Aug 142014

Turkey Hill School[tps_footer][/tps_footer]Turkey Hill School Principal Denise Arterbery announced today that the hiring committee has selected two dynamic teachers to fill the fifth and sixth grade openings at Turkey Hill School.

Both candidates went through a rigorous interview process that included first and second interviews, a lesson observation, and a writing sample.

Jennifer Acker, no stranger to Turkey Hill, will be joining the fifth-grade team. She has been a part of the THS community since 2007 as its manager of the School of the 21st Century. Through her position she has built a strong rapport with students, teachers, and families which will be a great asset to her as she joins our teaching team.

Additionally, Acker brings a broad understanding, appreciation, and excitement for technology and the incorporation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) due to her involvement as Orange’s Lego League Coordinator. Her excitement and motivation to get started is clearly evident; when she was offered the position she asked “when can I come in and get to work on my classroom and curriculum?”

Joining the sixth-grade team is Jennifer Ziegler, who brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in private and public schools to Turkey Hill. She has experience teaching kindergarten, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth  grades.

Ziegler comes to Turkey Hill from Amistad Academy Elementary School in New Haven. Her rigorous yet enthusiastic personality and teaching style will help prepare sixth graders as they begin the transition from elementary to middle school this year.

Arterbery said, “Throughout the entire interview process Jennifer’s engaging, dynamic, and fun personality was irresistible and I know that she will capture the hearts and minds of our sixth-grade students!


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