• Mepham Excessive welcomes new principal | Herald Group Newspapers
    College Guidance and Counseling

    Mepham Excessive welcomes new principal | Herald Group Newspapers

    Anthony DeMartinis, a former assistant principal at Sanford H. Calhoun Excessive Faculty, in Merrick, started his new job as principal of Wellington C. Mepham Excessive Faculty, in North Bellmore, on July 1. DeMartinis was an assistant principal for steering at Calhoun for 3 years.

    Earlier than arriving at Calhoun, DeMartinis, 38, served as a faculty counselor at John F. Kennedy Excessive Faculty, the place he supplied tutorial, social, emotional, school and vocational counseling. He earned an undergraduate diploma in felony justice at SUNY Albany, and a grasp’s at school counseling, in addition to an Superior Certificates in instructional management, at LIU Publish. He lives in Bethpage.

    When DeMartinis was in school, a dialog with a household buddy, who was a counselor within the New York Metropolis colleges, sparked his curiosity in a profession in training. “My buddy was describing his job to me,” he recounted, “and the way he works with college students all day, and talks about their tutorial progress and their future objectives — the way it had an impression on them — and I assumed it gave the impression of an ideal and actually noble profession, and one thing I’d need to do. Attending to know college students on a person degree, taking a look at choices for them, serving to them by way of the robust occasions and celebrating the nice occasions remains to be so rewarding.”

    DeMartinis in-terned at Kennedy Excessive, the place he developed a love for training, and was supplied a full-time place. After a number of years as a counselor, he was suggested by a colleague to take lessons in administration. “I began to consider affecting college students on a constructing degree and using a few of my expertise and management to perhaps impact change there,” he stated.

    “To have the ability to do this sort of work with tutorial employees and different constructing chief colleagues, and naturally, the scholars and the dad and mom, but in addition nonetheless have that one-on-one particular person relationship, it’s one of the best of all worlds for me … personally and professionally,” DeMartinis added. “I really feel so fulfilled to have the ability to work with college students in that respect.”

    He thanked Bellmore-Merrick Central Excessive Faculty District Superintendent Mike Harrington and the Board of Training for placing their religion in him to guide Mepham.

    “His constructing management expertise at Calhoun,” Harrington wrote of DeMartinis in a districtwide assertion, “has given Anthony the chance to function the college’s Dignity Act Coordinator, the architect of the college’s grasp schedule, the executive supervisor for the departments of particular training, world languages, and English as a brand new language, all along with his excellent work in main the Calhoun counseling and wellness middle.”

    Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings stated that DeMartinis has given super assist and care to the college’s college students, employees and households. “He’s a unprecedented educator who works tirelessly to assist college students academically, socially, and emotionally,” Hollings stated.

    DeMartinis stated he was trying ahead to attending to know the Mepham neighborhood, and might already see how tight-knit it’s. “Everyone seems to be so excited to impart Mepham’s historical past and to speak in regards to the constructing and this neighborhood,” he stated, “which leads me to assume there’s a lot pleasure right here. It’s simply an unimaginable place to be part of.”

    He has realized loads in his time as an educator, he stated, and believes that all the pieces he has realized will serve him nicely at Mepham. “Listening is among the most essential issues that you are able to do for folks, for college kids, employees, for folks,” he stated. “Particularly with all the pieces we’ve been going by way of as a society and as communities the previous a number of years, , listening has by no means been extra essential.”

    With a profession influenced by constructing connections, in his first 12 months as principal, DeMartinis stated, his aim is to construct a rapport with the Mepham neighborhood. “I’m excited to face exterior the doorways, to greet the academics, the scholars, the dad and mom which are dropping everyone off,” he stated. “I can’t wait simply to see and meet everybody on this neighborhood and get to know everyone actually, rather well. I feel that’s an essential a part of being a constructing chief.”

  • Burlington School District welcomes new virtual learning options

    Burlington School District welcomes new virtual learning options

    Burlington School District welcomes new virtual learning options

    As the first week of the Burlington School District’s V.I.B.E. virtual learning academy comes to an end, administrators are hoping the lessons they’ve learned while teaching online since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic will not only offer a better program this school year, but also help them innovate as they look to the future.  

    “We were thrust into (having to do online learning) last year,” said Burlington Superintendent Pat Coen. “I think we had three or four of days to prepare. And we learned a lot, and (the district’s online program) is going to much better than it was.”  

    Operating at the former James Madison Elementary building, the V.I.B.E. program now functions as the district’s virtual learning option.  

    Before this school year, the district’s online courses fell to teachers who would have to juggle virtual instruction with in-person learning. 

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    Now, the district’s virtual learning will be taught by instructors who teach online exclusively and will each have their own classroom to work out of at James Madison.   

    Beth Shurtleff, the principal for the Burlington School District's Virtual Innovative Blended Exploration program, stands next to a dream wall in the collaboration room Aug. 12 at James Madison Education Center. V.I.B.E. focuses on bringing a personalized, online learning experience to students, while also offering optional in-person enrichment lessons and activities.

    “One of our strengths is that our teachers are going to be 100% dedicated virtual teachers,” said Beth Shurtleff, the V.I.B.E. program’s first principal, who is also working on her doctorate in educational psychology and technology. 

    “So they’re going to be able to focus on that and best practices and what’s working really well for the students.”   

    The program allows kindergarten-12 students the chance to take 100% of their classes virtually, but also allows opportunities for individualized and blended learning plans, including:   

  • PPS Welcomes Karas as Director of Student Counseling, Lattimer as Riverside Principal
    College Guidance and Counseling

    PPS Welcomes Karas as Director of Student Counseling, Lattimer as Riverside Principal

    By Wendy Greenberg

    Princeton Public Schools (PPS) students will begin the school year September 9 with a new director of student counseling services, and Riverside Elementary School students will have a new principal.

    Dana Karas, who has previously worked in PPS, is the new director of student counseling services, replacing Kristina Donovan, who left the district earlier this month.

    Ebony Lattimer, who has an extensive background in math, science, and special education, joins the district as the new Riverside principal, as Mark Shelley relocates to Pittsburgh.

    Karas, who will officially join PPS at the end of September, worked as a middle school French teacher in Princeton early in her career. She later taught French at the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School. She was a school counselor at Churchill Junior High School in East Brunswick, and in 1998, she became a school counselor at Freehold Township High School, a post she held until 2003 when she returned to Princeton High School as a school counselor.

    This fall, the guidance staff will be on the front lines as students return from remote learning and they resume their social connections at school. “Counseling is extremely important right now,” said Karas. “Many students remained remote and will be returning in person. The counselor is on the front line, recognizing signs of trauma, and helping students to be successful emotionally and academically.” She said this is a critical time to be responsive and supportive.

    PPS Welcomes Karas as Director of Student Counseling, Lattimer as Riverside Principal

    Dana Karas

    Karas, who was the New Jersey School Counselor of the Year in 2017, served for seven years in Lawrence Township Public Schools, first as supervisor of Guidance and Classic and World Languages and then as supervisor of Guidance, Careers, and Alternative Programming. She was at Franklin Township Public Schools for more than eight years where she was director of School Counseling, and supervisor of World Languages for grades 9-12.

    A graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in French education, Karas earned graduate degrees from The College of New Jersey and Georgian Court College. She is currently completing her doctorate in leadership from Kean University.
    Professionally, she has served as president of the New Jersey School Counselor Association and continues to serve as an executive board member for this organization, where she has co-authored the state’s current approved school counselor evaluation model. She has served as a committee member under the New Jersey Department of Education, where she contributed to the creation of the state’s social-emotional learning competencies and also served on the On-Ramps to College initiative.

    She calls joining Princeton schools “a full circle moment,” adding that she had mentors on the guidance staff. “I am happy to give back to the community that has given so much to me.”

    PPS Superintendent Carol Kelley said of Karas, “She has impressive experience in school counseling as well as expertise related to students’ social-emotional health and well-being. Her experience and her dedication to students make her a wonderful addition to our team here in Princeton.”

    Ebony Lattimer

    Ebony Lattimer will step into the Riverside principal’s position on August 23. For more than four years, she has served as principal of The Titusville Academy, which is a private, nonprofit special education school known for its work with students who have learning and behavior difficulties.

    At Titusville, Lattimer helped to develop and manage a blended-model curriculum for special education students. Blended learning models combine online educational materials with traditional, in-person classroom instruction. Lattimer also served as vice principal of the International Academy of Trenton Charter School. For the last eight years she has been an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    Lattimer, who grew up in Red Bank, was selected as a finalist by a committee of Riverside faculty and staff, district administrators, and community members.

    “As the current principal of a school for students with disabilities, Ms. Lattimer has cultivated skills and expertise to help a broad range of students succeed academically,” said Michael J. Volpe, assistant superintendent for human resources.

    Lattimer began her career in Neptune Township as a math and science teacher in 2003. She left her teaching position in Neptune to accept the principalship at The Titusville Academy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in administration and leadership from Georgian Court University.

    In an email, Lattimer said that what impressed her about the district and about Riverside was the “commitment to educational excellence, and by that I mean not only academically, but also socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They truly do the work to ensure our students are strong, positive contributors to their community and our global community as a whole.

    “In addition to being impressed by their commitment to educational excellence, I was impressed by Riverside’s expression of respect and openness to diversity and equity through their display of sawubona (a greeting that means “I see you.”)”

    She added that she was looking forward to meeting Riverside students in September, and to working with the “talented Riverside teachers and support staff who make it such a welcoming and special place.”

    Kelley noted that Lattimer’s “passion for students, her leadership abilities, and her knowledge of curriculum stood out in a field of very strong candidates for this job.” She also praised Lattimer’s interpersonal skills and her ability to utilize data to improve students’ academic achievements.