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Posted 08/16/2018 11:00AM

Introducing New Faculty, Staff and Facilities!

The 2018-2019 school year brings a lot of exciting changes throughout our school! With enrollment at an all time high, CDS is adding 33 new faculty and staff and a host of new programs and DP course offerings.

  • For the first time in school history, the ECC will have four kindergarten classes. Other new additions to the ECC include new furniture in the Kindergarten, PreK 4 and toddler classrooms, Apple TVs in the PreK 3 and toddler classrooms, and new learning and play spaces in the playground.
  • This year every division will have a dedicated learning specialist to work with both teachers and students to optimize student progress. They will also work hand in hand with our division assessment coordinators to develop learning strategies to support and challenge all levels of students. 
  • Our new Innovation Department, headed by Dr. Matt Treese, will keep CDS on the cutting edge of education in both pedagogy and technology practices. 
  • Upper School has added two course offerings at the DP level that are relevant to the career interests of our students. This year 11th grade students can choose to enroll in new DP Business Management and DP Sports, Exercise and Health Science courses.
  • Over the summer, many construction and renovation projects were completed to enrich learning and collaboration spaces for our students. Our new administration offices off International Square opened up classroom and resource spaces for middle school and upper school students. A new student gathering space was created for MS students and the US student lounge was refurnished. The elementary library and adjacent rooms have been transformed into the DREAM Lab. The Scaglione Family Pavilion has been completed and the Booster Club Kick-Off Party will be the inaugural event for this multi-functional space.

We extend a warm welcome to the talented faculty and staff joining CDS in 2018. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our community and we are delighted to have them on board. This is a consolidation of introduction articles published throughout the summer.

LOWER SCHOOL FACULTY

Danielle Earle

Danielle Earle
5th Grade Teacher

Danielle Earle is a Tampa native who earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Florida for Varying Exceptionalities in Special Education. Her professional experience includes over sixteen years of successful outcomes in elementary education, all grades. She has great enthusiasm for empowering student’s love of learning and has a deep passion for fostering student leadership in the classroom, and beyond. She has previously worked as a peer evaluator, serving over one hundred teachers in Hillsborough County. Most recently she has worked as an Exceptional Student Education Specialist, lending her classroom expertise school wide. She is a natural leader who has presented to a variety of professional audiences and educators throughout her career. Her professional experiences also include partnering with the Harvard Graduate Program for a two year practicum study, Data Wise. Additionally, she is a mom of two wonderful boys and is married to her high school sweetheart. She is eager to bring her expertise to Carrollwood Day School by returning to the classroom, and is looking forward to many great years to come.

Jennifer Gochoco

Jennifer Gochoco
1st Grade Teacher

Jennifer Gochoco holds a Certification in Early Childhood Education from the College of St. Elizabeth and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art/Art History from Santa Clara University. Since moving to Florida in 2014, Jennifer has taught Head Start/VPK and First Grade for Hillsborough County. She is married with two sons, Jason (7) and Jaxon (8 months). Jennifer has been a proud CDS parent for 4 years and is excited to join the team as an educator!

Caroline Messmer

Caroline Messmer
Prekindergarten 4 Teacher

Caroline Messmer earned her B.A. in Elementary Education in 2003 from Roger Williams University. Caroline taught kindergarten in Hillsborough County for many years before transitioning to being a stay-at-home mom. In 2015, she returned to teaching at a local preschool, where she taught both pre-K-3 and VPK. Caroline is married and has two children; Ryan, 7, and Olivia, 5. The Messmers are all excited to be joining the CDS family.

Katharine Mosher

Katharine Mosher
2nd Grade Teacher

Katharine Mosher graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She then earned her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She worked in the Hillsborough County Public School system at Twin Lakes Elementary School where she taught second grade for three years. She was also a Team Leader and the Math Lead for her school. Katharine attended Carrollwood Day School through eighth grade and is incredibly happy to return as a teacher!

 Stephanie Mullarkey

Stephanie Mullarkey
3rd Grade Teacher

Stephanie Mullarkey has taught grades K-6 over the past 20 years with the last nine years in third grade. She earned her B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Education from the University of Florida and has a M.S. in Specific Learning Disabilities from Nova Southeastern.

At previous schools, she has been a mentor teacher and the Lower Division Team Leader. Stephanie is passionate about instilling a love of learning, specifically in reading and writing. It is her priority to create a safe atmosphere for children to take risks and have fun doing it!

Sandya Nuthalapati

Sandya Nuthalapati
Mathematics Coach and Computer Teacher

Sandya Nuthalapati received her Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science and Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After completing her Master’s, she taught 2nd grade and mathematics for a year at an Indus IB School in Hyderabad, India. Most recently she taught 1st grade and preschool at New Horizon Islamic School in Pasadena, CA.

Sandya is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who emphasizes the importance of maximizing individual student performance, meeting the needs of all students and inspiring student’s interest in STEM within the classroom. Born in a traditional Hindu home, she has a profound appreciation for the common humanity of all peoples and strives to teach her students the importance of respect within a diverse community.

Outside of teaching, Sandya is involved in numerous community service activities such as: organizing social activities and fun events at school and community, cooking and serving meals at nursing homes, teaching computer skills to students and senior citizens, and Indian dancing to young children. She loves spending time with her husband and almost three year old son who will be attending CDS at the ECC Campus this fall! She is ecstatic to be part of the CDS Family and she looks forward in teaching your child and watching them grow.

 Lindsey Santi

Lindsey Santi
Prekindergarten 3 Teacher

Lindsey Santi graduated from the University of South Florida with B.S. in elementary education. She has experience teaching in Hillsborough County with a focus in early elementary.  Lindsey and her husband, Ryan, have three children; Ava, Emelia and Graeme that attend CDS. She is thrilled to return to CDS this year as a parent and educator.



 Tracy Sweet

Tracy Sweet
Elementary Learning Specialist

Tracy Sweet received a BA in Education from University of South Florida. Her postgraduate work was completed at University of South Florida (St. Petersburg) and University of Colorado, earning an Educational Leadership Certification. Over the last 18 years, she has worked for elementary schools in New York City, Denver and Tampa. She has taught grades kindergarten through fifth grade and spent three years as a Curriculum Specialist.

“It's my passion to work with students and teachers to create curriculum and strategies that promote academic success for all learners. My goal is to create a nurturing environment, which encourages a life long love of learning.”

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children, traveling, reading, yoga and seeking out extraordinary trees.

Danielle Theriault

Danielle Theriault
5th Grade Teacher

Danielle Theriault comes to CDS from Pasco County with 16 years of teaching experience. Danielle has taught grades 3-5 in both Pasco and Pinellas counties. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida with an ESOL endorsement and has served as the ELA Lead Teacher at Veterans Elementary School.  Danielle has a passion for Language and Literature and she a great deal of experience with differentiated instruction, guided reading, writer's workshop and project focused learning.  Danielle is thrilled to be joining the team at Carrollwood Day School!

MIDDLE SCHOOL FACULTY
Jordan Baumgartner

Jordan Baumgartner
7th grade Humanities Teacher

Jordan Baumgartner earned a bachelor's degree in both Secondary Education Social Studies and History from Eastern Michigan University. During his teaching career at Imagine Schools and Wharton High School, he has taught Civics, U.S. History, U.S. Government, World History Honors, and AP World History. Beyond the classroom, he has held been a Technology Coordinator, Student Council Advisor, and National Junior Honor Society Advisor. A Michigan native who grew up around hockey, he established the first-ever Street Hockey Team for Imagine Schools.

In his free time, you will find him skating in his weekly ice hockey league or enjoying many weekends at Walt Disney World as an annual pass holder with his wife, Lauren.

Mindy Gilbert

Mindy Gilbert
8th grade Language and Literature Teacher

Mindy Gilbert is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but later she moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University where graduated with honors. She holds a B.A. in both English and Secondary Education.

Mrs. Gilbert began her career teaching middle school English in Tennessee. She immediately fell in love with this age group and continues to love instilling a passion for reading in writing in her students. While teaching in a 5-8 charter school, she served as a middle school teacher as well as a teacher coach and member of the Teacher Leadership Team. Three years ago, she moved to sunny Tampa and continued teaching middle school ELA. Mrs. Gilbert is heading into her 9th year of teaching and could not be more excited to be a part of the CDS team. Mrs. Gilbert believes that she has the best job in the world because she gets to see her students do inspiring, innovative things every single day.

Aliya Killion

Aliya Killion
Middle School Learning Specialist

Aliya Killion comes to CDS with 18 years experience in education to fill the newly created position of Middle School Learning Specialist. Aliya Killion comes to CDS having most recently been the ESE Specialist at Oak Park Middle School in Lake County, Florida. Prior to that, Ms. Killion was the Assistant Director of the Florida Inclusion Network at the University of South Florida. There she provided technical assistance and services to 13 school districts in central Florida in order to increase the inclusion and meaningful participation of students with support needs and learning differences in general education classes. Ms. Killion began her teaching career at PACE Center for Girls in Tampa, where she was the Language Arts and special education teacher, and later the program's Academic Manager.

Ms. Killion enjoys working with diverse learners and acting as part of a team to take a strengths-based approach to facilitating the success of all students. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education at the University of South Florida, and is the very proud mother of a 6 year old daughter. She is looking forward to being a part of the CDS Middle School team.

Jamie Kiner

Jamie Kiner
6th grade Language and Literature Teacher

Jamie Kiner is entering her sixteenth year teaching and is a self-directed, enthusiastic educator committed to student development, the learning experience, and enriching students’ lives. She is a native of Naples, Florida, and a graduate from Florida State University, where she earned a B.A. in English and minored in communications and journalism. She was also a collegiate athlete.

After undergraduate school, she worked for ESPN as a writer, reporter, and producer in Bristol, CT. Years later, Jamie’s passion for children and education led her to Florida Gulf Coast University, where she earned her masters in education and was awarded a scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.

She has taught in Naples, Connecticut, and Tampa. She has taught sixth through twelfth grades and has been an academic literacy coach and college counselor for five years.

Jamie is married to Jimi Kiner, the head swim coach at The University of Tampa, and has two daughters, Kaleesi (3 yrs) and Elysian (2 yrs), who are ecstatic they will be attending CDS in the fall!

Erica Martin

Erica Byers
6th grade Spanish Teacher

¡Hola! Erica Byers is thrilled to start her adventure at Carrollwood Day School. She comes to CDS with 7 years of teaching experience at multiple levels of language acquisition, from 5th grade to 12th grade. She taught middle school Spanish at Lutz Preparatory for the past three years. Prior to teaching middle school, she taught high school Spanish for four years in Ohio where she was born and raised (Go Buckeyes!). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University with a degree in Spanish Education.

She has studied Spanish for more than 15 years and has traveled all over the world. Señoa Byers loves to bring her stories, souvenirs, and experiences into the classroom in order to bring the language to life for her students. She believes that total immersion is the best way to master a language.

Outside of teaching, Señora Byers loves to travel, be outside, and play with her dog. She loves spending time with her big family and husband! Some of her favorite things are music, food, sunshine, dancing, animals, sports, laughter, and movies. Señora Byers is so excited to share her love of Spanish with the students at CDS!

Jim Poulin

Jim Poulin
MS/US Innovation Integrator

After five years in the CDS Upper School, Jim Poulin is transitioning to the role of MS and US Innovation Integrator. After successfully building the Design Technology program in the Upper School, Jim is eager to use his passion for innovation in education to help all of our faculty identify and design classroom strategies and tools that can help better prepare our students for the demands of their future world.

As Jim explains his new role, "As the Design Tech teacher, one of the challenges has always been to remain current and relevant as technology and innovation progresses at a rapid rate. It is one thing to get a nice fancy new machine, however, using it in a relevant way and keeping that machine running often takes a back seat to planning, grading, and finding new methods of getting information across to students."

Jim sees himself as a facilitator to help teachers maximize these resources and is prepared to hit the ground running next school year. In addition to spending time looking over the MS and US curriculum this summer, he has already reached out to teachers for their ideas on how he can assist them in finding and using resources that complement the amazing things they are already doing in their classroom. 

UPPER SCHOOL FACULTY
Jenna Alpert

Jenna Alpert
MYP and DP Language and Literature Teacher

Jenna Alpert will be coming across the bridge to join the Upper School English faculty after a decade in the CDS Middle School. Jenna holds her BS in Communications and her MA in English Education from USF. She is an MYP trainer, offering guidance and workshops to MYP teachers from around the world. She will be teaching IB DP Language & Literature and English 9 next year.

Samantha Glover

Samantha Glover
MYP Mathematics Teacher

Samantha Glover joins CDS after beginning her math teaching career at Cypress Creek High School. She holds her BS in Math Education from USF, where she received a Best and Brightest Scholarship. Ms. Glover was active in creating district-wide curriculum and in leading student government. She will be teaching Math 9 & 10 next year.

Bradley Hayes

Bradley Hayes
MYP Design Technology Teacher

Bradley Hayes joins the CDS Design Technology Department after seven years as a Computer Science and Mathematics teacher at the British School of Tokyo, where he also coached robotics teams for national and international competition. He earned his BS in Mathematics from Coventry University and his MEd and Secondary Mathematics Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge, UK. He will be teaching MYP 9 & 10 Design Technology in Programming and Entrepreneurship next year.

Sean Marcus

Sean Marcus
MYP Language and Literature Teacher

Sean Marcus will be joining the CDS this Fall for his fifteenth year of teaching, the past five as the senior honors English and journalism teacher at Tampa Prep. He earned his BA in English and his MA in English Education from USF. Mr. Marcus will be teaching English 9 and relaunching our school newspaper.

Hazal Mohammed

Hazal Mohammed
DP Mathematics Teacher

Hazal Mohammed joins the CDS Math Department after four years as a Physics and Math teacher at Hammond School in South Carolina. A Florida native, Mr. Mohammed holds his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from UCF and an MS in Math Education from FAU. He will be teaching IB DP Math SL next year.

 Lindsey Montague

Lindsey Montague
MYP Design Technology and DP Business Management Teacher 

Lindsey Montague joins CDS after serving as an Adjunct Instructor of Marketing at The University of Tampa. Ms. Montague has her BA in Business Administration from The College of Notre Dame and her MBA and MS in Marketing from the University of Tampa. She will be teaching 9th and 10th grade Design Technology Entrepreneurship and IB DP Business Management.

 Tracy O'Neill

Tracy O'Neill
MYP World History and DP Business Management Teacher

Tracy O’Neill joins the Humanities Department after a three-year stint teaching at the North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering. She holds her BS in Business from Franklin University, a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in History from Loyola University, Chicago. Ms. O’Neil will be teaching World History and IB DP Business Management.

 Nadiya Polezhaeva

Nadiya Polezhaeva
MYP and DP French Teacher  

Nadiya Polezhaeva joins CDS as a French Instructor. She holds her BA in French from Bridgwater College and is currently completing her MA in French at Middlebury University. Nadiya has taught all levels of Middle School and Upper School French at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, GA for the past four years. She is excited to join our department as the MYP and DP French teacher. 

 Allison Zager

Allison Zager
DP Sports, Exercise and Health Science Teacher

Allison Zager joins our faculty in a part-time capacity as our IB DP Sports, Exercise and Health Science instructor. She holds her BS in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from NYU. She has taught courses in physical therapy, clinical reasoning, exercise physiology, clinical anatomy, doctoring and more for the School of Physical Therapy and the Medical School at USF and Nova Southeastern University.

NEW ADMINISTRATORS

 Larry Pittman

Larry Pittman
CFO

Carrollwood Day School is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Pittman as Chief Financial Officer, effective June 2018. As a member of the school’s administrative team, Larry will be responsible for directing and controlling all phases of business and financial operations. Prior to joining CDS, Larry spent the past 14 years as the Director of Finance and Operations at The Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida. There he was instrumental in starting a high school and consolidating two campuses to the current K-12 campus. Larry is an active board member of MISBO and chairperson for the Emerging Issues committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University and earned his MBA in international business at NOVA Southeastern University. Prior to the education industry, Larry worked in corporate accounting.

Larry is a Gulf War Veteran and volunteers regularly, assisting veterans and their families as well as international humanitarian efforts in Central America. An avid outdoors-man, he likes spending time paddle boarding, hiking, hunting and fishing. Larry and his wife Eileen have two adult daughters, Grace and Claire both girls attend college in Florida.

 Matt Treese

Dr. Matthew Treese
Director of Innovation

Matt Treese comes to Carrollwood Day School from Wilkes University where he was an adjunct instructor for the university’s Master of Science in Education Program as well as a dissertation examiner for the Doctor of Education Program. Matt is a 2005 graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Secondary Education concentration, and English as a Second Language specialization. In 2007, he earned his Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Instructional Technology. Matt earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree with a major in K-12 Administration in 2012. In 2016, he earned his Executive Chief Information Officer certificate from the Government Technology Institute at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Matt started his career as a public school teacher and has also taught for Wilkes University's Upward Bound Program and was an adjunct instructor for Keystone College in LaPlume, PA, teaching in the Business, Management, and Information Technology Division. In 2010, he moved into school administration holding positions as Supervisor of English and Reading and Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in the Cumberland Valley (PA) School District.

Matt and his wife, Natalie, recently relocated to Tampa with their son Aiden who will be entering 2nd grade at CDS this upcoming school year and their dog, Zoe. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors (grateful to trade PA winters for Tampa winters), and being active.

NEW STAFF

Diana Tagliarini

Diana Tagliarini
Controller

Joining the Business Office is Diana Tagliarini, the new Controller for CDS. Her responsibilities are overseeing the financial activities of the School, including the preparation of the monthly financials, billing and collection of tuition, and payroll processing. In addition, she will assist in the development of the budgeting process and maintain proper internal control policies and procedures.

Diana spent 20+ years in the corporate world as Treasurer/Controller/Vice President for two affordable housing finance consultants. For the past five years she was Director of Finance/Controller for a PreK to 8th grade independent school here in Tampa. She has a BS in Business Administration from University of South Florida with a double major in Accounting and MIS (Management Information Systems).

A Tampa/Brandon native, Diana has two grown daughters, one in the Navy and the other an ARNP for a gastrologist in Brandon; two grandchildren, Charlie III, who was just born on the 4th of July and Madalyn who is six years old; and a golden retriever, Cooper. Diana’s interests are traveling abroad and in the US, gardening, and quilting.  Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, and traveling to Ireland, Scotland and Austria are on her bucket list!

Sharon Spencer

Sharon Spencer
Advancement Coordinator

Sharon Spencer joins Carrollwood Day School as the Advancement Coordinator. Her responsibilities include database management, coordinating all advancement special events and serving as the PTO liaison. She looks forward to working with our gala chairs and utilizing her many years of experience with gala committees, both in a volunteer and staff capacity.  Previous to CDS, Sharon worked seven years at a private school in Pasco County, most recently as the Enrollment and Office Manager.

Nicki Ragan

Nicki Ragan
Director of Marketing

Nicki Ragan is the new Director of Marketing. Nicki's role is to develop and implement an innovative and integrated marketing plan. This includes all branding objectives and managing all social media platforms. Nicki is a Florida native and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising (1998). After graduation, she worked for a publisher, financial firms, and a construction company. Completely self-taught in graphic design and web design, Nicki has also owned her own marketing firm since 2012, offering clients in all industries full-service marketing, graphic design, web design, and photography. Outside the office, Nicki spends her free time training for various running races and with her husband, two children (both CDS attendees), and two puppies.

Cindy Hittle

Cindy Hittle
Customer Service Specialist

Cindy Hittle will be greeting visitors at the new Welcome Center at the Bearss Avenue campus. Cindy is a familiar face to many, having been a substitute teacher at the elementary school and ECC for the past few years.

 Jim Shea

Jim Shea
Facilities Staff & MS Football Coach

Jim Shea is the newest member of the facilities staff. Jim is also the new Middle School Football Coach.

Sandra Cullaro Tyler Boehm
Sandra Cullaro and Tyler Boehm are two new bus drivers at CDS this year. 

This year CDS has contracted with CIS World Services to add an armed presence at both campuses. CIS School Protection Officers are experienced CIS officers that have been specially selected and trained for the mission of protecting schools against criminal threats, including threats of targeted violence. The uniquely integrated and comprehensive nature of the CIS Guardian SafeSchool program has drawn national-level recognition from the criminal justice and school safety community and has been peer reviewed by John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a model for national best practices. We are pleased to introduce the primary school protection officers that will be at each of our campuses every school day:

Officer Marc Officer Marc earned his M.S. in emergency management and a B.S. in communication arts. He is a former Army officer having retired after 22 years of service. He also has 12 years experience in ROTC high school instruction. Officer Marc aspires to become a Supervisor at Critical Intervention Services.
Officer Aimee Officer Aimee has an associates degree in criminal law and served four years in the Army, including two tours to Afghanistan. She aspires to be a Hillsborough County Sheriff.

ADDITIONAL STAFFING CHANGES

In addition to welcoming new faculty, several faculty and staff will be taking on exciting new responsibilities this year to continue to meet the needs of our growing school and keep CDS in the forefront of best practices.

  • Kindergarten News: For the first time in our school's history, we will have four kindergarten classes. We are delighted to announce that Stacy Slater, former CDS nursery teacher, will join the kindergarten team. Stacy earned her B.S. in elementary education from Stetson University and began her career teaching kindergarten, second grade, and third grade before teaching preschool. Her three younger children attend CDS:  Gabe, Addison, and Ellie. Jodi Wright, is delighted to return to the kindergarten classroom as the assistant teacher after being a first grade assistant teacher and the ECC Inquiry teacher for the past few years. Jodi's daughter, Charlotte, will be starting her first year at CDS in the Toddler class!
  • First Grade News: CDS has been a part of Rachel Paggio’s life since the age of three when she was a student, attending CDS through the eighth grade.  After receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in early childhood education at USF, she worked as a PreK teacher at the ECC for five years. Rachel then took some time off to raise her children and became a parent at CDS. She recently returned to CDS as a teacher, and just completed her sixth year at the ECC. She is thrilled to be moving up to first grade and continuing as a teacher and parent at CDS. Rachel is a proud mama to Piper (1st Grade) and Tucker (PreK 3).
  • Fourth Grade News: During her 17 year tenure at CDS, Jennifer Flansburg has taught nearly every grade in the elementary school and next year she will join the 4th grade team. Jennifer earned her B.S. in elementary education from University of South Florida. Jennifer's son, Jake, graduated from CDS last year as valedictorian of his class and her daughter, Zoey will be entering 11th grade this year.
  • Fifth Grade News: After 8 years teaching 3rd grade at CDS and teaching 4th grade last year, Melissa Lisi will move on up to 5th grade this year. This will be an exciting year to be part of the 5th grade team as CDS departmentalizes several subject areas to better align the final year of PYP curriculum with the first year of the MYP curriculum in middle school. Melissa earned her M.S. in education preparation from Medaille College and her B.S in health and human services: early childhood from University at Buffalo. Melissa looks forward to having her son Anthony join her in the elementary school this year a he moves up to first grade from the ECC.
  • New Lower School Positions: Along with the addition of the LS Learning Specialist (Tracy Sweet) and Math Coach (Sandya Nuthalapati) several other positions have been established in the Lower School to support the faculty in utilization of resources and implementation of key programs. 
    • Hayley Architetto will move out of the classroom to become the LS Literacy Coach. She will work along with Sandya Nuthalapati, the Math Coach, to provide personalized support based on the goals and identified needs from individual teachers and collaborate with classroom teachers to support student learning and success.
    • In the newly created position of LS Innovation Specialist, Tanya Layton has been busy all summer redesigning the Elementary Learning Commons (library) into elementary's new DREAM Lab... Discover - Research - Explore - Act - Make a difference. The DREAM Lab will be an interactive learning space that will foster collaboration and understanding from a variety of sources. She will work closely with ECC and elementary teachers to use technology effectively to assess student learning, differentiate instruction, and plan and implement engaging technology-enriched learning experiences in the classroom.
  • Kathy Hinton-Scott has been promoted to Assistant Director of Advancement and will be the capital campaign coordinator. Kathy will also focus on the annual giving program.
  • Brett Haas joined the CDS facilities staff in 2016 has been promoted to Assistant Director of Facilities. 
  • Donna Syron returns to CDS to join the admissions team. Her primary responsibility will be Registrar for student records, helping to set up and maintain the permanent records for students in grades 1 – 12.

CDS is poised to begin a remarkable school year.

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