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Picture Of A Chalkboard With Meet Our New Teachers Written On It
Joseph Albin
Group Picture Of The 2023-2024 Teachers For The Upper Adams School District

New educators introduced during a a recent Upper Adams School District Board meeting are, from left, seated, Sharon Kaya, Sara Franks, Kristin Miller, Shannon Gebhart, Hallie Fry, Anna Strine; middle row, Melisa Patrono, Rachel Bort, Jennifer Sauble, Megan Toy, Dawn Donnelly, Elizabeth Bennett; back row, Dawn Hardman, Melissa Calderon, Holly Jones, David Tolar, Julie Knouse, and Landon Becker. (Jim Hale/Gettysburg Times)

The Upper Adams School Board welcomed an unusually large group of new teachers this school year.

Following a reception on Tuesday, September 19th, 18 teachers and other professionals attended the School Board Meeting and introduced themselves by name and position.

The group is “exceptionally talented and was picked from the cream of the crop,” district Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Joe Albin said.

The new hires included a social worker and a speech pathologist in addition to teachers of various subjects at various levels.

New teachers included: Landon Becker, English, gifted, Biglerville High School (BHS); Elizabeth Bennett, sixth grade, Upper Adams Intermediate School (UAIS); Rachel Bort, eighth grade English, Upper Adams Middle School (UAMS); Dawn Donnelly, special education, kindergarten through sixth grade; Sara Franks, seventh grade English, UAMS; Hallie Fry, kindergarten, Biglerville Elementary School (BES); Shannon Gebhart, second grade, BES; Dawn Hardman, social studies, BHS; Holly Jones, general science, BHS; Sharon Kaya, Spanish, BHS; Kristin Miller, biology, BHS; Melisa Patrono, English language learners, kindergarten through sixth grade; Jennifer Sauble, special education, BES; Anna Strine, kindergarten, BES; David Tolar, special education, UAMS; Megan Toy, mathematics, UAMS.

Also newly hired were district social worker Melissa Calderon and speech and language pathologist Julie Knouse, BES.