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New Teachers Attend 3-Day Orientation at Montville Township Public Schools

Twenty-seven new educators joined the staff at Montville Township Public Schools on August 22, 2022. They attended a 3-day orientation at MTHS.

Twenty-seven new staff members attended “New Teacher Orientation 2022.” The in-person program was held for new Montville Township Public Schools educators for three days beginning on August 22, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Montville Township High School.

Once the new staff members had gathered in the MTHS Media Center, Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman welcomed them to the district.

Gorman, who began as the district’s Superintendent on July 1, 2022, noted that this was his first “New Teacher Orientation” Day in the Montville Township Public Schools district too.

“We cannot wait to get started,” Gorman said. “We’re very excited you are here. It is going to be a great school year.”

Montville Township Board of Education President Charles Grau also welcomed the new teachers.

“On behalf of the people of Montville – and most importantly on behalf of the kids – I want to say congratulations and welcome.”

Both Gorman and Grau noted the rigorous interview process each of the new teachers had to successfully complete in order to be invited to join the staff of the Montville Township Public Schools.

“Congratulations for making it through the rigorous interview process,” Grau said. “And thank you for making the excellent choice to come to Montville.”

Grau reiterated the district’s excellent reputation.

“We are so proud of Montville,” Grau said. “So proud of our academics, our sports, our activities – all of our programs. You’ve made an excellent choice and we look forward to an excellent year.”

Gorman and Grau also encouraged the new teachers to form bonds during the three-day orientation, and to make a point of supporting, and leaning on, each other as they become familiar with procedures and protocols.

In additional to the Superintendent and Montville Township BOE President, the new teachers were welcomed by the members of the Montville Township Public Schools administrative team and district Supervisors.

“You will find support and guidance from each other, our excellent teaching staff, and the administrators in this room who have all come out to welcome you today,” Gorman said. “All of these resources are available to you.”

The new faculty are assigned throughout the district’s seven schools and will address a variety of curriculum areas.

New teachers who participated in the Montville Township Public Schools “New Teacher Orientation” included: Melissa Adler, 2nd, William Mason; Kylie Balchan, K, Valley View; Hannah Bollinger, 1st. Cedar Hill; Scott Brelinsky, LDTC, MTHS; Christopher Cantisano, SS, MTHS; Amanda Coleman, Pre-K, Cedar Hill; Kayse Daniel, 3rd, Cedar Hill; Lauren Farbanish, 4/5, Cedar Hill; Deanna Issa, Special Ed. William Mason; Victoria Karl, 1st, Hilldale; Justin Khan, Special Ed, William Mason; Korin Langton, Tri-County Therapist, MTHS & Lazar; Jennifer Leach, LDTC, Hilldale/Cedar Hill; Victoria Marchetta, 4th, Cedar Hill; Ethan Mersing, SS, Lazar; Zachary Naughright, 4/5 Strings, Valley View; Lisa Nazzaretto, Basic Skills, Hilldale; Jennifer Nichols, English, MTHS; Reneé Orefice, 2nd grade Resource Room, Hilldale; Matthew Paladino, PE, Cedar Hill; Alec Pensky, Speech/Language Pathologist, Lazar; Laura Piano, LTS World Language, MTHS; Jennifer Proctor, Tri-County Therapist, Lazar & MTHS; Briana Rhinesmith, Speech (LP), William Mason; Asheley Rockwell, 3rd, Valley View;  Danielle Schepis, ESL, William Mason; Alyssa Sedlak, Business, MTHS.

The twenty-seven new faculty are assigned throughout the Pre-K to grade 12 district’s seven schools and will address a variety of curriculum areas.

Day One of the “New Teacher Orientation” included Technology training, Business Office training, an introduction to School Counseling/HIB procedures, and a Special Services orientation.

The Executive Board of the Montville Township Education Association [MTEA] also welcomed the new faculty. The MTEA executive team hosted lunch for the new staff members. Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman and Assistant Superintendents, Dr. Casey Shorter and Andrea Woodring were also invited to attend the MTEA luncheon.

Days two and three of orientation also began at 8:00 a.m. at the MTHS Media Center. Building principals and curriculum supervisors provided extensive Danielson Training in Domains I through IV.  

Named for Charlotte Danielson, an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, Danielson Training is a standardized framework for teaching that defines teacher responsibilities in four key areas: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities.

Additional Technical Training and Grade Level Department Trainings were also held.

Montville Township Public Schools is home to 3,424 students who attend seven schools throughout Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco, New Jersey. The district’s schools are: Montville Township High School, Robert R. Lazar Middle School, and five elementary schools that include Cedar Hill Elementary, Hilldale Elementary, Valley View Elementary, William Mason Elementary and Woodmont Elementary.

“New Teacher Orientation” continued through Wednesday, August 24.

Montville Township Public Schools will open to students on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. All faculty and staff will return to the district for the 2022-2023 academic year on Thursday, September 1, 2022.


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