class offer critical readings coupled with excellent writing materials aligned with the core curriculum.

Summer graduation — Four students graduated from the district's summer school on Aug. 20 (see related story on page 8).

Orientation — The new teacher orientation was held Aug. 26.

Gifts to the district — The board accepted gift cards totalling $800 from Hobby Lobby Stores. Four $200 cards were awarded to each building.

Superintendent's contract — The board approved the superintendent's addendum agreement to his contract for the amount of $183.389.

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