• Introducing New Teachers 2019-20

    New Teacher Orientation group photo 2019

    Brighton Central School District is pleased to welcome 19 teachers, psychologists and speech-language therapists to the District for the 2019-20 school year. The new faculty members, who are filling positions vacated through retirements or leaves of absence, are either new to the District or returning after serving in other roles. These new faculty members will complement the high-quality staff that already support our students on a daily basis.

    The new teachers, psychologists, and speech-language therapists were carefully chosen after engaging in a rigorous selection process. Based upon their instructional competence, subject-area knowledge, and their enthusiasm for lifelong learning, it is clear that these individuals continually strive for excellence, both in their students’ lives and their own.

    Upon hiring, these educators quickly recognized the District’s commitment to their success as they were introduced to Brighton’s Induction Program, which was created in 1997. The induction program is a three-year continuous series of professional development activities where new teachers are introduced to Brighton’s culture, processes, and structures. Regardless of previous experience, any new teacher or counselor employed in the District half-time or more is entitled to a mentor who is an experienced educator in the same subject or grade. This year’s program included a three-day orientation to the community, District, and each new hire’s building/department. The induction program continues with regular meetings between mentors and the new faculty members. The pairs periodically observe one another and they meet, at a minimum, once per cycle to reflect on instructional practices. New faculty members also participate in quarterly mentoring activities. Through their work with experienced colleagues, this program supports continuous professional growth, provides invaluable resources, and fosters collegiality. The program teaches educators to talk about teaching, best practices, and innovative techniques. The District-supported Induction Program also ensures that our students receive consistent quality educational services. The District’s competitive selection process, the Induction Program, and the high quality of programs and services continue the long tradition of excellence in Brighton schools.

     

    New teachers and mentors

    New Teachers 2019-20

    Council Rock Primary School (CRPS)

    Kayleigh Cook

    Noel Cronmiller

    Carrie Hitchcock

     

    French Road Elementary School (FRES)

    Jessica Cordova

    Erika Dooley

    Rachael Sando

    Stephanie Webster

     

    Twelve Corners Middle School (TCMS)

    Emily Cayea

    Stefanie Cornnell

    Marissa Harris

    Lydia Holdridge

    Annette McDowell

    Meghan Moore

    Brian Routhouska

     

    Brighton High School (BHS)

    Nicole Baker

    Kimberly Barrett

    Kathryn Muniz

    Lisa Davey

     

    FRES/BHS

    Katie Telle

     

    Same faces, different places? Indeed! Some teachers have moved around the District to work in different school buildings or in different positions to experience exciting new challenges. They include: Heather Tellex is moving from teaching fifth grade at FRES to teach sixth grade ELA and social studies at TCMS; Renee Widor is changing from teaching fifth grade teacher at FRES to being the Math/Science/Technology Coach for Grades K-5; Stefana Monachino is changing from being the FRES Math/Science/Technology Coach to teach fourth grade at FRES; Cathy Hutter is changing from being the CRPS Math/Science/Technology Coach to teach fourth grade at FRES; and Janine Aiello is moving from teaching kindergarten at CRPS to teach third grade at FRES.

Mrs. Nicole Baker

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Mrs. Nicole Baker

Nicole Baker is a new Spanish teacher at Brighton High School. Mrs. Baker previously taught Spanish in Auburn and Williamson schools. The moment a student realizes they can make Spanish work for them is one of her favorite parts of teaching. Melissa Lonnen is her mentor.

Mrs. Baker earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in adolescence education and Spanish from SUNY Oswego. She also studied abroad in Barcelona and Salamanca, Spain.

Mrs. Baker and her husband have two daughters. She enjoys exercising, running, and reading. Mrs. Baker has finished seven half-marathons, which is surprising because she never wanted to run the mile in high school.

Mrs. Kimberly Barrett

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Mrs. Kimberly Barrett

Kimberly Barrett is a new speech-language therapist at Brighton High School. She previously worked in Pittsford and Monroe 2 BOCES schools and at Bright Start Pediatrics. Mrs. Barrett enjoys learning about her students.

Mrs. Barrett earned both a B.A. in speech and hearing science and M.A. in speech-language pathology from the University at Buffalo.

She is married and has a daughter, Norah. The family also has a goldendoodle and a cat. Mrs. Barrett loves to cook, bake, and travel.

Miss Emily Cayea

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Miss Emily Cayea

Emily Cayea is a new family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School. She was a long-term substitute FACS teacher in Spencerport last year. Miss Cayea enjoys seeing the lightbulb moments when students understand a new concept. Amy Moran is her mentor.

Miss Cayea earned a B.S. in family and consumer sciences education and a B.S. in human ecology from SUNY Oneonta. She is currently working toward a master’s degree at the College at Brockport.

She grew up in Attica and her parents are both teachers. Miss Cayea enjoys sports, traveling, spending time with friends and family, kayaking, and cooking.

Miss Kayleigh Cook

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Miss Kayleigh Cook

Kayleigh Cook is a new music teacher at Council Rock Primary School. She previously taught music in Rush-Henrietta and Wayne schools. Miss Cook enjoys all of the activities she gets to plan for her students.

Miss Cook earned a B.M. in music education (instrumental) from the Eastman School of Music. She is halfway through her master’s program at SUNY Potsdam.

She lives with her fiancé and tuxedo cat, Felix. Miss Cook performs regularly with her horn and voice in community groups. She is a proud Ravenclaw who likes board games, ballet, and crafting.

Miss Stefanie Cornnell

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Miss Stefanie Cornnell

Stefanie Cornnell is a new seventh grade chemistry teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School. She previously taught science in East Irondequoit and Wayne schools and special education in Unadilla Valley. Miss Cornnell loves showing students how awesome the field of science is. She plans to help with the Science Olympiad Team. Jennifer Terwilliger is her mentor.

Miss Cornnell earned a B.S. in zoology and M.A. in biology and special education from SUNY Oswego. She also was a teacher-leader for People to People International Travel and traveled around the world with students.

She and her fiancé are getting married in October. They live in Brighton with their two border collies, Winston and Diana. Miss Cornnell enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, gardening, agility training with her dogs, walking the trails in the local parks, and traveling.

Mrs. Jessica Cordova

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Mrs. Jessica Cordova

Jessica Cordova is a new third grade teacher at French Road Elementary School. She has taught various elementary grades in Brooklyn and at the Discovery Charter School in Rochester. Mrs. Cordova also served as a mentor, instructional coach, and family liaison at the Discovery Charter School. Her favorite part about teaching is creating a community within the classroom that grows into a family. Shelly Cannon is her mentor.

She earned a B.A. in elementary education and Spanish from the University of Miami and M.S. in early childhood education from Brooklyn College.

Mrs. Cordova lives in Brighton with her husband, Daniel, and two children, Nicholas and Evelyn. You can regularly find them walking to Starbucks. She loves to sing and once sang in the Vatican with her high school show choir.

Mrs. Noel Cronmiller

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Mrs. Noel Cronmiller

Noel Cronmiller is a new speech-language therapist at Council Rock Primary School. She has taught literacy and speech in several public and private schools. Mrs. Cronmiller enjoys watching her students grow as learners and experience personal growth.

She earned a B.S. in speech-language pathology and audiology from Ithaca College and M.S. in literacy for birth through sixth grade from Alfred University.

She and her husband, Michael, have two children, Cody and Olivia, who are both materials science engineers. Her family also has two dogs, Tucker and Stella. Mrs. Cronmiller enjoys attending musicals and plays, viewing sunsets, and getting together with family and friends.

Mrs. Lisa Davey

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Mrs. Lisa Davey

Lisa Davey is returning to the District as a physics teacher at Brighton High School. She student taught at the middle school with Jessica Padilla last year. Mrs. Davey enjoys sharing the wonders of science with her students. Adam Eck is her mentor.

She earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University at Buffalo and M.S. in science education from the University of Rochester.

Mrs. Davey and her husband, Greg, have two children, Esther and Ian. The family has a retired racing greyhound named Steve. She and her family enjoy camping and hiking. Before teaching, Mrs. Davey worked as a wastewater engineer in Buffalo.

Mrs. Erika Dooley

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Mrs. Erika Dooley

Erika Dooley is a new English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at French Road Elementary School. Mrs. Dooley taught first and second grade in Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, and Rochester as well as ENL at the Discovery Charter School in Rochester. She enjoys building relationships with students and families. Lisa Wittek is her mentor.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education from SUNY Geneseo and master’s degree in literacy and ENL from Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Dooley and her husband, Tom, have two children, Miles and Clara. She loves camping and being outdoors with her family.

Mrs. Marissa Harris

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Mrs. Marissa Harris

Marissa Harris is a new eighth grade English language arts teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School. She has taught in New Jersey, California, and most recently at Red Jacket Middle School. Mrs. Harris also was an adjunct college professor. She enjoys discussing literature with her students. Aria McKusick is her mentor.

Mrs. Harris earned a B.A. in English from Messiah College and M.A. in English from National University.

She and her husband have three children. Mrs. Harris enjoys reading, running, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Carrie Hitchcock

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Mrs. Carrie Hitchcock

Carrie Hitchcock is now a reading teacher at Council Rock Primary School after serving as an academic support instructor in the building. She also has experience as a substitute teacher at Council Rock and in other districts. Mrs. Hitchcock enjoys seeing her students’ eyes light up when they “crack the code” of an aspect of reading.

Mrs. Hitchcock earned a B.S. in elementary education from SUNY Oswego and M.S. in literacy education from Nazareth College.

She and her husband, Jon, have two children, Nora and Ethan. Mrs. Hitchcock has an overflowing collection of books, with a soft spot for Caldecott award winners. She is a big fan of the Buffalo Bills and Rochester Knighthawks and has been to all 50 states and eight countries.

Mrs. Lydia Holdridge

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Mrs. Lydia Holdridge

Lydia Holdridge is a new strings teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School. Mrs. Holdridge previously taught general music in Hilton, strings at Our Lady of Mercy, and biology and chemistry in Fairport. She enjoys seeing children grow in their appreciation and enjoyment of music. Jennifer Muhl is her mentor.

Mrs. Holdridge earned a bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in adolescent and special education from Roberts Wesleyan College.

She enjoys playing the violin and is the concertmaster of her community orchestra. Mrs. Holdridge enjoys spending time with her husband, Nathan, and children, Lucia and Simeon. In her spare time, she maintains rental properties.

Mrs. Annette McDowell

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Mrs. Annette McDowell

Annette McDowell is a new Spanish teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School.  Mrs. McDowell previously taught Spanish in the Palmyra-Macedon and North Syracuse school districts and at East Palmyra Christian School.

Mrs. McDowell earned a B.A. in sociology from Houghton College and M.A. in Spanish language from Middlebury College.

She recently earned her registered yoga instructor certification.

Mrs. Meghan Moore

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Mrs. Meghan Moore

Meghan Moore is a new English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School.  Mrs. Moore previously taught ENL in Fairport and Gates Chili schools. She enjoys seeing her students progress in English proficiency. Kristen Hallagan is her mentor.

Mrs. Moore earned a B.A. in art history from Ithaca College and M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Rochester.

She lives in Fairport with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Mina. The family has a mini goldendoodle named Sadie. In her free time, Mrs. Moore enjoys biking, yoga, reading, hiking with her family, and traveling. She learned English at age 7 when she was adopted by an American family. This is the reason Mrs. Moore changed her career from sales to teaching.

Mrs. Kathryn Muniz

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Mrs. Kathryn Muniz

Kathryn Muniz is a new English teacher at Brighton High School. Mrs. Muniz previously served as a literacy specialist in Pittsford and a 12th grade English teacher in Pennsylvania. She enjoys making literature relevant to students in the 21st century and cheering on student successes both in and out of the classroom. Trish Annese is her mentor.

Mrs. Muniz earned a B.A. in English and dance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and M.S. in adolescent education from the University of Rochester.

Mrs. Muniz grew up in Pittsford and loves the Rochester community. She got married in July and traveled to Greece and Italy. Mrs. Muniz loves seeing the world, cooking, dancing, and reading. She taught and performed dance in California and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Brian Routhouska

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Mr. Brian Routhouska

Brian Routhouska is returning to Brighton as a long-term substitute special education teacher at Twelve Corners Middle School. He previously taught special education at Brighton High School. Mr. Routhouska also has experience teaching in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, East Rochester schools, and at a high school in Ohio. He enjoys interacting with students and watching their progress.

Mr. Routhouska earned a B.A. in history and education from Elmira College and M.A. in special education from Le Moyne College.

He enjoys spending time with his family on Skaneateles Lake. Mr. Routhouska also likes to fish, golf, and play hockey.

Mrs. Rachael Sando

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Mrs. Rachael Sando

Rachael Sando is the new psychologist at French Road Elementary School. She previously was a psychologist in Pittsford and Palmyra-Macedon schools. Mrs. Sando loves working to help students who are struggling academically or socially/emotionally directly and through supporting their parents and teachers. Victoria Mosetti is her mentor.

Mrs. Sando earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester and M.S. and CAS in school psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology.  

She and her husband, Kevin, have one child, Henry. The family also has a cat and a dog, Charlie, who is a therapy dog at the school. In her free time, Mrs. Sando likes to spend time with her family, be outdoors, and complete projects at home.

Mrs. Katie Telle

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Mrs. Katie Telle

Katie Telle is a new speech-language therapist at French Road Elementary School and Brighton High School. Mrs. Telle has held many different speech therapy jobs, including school positions, early intervention, and tele-practice. She enjoys getting to know her students and having the opportunity to be a fun and positive presence in their lives. Erin Koch is her mentor.

Mrs. Telle earned a B.S. in communication disorders from Boston University and M.A. in speech-language pathology from the University of Texas – Austin.

Mrs. Telle and her husband have two daughters. She is passionate about music and enjoys singing and playing the piano. Mrs. Telle equally loves being active and taking naps and gets super excited about new planners, notebooks, and pens.

Ms. Stephanie Webster

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Ms. Stephanie Webster

Stephanie Webster is returning to French Road Elementary School as a fifth grade special education teacher. She previously was a long-term substitute for two fifth grade teachers and the building sub at the school. Last year, Ms. Webster taught third and fourth grade special education in Rochester schools. She enjoys building meaningful relationships with students and helping them reach their goals. Wendy Romano is her mentor.

Ms. Webster earned a B.F.A. in interior design from Rochester Institute of Technology and M.S. in childhood and special education from St. John Fisher College.

Ms. Webster has a cat, Gizmo, and puppy, Biscotti. Her hobbies include interior design, cosmetology, and going to concerts.