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August 23, 2013

There's a new crop of teachers in Onion Town


Mark Atkinson, a new Danvers High teacher, is a native of Massachusetts who previously taught in California.

“Some of them could have been positions from last year, so for example, the P.E. teacher at the middle school, he was hired in December when Roger Day retired,” Dana said of physical education teacher Devin Anno. “So, this is his first opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts about the district. So he’s here for new teacher orientation. Brynn Sweeney was a student teacher with us. Brynn filled in for a long-term subbing position last year. She’s now hired as a special education teacher at Thorpe School,” Dana said.

Amber Adair was a long-term substitute who landed a special education teacher job at the Riverside School. Lisa D’Orlando was a computer paraprofessional who filled a position last year and is now a new teacher at Holten Richmond.

“So that is a nice thing, too, that being able to have someone come into the district as a teacher’s aide and then they finish up their credentials and they have really gotten to know the system. It’s a win-win situation that way,” Dana said.

Yesterday also served as a way to introduce Sarah Redman, the new middle school curriculum director, and Julie Posternack, the new elementary curriculum coordinator. Both started in Danvers in 2006, Dana said, and have worked their way up through leadership mentoring programs.

“I have big shoes to fill, so Mary Wermers did a great job,” said Redman, formerly an eighth-grade English teacher in Danvers. “This is a new challenge for me, so I am excited.” Wermers is now the K-12 curriculum coordinator. Posternack, for her part, was formerly the elementary math coach and is a former Smith School fourth-grade teacher.

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