Monday, Apr 23rd

Last updateSun, 22 Apr 2018 1pm

You are here: Home Content People 26 Teachers and Administrators Awarded Tenure
first
  
last
 
 
start
stop
Letters in Support of Pam Fuehrer for Scarsdale School Board

Letters in Support of Pam Fuehrer for Scarsdale School Board

The following letters in support of Pam Fuehrer for Scarsdale School Board were ...

School Board Approves 2018/19 Budget with Funding for Synthetic Turf and Additional Security

School Board Approves 2018/19 Budget with Funding for Synthetic Turf and Additional Security

The Board of Education approved the resolution for a $157,849,407 b...

Police Report: Firefighters Shore up Central Avenue Apartment After Car Crashed through Wall

Police Report: Firefighters Shore up Central Avenue Apartment After Car Crashed through Wall

Scarsdale firefighters who are part of Technical Rescue Squad 36 assisted in sho...

Storytellers Showcase Their Talent at the Second Annual Tales from the 'Dale and Beyond

Storytellers Showcase Their Talent at the Second Annual Tales from the 'Dale and Beyond

There are so many great tales from the ‘Dale and a host of talented...

Residents Object to Renaming PA High School for Donor Steven Schwarzman

Residents Object to Renaming PA High School for Donor Steven Schwarzman

Though Board President William Natbony insists that the method of r...

first
  
last
 
 
start
stop

26 Teachers and Administrators Awarded Tenure

tenure2There was standing room only at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday May 8 when 26 Scarsdale staffers were granted tenure. They arrived with their families and colleagues in tow to wish them well – and the room overflowed with proud teachers and friends.

Tenure celebrates excellence in teaching and collaboration and it is apt that these teachers were celebrated on the eve of national teacher appreciation week. It represents a formal thank you on behalf of our entire community to these teachers for their work and the work they will continue to do.

"Achieving tenure is a significant accomplishment in the career of a teacher." Explained Drew Patrick, assistant superintendent for personnel and administrative services, "Teachers are evaluated using the Danielson framework. Multiple observations, drop in observations by supervisors and evaluators, formal and informal mentoring, a year-end conference, assessment of progress, a portfolio of artifacts, and feedback from the community all contribute to the attainment of tenure. We believe the rigors of the tenure process are commensurate with the importance of the achievement."

The applicants for tenure this year were asked questions about teaching; Why do you teach?, What next steps do you plan to take to improve your teaching? And others. Mr. Patrick shared some of their answers anonymously with those at the meeting.

tenure3In response to the question "Why do you teach?" one teacher answered, "I teach because in order for our society to thrive and evolve we need guides showing us what kind of society is possible." Brazilian educator Paula Freire says, "Teacher should live their dreams within their educational space. I teach because I want to be one of the guides that teaches the academic and critical skills needed to make our society more democratic and equitable. I have personally seen that all students, regardless of their personal and academic backgrounds have the ability to be change makers."

When talking about next steps for improvement, there were many admirable responses including increasing the use of technology as a learning tool, reframing lessons to be more student driven, and designing exploratory activities where children use simulations and problem solving strategies to discover the concept.

tenure1The high school teachers who received tenure were: Carlos Bedoya (Social Studies), Maureen Ellison-Connolly (Mathematics), Alexander Greenberg (Physical Education), Janna Johnsen (Art), Jessica Levenberg (Health), Vincent Licciardello (Science), Jonathan Pai (Social Studies), and James Tulley (Health).

The middle school teachers who received tenure were: Daniel Boniello (Music), Rachel Hauser (Mathematics), Kiersten Henry (Foreign Language), and Dana Kligman (Speech).

The elementary school teachers who received tenure were: Andrew Brown (EW/FM/QR Music), Collette Martin (EW/GA Reading), Lyndsay Freed (FM Elementary), Maureen Windwer (FM/HE Reading), Francesca Ross (GA Special Education), Agetina Smajlaj (GA School Psychologist), Rachel Witmer (GA Elementary), Erin Cameron (HE Art), Kate Byrnes (QR Media Specialist), Meghan Meade (QR Special Education), Donna Wolfson (QR Elementary), Eric Rauschenbach (District Director of Special Education), and Sharon Hill (GA Principal).

Congratulations to all of the teachers and administrators on this amazing accomplishment!

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS

Good Work

SETTING

STEAM Day 2018

STEAM Day 2018

STEAM Day at Scarsdale High School is on for Saturday April 21 from 11 am to 4 pm. The event is open to the public and it’s a special opp...

Readmore

Around Town

SETTING

Thorough Nominating Committee Process Yields Two Excellent School Board Candidates

Thorough Nominating Committee Process Yields Two Excellent School Board Candidates

This statement was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, 2018 SBNC Chair
As the 2018 School Board Nominating Committee (SBN...

Readmore

Neighborhood News

SETTING

Why I Applied for the Nomination to the SBNC for Board of Education and Still Want to Serve

Why I Applied for the Nomination to the SBNC for Board of Education and Still Want to Serve

This letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by school board candidate Woodrow W. Crouch, PE

I was nominated to the slate for the Board of Educa...

Readmore

On Our Minds

SETTING

Earth Day Giveaway: Free Food Scrap Compost on April 21

Earth Day Giveaway: Free Food Scrap Compost on April 21

To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Village of Scarsdale is making high quality food scrap compost available to all r...

Readmore

On Our Radar

SETTING

Residents Object to Renaming PA High School for Donor Steven Schwarzman

Residents Object to Renaming PA High School for Donor Steven Schwarzman

Though Board President William Natbony insists that the method of recognizing donors to the Scarsdale Schools is at the sole discretion o...

Readmore

Parenting

SETTING

Scarsdale’s Raiders Baseball Team Off to a Strong Start

Scarsdale’s Raiders Baseball Team Off to a Strong Start

Coming off a surprising run to the Section I semifinals last season, expectations were high for the Raiders heading into the season despi...

Readmore

Village Voices

SETTING

Wear Denim on April 25 to Raise Awareness about Sexual Violence

Wear Denim on April 25 to Raise Awareness about Sexual Violence

The Scarsdale Coalition on Family Violence and Healthy Relationships is again encouraging community members, elected officials, businesse...

Readmore

Shout it Out

SETTING

Andrew Weber to Speak on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction at League Luncheon

Andrew Weber to Speak on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction at League Luncheon

Andrew C. "Andy" Weber, a 1978 graduate of Scarsdale High School, will speak about "Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction" at the Scarsd...

Readmore

School News

SETTING

Music Notes; Music Program Wins Award and Cuk Conducts Final Concert

Music Notes; Music Program Wins Award and Cuk Conducts Final Concert

John Cuk conducted his last choral concert on Tuesday April 17 This week, Craig Sherman District-wide Coordinator of Music and Performing ...

Readmore

Schools

SETTING

School Board Approves 2018/19 Budget with Funding for Synthetic Turf and Additional Security

School Board Approves 2018/19 Budget with Funding for Synthetic Turf and Additional Security

The Board of Education approved the resolution for a $157,849,407 budget for the 2018/2019 school year at their April 16 meeting with six...

Readmore

The Goods

SETTING

LWVS To Hold Candidates Forum April 30 for Contested School Board Election

LWVS To Hold Candidates Forum April 30 for Contested School Board Election

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale encourages informed and active participation of Scarsdale citizens in our local government and el...

Readmore

Real Estate

SETTING

Disappointing First Quarter Homes Sales for 2018

Disappointing First Quarter Homes Sales for 2018

Home sales for 2018 are off to a slow start in Scarsdale, while Edgemont appears to be holding its own. For the first quarter of 2018 the...

Readmore

Today's News

SETTING

Police Report: Audi Windshield Damaged with Bullet Holes found on Bell Road

Police Report: Audi Windshield Damaged with Bullet Holes found on Bell Road

On April 8, around 9:30 p.m., a caller reported an Audi S4 with damage to the windshield, parked near the intersection of Bell and Spragu...

Readmore

Arts and Entertainment

SETTING

The Sun Shines on the SHS Carnival

The Sun Shines on the SHS Carnival

An annual rite of spring, the Scarsdale High School carnival took place Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th. The weekend’s beauti...

Readmore

People

SETTING

Storytellers Showcase Their Talent at the Second Annual Tales from the 'Dale and Beyond

Storytellers Showcase Their Talent at the Second Annual Tales from the 'Dale and Beyond

There are so many great tales from the ‘Dale and a host of talented community members to tell them. The second annual night of storytelli...

Readmore

first
  
last
 
 
start
stop

Programs for Scarsdale Kids