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Five new teachers to join BKW elementary

Fifth grade teacher Cate Beach

Catherine "Cate" Beach

Cate Beach will join BKW this fall as a fifth grade mathematics teacher. For the past 5 years she has worked as an elementary school teacher at Lamprey River Elementary School in Raymond, NH, and she is dual certified in both elementary education and special education.

"I hope to help my students develop a cohesive community within our classroom and a sense of empathy. I like to use the arts as a tool for learning across the curricular areas – I think this is a particularly successful way to build a better understanding of ourselves and others."

 

Second grade teacher Heather Casullo

Heather Casullo

This fall, Heather Casullo will join BKW as a second grade teacher, coming to the district from Jordan, New York, where she taught pre-kindergarten, third and fifth grade at Elbridge Elementary School. She is dual certified in elementary and special education with her bachelor's and master's focusing on both concentrations.

"I hope to engage my students in a fun and successful learning environment," said Casullo. "I am looking forward to meeting the families here at BKW and learning from the teachers in the school community."

 

Teacher Brianna Parillo

Brianna Parillo

This fall, Brianna Parillo will join BKW as a special education teacher, co-teaching in fifth grade, coming to the district after teaching at Skano Elementary School in the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, NY. She is dual certified in childhood education and in students with disabilities and has experience using co-teaching as part of her classroom environment – a model BKW introduced more of last school year and will continue to implement.

"I'm excited for a new experience, especially within the BKW district," said Parillo. "I want to focus on inclusiveness in the classroom, which includes using differentiated instruction – a model that can address every learner."

 

Elementary Principal Audrey Roettgers

Janine Sargalis

Janine Sargalis will join BKW this fall as a Kindergarten teacher after spending the last four years teaching fourth grade at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Schenectady, NY. In addition to her certification in childhood and early childhood education, she also holds a certification in reading and literacy. Sargalis also has experience as an active member of her former school's PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Committee and plans to be involved in the launch of PBIS at BKW.

"My goal for teaching at BKW would be to focus more on data-driven instruction and to monitor the progress of my students closely" said Sargalis.

 

Fifth Grade Teacher Jennifer Zeh

Jennifer Zeh

Jennifer Zeh will join BKW this September as a fifth grade ELA teacher. She joins us after teaching last year at Hamagrael Elementary School in Delmar, NY as a long-term replacement and at Voorheesville Middle School before that. One of Zeh's specialities is integrating technology into the classroom, such as maintaining her teacher webpage and helping the students create a classroom newsletter.

"I'm looking forward to being part of the positive changes happening around the district. It's an exciting time to be at BKW," said Zeh. "I hope I can help better the program for the community, children and faculty."