Wyckoff Welcomes 29 New Faculty for the New School Year 

Retirements, resignations, and maternity leaves created opportunities this fall for 29 new faculty hires among the District’s five schools.

Interim Superintendent Jeff Feifer says administrators were busy in the spring and summer in hiring a great collection of educators. “We’re delighted with the quality,” he says. “There are varied backgrounds and their philosophies are in line with the child-centered thinking in Wyckoff.” The new hires also represent “a mix of new teachers and some with experience,” Dr. Feifer adds. “We’re happy to see that.”

The 29 newcomers include seven in non-permanent positions as leave-replacement teachers. One of the new positions is an English Language Learning teacher who is shared with the Franklin Lakes District, since both school systems are seeing growing demand for that type of instruction.

Dr. Feifer speaks to new faculty during an orientation session in August.

Of the new hires, 11 are assigned to Eisenhower Middle School, which is Wyckoff’s largest school. The smallest number is at Coolidge where only two new teachers started this fall.

An informal poll of the new teachers finds many who are Garden Staters, born and raised. Their pursuit of college degrees took some beyond the state to Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and elsewhere. Earlier teaching experience happened in districts across New Jersey as well as in places such as Washington, DC,  Hyannis, MA, and Wappingers Falls, NY.

The new teachers have also logged hours in other jobs along the way with several reporting time as camp counselors, lifeguards, waitresses, and coaches. As a group, they prefer dogs over cats, and the Yankees over other local teams. Cooking and binge watching are favorite activities outside of school. 

However, one unifying characteristic is their devotion to students and to teaching. Several said they were motivated by a teacher who had made an impact on their early lives. Some said they aspire to connect with kids and have an impact on the future. One said the career choice was simple: “I love coming to school each day! There is no place I would rather be!”

Posted by thomas.deloughry On 18 November, 2019 at 3:52 PM  

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