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Croton-Harmon Union Free School District Welcomes New Staff Members

High school guidance counselor Kirby Mosenthal, left, and school psychologist Victoria McGuire got to know five things about each other during orientation. Photo Credit: Contributed
Special education teacher David Xavier writes down five things about fellow teacher Chase Stevens. Photo Credit: Contributed
Croton-Harmon's new staff members Victoria McGuire, Kayla Martin, David Xavier, John Bohunek and Chase Stevens participated in an orientation session. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Croton-Harmon Union Free School District students saw some new faces at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Assistant Superintendent Deborah O’Connell introduced six new staff members to administrators during an orientation session Wednesday, Aug. 26:

  • John Bohunek, social studies teacher, eighth and 11th grades
  • Kayla Martin, student assistant counselor in the middle and high schools
  • Victoria McGuire, school psychologist
  • Kirby Mosenthal, high school guidance counselor
  • Chase Stevens, fifth-grade art teacher and high school photography teacher
  • David Xavier, special education teacher

Bohunek and Xavier, who had completed their student-teaching requirements in the district, said they wanted to continue their professional careers in Croton-Harmon to give back to the district, which instilled in them the traits of what a great educator should be.

“They really showed their commitment and desire to the district and that’s because they felt a connection to the district’s mission and vision,” said O’Connell. She also spoke about the importance of community, in which each teacher or faculty member plays a role. In turn, new staff members said they are excited to work with the community, meet their students and continue to grow the programs at the district.

During the orientation session, faculty worked in pairs over an icebreaker challenge, allowing them to get to know each other and introduce their partner to the rest of the group. They also learned about the software they will use and were given an overview of the district’s mission and goals, as well as the evaluation system and other procedures.

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