50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently received its August personnel report, recapping the changes to the school system’s staff over the summer recess.

“Even within the last 24 hours, we’re contending with very last minute resignations. I doubt we’re unique compared to other districts. There’s lot of volatility right now,” noted School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand.

Andrea Stern Armstrong, the district’s Director of Human Resources, told Committee members she is working diligently to get all positions filled as soon as possible. Her biggest priority is filling the six open educational assistant positions.

In response to a question from School Committee member David Ragsdale, Armstrong believes there’s a variety of reasons why staff members are leaving the district, including salary, career advancement, family, and relocation. She noted many Educational Assistants are currently in school studying to become teachers. Once they graduate, they’ll pursue teacher positions and eventually resign as educational assistants.

Below is a recap of changes documented by Armstrong. This information was provided on August 28, 2019, so many of the vacancies are likely now filled.

Wilmington Middle School  

  • SPED Inclusion Teacher Jennifer Grandbois was hired to a new position.
  • SPED Strides Program Teacher Hannah Laviolette resigned and was replaced by Lauren Kulakowski.
  • Tech Ed/STEM Teacher Dennis Fitzgerald resigned and was replaced by Charles Ronchetti.
  • SPED Inclusion Teacher Kristine Benning resigned and was replaced by Neil MacDonald.
  • STEM Teacher Kevin Welch was transferred to the Shawsheen to become its 1-year Interim Assistant Principal. Welch was replaced by Edward Kaizer. Welch’s interim principalship ended with the hiring of Alexander Phillips.
  • LPN/Ed Assistant Amanda Madigan resigned and was replaced by Carissa Carrier.
  • SPED Teacher Susan Mann retired and was replaced by Justine Palermo.
  • Reading Specialist Marianne Oshiro retired and was replaced by Kristen Romano.
  • Reading Teacher Kristen Romano became a Reading Specialist at the Middle School. She was replaced by Amy Glavin.
  • Math Strategies Teacher Bethany Lloyd resigned her position, which is still open.

Woburn Street Elementary School  

  • Ed Assistant Erin Brugger resigned and was replaced by Kara Pereira.
  • Principal Jeff Strasnick retired and was replaced by Suzanne Sullivan.
  • Admin Assistant Justine Palermo transfered to the Middle School and was replaced by Karen O’Reilly.
  • Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly resigned her position, which is still open.
  • Ed Assistant Conor Bailey resigned his position, which is still open.
  • Shared Ed Assistant Taylor Perella resigned her position, which is still open.
  • Ed Assistant Ryan MacIver resigned his position, which is still open.
  • Assistant Frank Ferriero retired and was replaced by Shelia Burke.

Boutwell Early Childhood Center

  • Kindergarten Teacher Sharon Tildsley retired and was replaced by Arlene Poeck.

District Level

  • School Psychologist Andrew Paschal resigned and was replaced by Jacqueline Dami.
  • Physical Therapist Eileen Lee retired and was replaced by Kelly Ayers.
  • Kenneth Lord became Director of Technology, which was previously unfilled.
  • SPL Assistant Deryn Blaney resigned his position, which is still open.

North Intermediate School

  • Reading Specialist Nikki Sutton is taking a leave of absence and was replaced by Jennifer Rizzari.
  • Ed Assistant Nicole McKenna resigned and was replaced by Joanne Vultaggio.

Shawsheen Elementary School

  • SPED Teacher Ryan Cunningham resigned and was replaced by Mary Vardner.
  • Ed Assistant for Pathways Eric Lozzi resigned his position, which is still open.
  • Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly was transferred and was replaced by Jennifer Sirois.
  • Ed Assistant Joanne Vultaggio was transferred and replaced by Elizabeth Pellegrino.
  • Ed Assistant Susan Pelletier was transferred and her position was not filled.
  • Ed Assistant Mary Moran resigned and was replaced by Ashley Jones.
  • Ed Assistant Meaghan Ashley resigned and was replaced by McKayla Hersom.
  • Assistant Principal Erin Burke resigned and was replaced by Kevin Welch.

Student Support Services

  • Admin Assistant Margaret Magee retired and was replaced by Lynn Neville & Kathy Fuller in a reshuffling. Neville and Fuller were replaced by Kristina Barbacano.
  • Leanne Ebert became Coordinator of Special Education, a new position.

West Intermediate School

  • Grade 4 Teacher Shelia Burke became Asst. Principal at the Woburn Street and was replaced by Renee Descheme.
  • SPED Teacher Margaret Bolt resigned and her position remains open.
  • School Psychologist Bethany Dionne and was replaced by Meghan St. Denis.
  • Ed Assistant for Stepping Stones Avery Woodbury resigned and was replaced by Adrianna Kippenberger.

Wilmington High School

  • Strides ABA Teacher Danielle France resigned and was replaced by Ashely Rokobauer.
  • Athletics Director Tim Alberts resigned and was replaced by Ed Harrison.
  • Physical Education & Health Teacher Lois Nardo retired and was replaced by Savannah Dupeyrat.
  • Guidance Admin Assistant Vanessa French retired and was replaced by Sharon Eldered.
  • Guidance Counselor Timothy McCarthy resigned and was replaced by Ashley LeBlanc.
  • Math Teacher Caitlin Enright resigned and was replaced by Jessica Craft.
  • Athletic Department Admin Assistant Cheryl Tavares resigned and was replaced by Heather Paonessa.
  • Mollie Dickerson became the Guidance CTL. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis.

Wildwood Early Childhood Center 

  • Ed Assistant Conor Bailey transfered from Wildwood to Woburn Street
  • Ed Assistant Emily Weidlin resigned her position, which is still open.
  • Kindergarten Teacher Marion Valeri retired and was replaced by Isabella Gallant.

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