New Staff at the Westminster Schools
Emily Clark is our new first grade teacher and will be at the West School this year. She previously worked with us as a kindergarten paraprofessional and before that she worked for Brattleboro Town School District – Early Education Services. She is a graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor’s Degree. She was a dual major: Early Childhood and English. Emily lives in Keene with her husband and two children.
Patrick Cafferky joins our school community as our fourth grade teacher. Mr. Cafferky is a graduate of the University of Vermont – majoring in Elementary Education. He brings many interests and skills to our school. He has experience teaching for the Laraway Youth and Family Services. Mr. Cafferky has also worked in “alternative transportation” for Virginia Tech and is an experienced bicycle mechanic. During college Mr. Cafferky was a Wilderness Orientation Leader in the Trek Program. In this position he took first year students on bike and/or canoe trips. You will be hearing from Mr. Cafferky as he gets settled in the area.
Maria Harlow is our new school nurse. Mrs. Harlow is a graduate of the Thompson School of Nursing, part of the Vermont Technical College. Previously, she graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State University (Russia) with a BA in Journalism. She has interest in children’s health by creating a welcoming, comfortable environment where children know they will receive care and support. She stated on her application, “I am a strong follower of a children first philosophy, as I believe that when we put the children first everything else follows.” She has recently moved to the area with her husband and daughter.
Linda Fortunato is our new school counselor. Ms. Fortunato joins us from Granite Valley Middle School where she worked with fifth and sixth graders. She received her BS and MEd from the Fitchburg State University. She brings many skills with her to this position. Ms. Fortunato’s practice is to make connections between health, wellness and learning. She will be working with all students throughout the year. Ms. Fortunato enjoys running and has had great success in track and field as well as in cross-country running. We look forward to her participation in our “fun runs”!
Shirley Bishop joins us as a special education teacher; she is moving over from Central Elementary School in Bellows Falls. Shirley brings great experience and a thoughtful caring approach to her work with children. A graduate of Granite Sate College with a BS, she went on to Plymouth State University Graduate School to get her MEds in Special Education and a CAGS in Leadership. We look forward to Shirley beginning her work in Westminster.
Trish Adams is our new Administrative Assistant – moving over from the Afterschool Program Director position. Trish is a graduate of Bellows Falls High School and has her Associates Degree from the Community College of VT. She brings a wealth of community knowledge with her – having strong connections with students, staff and many parents. Trish will be the voice you hear when you call the school with questions, and be the one to greet you when you arrive at the Center School. We are so fortunate to have her and encourage you to welcome her to her new position.