PLYMOUTH - The Board of Education got to meet the districtâ€™s five new staff members recently.
â€śWeâ€™ve been very successful with hiring really quality staff in the past few years and this year is no exception,â€ť said Superintendent of Schools Martin Semmel.
Darron Vigliotti, assistant principal of Terryville High School, introduced math teacher Samantha Chiasson. She came to THS after spending her first few years teaching at Shepaug Valley School, a middle/high school in Washington.
The new library media specialist is Wayne Prescott, whom Vigliotti joking referred to as â€śmy long lost brotherâ€ť for their slight resemblance.
â€śHe brings 25 years of education experience to our school community,â€ť Vigliotti said. â€śHe has spent the bulk of his career thus far at high schools, most recently for Region 6 where he worked for the past four years as a library media specialist, working with all grade levels.â€ť
Prescott will be working throughout the district.
The new technology teacher is Russ Fuller, who taught for 16 years at Berlin High School and also has â€śan impressive 46 years as an active firefighter,â€ť said Vigliotti.
Angela Suffridge, principal of Eli Terry Jr. Middle School, introduced the new special education teacher, Becky Lyman.
â€śShe has dedicated the last eight years to working with students with emotional and behavioral needs,â€ť Suffridge said.
Her last three years were spent at the Grace Webb School, part of the Institute of Living in Hartford. She worked with students in kindergarten through third grade in a self-contained classroom, Suffridge said.
Chrystal Collins, principal of Plymouth Center Elementary School, introduced pre-kindergarten teacher Sarah Trudeau.
â€śSarah is a resident of our community, and her children actually went through Plymouth Center School and the rest of the public schools,â€ť Collins said. â€śShe worked at the Family Resource Centerâ€™s pre-K program for a number of years, then decided to go back and get certified.â€ť
â€śShe left us for one year to go to the New Britain schools, and we stole her back for our inclusive pre-k program,â€ť Collins added. â€śAnd weâ€™re so glad to have her back with us again.â€ť
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.