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RTSD Welcomes New Teachers at Annual Induction

Updated September 1, 2018; Published August 29, 2018

Radnor Township School District Welcomes New Teachers at Annual Induction, Aug. 22-23


group of teachers in front of banner New teachers and several familiar faces were welcomed for the 2018-19 school year by Radnor Township School District administrators, including superintendent Kenneth E. Batchelor, School Board members Julia Bohnenberger and Amy Goldman and Induction coordinator Tony Rybarczyk, on Wednesday, August 22, to kick off this year's Teacher Induction (August 22-23).

Since 1987, all first-year teachers and educational specialists have been required by the state to participate in an induction program, which is identified as "an essential first step to facilitate entry into the education profession and teaching to high standards."

During the two-day event, the teachers heard from district administrators, met with mentors and participated in a variety of trainings. They also had the opportunity to go on a bus tour of the district, led by members of the Radnor League of Women Voters.

Learn more about this year's teacher induction class below.

Radnor High School


Thomas Banyar
joins Radnor High School's Special Education department from Academy Park High School where he served in a similiar position since 2011. Prior to this position, Mr. Banyar served as a substitute teacher and coach in Great Valley School District. He studied Communication Studies and Secondary Education/Citizenship at Bloomsburg Unversity, earned a Special Education Certification at Immaculata University and completed his Master of Education at Cabrini College.

Nicole Fine is returning to Radnor High School as a long-term substitute in the school's guidance department after serving in the position in spring 2018. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a special education paraprofessional at Springton Lake Middle School and as a school counseling intern at William M. Meredith School in Philadelphia, Radnor High School and Radnor Middle School. Ms. Fine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and a Masters of Education in School Counseling from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Molly Fuhr is the newest member of the Radnor High School English department. Before joining RTSD, Ms. Fuhr served as a Long-Term Substitute in Language Arts and Reading at Great Valley School District and as an English teacher in Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from University of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Panger joins the Radnor High School team as a long-term substitute in the Family and Consumer Sciences department. He joins the district from Tredyffrin/Easttown School District where he has served as a substitute teacher since 2016. Mr. Panger holds a Bachelor of Elective Studies from St. Cloud State University, a Master of Education from Cabrini College and PA Teaching Certificates in Family and Consumer Science K-12, Middle School Science and Social Studies 7-9, Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-8.

Radnor Middle School


Catherine Garger at Teacher Induction Joyce DeShan joins the Radnor Middle School World Language Department to teach Spanish. Ms. DeShan previously taught 6th- and 8th-grade Spanish as a student teacher at Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School and has tutored students at the junior high and high school level. Ms. DeShan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Business from Marietta College and a K-12 Spanish certification from Eastern University.

Catherine Garger joins Radnor Middle School as a long-term substitute in the Special Education department. Before joining the district, she served as a learning support teacher at Lower Merion and Spring-Ford Area school districts. Ms. Garger majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minored in Special Education at Penn State University. She completed a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification Program in Early Grade Preparation PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Holly King joins the Radnor Middle School World Language Department to teach French. She returns to the district from Tredyffrin/Easttown School District where taught middle school French since 2014. Prior to this position, Ms. King taught French and Italian at Radnor High School for 16 years. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in French and International Affairs at University of New Hampshire, her Master of Arts in Italian and Master of Arts in French as Middlebury College and completed a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification Program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie Walkowiak is the newest member of the Radnor Middle School counseling team. Prior to this position, she completed long-term substitute school counselor assignments at Garney Valley Middle School and Cynwyd Elementary School and school counseling internships at West Chester East High School, Exton Elementary School and Patton Middle School. Ms. Walkowiak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and a Master of Education in School Counseling from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Ithan Elementary School


Alexandra Celli joins Ithan Elementary School's 3rd-grade team as a long-term substitute after serving the school as a special education paraprofessional last year. In addition to this role, Ms. Celli worked as a special education teacher in the RTSD Extended School Year Program during summer 2018. Ms. Celli earned her Bachelor's in Early Childhood/Elementary K-4 Education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her Master's in Special Education from Cabrini College.

Christine Kuhn returns to Ithan Elementary School's 3rd-grade team as a long-term substitute after serving in the position during the 2017-18 school year. She first joined the district in 2016 as a substitute teacher following positions as a language arts and religion teacher at Grace Academy in North Carolina. Ms. Kuhn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education/Multidisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in English and Language Arts from West Virginia University.

Melissa McCoy talking to Tronya Boylan Melissa McCoy is Ithan Elementary School's new librarian. Ms. McCloy joins RTSD from her most recent position as a long-term substitute elementary librarian at Haverford School District. She also has experience as an English teacher at Lower Merion and Abington school districts. Ms. McCloy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Education in Secondary Education with a focus on English from Arcadia University.

Nora McDonnell* is Radnor Township School District's new elementary instrumental music teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education from Universiy of Miami and a Master of Music in Music Performance from University of Delaware. She joins the district from Garnet Valley School District where she served as a long-term substitute orchestra teacher during the 2017-18 school year. Prior to this position, Ms. McDonnell was a music and string orchestra teacher in Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delware.

Lindsey Todd joins the Special Education team at Ithan Elementary School from Coatesville Area School District where she served in a similiar position since 2015. Prior to this position, Ms. Todd worked as a personal care assistant and 1st-grade student teacher at Great Valley School District. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Animal Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College and holds a dual certification in PreK-4 and Special Education K-8 from Immaculata University.

Radnor Elementary School


Samantha Barbato
is joining Radnor Elementary School's 3rd-grade team as a long-term substitute for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. She comes to RTSD from Monroe Township School District in NJ where she taught in a 5th-grade inclusion classroom since 2014. Ms. Barbato holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Literacy from The College of New Jersey.

Vera Correa-Meyer is the newest member of the kindergarten team at Radnor Elementary School. She returns to the district full time after serving as long-term substitute in 2nd-grade during the 2017-18 school year. Ms. Correa-Meyer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Massachusetts and a Master of Elementary Education from Cabrini College.

Michelle Hopkin is joining Radnor Elementary School's 3rd-grade team for the 2018-19 school year. Prior to this position, Ms. Hopkin taught 1st-grade, 2nd-grade and 5th-grade and served as an intervention teacher at Flower Hill Elementary School in Maryland. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master Program Reading Specialist/Certification from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Monica Willans and Jennifer Scancella Reagan Ingram is joining Radnor Elementary School's 3rd-grade team as a long-term substitute for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. Before joining the district as a paraprofessional in 2017, Ms. Ingram taught 2nd- and 5th-grade in Texas. Ms. Ingram holds a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University, a PK-4 Instructional I PA teaching license and a ESL Supplemental certification.

Emily Mazza
joins Radnor Elementary School as a special education teacher. She comes to the district from Hereford Elementary School where she served as a special education teacher and member of the Professional Education Council. Ms. Mazza also has experience as a 6th-grade instructional specialist and elementary school teacher for general education and learning support. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading Specialist Certificate from Penn State University.

Jennifer Scancella brings more than 18 years of experience in public education to Radnor Elementary School, joining the team as its new Reading Specialist. She comes to the district from Washington Township School District in New Jersey where she served as a Basic Skills Reading and Special Education teacher. Ms. Scancella holds a Bachelor of Arts from LaSalle University and a Master of Arts from Temple University.

Monica Willans is joining Radnor Elementary School's 5th-Grade team as a long-term substitute for the 2018-19 school year. Ms. Willans joins the district from her most recent position as a long-term substitute in kindergarten and first grade at Plymouth Elementary School in Colonial School District. Prior to this position, she worked as a reading specialist, 4th-grade teacher and 1st-grade teacher in Jim Thorpe Area School District. Ms. Willans holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Alvernia College and a Master of Education in Reading from Bloomsburg University.

Wayne Elementary School


Jane Dietrich returns to Wayne Elementary School this fall as a long-term substitute in 3rd-grade after serving as a Extend Per Diem Substitute for 3rd-grade learning support during spring 2018. In addition to this role, Ms. Dietrich worked in the RTSD Extended School Year Program during summer 2018. Ms. Dietrich earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary and Special Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Banyar, Reagan Ingram, Holly King and Sarah Steiner at New Teacher Induction Bridget McDermott is Wayne Elementary School's new Special Education teacher. She joins the district from Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby School District where she served as a Learning Support teacher since 2015. Ms. McDermott earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Special Education PK-8 and Early Childhood Education PK-4, from Bloomsburg University and is currently enrolled in a Master of Education program at Neumann University.

Sarah Steiner joins the district's English Language Development team as Wayne Elementary School's new EL teacher. Steiner joins RTSD from Reading School District where she served in various roles since 2007, including Classroom Teacher, ESL Resources Teacher and Title III Professional Development Facilitator. Ms. Steiner earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education K-6 Certification from Kutztown University and her ESL Program Specialist designation at Penn State University - Berks.

Pictured: New teaching staff at New Teacher Induction on Aug. 22; Catherine Garger; Emily Mazza and Melissa McCloy talk to IES principal Tronya Boylan; Monica Willans and Jennifer Scancella speak with Barbara Schraudenbach and Anne Childs from the Radnor League of Women Voters; Thomas Banyar, Holly King and Sarah Steiner listen to a presentation.

*Assigned to Ithan, Radnor and Wayne Elementary Schools.