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New Staff 2019-2020

Welcome to the new staff

This year the school district is welcoming 24 new staff members, our biggest intake in many, many years. We have asked each staff member to introduce themselves below and include a reflection on their first days in the district. Enjoy the information on our talented and enthusiastic new staff.

Dina Artale - 1st Grade

Hi. My name is Dina Artale and I am very excited to be teaching first grade at AWR. Although this will be my first year in New Providence, I’ve actually been teaching kindergarten, first and third grade at public, private and charter schools in California, Florida, and NJ since 2004. When I am not at school I love to spend time with family and friends, go on bike rides, and plan fun activities for my two kids and their friends. I have also been my daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader since 2014.

I feel very fortunate to be teaching in New Providence. I have felt a sense of warmth and support since my very first interview with the district. Since that time I have been welcomed with open arms by the Superintendent, Principals, Board members, teachers, parents, and students. I also went through an amazing 5-day training course prior to the start of the school year. I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach in such a supportive environment!

Carminda Bandeira - 6th Grade Science

My name is Carminda Bandeira and I am the new 6th Grade Science Teacher at Salt Brook. This is my 8th year teaching Science in grades 6-8. I earned my Bachelors, Masters, and Post-Masters Supervisor Certificate from Kean University and have been extensively trained in the Next Generation Science Standards through participation in a grant program. I absolutely love continuing to learn and master my craft.

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I feel blessed to call the Salt Brook School community my new home. My colleagues, administrators, and school parents have been welcoming and supportive beyond compare during this first week. I am most impressed by my students’ eagerness to engage and their well-developed skills! I’m looking forward to a year full of hands-on, minds-on learning!

Craig Barclay - Physical Education

Hello! My name is Craig Barclay and I am the new Health and Physical Education teacher at New Providence High School. After earning my Bachelors in Physical Education, I was lucky enough to gain employment in the US as a full-time soccer coach for many years. However, my passion for teaching never left me, so I made the decision to return to school to earn my teaching certificate from Rutgers University. I will be entering my second year as the head coach for the NPHS Boys Soccer program where I thoroughly enjoy working with the students, helping them to develop their love of the game.

I have been made to feel extremely welcome by everyone within the New Providence community. This really feels like a special place to live, work and learn.

Michelle Boyer - 3rd Grade

Hello! My name is Michelle Boyer and I will be starting as a 3rd Grade Teacher at Allen W. Roberts School this year. I graduated from James Madison University with my Master's Degree in Elementary Education 10 years ago. Since then, I have gained meaningful teaching experience as an elementary school teacher, teaching assistant and children's dance and yoga teacher. In addition to teaching, I enjoy singing, yoga, running, traveling, the outdoors and reading. I look forward to joining the 3rd Grade Team of my former elementary school! Go Rams!

l will be starting in mid-September and have had the opportunity to meet my students and help them feel welcome and get organized for the school year.

Charlene Charbonneau - Special Education

Hello, my name is Charlene Charbonneau. I am an aide at Salt Brook Elementary School working in the LLD classroom. I am excited to start this new opportunity in New Providence and hope I can guide the students to grow both academically and socially. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children, playing golf and practicing yoga.

Since starting here, I have been impressed with how welcoming the New Providence District has been as a whole. I look forward to a successful school year and many more to come.

Anthony Conzentino - Physical Education

My name is Anthony Conzentino, and I am the new Physical Education and Health teacher at Salt Brook! After graduating from Montclair State University, I spent 3 years working in the Paterson School District. I have also been coaching football for 10 years and have been coaching at the high school level for the past 6 years. I am passionate about exercising and working to increase my fitness levels and sports are a big part of my life.

In my first few weeks in New Providence, everyone has been so welcoming both inside and outside of the school. I can say without hesitation that I feel respected and valued by the students, which means the world to me. This district feels like a great place for me to grow as an educator. I’m very excited to bring my energy and enthusiasm to the physical education program, and I couldn’t be happier to find a career home in New Providence!

Danielle Evans- Counselor

My name is Danielle Evans and I am the School Counselor at Salt Brook Elementary School. I started my School Counseling journey at Montclair State University where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Child Advocacy. I then attended Monmouth University where I earned my Masters Degree in School Counseling and Student Assistance Coordinator Certification. After completing my education, I have experience in multiple positions in the field as an Elementary School Counselor, Middle School Counselor, and Student Assistant Coordinator.

I was privileged to join the New Providence family in March 2019 and grateful to begin another year with this amazing district! As a School Counselor, I work with all students to give them an equal opportunity to succeed and flourish academically, socially, emotionally, and in all aspects of their lives.

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Theresa Diglio - Special Education

Hello New Providence! My name is Theresa Diglio and I am delighted to be part of the Special Education Department at the Middle School. This year I will be co-teaching in the Math and Science classes. I recently received my Masters of Education with a concentration in Special Education and I look forward to utilizing all of my learned skills in the classrooms. In my time away from school I enjoy spending time with my husband, Adam, and my two daughters, Abba (15) and Maddie (8) at any number of sporting events. When we are not at an ice rink or a lacrosse field, we enjoy spending time in the Adirondacks swimming, fishing, hiking and most importantly disconnecting.

My first week at NPMS has been outstanding, everyone I have met has been helpful and supportive and I am excited for my future in New Providence.

Stacy Dixon - Kindergarten

Hi! My name is Stacy Dixon. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently teaching Kindergarten at AWR. I have been so fortunate to have been a substitute teacher in this wonderful district for 7 years prior to this position. When I am not at school I am spending time with my husband and 4 daughters. We love the beach and being outside by the water. I also like to read, knit and do a lot of DIY projects with my kids!

The staff and administration have been beyond supportive and helpful. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a positive community.

Rachel Fintz - Science

Hi, my name is Rachel Fintz, and I am a new science teacher at the High School. I am excited to be teaching Biology, Oceanography, and Marine Biology this year. These courses hold a special place in my heart as I have had fieldwork experience working with small mammals as well as marine biology work off of South Water Caye in Belize. I’m eager to share my experiences with my students and show them the possibilities that are out there in the science field. My hope is that all of my students will take away a small love of science whether they choose to continue to pursue science after high school.

I already know after the first week how eager and excited to learn all of my students are.

Jody Khan - Drawing and Sculpture

Hello, my name is Jody Khan. I’ll be teaching High School Drawing and Sculpture through January 2020. I am thrilled to be part of the New Providence educational community! I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Design from F.I.T. and my Master’s degree in Fine Art Education from Kean University. I have worked in Color, Print and Concept Design for many years. However, now is the time to pursue my interest in teaching art to children and making the commitment to myself to remain a life-long learner.

New Providence is a very unique and special district. There is a great sense of camaraderie among the faculty and you really sense the desire to see and help each other succeed every day. It is evident that New Providence students have high expectations for themselves - all were ready and prepared on day one! I hope it is an amazing 2019-2020 school year for each one of them.

Julie Kreutzer - Preschool

Hello! My name is Julie Kreutzer and I am a new preschool teacher at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School. I am very happy to be teaching in New Providence this school year!

This is my second year teaching. In 2018, I graduated from Susquehanna University with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy playing volleyball and spending time with my family and friends.

Sujin Lee - Science

Hello! My name is Sujin Lee, and I am so excited to start my 5th year of teaching as a chemistry teacher at New Providence High School. I spent the past four years supporting students in Newark. When I have free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, going grocery shopping, and watching Korean TV shows.

The first week of school at NPHS has changed my view of teaching. Everyone in the school building knows how to respect each other. That was so impressive to me. I am so grateful that I can be a part of this beautiful community.

Sydney Marciano - Language Arts and Social Studies

My name is Sydney Marciano and I am so grateful to begin my teaching career in New Providence, as a fifth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Salt Brook. I graduated from Drew University with my Masters of Arts in Teaching this past May. While obtaining my Masters degree, I also completed a full year of student teaching in Berkeley Heights. Being certified in both elementary and special education, I love to keep my classroom engaging while my students are active and supported in their own learning. In my spare time I also love to teach dance to students of all ages and abilities!

My first week at Salt Brook has been nothing short of amazing. The other staff members, administration, families, and students have all been so welcoming and supportive. I feel blessed to be starting my career in such an innovative, inviting district and I cannot wait for the rest of this year!

Amy McNany - Counselor

My name is Amy McNany and I am excited to join New Providence School District as the new middle school counselor. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling from Montclair State University and have since worked with 3 different school districts gaining experience as a school counselor through maternity leave replacements. During my free time, I enjoy participating in obstacle course races such as Bonefrog and Spartan races, attending classes at my local CrossFit gym and hiking with my large German Shepherd mix named Bear.

I welcome all opportunities to work with faculty, families, and students to assist New Providence Middle School in a successful school year.

Ruth Orozco - Child Study Team

Hello! My name is Ruth Orozco. I am a school psychologist and a member of the Child Study Teams at Salt Brook and Allen W. Roberts. Previously, I worked as a school psychologist in Montclair, NJ, and prior to that, I taught for two years as an NYC Teaching Fellow at an elementary school in the Bronx. I earned my B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Michigan, my M.S.T. in Childhood Education from Fordham University, and my Ed.M. in School Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

I am excited to be joining the New Providence school community. Everyone has been very warm and welcoming in my first week in the district, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and knowledgeable group of people.

Jennifer Pasuit - Science

My name is Jennifer Pasuit, and I am privileged to be part of the New Providence School District. In my role as High School Biology, Forensics, and Neuroscience of Animal Behavior teacher, I hope to inspire students to reach their fullest social, emotional, and intellectual potential. Prior to joining the district, I was a research scientist at UMDNJ (now Rutgers Medical) and have since taught all levels of science, from pre-k to college-level.

From the supportive administration and faculty to the motivated and engaged students, New Providence High School is clearly a special place and I look forward to a great school year.

Katie Press - Special Education

My name is Katie Press and I am a 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies Co Teacher at Salt Brook Elementary School. Previously, I have taught in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in 5th grade. I graduated from Rutgers University with my dual certification and a Masters in Special Education. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and going to the beach, which is my favorite place to read a book. Although I am new to the Salt Brook Family, I am so excited to be here!

My first week has been warm and inviting. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the faculty and students! I am grateful for this experience and I cannot wait to see what is in store for me this school year.

Egil Rostad - Orchestra and Strings

My name is Egil Rostad and I teach Orchestra and Strings in both elementary schools. I feel privileged to be part of such a wonderful community! I am a Japanese-Norwegian cellist originally from Manhattan. I moved to New Jersey two years ago. Teaching music is so rewarding and inspiring! I also enjoy a professional music career as a cellist. For example, I performed with the Alvin Ailey II dance company, headlined at the American Dance Festival, and have soloed at a variety of venues such as MoMA and Joyce Theater. I love to share my passion for music with my students!

I am really enjoying New Providence. Everyone I’ve met so far has been so kind, from the administration and my fellow teachers to the students and parents. I feel a strong sense of community in this town and throughout the district. Looking forward to a great year!

Ben Rubens - Orchestra

My name is Ben Rubens and I am the Long Term Substitute teacher for Mrs. Briceno. I am in my second year of teaching and spent some years solely performing music before embarking into education. I really want students to learn how to appreciate the world through playing music and appreciate how working with other students can make the orchestra become a team.

My first-weeks teaching in New Providence has been a very rich experience. The staff has been incredibly welcoming continually provided essential information with a lot of goodwill. The students have been alert, hardworking, and open to new instruction while also offering a lot of feedback and dialogue on what’s been done with Mrs. Briceno as well. It is a goal of mine to keep learning from every student and to provide students with an honest respectable way to be proud of themselves for respecting music, each other and what the arts stand for.

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RoseMaria Russo - Language Arts

My name is RoseMaria Russo, and I am happy to be a part of the New Providence learning community. I am a Language Arts teacher at New Providence High School. I earned my Master of Arts in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and my Bachelor of Arts in English at Fordham University. When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my son, Joseph, and my husband, Richard. I am looking forward to a great school year at New Providence High School.

Kathleen Shelley - Child Study Team

Hello, I have been a practicing school social worker for 14 years and credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University. I live in West Orange with my husband Dan, three children: Danny, Caitlin and Anna and two dogs: Molly and Murphy. I enjoy vacationing on LBI, trying new restaurants and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to starting in New Providence as a CST case manager located at the high school/middle school.

Aly Tallman - Reading Specialist

Hello! My name is Aly Tallman and I’m thrilled to start my 11th year of teaching as one of the Reading Specialists at AWR! In the past, I have taught in NYC, Florida, and NJ. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband (Ryan) and daughter (Chelsea), reading, traveling, and listening to music.

The first few weeks of school at AWR have been fabulous; the students and staff have welcomed me with open arms! I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year in New Providence!

Jenn Johnson-Tiongson: Fine Arts

Hello New Providence! My name is Jenn Johnson-Tiongson and I am the new Fine Arts teacher shared between the middle school and high school. This is my nineteenth September teaching visual arts in New Jersey and I am very excited to be in New Providence. When I am not painting in my studio, I am at the barn with my daughter Aurelia watching her ride her horse, Buddy.

Carleigh Twillmann - 2nd Grade

My name is Carleigh Twillmann and I am teaching 2nd Grade at Salt Brook Elementary. This will be my second year of teaching. Prior to this experience, I taught Kindergarten in Bridgewater. I graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In my spare time, I love to hike and to read. In my classroom, I encourage social-emotional intelligence as well as a growth mindset.

My first week at Salt Brook was incredible. Every staff member is welcoming, helpful, and supportive. The students at Salt Brook also met my high expectations. They were thoughtful, insightful, motivated, and curious. The parents are appreciative. My experience thus far at New Providence is unmatched to any other school district I have had experience in. This is truly a district that I can call home.

Laura Wengel - Special Education

My name is Laura Wengel and I am so happy to be a part of the New Providence learning community! Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful! I am a Special Education teacher working at both the middle school and high school in a co-teaching capacity in the language arts, social studies, and science departments. I have been teaching English for 17 years and hold a master’s degree in English education. I recently began a special education endorsement program at Rutgers University. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, hiking, or biking. I have one daughter who is 23. She is living in Philadelphia beginning her career in public relations.

I look forward to a great school year and a long career with New Providence Middle/High School.