Four new teachers will be joining us for the 2009-10 school year as replacements for teachers who are on maternity leave. Many applications for these positions were received. These three teachers bring a variety of experience and skills to the Cape May City Elementary School and were the top candidates. We are thrilled to have them join our professional staff:
Ms. Leah Angeline
Who is enthusiastic, cheers the kids on to success, and is always smiling? Ms. Leah Angeline fits that description perfectly. She’s our new morning Preschool Teacher. Here are a few facts about her:
- Ms. Angeline received her Master’s of Education degree in Exceptional Children and Youth in 2008 from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE
- She graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 2006 from Neumann College in Aston, PA
- Ms. Angeline is dual-certified by the State of NJ in PreSchool-3rd Grade and also in Special Education.
- From 2006 -2009, Ms. Angeline taught at the Media Children’s House, a private Montessori School in Aston, PA
- She also taught at the Brennen School Summer Autism Program in Newark, DE as a Special Education teacher in 2006
- In addition to her outstanding student teaching experiences, Ms. Angeline was also a Service Learning Volunteer in San Fidel, New Mexico with teachers and students to increase her cultural awareness of Native Americans.
- Ms. Angeline is another example of the highly qualified teachers we have on our staff at the Cape May City Elementary School.
Mrs. Joyce Fallon
- Mrs. Fallon retired from the Cape May City Elementary School in 2007 after teaching in the school since 1981—that’s 26 years! After retiring, she returned to substitute. She realized how much she missed teaching the children and worked as a classroom aide in 2008-09.
- “Oh, why did I ever retire?” questioned Mrs. Fallon. “I love the children so much.”
- When a maternity leave replacement was available, Mrs. Fallon placed her application on Mrs. Zelenak’s desk. How could Mrs. Zelenak not hire a Master Teacher such as Mrs. Fallon? All the parents love her.
- Mrs. Fallon was approved as a replacement for the First Grade maternity leave position at the July 9, 2009 Board meeting.
- Some other notes about Mrs. Fallon: She graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania; she was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007; and she lives in North Cape May with her husband Jim.
- Mrs. Fallon believes “that every child is entitled to an education that will help him/her reach individual potentials and become lifelong learners. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to create an enriching environment that will foster learning for all children.”
- Welcome back, Mrs. Fallon!
Mr. Jonathan Hammett
- Mr. Hammett grew up in Cape May on Howard Street and attended Cape May City Elementary School as a child.
- He graduated from Lower Cape May City Regional High School District.
- Mr. Hammett graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood.
- After graduating, Mr. Hammett substituted in the Cape May School and filled a long-term substitute position for 3rd grade.
- He then moved to Baltimore, Md., to the Owings Mills Elementary School for a 4th grade position.
- Last year, Mr. Hammett returned to Cape May and substituted in all the grades and special areas in our school. He also took over the Kindergarten class on May 15, 2009 when Mrs. Wilson left for her maternity leave.
- Mr. Hammett proved that he had the stamina, compassion, and the skills to teach the high-energy Kindergarten kids, and so the Board approved him to fill the year-long position while Mrs. Wilson is on maternity leave.
- In his philosophy of education, Mr. Hammett wrote: “I feel that children need compassionate, strong and dedicated people to lead them through each milestone in schooling and in life. They need to feel safe, loved, and inspired to reach their fullest potential. In showing children how to become responsible for themselves as well as their own learning, I am giving them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves, and to love themselves.”
- Welcome back, Mr. Hammett!
Ms. Mellisa Pashley
- Ms. Pashley attended La Salle University and graduated with a B.A. in Communication in 2003, then returned to school attending Richard Stockton College of NJ to obtain a second B.A. in Education in 2005.
- Teaching at the Y.A.L.E. School in Northfield, NJ for three years, Ms. Pashley worked closely with special education children.
- Throughout her experiences, she has utilized differentiated instruction to reach all learners, with needs ranging from in-class support to Tourette Syndrome, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Autism, and behavioral concerns.
- Ms. Pashley has a strong writing background and will bring those skills and talent to her special education students and to all students at the Cape May City Elementary School.
- In describing herself, Ms. Pashley says that she has a “willingness to accept change, a zest for knowledge, and an endless pool of creativity which is essential in educating today’s youth.”
- Ms. Pashley takes her job to heart, showing compassion for her students as she treats each as her own. “There was never a tear that went without an understanding hug, never a question that went unanswered, and never a worry that was not resolved,” is how Ms. Pashley describes her classroom and relationships with the children.
- Welcome Ms. Pashley. We wish you much success in helping our students maximize their potential!