New Suffolk teachers to split duties under restructuring plan

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08/14/2013 5:00 PM |

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The New Suffolk school board Tuesday night discussed splitting various duties among its teachers.

New Suffolk Elementary School District head teacher Holly Plymale detailed a plan Tuesday night to split various duties among the school’s teachers.

During the school board’s regular meeting, Ms. Plymale said she will be responsible for administration tasks. The school’s math and science teacher, Sara Campbell, will take the lead on academic and curriculum planning, special education programing, state assessments, DARE and coordinating other lesson plans.

English and social studies teacher Nicole Pollina, who is expected to have a baby in January, will be involved with school events.

Starting in September, the pre-K through sixth-grade district will implement its proposed classroom restructuring plan for its 16 elementary school students.

Ms. Campbell, who had taught grades 5 and 6, and Ms. Pollina, who had taught grades 3 and 4, will now focus on teaching the subjects that are geared toward their teaching certificates. Ms. Campbell’s higher education work focused on math, science and technology, with her undergraduate degree in physical geography. She has been teaching at New Suffolk for the past four years. Ms. Pollina, who has been teaching there for three years, has a Master of Science in literacy. They are each dual certified in special education.

In addition to restructuring the classroom, Ms. Plymale said the district is close to launching its new website and will replace its current domain name. School board president Tony Dill said the new website will have more interactive features for teachers, students and parents.

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