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New Teachers Begin Two-Day Orientation at Montville Township Public Schools. Twenty Teachers to Join Faculty for 2020-2021 School Year.

twenty new teachers will join the faculty of MTPS. Seventeen attended the New Teacher Orientation on August 25, 2020 at MTHS.

WELCOME NEW TEACHERS! 20 new educators will join the faculty at Montville Township Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, seventeen attended “New Teacher Orientation 2020”. Pictured: (Row 1): Sydney Biggiani (Long-term Sub, Woodmont), Elise Collins (Cedar Hill Teacher), Crystal Donovan (Special Education, Lazar), Jacqueline Gentile (Special Education, MTHS), and Jordan Green (Music, Lazar). (Row 2): Ellis Jasenovic (Music, MTHS), Konstantine Mairagas (Long-term Social Studies Sub, MTHS), Jillian Mazza (Social Worker, District), and Brigid McEvoy (School Nurse, Hilldale). (Row 3): Noraellen Naturale (Special Education, MTHS), Stephanie Pierce (English Teacher, MTHS), Jonathan Russo (Music, Cedar Hill and William Mason), and Arianna Schonwald (Special Education, MTHS). (Row 4): Kayla Schott (World Language Teacher, District), Shuba Vasan (Board Certified Behavior Analyst, District), Carleigh Twillmann (Valley View Teacher), and Amy Yu (Part-time ESL Teacher, District). Due to the fact that the following new hires  attended "New Teacher Orientation in the past as Long-term Subs, the following new faculty are not pictured :Kelly Hennigan (Woodmont Teacher), Victoria Parsloe (Art, MTHS), and Heather Volltrauer (Long-term Math Sub, Lazar).

Seventeen new teachers attended “New Teacher Orientation 2020”, in Montville Township, NJ, on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. The in-person program was held from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Montville Township High School. A total of twenty new hires will join the district’s staff for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Because they previously attended, as past Long-term Substitute teachers, three of the twenty did not need to attend “New Teacher Orientation 2020.” They, along with the other new faculty, will return with all faculty, staff and administration on Wednesday, September 2, for the first of two 2020 district Inservice Days.

“As you know, our selection process is very rigorous,” Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar said as she greeted the incoming educators. “We consider that we have found in you, The Best of the Best.”

The two-day “New Teacher Orientation” began as a socially distanced, in-person, orientation in the Dr. Robert O. Stafford Auditorium at MTHS. Following introductions, the new staff received paperwork and laptops. Sitting far removed from one another they launched into their exhaustive training of educational tools, technology, protocol and procedures that will facilitate in-school, virtual, and hybrid learning platforms for the upcoming school year. The in-person portion of the August 25 orientation ended at noon. The new teachers continued with virtual sessions from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., and will have another full-day of orientation on Wednesday, August 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The twenty new faculty are assigned throughout the district’s seven schools and will address a variety of curriculum areas. There will be three new elementary teachers, four special education teachers, three music teachers, one art teacher, one new social worker, one school nurse, one new MTHS English teacher, one district English Language Learner (or ESL) teacher, one World Language teacher, one Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and three long-term substitutes.

Four of these teachers will float throughout the district, one will float between Cedar Hill and William Mason Elementary Schools, three will be at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, seven at MTHS, two at Woodmont Elementary School, and one each at Cedar Hill, Hilldale and Valley View Elementary Schools.

The new faculty for the 2020-2021 academic year are: Sydney Biggiani (Long-term Sub, Woodmont), Elise Collins (Cedar Hill Teacher), Crystal Donovan (Special Education, Lazar), Jacqueline Gentile (Special Education, MTHS), Jordan Green (Music, Lazar), Kelly Hennigan (Woodmont Teacher), Ellis Jasenovic (Music, MTHS), Konstantine Mairagas (Long-term Social Studies Sub, MTHS), Jillian Mazza (Social Worker, District), and Brigid McEvoy (School Nurse, Hilldale), : Noraellen Naturale (Special Education, MTHS), Victoria Parsloe (Art, MTHS), Stephanie Pierce (English Teacher, MTHS), Jonathan Russo (Music, Cedar Hill and William Mason), and Arianna Schonwald (Special Education, MTHS), Kayla Schott (World Language Teacher, District), Shuba Vasan (Board Certified Behavior Analyst, District), Carleigh Twillmann (Valley View Teacher), Heather Volltrauer (Long-term Math Sub, Lazar), and Amy Yu (Part-time ESL Teacher, District)

There are 3,419 pre-kindergarten to grade twelve students registered for fall 2020. Due to COVID-19, approximately one-third have opted to attend school virtually for the school year. Roughly two-thirds have opted for in-person instruction. Montville Township Public Schools’ elementary students who have opted to attend in-person will be in district for half days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. MTHS and Lazar will begin the school year virtually, while the district searches for additional substitute teachers to cover in-person classes. Once additional substitutes are hired, in-person middle school and high school students will attend on an A/B schedule with half of the students in person and the other half virtual on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The entire district will attend virtually on Wednesdays. See the district’s “Revised Reopening Plan of August 18, 2020” for more information about the fall opening of Montville Township Public Schools. Additional information about the 2020-2021 reopening plan for Montville Township Public Schools can be found at Montville.net.

Staff, faculty and administration will return to the district for Inservice Days on Wednesday, and Thursday, September 2 and 3. Whether virtual or in-person, students will begin the 2020-2021 academic year on Tuesday, September 8, following the 2020 Labor Day weekend.





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