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New Faces at Monomoy Schools for 2019-20

As the new school year begins, we would like to introduce our new staffers across the district - some are already part of the Monomoy family and are changing positions or buildings, and some are joining us from points near and far. We are excited to welcome them all to the team! 

Chatham Elementary School

CES new staff

Karen Beaty - Art Teacher

Ms. Beaty most recently taught art to students in grades 3, 4, and 5 on Nantucket, and prior to that, she was the city-wide art teacher for the city of Newton.  

Emily Nyerick - Science Teacher

Ms. Nyerick has worked at Chatham Elementary as the Title One math interventionist and also with Mass Audubon as a teacher naturalist, counselor-in-training supervisor, and as their summer camp assistant director. 

Mary Kate Petrucci - School Nurse

Ms. Petrucci has been a labor and delivery nurse at both Winchester and Falmouth Hospitals, and most recently has been an operating and charge nurse at the latter. 


Harwich Elementary School

HES new staff

Sarah Abney - Instructional Assistant

Ms. Abney is a licensed special education teacher joining HES as an Instructional Assistant.

Monika Appleton - Cafeteria Worker

Ms. Appleton was previously a Cafeteria Monitor at HES.

Mary Anne Bragdon - Math Specialist

Ms. Bragdon was previously the Grade 4 Special Education Teacher at HES.

Jennifer Campbell - Grade 3 Special Education Teacher

Ms. Campbell was previously with Lexington Public Schools, and has worked as an elementary special education teacher for many years, supporting students with a variety of needs.

Cynthia Carey - English Language Learners Teacher

Ms. Carey worked in Lynn Public Schools as an elementary ELL teacher and has experience supporting diverse communities.

Jackie Cleary - Grade 4 Teacher

Ms. Cleary is moving from Grade 3 to Grade 4 at HES.

Ashley Cook - Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Cook is moving from Grade 2 to Grade 3 at HES.


Marcus de la Vega - Physical Education Teacher

Mr. de la Vega comes to HES from MRHS, where he taught Physical Education and Wellness.


Liz Hoff - Technology/Computer Science Teacher

Ms. Hoff joins HES from Monomoy Regional High School, where she was a Spanish teacher and the Instructional Technology Team Leader.

Kelly Kelley - Instructional Assistant

Ms. Kelley is a registered behavior technician who will be supporting students in the autism program.

Patricia Monfette - Cafeteria Monitor

Ms. Monfette brings her love of children and experience in the school setting with her as a new lunch monitor at HES.

Wendy Moore - Grade 1 Special Education Teacher

Ms. Moore comes to HES from Waltham Public Schools and is a veteran special education teacher for early grades.

Dylan Piknick - Custodian

After working for as a substitute on the Monomoy crew, Mr. Piknick joins the Harwich Elementary custodial team. 

Kelly Rugg - Cafeteria Worker

Ms. Rugg had been working in an administrative assistant capacity but wanted to have more direct involvement with people.

Erin Senior - Reading Specialist

Ms. Senior was previously the Grade 1 Special Education teacher at HES.

Pat Smith - Grade 2 Teacher

Ms. Smith is moving from Grade 3 to Grade 2 at HES.

Rachael Speakman - Special Education Teacher

Ms. Speakman is an HES graduate and licensed special education teacher who just returned from teaching in Saudi Arabia for many years to teach in her hometown.

William Weimer - Science Teacher

Mr. Weimer joins HES from Brooklyn, NY, Public Schools, where he was an elementary classroom teacher.

Shannon Wragg - Grade 1 Teacher

After completing a long-term sub assignment and working as an instructional assistant for HES, Ms. Wragg will assume her first classroom teacher position this year.


Monomoy Regional Middle School

MRMS new staff

Ross Duggan – Mathematics Teacher

Mr. Duggan comes to MRMS from the Community Day Charter Public School in Lawrence, and previously served as Dean of Students and Athletic Director for Roxbury Prep School. 

Carol Fiocco – School Nurse

Ms. Fiocco previously served as school nurse for HES and as resource nurse for the district.

Christine Hughes-Prince – Spanish Teacher

Ms. Hughes-Prince joins MRMS from Chatham Elementary School, where she has been teaching Spanish for the last eight years. Prior to that, she taught Spanish at Harwich Elementary School for three years. 

Melissa Hyer-Mitchell – Gosnold Mental Health Counselor

Ms. Hyer-Mitchell is an employee of Gosnold on Cape Cod, which partnered with the Monomoy Regional Public Schools in 2017 to support mental health counseling in each of our schools to provide counseling opportunities to students unable to access counseling sessions outside of school. 

Kara McDowell – Team Chair

Ms. McDowell began her service with Monomoy this past spring, joining the administrative team from Latham Centers where she served as assistant principal and special education teacher for the last five years. 

Bridget Newhard – Instructional Assistant

Ms. Newhard comes to MRMS from CES, where she was an Instructional Assistant.

Emily Pandiscio – Special Education Teacher

Ms. Pandiscio joins Monomoy from the Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville, where she served as co-instructor in the school’s autism program. She previously served as an instructional assistant for Somerville Public Schools.  

Jillian Scaficchia  – School Psychologist

Ms. Scaficchia comes to Monomoy from Tantasqua Junior High School in Sturbridge, where she interned for the past year consulting and collaborating with educational staff to meet the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and learning needs of students. 

Patrick Senior – School Custodian 

Mr. Senior joins Monomoy after working for IBM for 25 years and then, most recently, volunteering at Palaemon House in Barnstable, a family-styled program committed to empowering young adults with learning disabilities. 

Ariana Starling – Health and Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Starling has worked as an ESL teacher in Barcelona, Spain, and an interventionist for Spark Academy in Lawrence, MA, where she provided math support for struggling learners. 

Monomoy Regional High School

MRHS new staff

Sarah Ancahas - Instructional Assistant, SAIL Program

Ms. Ancahas joins MRHS from MRMS, where she was a Special Education Instructional Assistant.

Carolyn Barr - ELA Teacher

Ms. Barr just finished teaching English at Falmouth HS for her 18th year, and was also a classroom teacher in Mashpee Public Schools.  

Reuben Bowman - Math Teacher

Mr. Bowman comes from Bourne High School, where he taught mathematics and coached tennis. 


Mark Caruso - Instructional Assistant

Mr. Caruso comes to MRHS from Connecticut, where he worked as a School to Work Transition Coordinator for nearly 30 years in the New Haven Public Schools. 


Beth Connors - Reading Teacher

Ms. Connors comes to MRHS from HES, where she was an ELL Teacher.

Caryn Cosentino - Math Teacher

Ms. Cosentino comes to MRHS from Leominster High School, where she taught Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.  

Dr. David Driscoll - Latin Teacher

Dr. Driscoll holds degrees from Chapel Hill NC and Vassar College with majors in Latin and Greek, has been immersed in teaching Latin for two decades, and has traveled extensively abroad.  

Diana Evans - Instructional Assistant

Ms. Evans is a Cape Cod native who graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Intelligence and National Security and is now working towards becoming a certified history teacher. 

Beth Herbst - Instructional Assistant

Ms. Herbst has been a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Chatham Elementary for the past 4 years, and before that was a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant for 8 years. 

Jazmyn Jones - ELL Teacher

Ms. Jones taught middle school English and social studies in Philadelphia before relocating to Cape Cod.  

Adam Legg - Physical Education/Health Teacher

Mr. Legg joins MRHS from MRMS, where he was a Physical Education and Health Teacher and coach.

Pauline Linnell - French Teacher

Ms. Linnell is a dual citizen of France and the U.S. and has worked in Education for 18 years, both in the US and Europe, teaching foreign languages (French and Spanish), ELL, & Special Education from Pre K to 12th.  

Aimee Mann - Physical Therapist

Ms. Mann is a pediatric physical therapist with 10+ years of pediatric experience. including at Franciscan Hospital for Children andthe Kennedy Day School.

Aldona Pauliukonis - Special Education Teacher 

Ms. Pauliukonis taught in the Worcester Public Schools for many years, as well as at both Chatham Middle and High Schools. 

Jenn Peterson - Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director

Ms. Peterson is going into her fifth year coaching at Monomoy as both the girls varsity soccer and lacrosse coach. 

Jennifer Pomocka-Coyner - Intensive Needs Teacher, SAND Program

Ms. Pomocka-Coyner has lived in Harwich and has worked in the field of special education for over 25 years, including at the May Center and the Cape Cod Collaborative.  

Daniel Schwartzman - Wellness Teacher

Mr. Schwartzman previously served as the Wellness Teacher at Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, and is also a yoga teacher/co-owner at Bikram Yoga Brewster.

Jennifer Stevens - Special Education Teacher

Ms. Stevens relocated to Cape Cod from California, and brings degrees in special education and psychology to her position at Monomoy.

Gavin Williams - Instructional Assistant

Mr. Williams is entering a second career in teaching and has worked as a substitute in the Monomoy Regional School District for the past academic year. 

Suzanne Zavatsky - Team Chair

Mrs. Zavatsky comes to MRHS from Foxborough Public Schools where she served in the district as Team Chair for the last 6 years and as a math specialist for 4 years.  

New Food Services staff