We are excited to welcome 12 new members of the Amity Regional High School faculty and staff.
Ernie Goodwin: Ernie Goodwin will be serving as the Region 5 Director of Athletics. Mr. Goodwin earned a Bachelor in Physical Education and a Master of Athletic Administration from Springfield College. He completed a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Goodwin taught physical education and health for nine years at Manchester Regional Academy, and spent the last eight years at Simsbury High School, where he served as a physical education teacher, wrestling coach, track coach and faculty athletic manager.
Laura Hamilton: Laura Hamilton will be serving as a Latin teacher. Ms. Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in classics and minor in history from Skidmore College, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Ms. Hamilton completed her student teaching at Brien McMahon High School, and served as a long-term Latin substitute teacher at Stratford High School.
Sophie Zhou: Sophie Zhou will be serving as a Chinese teacher. Ms. Zhou earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Zhongshan University in China, and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Michigan Technology University. Ms. Zhou completed a Master of the Arts in Teaching at Rutgers University. Last year, Ms. Zhou was a teacher of Chinese in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mohamedou Moustapha: Mohamedou Moutapha will be serving as a French teacher. Dr. Moustapha earned a Ph.D in Modern Language Literature in French at the University of Noukachott in Mauritania. Dr. Moustapha previously served as a French literature professor in Mauritania, and in the United States, he served as a French teacher at Canton High School and RHAM High School.
Allyson Wuerth: Allyson Wuerth will be serving as an English teacher. Ms. Weurth earned a Bachelor of Art from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2003-2014, Ms. Wuerth served as an English teacher and department chair at Sacred Heart Academy. Ms. Wuerth also served as an adjunct professor of composition at Quinnipiac University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Edward Rostowsky: Edward Rostowsky will be serving as a career and technical education teacher. Mr. Rostowsky earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education at Rhode Island College and a Master of Science in Technology Education at Central Connecticut State University. From 2006-2014, Mr. Rostowsky served as a technology education teacher at Terryville High School.
Benjamin Francois: Benjamin Francois will be serving as a physics teacher. Mr. Francois studied chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut and earned a Bachelor of Art with an emphasis in secondary education in physics from Southern Connecticut State University. Mr. Francois completed his student teaching last fall at Wolcott High School, and served as a long-term physics substitute teacher here at Amity High School last spring.
Nicole Raiola: Nicole Raiola will be serving as a reading teacher and reading consultant. Ms. Raiola earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts, and a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University. Ms. Raiola previously served as a reading teacher and consultant for the Fairfield, Milford, Ansonia, and New Haven Public School Districts.
Greg Twohill: Greg Twohill will be serving as a mathematics teacher. Mr. Twohill earned a bachelor’s of science with a major in finance from Central Connecticut State University. Mr. Twohill worked in the private sector selling financial products and services for 16 years before beginning a second career in education. Mr. Twohill has served as a mathematics teacher in the Stratford and New Haven Public School Districts.
Cara McConnell: Cara McConnell will be serving as a library media specialist. Ms. McConnell earned a Bachelor of Science in Information and Library Sciences and Master of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University. Ms. McConnell has served as a library media specialist in the New Haven, Waterbury, and Fairfield Public School Districts.
Karl Wilson: In addition to these new members of the Amity High School faculty, we are pleased to announce that Karl Wilson has transferred from the Middle School in Orange to the high school. Mr. Wilson will be teaching high school mathematics this year. We are also pleased to welcome back Tom Betts and Joyce Narden. Mr. Betts and Ms. Narden are retired Amity High School teachers. Mr. Betts will be returning to teach Spanish, and Ms. Narden will be returning to teach Latin. Finally, Amity Spanish teacher Rob Musco will be serving next year as a library media specialist.
Noel Luth: Noel Luth will be serving as a security guard. Mr. Luth earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Housatonic Community College and completed his police training at the Milford Police Academy. Mr. Luth served as a police officer for the Town of Orange for 20 years.
RJ Scott: Mr. Scott will be serving as the School Resource Officer. Officer Scott earned a Bachelor of Art with a major in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. Officer Scott completed his police officer training at the Milford Police Academy and, most recently, completed a school resource officer certification program. Officer Scott has served as a Woodbridge police officer since 2008.
We extend to a hearty welcome to Amity to all of our new faculty and staff.
Good Luck Mr. Schumann: We are sorry to announce that the Amity Director of Counseling, Mr. Robert Schumann, has resigned from his position. Mr. Schumann recently accepted a position as the Assistant Principal at Oxford High School. Mr. Schumann served with distinction as the Amity Director of Counseling from 2011-2014. We wish Mr. Schumann all the best of luck as he transitions into his new leadership position. We are currently in the process of searching for a highly qualified replacement.