April 27, 2017

New teachers settling in

Observer staff report

With the first two weeks of school under their belts, new teachers in the Williston School District and at Champlain Valley Union High School are settling into their new roles.

Williston welcomed four new teachers. Jessica Eaton, who worked at Allen Brook School as a first and second grade teacher before taking a leave of absence, returned as a third and fourth grade looping teacher in Mosaic House.

Kevin Hunt is a new middle level teacher in Swift House. He graduated from St. Michael’s College in the spring, and is licensed in language arts, social studies and mathematics. Previously, he interned in Swift House and was a paraeducator.

Morgan Rocissono joined Williston as a special educator. She interned in Williston at the third and fourth grade level as part of a University of Vermont special education program, then worked in Swanton for a year.

“She is very organized, has a history of using data for decision-making and has leadership qualities we were looking for,” wrote Williston School District Principal Walter Nardelli.

Alicia Kurth is a new third and fourth grade special educator. She spent nearly five years at Bristol Elementary School and comes “highly recommended,” Nardelli wrote. “She is also organized and efficient and she has a strong background in literacy and early numeracy.”

Lindsay Hastings joined the district as a speech language pathologist. Hastings was a long-term substitute in the EEE program.

“Lindsay has been a fantastic, collegial professional,” Nardelli wrote. “SLPs are relatively rare. She is a good one, already demonstrating problem solving and leadership skills. We are fortunate to find her.”

A number of new teachers also joined CVU this fall: math teacher Scott Belisle; world language teacher Rachael Birch; nurse Megan Campbell; world language teacher Kelly Dolan; librarian Peter Langella; social studies teacher Katherine Mack; science teacher Heather Morley; math teacher Julie St. Martin; math teacher Mark Thomsen; and art teacher Ashley Veselis.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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