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October 2019

Plymouth Public Schools

Our New Staff


      The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start for Plymouth Public Schools.  On August 28, 2019, we welcomed over 1,350 students back for a new year.  Members of the Board of Education and Central Office staff toured all four schools on the first day and were greeted with enthusiasm.  Among the new faces this fall are twelve new certified teachers and support staff.  The new teachers came together the Friday before school started for an orientation and were introduced to the policies, procedures, and expectations of the Plymouth Public Schools. Of the twelve new staff, six are experienced teachers and six are brand new to the profession. When you combine the experience of the six experienced teachers they bring over ninety-seven years of prior teaching and a wealth of knowledge!  

      Terryville High School has three new teachers.  Dr. Donna Griffen joins us as a physical science and chemistry teacher.  This is her first year teaching after many years as a scientist.  In her work with the US Geological Survey and at UniRoyal Chemical company she realized how much she loved to educate non-scientists about science!  Mrs. Nancy DaSilva joins the World Language staff as a part time French teacher.  Nancy has worked in several other districts over her forty years of teaching as both a teacher and a department supervisor.  She loves sharing her love on learning new languages and cultures with others.  Mrs. Amy Werner also joins the THS staff as the new school psychologist.  Amy has spent eleven years working as a school psychologist in Winsted and Avon and is excited to work with our high schoolers!

       Eli Terry Jr. Middle School also welcomes a new school psychologist, Mrs. Marcely Rodriguez-Diaz who is coming to us from Westchester County, NY.  Marcely is recently married and has moved to the area.  Eli also welcomes a large group of English Language Arts teachers and leaders.  Mrs. Stacey Simpson will be shared between THS and Eli as the Literacy Specialist.  She will work directly with teachers and students who received reading support in those schools.  Stacey previously worked at Southington High School where she coached teachers and delivered reading intervention for fifteen years.  Mrs. Courtney Piotrowski is returning to Connecticut after fourteen years of teaching in NYC to be the Literacy Coach.  Courtney’s experience with Teacher’s College being in the city will be invaluable to move our work with Reader’s and Writer’s workshop along at the middle school.  Rounding out the ELA staff are Mrs. Cassie Dagata in sixth grade, Ms. Julia Cohen in eighth grade, and Mrs. Shama Greene as a reading interventionist.  The members of this new ELA team come from families of educators and are talented in their own right as musicians, athletes, dance instructors, unicyclists, surfers, and couponers!

       Eli Terry also welcomes a new music teacher, as does Harry S. Fisher.  Ben Yuscavage comes to us straight from University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music as a percussionist and talented choral director. Leading the chorus at Fisher is Ms. Kaylin Spaulding.  She has enjoyed meeting all the new faces at the elementary level and is excited to get them singing, composing, and learning the fundamentals of music.  

       At the district level we welcome Ms. Nicole Johnson as a new speech and language pathologist.  She will spend her time this year at both Fisher and Plymouth Center School.  She enjoys building rapport with her students and supporting others.  Many of our new teachers shared that they pursued teaching because they love the “AHA” moment when the lightbulb goes off and they see their students grasping new concepts.  Our new staff also love spending time with their families and pets as well as exploring the outdoors and reading.  Please join us in wishing these teachers and all of our students a wonderful school year!


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