SAULT STE. MARIE — The Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools Board of Education made the decision to hire several new employees to work at the district.
Jennifer Anderson was recommended by Jessica Rondeau-McCarthy, principal at Sault Area Middle School, to be hired as a part-time special education paraprofessional for the middle school. Anderson has volunteered for Sault Area Schools for many years. She obtained her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University. In addition to her engineering background, Anderson has experience working as an elementary school secretary, a social media specialist and more.
“She’ll be a wonderful addition to Sault Area Middle School,” said Amy Scott-Kronemeyer, superintendent of Sault Area Schools, during Monday’s board meeting.
The board unanimously voted to approve the recommendation to hire Anderson.
Ashly Umbarger was recommended by Dr. Sheri McFarlane, principal of Washington Elementary School and director of special education, to be hired as a fifth-grade special education resource room teacher for Sault Area Middle School. Umbarger has been working as a long-term sub for Sault Area Schools for the last year and a half. She is a recent Lake Superior State University graduate and has a “wonderful relationship” with the students at Sault Area Middle School.
“Ashly has a caring nature and is supportive to the students that are in her classroom as well as other students within the building,” said Scott-Kronemeyer during the meeting. “Ashly would be a wonderful asset to the Sault Area school district’s teaching staff in special education.”
The board unanimously voted to approve the recommendation to hire Umbarger and congratulated her as she was present at the meeting.
The third and final hire during Monday’s board meeting was Claire Fossitt as a full-time tutor paraprofessional at Malcolm High School. She has previous experience working with students, including as a direct care worker for students with special needs. Her references describe her as positive, responsible and patient. She is compassionate to help struggling learners of any age. During her interview, she said her strength was language arts, which is a high-need area at Malcolm.
The board unanimously voted to approve the recommendation to hire Fossitt.
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