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PPS Welcomes New Faculty for the 2013/2014 School Year!

Please join us in welcoming four faculty members to Porters Point School!

Tessa Warren is joining the second grade team at PPS. She has a dual endorsement from the University of Vermont in Special Education and elementary education. She has a concentration in environmental studies with a focus on environmental education. Last year, she taught second grade in Fairfield, Vermont. This summer, she completed the Integrating Technology course with Aimee Boucher and is very excited to apply what she has learned. Look for her class blog soon!

Tessa Warren will teach second grade at PPS
Tessa Warren will teach second grade at PPS

Allison Donnelly, who is excited to teach kindergarten, is a familiar face at PPS. She completed her student teaching with the amazing Maureen Belaski in the spring 2012 and was her long-term substitute in the fall. Allison has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and is considering moving toward a master’s in curriculum development. She spends her summers along the Maine coast, enjoying the beach and time with her family.

Allison Donnelly will teach kindergarten at PPS
Allison Donnelly will teach kindergarten at PPS

Greg Kriger, a Colchester resident, will be the new school counselor at PPS (and he was one of the school counselors at Malletts Bay School for three years). He is especially excited about teaching the Social Thinking curriculum to the K–2 students, because it addresses key social skills that are essential to being a twenty-first-century learner. He is passionate about supporting the social-emotional health of students. He has an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and a master’s degree from Johnson State College.

Greg Kriger is PPS's new guidance counselor
Greg Kriger is PPS’s new guidance counselor

Mary Mitchell, who will serve as PPS’s librarian, lives in Burlington with her husband, two sons, and daughter. Mary completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut and earned her master’s degree in elementary education at Sacred Heart University. She has lived and taught in various states, including Connecticut, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Vermont. She has been a classroom teacher in grades 1–4 and a school librarian for seven years. While staying home with her two sons, she also taught adult English learners outside of Boston for two years. She has been an adjunct instructor for Portland State University for the last decade where she creates and instructs continuing education graduate courses for the School of Education. Mary loves reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family, and she is thrilled to be part of the PPS community.

If you would like more information about Porters Point School’s incoming faculty, please contact Principal Jim Marshall at (802) 264-5920 or by e-mail (marshallj@csdvt.org).

Stay tuned for upcoming posts introducing new faculty from other schools in your district!

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