Meet Our New Hires!
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017-18 New Hires

 

Administrative Staff

 

Vincent Leavey – K-12 Athletic Director

  

Mr. Leavey earned his Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University. He continued his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.  While at West Virginia University, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for clubs and intramurals and was an athletic training preceptor and clinical instructor.  Additionally, Mr. Leavey holds New Jersey and Pennsylvania principal, supervisor, teacher of health and physical education, and school athletic trainer certifications.

Mr. Leavey comes to the Ocean City School District with 11 years of educational experience.  Most recently, he served as the Director of Athletics, Activities, and Compliance at the Coatesville Area School District.  Previously he was the Athletic Trainer at Highland Regional School District and Teacher of Health and Physical Education and Athletic Trainer at Haddon Township High School.  In addition, Mr. Leavey was an Adjunct Professor teaching Kinesiology, Structure and Function of the Human Body, Safety, First Aide, Prevention of Athletic Injuries, and Organization and Administration of Athletic Training in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences at Rowan University.

Mr. Leavey currently resides in Pine Hill with his wife and two children who are all very excited about being part of the Ocean City Community.

Mr. Leavey shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “Ocean City has always been one of my favorite places to be.  When I saw the opening for the K-12 Athletic Director position within this outstanding school district, I jumped at the opportunity.  Being part of an impressive school district in such a great community is quite an honor.  The athletic program in Ocean City has a storied history, and it has certainly seen its successes over the years.  I am very excited to be joining a high-achieving group of students, coaches, teachers, administrators, and community members.”

Mr. Leavey states his 1st year goal as the K-12 Athletic Director in the Ocean City School District:  “While serving as the K-12 Athletic Director in the Ocean City School District, my focus will be on a few goals. First, I will do my very best to learn all that I can about the school district and the community including their culture and traditions. Additionally, my goal is to recognize the Red Raider student-athletes for their achievements on and off the playing surface. Finally, I plan to work with the Intermediate and Primary School faculty, staff, and administration to provide opportunities for their students.”  

 

Certificated Staff

 

Sean Flood – High School Teacher of English

 

Mr. Flood was a dual major at Rider University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary English and English.  During his time at college, he achieved the Dean’s List for all 8 semesters, was a member of the Baccalaureate Honors Program and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society.  In addition, Mr. Flood worked for as a tutor in writing and mathematics in both one-on-one and group settings.

Mr. Flood completed his student teaching in Ewing High School, where he taught sophomore English and Creative Writing classes along with completing multiple internships at both the High School and Middle School levels.  During this process, he has had the opportunity to gain teaching knowledge and experience from grades 6 through 12 and obtain his NJ Teacher of English certification. In addition to his educational internships, Mr. Flood spent a summer interning for the Global Scientific Communications Division of Eli Lilly.

From an early age, Mr. Flood has been passionate about reading and literature, but quickly learned that many of my peers did not share these feelings. He wanted to help others realize how enjoyable literature could be and from there his passion for education began to grow.  Mr. Flood has wanted to become a teacher for as long as he can remember and has worked for many years to reach that goal.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching films, spending time with friends and family, and of course, reading.

Mr. Flood shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “Ocean City High School has an outstanding curriculum and a reputation for excellence. It is the district that I have always dreamed of working for and I’m excited about this opportunity.”

Mr. Flood states his 1st year goal of teaching in the Ocean City School District: “Within my first year of teaching my goals will include building personal and professional relationships with my colleagues, developing a rapport with my students, and becoming a member of not only the school district but of the community as well. In the classroom, I will aim to make learning attainable to all students and to help each and every student achieve to the best of their own ability.”

 

Ian Keyser – High School Teacher of Biology and Head Coach of Girls’ Swimming

 

Mr. Keyser a native of Ocean City was a First Team National Conference swimmer while attending St. Augustine Prep High School.  Receiving an academic and athletic scholarship, Mr. Keyser attended Seton Hall University where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and Biology.  During his college years, Mr. Keyser’s awards and honors include the Big East Academic All-Star Team for two consecutive years. 

Mr. Keyser holds a New Jersey Teacher of Biology certification and joins the Ocean City School District with three years’ experience teaching Biology and Environmental Science at Montville Township High School in Morris County, also serving as Head Coach of the boys swim team.  Mr. Keyser spends his summer serving as a Lieutenant on the Avalon Beach Patrol and has the unique distinction of being the first swimmer to win the one-mile Atlantic City’s Pageant Swim’s overall title, three years in a row. 

Mr. Keyser shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “The Ocean City School District has a phenomenal reputation as being one of the premier school districts in the state. Their commitment to excellence is second to none and they hold their staff and students to the highest standard. I am honored to be a part of this academic institution.”

Mr. Keyser states his 1st year goal of teaching in the Ocean City School District:  “My goal throughout my first year of teaching in the Ocean City School District is to become an active member of the Ocean City school community. In the classroom, I plan to maximize student achievement by utilizing best practices and technology integration.”

 

Stephanie Diaz Michael – Intermediate School Elementary School Teacher

 

Mrs. Michael, a Florida native, moved to New Jersey in 2016 and could not be happier.  She received her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Education from Florida International University, graduating Cum Laude. While in the Education program, Mrs. Michael achieved the Dean’s for each semester.  She holds a New Jersey certification in Elementary Education K-6 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education at Rowan University.

Mrs. Michael joins the Ocean City School District with four years of educational experience.  Working both the private and public school sector and a variety of grade levels. Her most recent experience was working at Ella G. Clarke Elementary School as a Bilingual fourth grade teacher, conducting lessons in both English and Spanish while accommodating the needs of English language learners, special education students, and children with social/emotional concerns.  Her students achieved the highest growth in Mathematics in the school.

In addition, Mrs. Michael spent many summers as a Camp Counselor in upstate New York, where she dedicated her time leading team/individual growth activities.  Her passion for learning is cultivated in her love of reading.  Mrs. Michael believes as an educator, it is vital that she is open and willing to learn innovative teaching methods and to continue with professional development in order to evolve as a successful practitioner.

Mrs. Michael shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I am honored to be joining a School District that prides itself in excellence.  Ocean City School District’s impeccable sense of community and outstanding academic standards is what attracted me to it. I was impressed with Ocean City’s ability to set a climate of success that recognizes student and faculty accomplishments. It is clear that OC encourages students to be active members of their community through a range of available activities and events. I understand the importance of involving all stakeholders in the educational experience and will strive to uphold Ocean City’s citizenship and standard of excellence.”

Mrs. Michael states her 1st year goal of teaching in the Ocean City School District:  “My ultimate goal for my 1st year and every year moving forward is to have my students fall in love with the learning process. In order to do so, I will familiarize myself with student's learning styles and interests to create captivating lessons. My teaching style recognizes the ability for students to take ownership of their learning through inquiry based learning techniques. I will support my students in academic, social, and emotional stresses to provide a versatile educational experience. I vow to extend my professional services to my future students and colleagues in order contribute expertise, innovation, and vast amount of devotion for the field of education.”

 

Kelsey Mitchell – Intermediate School Teacher of Business/Special Education and Head Field Hockey Coach

Ms. Mitchell grew up in Berlin, NJ attending Eastern Regional High School where she was a varsity field hockey player for four years becoming the New Jersey All-Time Leading Scorer with 171 career goals.  She attended the University of Iowa, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, while playing field hockey, and continued her education at Central Michigan University earning her MBA.  In addition to being the New Jersey All-Time Leading Scorer, Ms. Mitchell’s awards and honors include, the Big Ten Conference Academic Team, National High School All-American, New Jersey Player of the Year and the Currier-Post and Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year.

Beginning her career in public accounting, she was unfulfilled; wanting to make a difference and have an impact on people, she began coaching.  Through coaching, she realized how much she loved the interaction with student-athletes and decided teaching and coaching were the best avenue for her to share her passions and make a meaningful contribution.  She has never looked back.  

Ms. Mitchell comes to the Ocean City School District with a year of teaching experience from Cedar Creek High School, where she taught Business and Special Education and was the assistant varsity field hockey coach.  She is holds New Jersey teaching certifications in Business and Special Education. 

Ms. Mitchell shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “The Ocean City School District is well known for its outstanding academic reputation.  I chose to be a part of the OCSD because I want to contribute my energy and knowledge to our students and their development. I believe my passion for learning is something worth passing on to our students and hope to impact their learning and their lives in a positive way.”

Ms. Mitchell states her 1st year goal of teaching in the Ocean City School District:  “During my first year of teaching in the Ocean City School District, I hope to accomplish three things.  First, I want to learn more about the school district and the surrounding communities, which contribute to its sustainable success.  Second, I want to get involved with activities to support my students inside and outside of the classroom.  Third, I want to engage in and build lasting relationships with the administration, my fellow teachers and the students.”

Ivory Williams – District School Social Worker

 

Ms. Williams was born in Somers Point, NJ and lived in Ocean City until the age of five, at which time her family relocated to Germany.  She attended a German school through 5th grade, returning to Ocean City School District and graduating from the High School, where she was her class president from sophomore through senior year.  Ms. Williams retains her dual citizenship status in the United States and Germany.

Ms. Williams graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare.  Continuing her education, she attended University of South Carolina receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families. Ms. Williams completed internships at the Ocean City School District and a juvenile detention center in South Carolina.

Ms. Williams began her career with the YALE School where she was the school social worker for one year.  In addition, Ms. Williams works at Cape Regional Medical Center as a hospital social worker providing a wide range of psychosocial services to terminally ill patients and their families. 

She currently resides in Ocean City with her golden retriever, Peter Pan.

Ms. Williams shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I feel blessed to have grown up in such a beautiful community. This school district provided me with the confidence and knowledge to continue my educational path and I feel that by being a part of this School District, I can attempt to give back the help and services I received myself.”

Ms. Williams states her 1st year goal in the Ocean City School District: “I hope to encourage students by supporting and guiding them on a path to success while accomplishing their goals. I hope to be an example to them. The support I received from my teachers, counselors, and support staff did not end after graduation. Their inspiration continued to guide me through, not only my internship, graduate studies and work, but has brought me back to alma mater to cultivate and encourage the students I come in contact with.”

 

Jillian Dittenbrenner – Primary School Leave Replacement Elementary School Teacher

 

Ms. Dittenbrenner the oldest of three girls grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  She attended High School at Padua Academy in Wilmington Delaware.  Ms. Dittenbrenner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Education and her Master’s degree in Reading from West Chester University.   While attending West Chester University she was involved with and led organizations like Students Outreach to Urban Schools, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society, and the West Chester Association for the Education of Young Children.

After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, she taught Head Start for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and 2nd grade at Visitation BVM School in Philadelphia.  While teaching, she saw the need to further her education by returning to West Chester University for her M.Ed. in Reading.

Ms. Dittenbrenner always wanted to teacher and practiced constantly borrowing teachers’ editions from her mother to teach her dolls.  She is fulfilling her dream of moving "down the shore" and teaching in the Ocean City School District. When not teaching or learning, she loves to read, ski, do yoga, and drag race in the NHRA Summit ET Bracket series.

 

Ms. Dittenbrenner shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “It has always been my dream to move "down the shore." When I decided to take the plunge, I knew I had to find a district that matched my beliefs as a teacher. I believe in student centered learning that educates and challenges the whole child. I believe that schools are part of a larger community and should be an active part of that community. The Ocean City School District gives me the chance to act on both of those beliefs, and that is why I'm here.”

Ms. Dittenbrenner states her goal while completing her leave replacement position in the Ocean City School District:  “My goal during my time teaching in the Ocean City School District is to become a valuable member of the community. I want my students and their families to see me as a teacher who always supports and challenges her students in their learning and growth. I want my fellow teachers to see me as someone to turn to. I want everyone to see me as a teacher who puts 100% into everything she does.”

 

Supportive Staff

 

Jason Bourgeois – Special Education Aide

 

Mr. Bourgeois was born and raised in Ocean City.  He attended the Ocean City School District from kindergarten through his graduation from High School.  Following High School, he attended the Swedish Institute of Applied Health Sciences in New York, New York where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  Continuing his education Mr. Bourgeois earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Foreign Languages at the New School University in New York.

Mr. Bourgeois began working in the Ocean City School District as a substitute teacher in 2015, most recently working as an interim special education aide.  His educational background also includes working as an Adjunct Professor at Atlantic Cape Community College for a year. 

Mr. Bourgeois shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I went to kindergarten at Ocean City Primary School and graduated from Ocean City High School.  The Ocean City School District has it all; excellent course offerings, accomplished teaching staff, supportive learning environment, etc. The combination produces well-rounded, successful students.” 

Mr. Bourgeois states his 1st year goal as a permanent staff member in the Ocean City School District:  “My focus is always on the students. The goal is not only for each student to succeed within the

Ocean City School District, but also to prepare him or her to successfully move into adulthood after graduation.”

 

Monique Cione – Special Education Aide

 

Ms. Cione received a Bachelor’s Degree from Valley Forge University in Early Childhood Education.  She is a resident of Ocean City moving here from Maine in 2016, where she worked at Buxton Center Elementary School as an educational technician/special education aide for 7 years.

Ms. Cione joined the Ocean City School District in September 2016 as a substitute teacher and aide.  Her previous work experience also includes working as a pre-school teacher’s assistant in the classroom and the after school program and a pediatric medical receptionist.

During her career, Ms. Cione has had the opportunity to work with children of all learning styles developing a philosophy that you can accomplish a great deal by managing students learning environment proactively to promote learning. 

Ms. Cione shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I feel the Ocean City School District promotes a strong family community with great educational opportunities and I am happy to be a part of.”

 

Ms. Cione states her 1st year goal as a permanent staff member in the Ocean City School District:  “To work closely with and learn about the children that are under my care and offer my expertise and experience to the current program and support all of the staff as well.”

 

Raymond Conover – Special Education Aide

 

Mr. Conover an Ocean City native received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Widener University where he won the Presidential Scholarship.  While studying elementary and special education, Mr. Conover was a four-year varsity swimmer and later became the coach.  Currently he is pursuing a Master’s Degree at Grand Canyon University. 

Mr. Conover began his career as an instructional aide at Middle Township Elementary School. He then joined the Ocean City School District in January 2017 serving as an interim special education aide before becoming full-time.  In addition to his educational background, Mr. Conover has coached the Ocean City C-Cerpants, is a member of the Marmora Volunteer Fire Department and spends his summers as a lifeguard with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, currently serving as the Association President.  

Mr. Conover proud to be a triplet with two sisters, a nurse and a teacher, plans to become an elementary school teacher in the future. 

Mr. Conover shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District: “Being a local resident it is a dream School District to work in and be part of.  The administration, faculty and staff are nice and welcoming.  The students are a pleasure to work with as well.”

Mr. Conover states his 1st year goal as a permanent staff member in the Ocean City School District:  “My goal in my first year working in the Ocean City School District is to help as many students as I can to become the best they can be and to watch them grow as learners daily.”

 

Elizabeth Frisby – Special Education Aide

 

Ms. Frisby received her Associate’s degree from Endicott College in Early Childhood Education.  Originally, from Pennsylvania she moved to Ocean City in 2010 to be closer to her parents and to send two of her three children to the Ocean City School District.

Ms. Frisby has worked in various school environments for over 30 years, starting as an intern in high school and college.  Most recently, she was a K-12 substitute teacher in Egg Harbor Township, Upper Township and the Ocean City School Districts.  In addition, for the past two years she has worked at the Children’s Place of Music and Learning in Ocean City teaching young children and learning American Sign Language.

Ms. Frisby’s focus has always been working with special need students.  As an artist and a teacher, she looks at challenges from the students’ perspective, emphasizing different ways of solving problems in a positive way.  Ms. Frisby strives to make learning interesting and fun by “painting a picture” of what can be…, her belief is if you can see it, you can be it.  Ms. Frisby has first-hand knowledge of students’ with special needs, as a grandmother of an exceptional child with profound hearing loss, Ms. Frisby became an advocate for the deaf and continues to grow with her granddaughter and share the sign language she has learned in the classroom. 

Ms. Frisby shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I am an Ocean City resident and involved in the local community, and am excited to be a permanent part of the School District.”

Ms. Frisby states his 1st year goal as a permanent staff member in the Ocean City School District:  “My goal is to work one-on-one with a special needs student and to assist, encourage and inspire other students along with assisting teachers in the classroom.  I strive to help every student to adapt to the school and learning environment, and encourage students to discover ways to use and share their unique gifts.”

 

James Graham – Special Education Aide

 

Mr. Graham grew up as the middle child of two sisters to a military family, allowed him to see parts of the world and enjoy many cultures from a young age. His family settled in the suburbs of Washington D.C. where he enjoyed many extracurricular activities the most prominent was being a member of many swim clubs. 

Mr. Graham received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Bloomsburg University.  While there, he was an NCAA Division II Athlete in both swimming and water polo.  Continuing his education, Mr. Graham is currently pursuing a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship at American Public University where he is expecting to graduate in December 2017.

After college, he set out to make his mark in the entrepreneurial world by opening a restaurant in downtown Ocean City, NJ.  With the long winters and his business on hold during the off-season, he discovered his passion was working in education.  Mr. Graham comes to the Ocean City School District with 5 years as a special education aide, working for 3 years at the Richard Titleman School and the past 2 years in Lower Cape May Regional School District.  His passion for learning has leaped beyond a classroom setting as he has also established Team Tigers, an afterschool program that serves the needs of children who could use a positive environment after school. In addition, Mr. Graham is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

Mr. Graham shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District: “After running a seasonal business in Ocean City for eleven years and being a consistent part of the town’s community, I wanted to find a way to contribute to the school community as well.  As a resident and business owner, I have always been impressed with the amazing programs and educational options offered by the Ocean City school district and I am elated that I am now able to contribute my talents to the district.”

Mr. Graham states his 1st year goal in the Ocean City School District:  “Aside from acclimating to the staff and the social-emotional needs of my student, I aim to contribute to the school’s culture by finding ways to volunteer in programs and events that support our school community.”  

 

Elizabeth Lehman – Special Education Aide

 

Ms. Lehman received her Bachelor’s Degree from Stonehill College in History and obtained her Elementary Education Certificate from Alvernia University.  She continued her education to receive a Master’s Degree in Technology form Wilkes University.  Ms. Lehman spent most of her summers while growing up in Ocean City and moved here permanently with her husband three years ago.

Ms. Lehman began her career in the legal field while raising her three sons.  When her sons were school age, she began volunteering as an art teacher in their school.  Being back in the classroom rejuvenated her desire to teacher and she returned to school to obtain her teaching certification.  Once certified Ms. Lehman worked as a sixth grade teacher in the Daniel Boone School District in Pennsylvania for almost twelve years.  For the past two years, she worked at the Upper Township Elementary School as a summer enrichment teacher, Garden Club mentor and Homework Help tutor.  In addition, Ms. Lehman works part-time at the library and volunteers in a variety of civic organizations and local events.

Ms. Lehman loves everything about teaching because it is so fulfilling and rewarding.  She also enjoys spending her free time bicycling, walking, gardening and reading.

Ms. Lehman shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I chose to be a part of the Ocean City School District because of its excellent reputation. Ocean City is such a special place. I’m very excited to be here.”

Ms. Lehman states her 1st year goal in the Ocean City School District: “My goal this first year in the district is to build relationships with students, teachers, parents, staff and administrators.”

 

Marina Liess – Special Education Aide

 

Ms. Liess was born and raised in the City of Chelyabinsk, Russia, where she attended South Ural State University and obtained a Degree with Honors in Marketing. She was always interested in learning foreign languages, so by the end of my schooling she also received a Degree in Translation and Interpretation of English Language. While attending college Ms. Liess participated in a cultural exchange program for students ‘Work and Travel USA which became an excellent experience for her and strengthened her passion about learning English.

After graduating from the university, Ms. Liess worked as an English teacher in the Educational Center “YES” in her hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, where she taught English to children and adults of all ages. That was when she realized that she had an interest in working in education, so after moving to Ocean City in February of 2016, she obtained a Substitute Teacher certificate and worked for Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township School Districts. 

Ms. Liess is excited to begin working as a Special Education Aide so she can help students achieve their goals and to encourage them to learn and broaden their knowledge about the world.

Ms. Liess shares her reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “Working as a Substitute Teacher in Ocean City School District was a very positive experience for me and I wanted to become part of the team that provides such a great education and atmosphere for both, staff and students.”

Ms. Liess states her 1st year goal in the Ocean City School District:  “My goal is to assist students in achieving the goals that they may have throughout their school year and help them broaden their perspectives.”

 

Thomas Marshall – Special Education Aide

 

Mr. Marshall is a native of Ocean City and attended the Ocean City School District from Kindergarten through his High School graduation.  He continued his education at Rowan University earning his Bachelor’s degree in both Mathematics and Secondary Education. 

Mr. Marshall began his career with the Ocean City School District in 2010 as a substitute teacher, a substitute security person and, most recently, working as an interim special education aide. Mr. Marshall’s educational experience also includes tutoring mathematics and a Teacher of Mathematics in the Egg Harbor Township School District. 

Mr. Marshall played most sports growing up with baseball being is favorite.  After sustaining an injury, he moved into coaching, which includes serving as the girls’ assistant soccer coach in Egg Harbor Township School District.  While rehabbing his injury Mr. Marshall developed a love for working out and lifting.  Pretending he is still an athlete, Mr. Marshall says that most days you can find him in the gym or on the softball field. 

Mr. Marshall shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District: “I was a student here, graduated in 2007, and always wanted to return. After working in a few other districts I knew that coming back to OCHS would always be my main goal. The students, parents, staff, and administration here at OCHS, and the OC School District as a whole, are second to none.”

Mr. Marshall states his 1st year goal as a permanent staff member in the Ocean City School District:  “To learn, to get better, and to grow. I was a subject specific teacher at my other schools, and while I did love that as well, working in Special Education last year and the summer leading into the 2017-2018 school year has been incredible.”

 

Frank Sicurella – Special Education Aide

 

Mr. Sicurella a lifetime resident of Egg Harbor Township resident playing football throughout his years in school.  After High School, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Following college Mr. Sicurella stayed in the Philadelphia area and began his career as a production assistant and data base manager.  Deciding his interest was in education, Mr. Sicurella became a substitute teacher in Egg Harbor Township High School for the past two years.  He joined the Ocean City School District in January 2017 as an interim special education aide until earning a permanent position for the 2017-18 school year.  In addition to his educational background, Mr. Sicurella is a long time employee of Oves Seafood Restaurant in Ocean City working summers as a lead cook and assistant manager.  His experience also includes lifeguarding at AtlantiCare Life Center.

No stranger to summer in Ocean City, Mr. Sicurella looks forward to being a part of the Ocean City Community year-round.

Mr. Sicurella shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I have been a part of the Ocean City community for nearly a decade while working on the island during the summer. The ability to be involved year-round makes it all the better.”

Mr. Sicurella states his 1st year goal as a permanent staff member in the Ocean City School District:  “Since my previous experience in education, during my upbringing and employment, has been in Egg Harbor Township, my goal is to make positive connections and familiarize myself with the Ocean City School District’s school setting and staff.”

 

Laura Watts – Special Education Aide

 

Ms. Watts attended Atlantic Cape Community College majoring in education.  She transferred to Stockton University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Literature with a minor in Jewish Studies, along with taking various courses in early education.  While attending Stockton University, Ms. Watts was the treasurer and member of the Literature Honors Society and completed a Holocaust Research Center internship.

Ms. Watts’s educational experience includes two years as a substitute teacher in the Northfield Community School working with children from pre-school through eighth grade.  In addition, her work experience includes a veterinary technician and a gymnastics instructor and pre-school director for Bright Stars Gymnastics Academy.  

Ms. Watts has volunteered with the Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and participated in an Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser for childhood cancer.  She has a passion for helping and watching children learn and grow and is excited to join the Ocean City School District.

Ms. Watts shares his reason for choosing the Ocean City School District:  “I admire what the town of Ocean City stands for: family and fun. I have heard great things about the school district and the teachers in the Primary School. I am looking forward to being a part of a great team in a great community.”

Ms. Watts states her 1st year goal in the Ocean City School District:  “As a Special Education Aide, my goal is to help the students grow, learn, and realize their full potential. I want to be a positive role model and mentor to the students inspiring them to do their best every day, in and out of school. I feel that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn and believe that learning does not end in the classroom. I feel that a great day at school will inspire children to build a passion for learning outside of the classroom as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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