AUBURN, Mass. – New teachers at Auburn Public Schools, as well as transfers within the school district, received special recognition at Wednesday’s School Committee meeting.
Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle introduced the teachers to the community, saying that the school district is “excited to have them on board.”
“They have already brought a great deal of excitement, and they have a lot to share with us. And we intend on supporting them so they are all successful,” Brunelle said. “Also, for the teachers who transferred within the district, I actually encourage teachers to do that. It really rejuvenates yourself.”
Elizabeth Gribbons, a School Committee member, said it’s sad to see the teachers from last year leave, but “we love seeing bright new faces.”
“You are in the best district,” Gribbons said. “As far as kids are concerned, I think we have the best kids you will find anywhere.”
Nicole LePrevost is a new science teacher at Auburn High School. She said the first week has been great as the staff and kids have been welcoming.
“I just recently graduated in May, so it’s just right into the gate,” said LePrevost, who went to Assumption College. “The transition has been great so far. I really like it here.”
She will be teaching freshmen biology as well as junior and senior science elective courses.
New Teachers at Auburn Public Schools
- Stephanie Algieri, science at Auburn Middle School, replaces Erik Berg, who transferred to the high school.
- Jennifer Bousquet, moderate special needs at Auburn High School, replaces Mike Kaczynski, who retired.
- Steve Brutus, guidance counselor at Auburn High School, replaces Deb Bolz, who retired.
- Jennifer Conlon, English language arts at Auburn Middle School, replaces Donna Gannon, who retired.
- Zachary Cooper, music at Bryn Mawr and Mary D. Stone Schools, replaces Bev Chadwick, who resigned.
- Adele Duquette, foreign language at Auburn Middle School, in a new position.
- Jillian Hakins, kindergarten at Mary D. Stone School, in a new position.
- Nicole LePrevost, science at Auburn High School, to replace Joe Hurley, who retired.
- Diana McLaughlin, adjustment counselor at Auburn High School, in a new position.
- Collin Myers, band at Auburn Middle School, replaces Bob Chadwick, who retired.
- Santiago Ogando, Spanish at Auburn Middle School, from a long-term substitute position.
- Lisa Pignataro, moderate special needs at Auburn Middle School, replaces Kathy Capstick, who transferred to the middle school.
- Rachel Pollier, moderate special needs at Julia Bancroft, replaces Sue Saunders, who became team chair.
- Monique Mazzone, moderate special needs at Auburn Middle School.
- Elizabeth Stiles, moderate special needs at Auburn Middle School (effective Sept. 17).
Transfers within Auburn Public Schools
- Erik Berg transfers from Auburn Middle School science to Auburn High School science to replace Helen Estaphan, who retired.
- Kathy Capstick transfers from moderate special needs at Auburn Middle School to Math II at Auburn Middle School to replace Andrew Sebring, who resigned to become a firefighter.
- Tess Jarvis transfers from elementary guidance to high school guidance to replace Nga Hyunh, who resigned to work in her hometown.
- Marilyn Sinibaldi transfers from Julia Bancroft/Bryn Mawr team chair to Julia Bancroft/Bryn Mawr guidance counselor to replace Tess Jarvis, who transferred to Auburn High School.
- Wendy Quirion transfers from art at Pakachoag to special education life skills at Auburn High School to replace Christine Proulx, who left the district.
- Sue Saunders transfers to team chair at Julia Bancroft and Bryn Mawr to replace Marilyn Sinibaldi, who transferred to elementary guidance.
- Deborah Hughes Johnson transfers from part-time art teacher at Mary D. Stone to assume Wendy Quirion’s responsibilities at Pakachoag and teach art four days a week.