BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - There were several new faces in a familiar place on Tuesday as the Bronxville School District welcomed students back to class following summer break.
It wasn’t just students heading back to the classroom, as the district welcomed several new faculty members and college student interns as schools celebrated Opening Day.
According to Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mara Koetke, faculty members are being encouraged to “pursue their ideas and take on risks to bring a new perspective to the district that will continue to move the ‘Bronxville Promise’ forward.”
“My calling is in the classroom,” new French and Spanish teacher Jennifer Campo said after spending more than a decade at the York Prepatory School. “I am thrilled to return to teaching. I am looking forward to being a part of another school community, which I find so exciting because I get to work with new students and colleagues.”
Incoming physics teacher Benjamin Cornish - who graduated from the Australian National University - is bringing a background in engineering to the Bronxville School District.
“I’m mostly looking forward to different challenges and bringing my innovation to either my own classroom or other classrooms,” he said. “I found what I love doing, not only in the classroom, but also in my professional career prior to teaching. It was all invention work. I’d love to be able to bring some of that here and implement it in ways unknown at this point.”
In all, the district added 18 new faculty members and welcomed an additional 19 teacher residents and interns that will work alongside their colleagues and students.
New Physical Education teacher Anthony Vaglica, who is returning to the district after spending two years at Horace Greeley High School, added that the new school year has renewed his interest in encouraging lifelong learning.
“My love for teaching dates back to high school,” the Concordia College graduate said. “My first mentor was my physical education teacher and one of my coaches. That was the first time I felt connected to someone who kept me engaged in school, and with whom I”m still friends.”