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Please join us in welcoming four faculty members to Colchester High School!
Lawrence (“Joe”) Romano, having recently relocated to Burlington from Washington, DC, is joining CHS as a Special Educator. He worked in situational awareness and business continuity before recognizing his true passion for education through his experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters. After completing the DC Teaching Fellows, an alternative pathway to education, he served as a Special Education and social studies teacher within DC public high schools. He is very excited to be in Vermont and to be working with such an experienced and welcoming group of educators. Joe graduated from Virginia Tech where he studied political science and sociology.
Andrew Judge will teach Spanish I & II. Raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where he attended grammar school in Spanish and spoke English at home, he later earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California while living in Los Angeles. He also received a certificate from the Spanish Interpreter Program at the Southern California School of Interpretation. He worked as a professional Spanish interpreter and translator for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and helped launch a successful federal pilot program, translating over three hundred specialized medical documents in Spanish.
Andrew also spent time teaching Spanish in Prague and has experience teaching several different grade levels in the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union as an after-school teacher. His philosophy is that a foreign language classroom should never be quiet and that the joy of learning a new language is being able to speak it.
Courtney Goetz, who lives in Waterbury Center, will teach physical education at CHS. She taught physical education at Essex High School last year—as well as coaching girls’ soccer, basketball, and lacrosse—and for six years prior to that, she taught and coached in New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and a master’s degree from Emporia State University. This year, she will coach girls’ JV soccer coach and hopes to get involved with winter and spring coaching, as well. In her free time, she enjoys running, having completed a number of marathons and half marathons.
Phil Gulizio will be joining the team at the Colchester Alternative Program (CAP) this year. He has been in alternative education for the past sixteen years. Coming to us from Georgia Elementary & Middle School, he has a master’s degree as a consulting teacher and a master’s degree in educational leadership. Currently residing in Jericho with his wife and two children, he attributes his success in education to developing mutually respectful relationships with his students and his coworkers. He is an avid outdoorsman and all-around adventure enthusiast. He enjoys live music, good friends, and any local art he can find.
If you would like more information about Colchester High School’s incoming faculty, please contact Principal Amy Minor at (802) 264-5700 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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