New staff welcomed to the district
New Staff Orientation
Welcome! New teachers are officially on board
There will be several new faces at the head of the classroom and in school offices throughout the district this year.
Before delving into a day-long seminar that relayed important information about being a district employee, administrators welcomed the new staff during an orientation at Port Chester High School on August 27.
Deputy Superintendent Joseph Durney said being selected to teach in the Port Chester Public Schools should be a point of pride for new staff.
“We have a very rigorous process for the selection of candidates,” Mr. Durney said. “I met with each and every one of you and I told you the reason I meet with each and every one of you is because it’s important that our children have the very best.”
“Our mission is ‘success for every student,’ and the reason we have success is because of people like you,” Mr. Durney continued. “I’m grateful you’ve gotten to this point.”
Superintendent Dr. Edward Kliszus echoed the sentiment when he told the new hires the reason they are in this district is because they believe in the children they will be teaching.
“I think it’s primarily because you believe in them,” he said of the success the district has achieved with, among other things, its high graduation rate and International Baccalaureate program.
“To me, a child that is from anywhere in the world can succeed. It’s really what you believe that is going to determine what you can do,” Dr. Kliszus said.
Former Port Chester teacher and current Board of Education President Thomas Corbia spent 40 years teaching in the district.
“The lifeblood of any school or any school district are the teachers,” he said. “You will love it here. You will find the children of Port Chester are the best ever,” he continued.
“I wish you nothing but the best of luck,” added Chrissie Onofrio, fellow board of education member.